At the firm’s London office, Georgina Fleming has been appointed to oversee product management and development, a newly created post, while George Sanders and Ben Storrs has been appointed as analysts.

Fleming has joined Scipion from a New York law firm and has experience sourcing business leads in Asia, Europe and the Americas. She has also worked for a private equity firm specializing in Sub-Saharan African agribusiness.

Sanders has been appointed from London Research International, a boutique Japanese energy, infrastructure and commodities research firm. Prior to this, he worked at a MENA-focused consultancy and assisted SMEs in business development. In his new role, he will focus on deal origination and commodity research while working to develop relationships with Asian investors.

Storrs, on the other hand, was an economic researcher at the Institute of Economic Affairs, a London-based think tank, prior to which he had served as an analyst for Oil and Gas Year, an industry publication focused on oil and gas in developing economies. In his new role, he will focus primarily on commodity and energy research, alongside Scipion’s pan-African portfolio of commodity trade finance transactions.

Said Nicolas Clavel, CIO and founder of Scipion, in a statement: "We see Africa as the key to the global commodities story. The rest of the world, Asia in particular, is increasingly dependent on Africa as its source of commodities, and this has triggered a rise in popularity for CTF as a strategy. It is clear to us that investors have identified CTF as a way to capitalize on Africa’s remarkable growth."