Philip Southwell, CEO


Philip is the founder and CEO of Axius Capital. Since its founding in 2013, Philip has led Axius in developing a unique investment framework for infrastructure investments in emerging markets, focusing on channelling institutional capital into long-term projects.

He trained and qualified as an ACA with Touche Ross (now Deloitte LLP) in London in 1993 and has spent the next  20 years working in emerging and frontier markets with Deutsche Bank, EFG-Hermes and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Philip has executed numerous transactions in these markets across a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, energy and financial services.

Between 2013 and 2015, Philip was also the CEO of Exotix, a frontier market focused merchant bank, where he led the strategic growth of its business with particular focus on equity and capital markets in Africa. He also serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee  for the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund.

Anshul Rai, CIO


Anshul has spent over twenty years investing in and financing infrastructure across the Global Growth Markets. A vast majority of his time has been in principal investment roles, for both equity and debt financing, during which he has built a track record of delivering strong investment returns.

During his career, Anshul has worked for some of the most well-regarded entities in the infrastructure space, including the IFC, KPMG, Veolia Water and Bank Muscat. His deal list includes dozens of projects across power, energy, utilities and transport sectors with investment value of c. USD50 billion. These projects are located in Africa, the Middle East/GCC region and across Asia.

Between 2006 and 2011, Anshul was the founding team member and MD of MENA Infrastructure Fund, where he built and managed a USD200 million investment portfolio of infrastructure assets across the MENA region.  He currently serves as the Founder CEO of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund.

Denis Clarke - Adviser


Denis is an infrastructure finance expert with over three decades’ global experience in reviewing, analysing, structuring and negotiating equity and debt investments in infrastructure, across sectors including conventional & renewable power generation; utilities such as district heating, gas distribution, water and waste management; and transportation. His experience has been spread across Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

Denis was a founder member of the IFC’s specialist power group in 1991, participating in or leading many of the major power project financings in Global Growth Markets during the 1990s. 

More recently, he was a chief investment officer of the IFC, playing a leadership role in a wide range of infrastructure transactions undertaken by IFC. He was also responsible for IFC’s relationship with a wide range of infrastructure sponsors including Eon, Veolia, RWE, EdF and Wartsila.

Saurabh Srivastava, Director


Saurabh has over eighteen years’ experience in development, financing and investing in power and transportation projects in the Middle East, Africa and India, working with international developers, banks, financial advisors and government agencies.

During his stints with Suze Energy (now Engie), GE Capital, SBI Capital Markets and IFCI India, Saurabh has led and managed numerous transactions, including a number of them in a principal capacity. His expertise covers deal structuring, risk analysis and allocation, financial modelling and documentation for financing/investment transactions.

Saurabh’s project development experience was gained between 2012 and 2016, when he led the project development of a 300MW IPP in Zambia. Saurabh is currently based in Lagos, leading the investment team of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund.

Aditya Jain, Technical Adviser


Aditya has nearly four decades of multifaceted experience in planning, design, detailed engineering, construction, project management and operations of large power projects in different parts of the world.

During his long career, Aditya has worked with leading power developers including AES Corp, NTPC and Tata Power, as well as with EPC contractors (Fluor Corp USA). His experience includes conventional projects using a wide range of feedstock (gas, HFO, coal/lignite) as well as renewables (solar).

These projects are located in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, North America and Europe.

Jamie Frater, Technical Adviser


Jamie is a seasoned operator and manager of port & logistics facilities, having spent over forty years in the industry in various capacities. A large part of his career was spent with Hutchison Port Holdings, the world’s largest container terminal operator, and P&O Ports (now part of DP World).

He has managed operations for port and logistics terminals in multiple countries including Africa, Asia and Europe. At HPH, Jamie was responsible for developing and managing a number of new terminals including those located in Sohar (Oman) and Alexandria (Egypt). As the CEO, he was responsible for overall management and performance of these business, including budgeting, profitability and capital investments.