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.