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Niclas Kjellström-Matseke

Founding Partner, Head of Europe & Africa

17 Asset Management

Cape Town, ZA

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke


Niclas Kjellström-Matseke is a Founding Partner and Head of Europe & Africa for 17 Asset Management, a privately-owned, global asset management firm specializing in asset management, research, and advisory services. 17 Asset Management is also committed to providing financial returns that support and uphold the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Niclas is also CEO of Infigo Properties, a commercial and residential development company in the Cape Town area, and Founder & Chairman of Perennis Africa, a company that invests in Southern African growth companies. Previously, 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.

In addition to being recognized as a leader in international business and the investments industry, Niclas is a dedicated philanthropist, supporting causes including human rights, education, and sustainability. He serves on the Board of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, who also presented with the 2013 Ripple of Hope Award. He is also Chairperson of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and is a Member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Developments Solutions Network. His many Board appointments also include: 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; Board Member at SPER and Novamedia Norsk PoskodeLotteri.

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

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke’s Newsfeed

Financial Times
"Climate Change is the Apartheid of Our Times"

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, Founding Partner of 17 Asset Management, co-wrote an article titled “Climate Change is the Apartheid of our Times” with Desmond Tutu, published in the Financial Times.

Royal Baby Archie Meets Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

"Our mission is to distil the timeless wisdom of our founders, and to instil their values in new generations of leaders. We are enormously grateful to the Duke and Duchess for their love and respect for the Arch," said the Legacy Foundation's chairman Niclas Kjellstrom-Matseke.

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Niclas Kjellström-Matseke’s Background

Founding Partner, Head of Europe & Africa
Nov 2018 - Present
Cape Town, ZA
17 Asset Management is a new kind of asset management firm that provides investment opportunities to meet their clients' social and financial goals. The business is structured around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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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, developing the new city centre.
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Current Board Positions

Member of the 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. They build upon Africa’s existing successes by bringing together people, ideas & innovation to collectively reach a more sustainable future.
Board Member
2016 - Present
Cape Town, ZA
Spear REIT Limited is listed as a Real Estate Investment Trust on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and its main business is investing in high-quality income-generating real estate, across all sectors within the Western Cape, predominantly in the Cape Town region.
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Previous Board Positions

Board Member
2008 - 2011
Stockholm, SE
Kustjägarna is an amphibious special operations unit within the Swedish Amphibious Corps, which is the coastal defence arm of the Swedish Navy. A reconnaissance unit, the main tasks of the Coastal Rangers are to gather intelligence, conduct raids, and commit sabotage.
Chairman of the Board (Sweden)
2012 - 2013
Stockholm, SE
YPO members harness the knowledge, influence & trust of the world’s most influential & innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family & community impact.
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Board Member
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.
2019 - Present
Cape Town, ZA
The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation celebrate 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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Contributing Writer
Oct 2019
Cape Town, ZA
Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, Founding Partner of 17 Asset Management, co-wrote an article with with Desmond Tutu titled “Climate Change is the Apartheid of our Times” published in the Financial Times.

Awards & Endorsements

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
The 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.

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke’s Education

Executive MBA
2003 - 2005
BA Economics & Social Science
1992 - 1995