Board

TRUSTEE’S

TASAVER HUSSAIN

Tasaver Hussain works for Fujitsu as a Senior Service Manager, having joined Fujitsu through the graduate programme in 2008, he has managed various IT Service Delivery elements for a number of high profile organisations.

Whilst studying at Nottingham Trent University, he visited The Gambia for the first time in 2005 and grew an early interest into supporting Water for Africa and used this as a case study towards his final year dissertation. He is dedicated, tenacious, focused and a strong team player, with a keen eye for detail. His proactive and can do attitude coupled with passion for excellence in execution makes him a valuable trustee for Water for Africa.

Advisory Board

LUCA LONGOBARDI

Luca is the Founder and CEO of 108 Golborne Garage, a new all-day Italian casual dining concept, based in Notting Hill, London opened in early 2016 and Southam Street in 2017.

His investment focus is on early-stage companies in the areas of online services, e-commerce, branded consumer products and innovative food concepts. Some of his current and past investments at different stages for himself or third parties, directly and indirectly include: AOL, Amazon, Ebay, Yahoo, Linkedin, Lycos, Google, Apple, Facebook, Coursera, Dailybreak, Dropbox, General Assembly, Gilt Group, Jawbone, LyU, Maven, Odesk, Sharepost, Silicon Valley Data Science, Spotify, TwiXer, Zocdoc, Zoom System.

He was the founder and CEO of State Capital, a leading independent merchant bank. With over 17 years of experience, in the course of which he has participated in a plethora of transactions in a general partner role as well as an Advisor, for emerging industries, Internet and new technologies

He was Investor, co-founder and CEO of the world largest Christian content aggregator on the internet, IPTV, sold to Los Angeles based media group Truli.net. Early Investor in one of the largest UC/IP/VOIP/PBX operators in South America, sold his stake to a large Brazilian investor group

Vice President of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co in New York, Luca has provided significant value to founders while raising capital or direct investments for new technologies, emerging industries and dot-coms. Started his career in the financial market at VTR Capital, an NY based investment banking firm, very active in the dot-com bubble.

RICARDO ROMANI

For the last twenty years Riccardo Romani has been a reporter chasing stories to tell. He lived in Milano, New York, Roma, and London. His reportages have been published all over the world. He’s been Foreign Correspondent for news channel SkyTG24 from USA, Afghanistan and United Kingdom. For Sky he wrote and directed the TV series “The election game” (2008). He also made the documentary “Coca Nostra”, an one-hour feature focused on cocaine trail from South America to the streets of Italy (2011).

With Oscar winner Director Alfonso Cuaron as Executive Producer, he founded in 2014 Robusto Films for which he is also Creative Director. He collaborated already with Cuaron to the documentary “The possibility of Hope” (Universal Pictures, 2007). With Dario Torromeo, he published “Monzon”, the biography of the doomed world champion. His first novel – “Le cose brutte non esistono” (“Bad things do not exist”) – has been rewarded with the Albatross Prize for Literature and Travels and has been Finalist at the “2014 John Fante Festival and Award” for debuting novelist. Is currently directing the documentary “Throwing Bombs in Baghdad” (tentative title), a story about a group of teenagers boxers dreaming to go to Olympics and forced in the meantime to combat the Isis to defend their Country.

BRUNO BATAILLE

A Ground Water Resource Management Engineer with over 20 years experience specialising in Borehole drilling, teaching and training drillers within Africa and setting up drilling organisations all around the world. Working with leading NGO’s, Government organisations and private companies, Bruno is an accomplished
engineer who works with Water for Africa to help implement the unique model of training African’s to become an accomplished and experienced drilling team.

LORD CARMINE VILLANI

Currently CEO and co-founder of the Multi-Family Office Equity Partners and Multi Family. Office Investments, an $8b investors club platform. Focused on global private equity direct investments.

Chairman and founder of the World Energy Fund focused on global renewable energy development, financing, construction and ownership of wind, solar, hydroand Biomass.

Very active with philanthropy initiatives for foundations globally.