Chris Kenny


Chris Kenny is an Independent, Non-Executive Director of Blue Diagonal Capital Ltd. He is a member of the Investment Committee.

Chris Kenny has been involved with Emerging and Frontier markets since 1979. He was employed at WestLB AG Group (Germany) / West Merchant Bank PLC, London for a total of 17 years (until 2010) where he served as Head of Local Markets Africa, and was a Member of the Supervisory Board of WestLB Securities SA (South Africa). The WestLB operations based in Johannesburg were responsible for all the Bank’s Capital Market activities in the region including:

  • Proprietary portfolios in thirteen African currencies (including South African Rand), trading bonds, money market, derivatives and foreign exchange;
  • Flow trading in a further twenty African countries, trading eurobonds, local treasury debt, hard currency trade related debt instruments and distressed debt;
  • The provision of Capital Markets advisory and origination services to the Bank’s international and local clients;
  • Debt capital markets origination of Eurobonds and locally listed securities.

Prior to WestLB, Chris was at Standard Merchant Bank, South Africa (investment banking subsidiary of Standard Bank of South Africa) where he served over a period of 14 years as fixed income trader, and later as Treasurer and General Manager of an integrated Capital Markets Division of the bank covering Treasury, money market trading, FX trading, commodities trading, and derivatives trading.

Chris holds a BCom.Hons (Finance) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, and a BCom (Finance) from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.


Chris Kenny