Members

Avatar Alliances' members consist of a network of competent, committed and experienced professionals each a specialist in his field.

José Luis Camargo

Avatar’s Ambassador to Oman
 
José represents Avatar's business on the ground in the Sultanate.
 
He has worked with various companies within the energy sector in Africa, Australia and Eastern Europe, FSU countries, the Middle East and South America.
 
José’s experience includes design, planning, acquisition, processing, interpretation and management of field operations. He has strong man-management skills, with the ability to anticipate and resolve problems on his own initiative.

Dr. Adrian Durrant FHEA FRGS

Director, Avatar Investments Limited

 
Adrian is a Director of Avatar Investments Ltd, that has a close network of trusted members with expertise and proven experience in technical, business and investment projects, worldwide. He has known and worked with his co-director at Avatar, Martin Sanderson, for over 25 years.

 

Adrian has lived and worked in the UK, India, Africa, Australia, Holland, the US, Germany, Spain and Italy. His expertise and experience covers large-scale infrastructure projects, energy, natural resources, business and financial services.

 

In addition to engineering, Adrian has international business performance improvement experience with KPMG Management Consulting and has also worked in financial services; having advised on an investment portfolio of some USD 2.5 billion.

 

John Graham MA, Financial Economics

Director, Market Position Limited

 

John lived and worked in Hong Kong for five years in the late 1990’s working at Pinkerton’s and Trading Consultants Limited. In this early part of his career he was grounded in the foundations of commercial investigation and due diligence. John made a good name for his work and was retained by clients from top tier legal firms and multinationals who were having difficulties with either large debtors, frauds or intellectual property infringements.

 

On returning to the UK John moved more to the finance side with investor relations companies, delivering strategic websites for the communications of over 20 listed companies to present financial reports and share prices in a regulated reporting environment.

 

Since 2005 John has been a director of an FCA regulated company and has a good track record in fundraising for hedge funds, private equity and commodity trade finance; this has necessitated contract drafting and negotiation as well as travel and deal due diligence in countries from China to Brazil and South Africa.

Danie van Huyssteen BCom (Law), BCompt (Hons), LLB, CTA, HDip Auditing, Chartered Accountant (SA)

Principal, DEA-RU

 
Danie is a Founder and Associate of Avatar Investment Limited and was adviser to Martin Sanderson in the sale of his company’s shares to the AAM Group, Australia, in 2007 and met with Adrian Durrant when he visited Johannesburg in 2011. In 2014 they founded Avatar Investments Limited, and remain close associates.

 

He specialises in local and inward listings on the JSE Limited, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and raising capital in the form of listed equity and senior debt. In this context, he looks to optimise the business value, in terms of the weighted average cost of capital through the various business cycles; with the aim of maximising equity value.
 
Danie has 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, with a focus on advising JSE-listed companies. He started his career with PwC, within the audit, transaction support and corporate finance practices, before founding his own company in a joint venture with BDO Spencer Steward. Over this time, Danie has been involved in corporate finance transactions within the tourism, property and infrastructure sectors; representing in excess of USD 2 billion in transactions.

 

Martin Sanderson

Director, Avatar Investments Limited

 

Martin is a Director of Avatar Investments Ltd and has known and worked with his co-director at Avatar, Adrian Durrant, for over 25 years.
 
He was the Managing Director of Aircraft Operating Company (AOC) for some 25 years and served on the boards of a number of other companies covering activities in exploration, aviation, IT, engineering, and property investment. His diverse business experience led him to operate internationally on projects  throughout Africa and as far afield as Spain, Norway, Seychelles, India, Canada and Brazil. Clients include recognised international companies and international aid agencies.
 
His experience includes contract negotiations, project management and financial modeling. He has acted as a consultant to Anglo American, the World Bank and the AAM Group. 
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