Herta established Ariya Capital in 2008 to focus on Africa as the next major opportunity for sustainable venture and private equity investments. She has 25 years of experience in international finance with a consistent track record of building profitable highly regulated structured finance businesses and has led/ executed debt and equity transactions in excess of $10 billion. She was MD at AIG Financial Products, where she built a successful European structured finance division, and has also held senior positions at Citibank and JP Morgan in London and New York. She has specific sector expertise in finance, renewable energy and carbon credits.
A tax lawyer by training, she serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, including as the first independent chair of the CHAPS Clearing Company Ltd, the primary UK whole-sale clearer of sterling payments with volumes in excess of £70 trillion per annum. In addition to chairing the board, von Stiegel also chairs the Business & Strategy and Governance & Disciplines Committees. The Bank of England has formal responsibility for the oversight of CHAPS Co.’s operation of the CHAPS system that has 21 major banks as full settlement members. From 2006 to 2012, she served on the board of Camco International, a publically listed global clean energy developer with significant operations in China, the US and Africa, where she chaired the audit committee for four years and served on the remuneration, audit and nominations committees.
Herta holds a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a B.A. from Andrews University and completed the Executive Programme in Corporate Finance at the London Business School. Born and raised in emerging markets, Herta has committed this phase of her career to sustainable investing in Africa and other frontier markets for financial returns but also to achieve quantifiable social and environmental benefits.