Paul Malherbe joined the African Management Services Company BV (AMSCO) in November 2008 as Managing Director and CEO. AMSCO is a private sector management and capacity development initiative of the UNDP, IFC and AfDB, that operates in 24 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining AMSCO, Paul was head of Mentorship and Consulting Services at Business Partners Ltd, a South African investor in SMEs, for 5 years. This was preceded by eight years in the operational division of the company where he was involved in the appraisal and structuring of risk and equity based finance to SMEs. Before joining Business Partners, he completed his accounting apprenticeship at Coopers & Lybrand, now pwc.