BUILDING THE FOUNDATION OF AFRICA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY
Who we are
Raxio was established in 2018 by US investment firm, the Roha Group, to build the foundation of the digital economy Africa. By funding, developing and operating multiple Tier III data centres, Raxio is a catalyst for digital transformation across the region. The data centres we establish open up new opportunities for financial services, governments, cloud providers, large enterprises and SMEs by addressing their mission critical needs for data storage, business continuity and disaster recovery.
By creating a network of Tier III standard data centres across the region, Raxio is also enabling international and regional players to establish their presence “in-country”, closer to their user bases, improving latency and overall quality of service.
Raxio has built its first facility in Uganda by establishing and developing Raxio Data Centre Uganda (“Raxio Uganda”), a state-of-the-art facility on the outskirts of Kampala. Raxio is addressing primarily the Ugandan market where growing data needs, inadequate existing infrastructure and changing regulation are driving uptake. In Q4 2019, Raxio announced that it will be making it’s second investment in Raxio Data Centre Ethiopia (“Raxio Ethiopia”), which is currently in design. We expect to begin building up to five additional facilities during 2020.
Raxio works closely with specialized technical partners such as Future-tech, who have been designing, building and managing new build data centres for over 30 years. Raxio also works with local contractors and service providers, hires local teams and establishes local partnerships as needed to ensure commercial and operational excellence on the ground.
Our Data Centres
Raxio Uganda is the first state-of-the-art Tier III, carrier-neutral data centre in Uganda due to open in H2 2020. The data centre can house up to 400 racks, delivering 1.5 MW of IT power at final phase. Located 15 kms from Kampala in Namanve Industrial and Business Park, Raxio meets the requirements for both primary and disaster recovery sites and sits along one of Uganda’s principal fibre routes to ensure connectivity.Learn More
Robert joined Roha in 2018 as a partner and serves as Executive Director of First Brick Holdings and Raxio Data Centre Ltd. Previously, Robert was the CFO and Head of the Smart Mobility Business Unit for Confidex, a high-growth technology company, focused on providing mobility solutions to transport operators worldwide and contactless identification solutions to industrial customers. He led the business from a pre-revenue phase to a $40M+, profitable company with global operations and more than 300 people. Prior to joining Confidex in 2010, Robert was a partner at Logispring (USA/UK/CH), a transatlantic PE and VC firm active in global industrial and supply chain markets, until its acquisition by TNT. He led the investment in Confidex as well as several other portfolio companies and served on the Board of numerous portfolio companies, ranging in size from pre-revenue to $50M in revenue.
Robert started his career in investment banking at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (later Citi), both in London and Madrid, focused on the telecom and energy sectors. Robert holds an MSc. with distinction in Operations Research from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Engineering from Dartmouth College. He is a US, Swiss and Spanish citizen and speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and a smattering of German.
Brooks is the Founder of Roha and a Partner with the firm. He serves as a board member on all of Roha‘s portfolio companies, and previously served as CEO (General Manager) of Juniper Glass Industries, Roha’s first large scale industrial development. Before founding Roha in 2013, Brooks was a consultant with McKinsey & Company – first in Johannesburg, and then as a co-founder of the Lagos office. He was inspired to start Roha by the number of compelling opportunities he saw across the continent and the lack of institutions pursuing them.
Brooks is based in Nairobi and has lived and worked in multiple African cities for the past twelve years. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies (focus on Economics and Politics).
INVESTMENT ANALYST / PROJECT MANAGER
Bhavik serves as a Project Manager and Investment Analyst at Roha, where he is responsible for evaluating new opportunities and in managing the development of portfolio businesses. Previously, he worked with East African private equity fund, Ascent Capital where he sourced opportunities and helped nurture portfolio companies with a primary focus on Uganda and Kenya.
Bhavik holds a BEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University. He is a Kenyan and British citizen and speaks fluent English, Swahili and Gujarati.
VP Business Development
Kishor is the VP of Business Development at Raxio Group where he drives the evaluation of new opportunities to support the growth of the company. Previously, Kishor was a director at Caribou Digital, a boutique advisory services company focused on emerging markets, where he helped launch digital products and services for the private sector, governments and foundations. He has worked across 30+ countries with extensive experience in the U.S, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
He started his career as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and holds a M.B.A from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a M.A from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A from the College of William and Mary. Kishor is based in Kenya and was born in the US.
Ali transitioned to Raxio Group as the VP Finance from Roha, Raxio’s investor and developer. In his previous role, Ali was the Finance Manager for Roha, its subsidiaries, and its investment fund. He has been the acting Finance Manager for Raxio Group and its subsidiaries since its inception, before moving into his role as VP Finance. He has over 13 years of experience in Finance with multinational companies in FMCG and F&B sectors.
Prior to joining Roha, Ali worked with the UAE subsidiary of Imperial Logistics, a South African listed entity, where he setup and managed the Finance function of Imperial’s UAE subsidiaries.
Ali is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and holds a MBA in Finance from Griffith University, Australia and is a full member of CPA Australia.
Mainza is a Regional Business Analyst at Raxio Group where he is responsible for helping drive pre-investment due diligence efforts across new markets on the African continent. Prior to joining the team, he co-founded an early stage artificial intelligence (AI) startup focused on building AI-driven impact solutions for Africa. Mainza also previously worked in investment roles in Asset Management and Private Equity in San Francisco, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
Mainza has a degree in Economics (cum laude) from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is based in Nairobi and hails from Zambia.
Head of Projects
Ken is the Head of Projects at Raxio Group where he is responsible for the roll out of new facilities across Africa. In his role at Schneider Australia prior to joining Raxio, he managed multiple electrical projects for some of the world’s leading data centre players. He draws on his experience over the last 15 year of managing the life-cycle development of large scale projects, both greenfield and expansion, for the mobile industry across Africa and Europe.
He holds a diploma in telecommunications and marketing as well as advanced project management certifications. Ken currently resides in South Africa and will be relocating to Nairobi in near future.