Afaafa

Who we are

Afaafa is an investment and advisory business co-founded and managed by husband and wife Geoff Miller and Sasha Kazantseva-Miller.

Its ethos is to help emerging growth businesses succeed through provision of funding, strategic input, corporate governance and hands-on involvement. It engages with businesses at different stages of their development in variety of sectors ranging from genomics and consumer internet to aviation and alternative finance. Its focus is on building long-term, trusted relationships with exceptional founders that are disrupting the status-quo and connecting them with the right funding and investors to take them to their next stage of growth.

Afaafa combines the decades of experience its team has working within companies in the technology, finance, and marketing around the world, including helping dozens of early stage businesses through the challenges of achieving their ambitions.

"Afaafa" is a Swahili word meaning "virtue" which represents the founders’ belief in conscious business as the most powerful force for good and links back to the place where Geoff and Sasha originally met - climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania for charity in 2006.

Afaafa Limited is a company registered in Guernsey, company registration number 56389 and is registered with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission as a Non-Regulated Financial Services Business.

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Geoff Miller

CEO

Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller spent twenty years in the UK financial services industry, as an analyst and as a fund manager, focused within the Financials sector. As an analyst he led the number one-rated UK small and mid-cap Financials team, and as a fund manager ran the largest listed Financials fund in London. He moved offshore in 2007, working in Moscow and Singapore before moving to Guernsey, from where he built GLI Finance into a leading investor in the alternative finance sector. Leaving at the end of 2015, he is now a Director, Adviser, Mentor and Investor across the alternative finance and broader fintech sector. In addition, he serves as Chairman of Globalworth, a Guernsey-registered real estate business investing in Romania, as well as acting as a Non-Executive Director of a number of other finance companies.

Sasha Kazantseva-Miller

COO

Sasha Kazantseva-Miller

Sasha is an entrepreneur and investor with a background in the tech sector having worked for Google and Agoda.com, a Priceline Group company as well as L’Oréal earlier in her career.

An entrepreneur at heart, she started her first venture in school aged 17. Since moving to Guernsey she has been actively involved in helping nurture the local startup ecosystem including mentoring entrepreneurs in Guernsey, setting up a networking group and managing Islandmums.com, a local platform for families in businesses in the Bailiwick. Sasha is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of FitnessGenes.com, one of Afaafa's investee companies, holds an MBA from INSEAD and has lived and worked in London, Moscow, Singapore, Bangkok and Ulaan Baatar.

Vicki Eppelein

Head of Support Services

Vicki Eppelein

Vicki is the organised one who keeps the team on track with everything. She is responsible for the HR, operations and administration for Afaafa and when required its investee companies.

She has worked alongside Geoff since 2014 firstly at GLI Finance Limited and now here at Afaafa, being instrumental in assisting with the set-up and running of day to day operations. Before this, she was at Brooks Macdonald International for five years and a local recruitment agency for seven years where she set up and ran their temp and contract desk. She is an Associate Member of the CIPD and holds the Certificate in Human Resources Practice.

Outside of work Vicki loves to travel and explore new places. She also has a real passion for yoga, not only practicing daily for herself but also teaching on a regular basis, she is constantly trying to convince the team of its benefits and get them practicing too!

FitnessGenes

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Crowdcube

Crowdcube

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Islandmums

Islandmums

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Family Traveller

Family Traveller

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Plain English Finance

Plain English Finance

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AltFi

AltFi

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Brismo

Brismo

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Kubos Semiconductors

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Flourish Holdings

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Source Cannaceuticals

Source Cannaceuticals

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Crave Interactive

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Blog

Vision-board: the emotional business plan

I recently run a workshop where I chose to teach a slightly more alternative tool called vision boarding. I discovered vision-boarding a couple of years ago and has been amazed its simplicity and power. In its basic form, vision boarding...

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Yellow Chair Portraits, Amazing Women project

Yellow Chair Portraits: Amazing Women exhibition has launched in the Candie Museum of Guernsey, celebrating the role of leading women in the community and recognising their contribution. Our own co-founder and COO, Sasha Kazantseva-Miller has been featured in the series...

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Paradise Papers – the point of no return for the Queen’s dominions

As I wrote at the time about the Panama Papers, the revelations in the disclosures are seldom the important part of a story such as this in the longer term. When it comes to the Paradise Papers I believe that...

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