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Niclas Kjellström-Matseke

Chairman S&E.C., Investor & Independent Director

Spear REIT Limited

Cape Town, ZA

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke
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Cantab Capital Partners
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RAB Capital Limited

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke’s Biography

Niclas Kjellstrom-Matseke is a leading international investor and board member for a range of companies and philanthropic organizations, with a focus on human rights, sustainability, real estate and finance. Niclas is currently an Independent Director for Spear REIT Ltd., a real estate investment firm operating across all sectors within the Western Cape, predominantly the Cape Town region. He is also CEO of Infigo Properties, a commercial and residential development company in the Cape Town area.

Niclas serves on the Board of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, who also presented him with a 2013 Ripple of Hope Award. He is the Chairperson of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and a Member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Developments Solutions Network. Past board appointments have included: Advisory Board Member of The Elders Foundation, a foundation set up by Nelson Mandela; Honorary Advisory Board Member of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s World Freedom Fund at Partnership for Change; and Board Member at the The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER).

Earlier in his career, Niclas was Chairman of Todenburg Ltd. (fmr. Perennis Africa Proprietary), a platform that allowed him to commit time and capital to international ventures. He was a Founding Partner and Head of Europe & Africa for 17 Asset Management, a firm that provides investment opportunities structured around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Prior, he was CEO for Novamedia Nordics, the Swedish company that operates The Postcode Lottery and is the world’s third largest private donor, providing long-term support for numerous charities. Under his leadership, Novamedia grew to become the industry’s most profitable company.

Niclas earned a BA in Economics & Social Science from Uppsala University and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Niclas’ Newsfeed

ABC News
'Wake up': Climate activist Nakate challenges world leaders

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, the chairman of the Tutu Legacy Foundation, said in comments introducing the lecture that “our indecisiveness expedites inequality, it enables injustice, it facilitates the destruction of critical biodiversity and it empowers the richest nation on earth to walk out on a global climate agreement and to suspend funding to the World Health Organization during a global pandemic."

Niclas’ Background

Spear REIT Limited
Chairman S&E.C., Investor & Independent Director
2016 - Present
Cape Town, ZA
Spear REIT Limited is a Real Estate Investment Trust on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It invests in high-quality income-generating real estate across all sectors within the Western Cape, predominantly in the Cape Town region.
Infigo Properties logo Infigo Properties logo
Infigo Properties
Dec 2017 - Present
Cape Town, ZA
Infigo Properties is focused on the property development industry in the Cape Town area and takes an active role as co-developer in pioneering commercial and residential projects.
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Niclas’ Gallery

Current Board Positions

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Leadership Council
2013 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Niclas was appointed by The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes global scientific & technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & the Paris Climate Agreement.

Previous Board Positions

The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa
Board of Directors
Kigali, RW
The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an international organization that supports governments, businesses, civil society & academic institutions in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
Kustjägarna - Swedish Marines
Board Member
2008 - 2011
Stockholm, SE
Kustjägarna is an amphibious special operations unit within the Swedish Amphibious Corps, the coastal defence arm of the Swedish Navy.
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RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Board of Trustees
2014 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.
Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
2019 - Present
Cape Town, ZA
The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation celebrates their lifelong sacrifice for peace and justice by helping people to reconnect to each other, honor the sacredness of all human beings, restore human dignity and protect the inspiring legacy of Desmond and Leah Tutu.
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"Climate change is the apartheid of our times"
Contributing Writer
Oct 2019
Cape Town, ZA
Niclas Kjellström-Matseke co-wrote an article with with Desmond Tutu titled “Climate Change is the Apartheid of our Times” published in the Financial Times.

Awards & Endorsements

RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Ripple of Hope Award
New York, NY, USA
In 2013, Niclas received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights "Ripple of Hope" Award for his leadership in bringing together the business, political, and civic communities.

Speaking Engagements

10th Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture
Featured Speaker
Oct 2020
Niclas Kjellström-Matseke took part in the 10th Annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture, which focused on the theme of 'Climate Justice Globally, Now and for the Future.'
Stiftelsen AllBright
Featured Speaker
Stockholm, SE
AllBright is a non-profit foundation that works for gender equality and meritocracy in business. AllBright's vision is to "work for meritocratic management teams and boards and thus create a more profitable and sustainable business life."

Niclas’ Education

Stockholm School of Economics
Executive MBA
2003 - 2005
University of Uppsala, Sweden
BA | Economics & Social Science
1992 - 1995