Leadership

Three principals lead SpringHill Equity Partners. Together they combine decades of entrepreneurial, business leadership and venture fund management experience. They have cultivated strong, enduring personal and professional networks for deal origination and qualification in Africa.

Dr. Steve Beck

Dr. Steve Beck

Steve Beck is the Founder and CEO of SpringHill Equity Partners. In addition to leading SpringHill, Steve is a part-time senior advisor to the John Templeton Foundation, conceiving and leading a research program on “franchising in frontier markets”. He has been published and quoted on philanthropy, social investing & international development in the Harvard Business Review (September 2007), New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and CBS Evening News.

Prior to SpringHill, Steve served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Geneva Global, Inc. from 2002 to 2007. Geneva Global is a philanthropic advisory firm providing independent research, advice, and grant management services to clients focused on international development. Under Steve’s leadership the firm became a recognized leader in international philanthropy, managing more than $80 million of grants in global health, human liberty, economic empowerment, education and conflict recovery. Roughly half of these grants were directed to initiatives in sub-Sahara Africa. Steve joined Geneva Global in an executive capacity in 2002, having consulted to the organization since its inception in 1999.

Prior to Geneva Global, Steve had twenty years experience in advising business leaders of global Fortune 200 companies on strategy, organization and change management. As Managing Director of Gemini Consulting (a division of Cap Gemini) from 1996-99, Steve led the company’s most profitable division with some 500 consultants and $200 million in revenues from nine offices in Europe, Asia, and South Africa. 

From 2000 to 2002 Steve was a Managing Director and Partner of Monitor Group, an international strategy consulting and merchant banking firm.  In addition to co-leading the Group’s business in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Steve served on the Board of the Monitor Institute, which advises foundations and direct service organizations in the non-profit sector. Steve has thus advised and/or managed business operations in Africa since 1992.

Steve graduated from Stanford University with Distinction in Economics and International Relations, and holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He is married with three daughters, and despite his Californian roots, lived in London from 1984 to 2002.

Andrew Carruthers

Andrew Carruthers

Andrew is Managing Director of Spark Ventures and Founder of Spark Impact. He has more than 15 years’ experience in venture capital, leading funds that have performed in the top decile for their vintage. He is the co-founder of one of the UK’s leading early-stage venture capital organisations focused on Digital Media and Life Sciences, with a background covering business creation in the UK and overseas, capital markets, and operational experience in new, high growth sectors.

He built SPARK Ventures (originally NewMedia Investors) from its roots as a corporate finance and capital raising boutique in 1996 to become the manager of six funds responsible for a range of investment strategies in the digital media and life science sectors, from pathfinder grants for exploitation of University intellectual property through seed and start up capital to expansion capital for growth enterprises.

Andrew created one of Europe’s most successful quoted commercial incubators with a presence in the UK, Sweden, Germany and Spain that has actively participated in the formation of 100 small and medium sized enterprises, many of which have gone on to become established international companies in music, mobile content, publishing, entertainment, ecommerce, diagnostics, medical devices and drug discovery markets.

Andrew has leveraged his experience in the commercial growth of the digital economy to promote enterprise as a tool for economic and social regeneration across all sectors. He formed SPARK Impact in 2010 as a vehicle for an emerging impact investing asset class and launched its first fund in the UK’s Northwest. In 2011 Spark Impact and SpringHill began to collaborate on East African venture opportunities.

He is a trustee of the Transformational Business Network, a coalition of business people supporting small, growing businesses in developing countries.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. He is married with three children.

Dr. Kim Tan

Dr. Kim Tan

Kim is the founder Chairman of SpringHill Management Ltd., a private equity and VC fund management company. SpringHill Management manages a Malaysian Fund, SpringHill Bioventures Sdn Bhd, which invests in emerging markets.

Kim is a director of Active Capital Trust Plc, a LSE listed investment trust company. He is the founder Chairman of AsiaPrise Biotech Sdn Bhd which operates the NCI Cancer Hospital in Malaysia, a subsidiary of TH Group Berhad. He is also a director of a number of listed and private biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the UK, USA, India and Malaysia. Kim is an advisor to a number of government agencies in Asia on biotechnology. He chairs the Research Expert Working Group for the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) Life Science Forum.

Kim has been the driving force behind the Kuzuko Game Park project, which is now part of Inqo Investments, a social venture company based in South Africa, with plans to be floated on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Kuzuko combines job creation, environmental conservation and community transformation. The Kuzuko Game Park includes a “Big Five” game reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and a five star luxury bush lodge managed by Legacy Hotels.  The game park and lodge have generated employment for 250 people in an area of 85% adult unemployment.

Kim is co-founder and trustee of the Transformational Business Network (TBN), a network of business people supporting micro, small, and medium enterprises in developing countries by contributing time and skills, mentoring developing entrepreneurs, and investing in growing businesses. TBN members are currently supporting 62 business projects that have created more than 20,000 jobs in 22 countries, with a total direct or indirect investment of £55 million.

Kim has a Ph.D in biochemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is co-author with Lord Brian Griffiths of “Fighting Poverty through Enterprise”.