A respected entrepreneur and info-tech graduate of the late 90’s start of the Internet era, with 20 years’ experience in corporate strategy, business analysis and technology systems. Owen exhibits unmatched systems-thinking, problem-solving talent and is driven by the challenge of resolving complex human, business and government challenges. With a Rhodes University Degree in Information Systems and Accounting, he began his entrepreneurship journey while still studying.
He is an advocate for socio-economic development and is engaged in activities that address health, education, technological and sustainability issues in African communities, as well as civic and environmental matters. He believes that entrepreneurship is the key to unlocking the continents’ full potential; to back it
up, Owen supports innovation in start-ups and mentors young entrepreneurs on their journey.
Owen established Arigo and is currently an advisory executive with the firm; a trading, investment-holdings and boutique advisory company operating in Sub-Saharan African markets. Arigo undertakes transaction and investment advisory services, deal origination, corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, public-
private partnerships and investment management.
In prior years, Owen has worked with the United Nations (UNDP) using his unique ability to fuse ICT, Big Data, Analytics and Decision Support Systems to undertake large-scale socio-development and political impact (democracy) projects. This enabled him to orient his strong interest in technology and
passion for developmental issues more acutely.
Aside involvement with family business, Owen has a two-decade history of forming and operating start-ups. With entrepreneurial parents that left professional employ (manufacturing and banking), he had early exposure to the perils and joys of life in business.
He is an open, exceptionally engaging individual, connected with global shaper and influencers in the socio-economic impact space, business, entrepreneurs, ultra-high net-worth families and policy-making government leaders.
With a tenacious ability to see the big picture, Owen is a true visionary and eternal optimist, with high-energy and a contagious zest for life who always emerges with the most creative and inconceivable solutions to challenges.