Ivy Private Equity

Equity financing, accelerating your company’s potential.


The Ivy group of companies has more than two decades of experience in investments, asset management and financial services. Ivy Private Equity, through customised and tailored solutions, brings disruptive financial engineering to transform your enterprise.

Our Sectors

Ivy Private Equity focuses on investments in three core pillars:

Ivy Private Equity focuses on three exciting, synergistic sectors, each of which promises sustained and attractive growth in the coming decade(s):

Pillar One: Sustainability Solutions

Ivy seeks out businesses offering disruptive technologies and services in energy, water, and food efficiency. We cover Responsible Production and Consumption as detailed in Goal 12 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our expertise assists invested clients in ensuring responsible food production, effective water resource management, efficient delivery and energy solutions.

Pillar Two: Enterprise Efficiency Solutions

The Ivy team has a meaningful knowledge base of enterprise efficiency solutions,  merged with empowerment credentials. The team offers value-added private equity solutions to the agri-processing sector contributing to South Africa’s transformation goals.

Pillar Three: Life Sciences

In the cutting-edge world of technology and biosciences, Ivy partners with skills in the biotechnology field to seek out unique opportunities in this high growth market. Having access to both global and local skills gives the team access to some of the best opportunities in the industry.

Cross-pollination between Ivy’s investments within each pillar and across the three pillars renders a unique and unmatchable complementarity that will provide additional growth prospects, over and above standalone business that is not part of the Ivy network.

Private Equity Solutions

  • Takes on direct equity investment in the underlying companies, providing strengthened balance sheets for growth opportunities.
  • Funding acquisitions for private companies.
  • Contributing deep sector expertise and networks through the diverse Ivy private equity team.
  • A team purposefully selected for unmatched experience in private equity, engineering (especially in energy and water efficiency), agriculture, agribusiness, asset management, medical and global biotechnology.
  • A holistic approach which looks at business challenges and opportunities through many different lenses to ensure that any chosen solution maximises value for your organisation.
  • Access to global funding allows us to apply these skills, both locally and abroad.
  • Empowering organisations through investment.
  • Ivy Private Equity currently operates as a level one B-BBEE entity, and its shareholding therefore receives full recognition in terms of the South African Private Equity Charter.

The Ivy Private Equity Management Team

Ivy Private Equity (Pty) Limited is a level one BBBEE contributor and an associate company of Ivy Asset Management. The private equity team seeks out excellent private companies where Ivy can offer its capital, skills and empowerment network to facilitate an acceleration of their business model, and strengthening of their valuations through sustainable annuity income and increased competitiveness in new and profitable complementary markets.

This effective team has been carefully constituted to ensure it has the requisite skills in-house to support the value generation model required for the fund’s investments. Additional capacity is drawn from a network of specialist advisors and the fund’s Investments’ network when necessary.

Ross Randall

CEO - Co Founder

B.Comm (UCT), B.Compt Honours (UNISA), CA (SA)

Ross completed his articles with Deloitte in Johannesburg. He spent 2 years in financial services in London before joining Simpson Mckie in their corporate finance team in Johannesburg, focusing on capital raising and mining transactions. In 1999 Ross joined Standard Bank’s private equity division. He became joint head of private equity in 2007, a position he retained until he left Standard Bank in 2014.

Responsibilities included chairing the weekly team investment meetings, which included updates on underlying investments and pipeline opportunities, presenting the quarterly valuations to the investment committee, marketing the division within the bank and externally, managing a team of 10 professionals. Since leaving Standard Bank, Ross has invested in a number of private companies where he provides strategic advice and assist in the growth of these businesses through his past experiences in private equity. He also co-founded a business focusing on renewable energy recognition for businesses.

Ross is a founder of Ivy Private Equity with the goal to create a compelling investment vehicle while creating a company focussed on empowering and advancing the South African economy.

Ross is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA).

Brian Ireland

CIO - Member Investment Committee - Co Founder

B.Sc. Engineering (Chemical); MBA (INSEAD)

Brian joins Ivy Private Equity after 17 years at SABMiller / ABInBev. As Global Director of Engineering and Capital Projects for SABMiller plc. Brian was instrumental in driving more than R 2,2 Billion in annual global cost savings through water, energy and emissions reduction, as well as tens of millions of dollars in Capital Project Value Engineering - in so doing achieving the first public domain corporate sustainability targets years ahead of schedule.

Whilst Brian was the Head of Strategy for South Africa Breweries Ltd, it became the most profitable operating beer company versus known worldwide competitor margins. Prior to SABMiller, Brian worked at Honeywell, ICI Tioxide, and Unilever in permanent positions and projects throughout the UK, France, Portugal, and his home country South Africa.

Brian is a founder of Ivy Private Equity with the goal to create a compelling investment vehicle while creating a company focussed on empowering and advancing the South African economy.
Brian is a Chemical Engineer (UCT) and holds an MBA from INSEAD (France).

Khetiwe Tshabalala

Member Investment Committee - Designate

B Com (WITS); Masters Degree in International Finance and Business (Columbia University (NY))

Khetiwe serves on the Ivy Private Equity investment advisory committee. With significant experience in the private equity field she is an invaluable member of the investment team.

Khetiwe's financial services professional career has been comprised of management roles in the corporate finance, private equity and corporate credit divisions of leading pan-African investment banking institutions. Khetiwe has also served in macro and developmental economics while playing active roles in operational and investment committee  at the Central Bank of Swaziland and the National Empowerment Fund and the KZN Growth Fund.

Khetiwe has an entrepreneurial background, and co-founded and acted as the operational director of CNDB (SA)(Pty) Ltd, a bulk consumer goods export distribution business. Over 15 years Khetiwe has gained professional and operational experience and exposure across many African markets.

Khetiwe completed a Bachelors Degree in Commerce (University of the Witwatersrand) and a Masters Degree in International Finance and Business (Columbia University (NY)).

Munie Shafee

Compliance & Administration

Munie has worked in the financial services industry for the past three decades. Her role at Ivy Private Equity is to support the management team with general administration and compliance facilitation.  

Munie’s career began at First National Bank working in various capacities and departments. A move to the Unilever Pension Fund in the investment side grew her knowledge of the complexities of the financial services industry. This led to a move into the Stockbroking environment assisting institutional firms in different divisions, climbing the corporate ladder in various managerial roles.

This led to a move into the Insurance Industry assisting in administration and compliance. Munie joined Ivy Asset Management assisting in client liaison, asset management compliance, accounts and administrative functions. Munie’s forte is in gaining work experience in administration, accounts, client liaison and assisting with other various duties and tasks.

Bruce Main

Co Founder - Key Individual Investment Committee

B Com (Rhodes University)

Bruce gained his initial market experience while working for Societe Generale bank as an equity trader, developing his private client portfolio management skills. In 1998 he founded Ivy Asset Management to offer clients a transparent platform for their investment needs.

With over a two decades of trading and portfolio management experience, Bruce has become a regular market commentator on SAFM, SABC, Classic FM, Summit TV, and CNBC. He serves on the Ivy Asset Management Board and is designated as a Key Individual by the FSB.

Bruce is a founder of Ivy Private Equity with the goal to create a compelling investment vehicle while creating a company focussed on empowering and advancing the South African economy.