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University of Cape Town Fund Inc.
201 Allen St Unit #10019, New York, NY 10002

UCT Fund Board of Directors

Trevor S. Norwitz, Chairman and President (1984 – 2023)
Jeannette Safi, Board Chair and Assistant Treasurer
David P. Meachin, Treasurer
Paul Kumleben, Director

Jeannette Safi

Jeanette Safi

Jeannette Safi is Chair, President, and Assistant Treasurer of UCT Fund Inc., having joined the Board in 2015. She is a New York admitted attorney, legal and business advisor, and strategist, with extensive corporate law experience, capital raising and management expertise, and transactional prowess. With more than 15 years of experience advising global companies in all aspects of business formation and growth, in both developed and emerging markets around the world, Ms. Safi currently consults on corporate transactions and strategic matters in several jurisdictions.

Born and raised in Lesotho, Ms. Safi received her Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town in 2006. Starting in 2007, she spent over a decade as a corporate transactions attorney at the world-renowned law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, working in their New York, London, and Paris offices. In that capacity, she led hundreds of deals raising over US$10 billion in aggregate equity financing and securing debt funding in excess of US$70 billion in aggregate.

Her practice encompasses a wide variety of public and private equity and debt offerings, including, amongst others, dual-listed IPOs, spin-offs, convertible and structured product offerings, and acquisition financings. More recently, Ms. Safi has broadened her practice to include transactional and advisory work in the venture capital markets. She is passionate about harnessing legal and business structuring and risk mitigation strategies to address the barriers to international capital that EM/FM start-ups face, especially in South

Africa and on the continent. She has a special interest in non-traditional capital-raising vehicles, including crypto-funding, blockchain regulatory regimes, and their intersection with conventional securities regulation.

Maintaining strong ties to the UCT community globally, as Board Chair, Ms. Safi is committed to supporting UCT in the US, strengthening inclusion and diversity in alumni engagement and giving, and deepening the community of excellent UCT Ambassadors. She is the first female chair of any of the international UCT fundraising bodies and intends to pay tribute to that honor with a special focus on philanthropic initiatives aimed at addressing social exclusion and gender-based violence in the domestic law arena. Jeannette is the first female Chair of the UCT Fund.

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Trevor Norwitz
Trevor Norwitz

Trevor S. Norwitz

Trevor has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the UCT Fund for the last three decades. Trevor’s unwavering dedication and service as Board Chair has advanced the University’s commitment to enhancing access and providing and financial support for disadvantaged students at UCT and in Africa. In December 2023, Mr. Norwitz stepped down from the UCT Fund Board. Trevor’s tremendous work and transformative leadership has paved the way for the next generation of talented new board members.

Mr. Norwitz is a partner at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where he specializes in corporate law and governance and has advised on some of the largest global mergers and acquisitions transactions. He teaches at Columbia University School of Law, Chairs the New York City Bar M&A Committee and is active on ABA and IBA committees, and was an advisor to the South African government on its company law reform.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science degree with First Class Honors from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with First Class Honors in 1989, and then completed an LLM at Columbia University in 1990.

Mr. Norwitz is also a director of a Friends of Ikamva Labantu, DirectWomen, Friends of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law.

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David Meachin
David Meachin

David J. P. Meachin

David Meachin has served on the Board of the University Cape Town Fund, Inc. since its inception.  He is Chairman and CEO of Cross Border Enterprises, L.L.C., an internationally-oriented financial advisory and strategic consulting firm he founded in 1991 in New York, and which is now based in St. Petersburg, Florida, following 20 years as an investment banker with major Wall Street firms in New York, London and Tokyo, including 10 years as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Company.

Mr. Meachin served on public company boards for 15 years – including Lyondell Chemical Company (NYSE); Millennium Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE), and The Ground Round (NASDAQ).  He was previously a director of an Indian Growth Fund and of FOCOS Innovations Corp. (IT-Healthcare), and is currently a Director of the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB), and an Advisory Board Member of Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC).    He served as a Director and past Chairman of the British American Educational Foundation (BAEF).

Mr. Meachin is a Member of The Economic Clubs of New York and Tampa, the American College of Corporate Directors (ACCD) and the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations.   He is a Member of The Pilgrims of the United States, a Member and former Governor of the Union Club in New York, the Harvard Clubs of New York and Tampa, a Member and former Governor of the Misquamicut Club in Watch Hill, RI, and the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London.

Mr. Meachin received his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.  He has graduate qualifications from Cambridge University and the French Petroleum Institute, Paris, which he attended as the Total Oil Company Postgraduate Scholar from South Africa.  He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, where he served on the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), and BS Physical Science (First Class) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.  He matriculated from Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal.

David Meachin is a frequent speaker and forum participant on issues of corporate governance, private equity and investment banking.  In 2017 he received the Marquis Who’s Who Life Time Achievement Award. 

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Paul Kumleben

Paul Kumleben

Paul is Chairman of the UCT Trust UK Board of Trustees, having joined the Board in May 2017. He has served as its Chairman since November 2020. Mr. Kumleben is currently acting as an interim Director of the UCT Fund Board of Trustees.
He was the Managing Partner of the London office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, a law firm with offices in major financial centres in the US, Europe and Asia, for 22 years and has been Senior Counsel at the firm since 2017. Before moving to London, Paul worked in the firm’s New York and Washington offices. In 2017 Paul spent a year as a Fellow of Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute.

Paul received a BA from the University of Cape Town, his LLB from the University of Natal, a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at University College, and a JD from IIT/Kent in Chicago. His non-professional interests include various nonprofit initiatives in education and media across Africa and in the U.K.

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