About us

Our expertise

Raxio Group is Africa’s leading carrier-neutral data centre operator, delivering best-in-class colocation, cross connect, fibre and IT infrastructure services. With our local market knowledge and global nexus of industry experts and partners, we build and operate a network of connected data centres that will serve as the foundation of Africa’s digital economy.

Our data centres are purpose built to provide the technical foundations for innovation, and are the centrepiece of the infrastructure supporting the growth and digitalisation of the African economy.

Our ethos

As mobile penetration increases among Africa’s large demographic of digital natives, data consumption and demand are growing at exponential rates. To support this new digital economy and to deliver the content and services required by their customers, we believe that organisations require the most secure, reliable, and high-performance data storage and processing environments.

By offering sophisticated data centre facilities and services in prime connectivity hotspots, we work to serve this need and help organisations grow, compete, and achieve their full potential.

Powering Africa’s digital transformation

Raxio Group’s data centres are the first of their kind in the region. Our Tier III facilities enable 99.99% uptime for maximum reliability for mission-critical systems. We offer state-of-the-art equipment and professionally managed facilities, ensuring customers’ services can run in a safe, secure, and redundant environment 24/7. As carrier-neutral data centres, we also provide customers with a diverse range of connectivity options to meet all types of requirements.

At Raxio Group, we’re constantly expanding our footprint and are on track to build 10-12 facilities across the continent over the next 3 years. Our data centres are set to continue to drive economic growth, social development, and digital transformation across Africa.

Robert Mullins

Chief Executive Officer

Robert is CEO of the Raxio Group. He is responsible for strategic planning, leading the expansion of Raxio’s data centres across Africa, and also manages the Group’s relationship with its network of international and regional customers and partners.

Robert is also Partner at the Roha Group, a US firm that responsibly builds profitable businesses in Africa by investing in and developing new companies across the continent. Roha established and has led the development of and investment in, the Raxio Group from inception in 2018 to date.

Prior to joining Roha and Raxio, Robert was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Smart Mobility business for Confidex, a high-growth technology company, and a Partner at Logispring, a transatlantic venture capital firm, where he served on the Board of numerous portfolio companies. He started his career in Investment Banking at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney.

Robert holds a MSc with Distinction in Operations Research from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Marlène Kiniffo

Chief Operating Officer

Marlène is the Chief Operating Officer of Raxio Group and is responsible for all aspects of the operations across the Group as well for the global sales and marketing activities.

Marlène has 25+ years of leadership experience in market-entry, management, M&A and business development across telecoms and manufacturing. Prior to joining Raxio, Marlene served as CEO of Helios Towers for the West and Central Africa region and was the first woman to seat at the Board of Senior Leadership in the Helios Towers Group. Marlene started her career in the USA at NKG and held several management positions including Bosch, RIM-Blackberry, Groupe Renault-Nissan, and LafargeHolcim.

Marlène holds an Intercultural Management-Business & Marketing diploma from Northeastern University Boston and obtained an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Marco Angelino

Group Chief Financial Officer

Marco is the Group Chief Financial Offer and has 15-years of professional experience in Energy, Infrastructure and Banking industries.

His expertise covers the whole investment value chain across several asset classes (i.e. renewable energy, toll roads, railways, etc.) and different geographies (Africa, Europe, USA, Latin America). He has a significant track record in capital raising (debt and equity), M&A and in setting up successful international teams.

Marco obtained a Global Executive MBA at SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy) in 2016. He has also completed a PhD in Banking and Finance.

Robert Saunders

Group Chief Technology Officer

Robert is the Group Chief Technology Officer at Raxio responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of Raxio’s data centre facilities. Robert remains at the forefront of digital transformation with over 17 years of industry experience with a passion of digital transformation and revered reputation for excellence.

Prior to joining Raxio, Robert was the Business Unit Manager at Syska Hennessy Group, MENA. During his tenure, Robert demonstrated an innate ability to lead winning teams across a wide spectrum of disciplines.  Thanks to his tenacious spirit and process-orientated focus, Syska became the premier date centre consultancy firm in the Middle East.

Robert has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Centerbury Christ Church University.

Judy Nguru

Senior VP Strategic Development

Judy is the Senior VP Strategic Development responsible for the execution of Raxio Group’s expansion and growth strategy. She is a seasoned professional with over 16 years of experience in technology, telecommunications, FMCG and finance.

Prior to joining Raxio, she was the Group Business Development Manager for CSquared, formerly Google’s Project Link, driving expansion into new markets across sub-Saharan Africa and successfully establishing six new markets during her tenure. Judy is passionate about driving connectivity across Africa in order to create a sustainable economic impact by accelerating digital transformation, as well as, creating a business culture that promotes the inclusion of all employees.

Judy holds an MBA in Management from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; and a BA in International Business from The American University of Paris, France. She also has a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

James Byaruhanga

General Manager, Uganda

James has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having served as a manager for several leading telecom companies and internet service providers. He oversees the daily business and commercial operations of Raxio Uganda, and works closely with customers to ensure a high quality of service.

James carries a wealth of expertise and knowledge about Uganda’s market dynamics, as well as an extensive network of enterprise and telco connections.

James previously held a variety of positions including Principal, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Roke Telkom, a leading edge alternative internet service provider. He was responsible for the company’s technical infrastructure and planning for Roke’s operations both in Uganda and in neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Prior to Roke, James spent 5 years at MTN Uganda in various technical consulting roles, and 3 years at Africa Online in Uganda and Ghana.

Bewket Taffere

General Manager, Ethiopia

Bewket is the General Manager of Raxio Ethiopia and is responsible for executing the strategy and managing the daily operations of the facilities.

Bewket has over 19 years of leadership and industry experience across telecoms, IT and fintech. His career started as a Product and Service Manager at Ethio telecom and from there onwards has grown to becoming the Sales Director at CIT Communication, COO at Ebirr MFS and Country Manager at ChannelVAS. Bewket brings on board extensive experience across technology, business development and operations management to support our mission at Raxio.

He has a Telecom MBA from Graduate School of Telecommunications and Information Technology and a BA in Business Management from Jimma University.

Yannick Sukakumu

General Manager, DRC

Yannick is the General Manager for Raxio DRC where he is in-charge of the development and operational management of Raxio’s facilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He brings on board 12 years of finance and strategy experience from the telecoms, technology and finance industries.

Prior to Raxio, Yannick was the Regional Director for Eastern DRC at Group Vivendi Africa. Before that, he was the Operations Director of Goma at Bboxx Capital. Yannick has also held several roles across finance, commercial and strategy at Bharti Airtel DRC.

Graduated from Universitie Protestante au Congo with a Bachelor in Economics and subsequently completed a Masters degree in Microfinance from the Frankfurt School of Business and Management.

Raphael Konan

General Manager, Ivory Coast

Raphael is the General Manager of Raxio in its Ivory Coast subsidiary. He is in charge of the execution of the strategic plan, operational management, expansion of the group’s activities in the country.

He has accumulated more than 20 years in management of strategic units of mobile network operators and infrastructure service providers (both domestically and internationally) where he has held several positions including AFRIPA Telecom, Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, Alink Telecom, Atlantic Group, PCCW Global, IHS and most recently VIPNET.

He graduated in management from the Ecole de Commerce d’Abidjan (ESCA) in Economics and Marketing Management from the National Polytechnic Institute Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-BH ex INSET)

Bhavik Pattni

VP Business Operations

Bhavik is the Chief of Staff at Raxio Group responsible for supporting the CEO in developing the company’s strategy and managing its implementation across the business.

Previously, Bhavik was an Investment Associate at Roha Group, an Africa focused greenfield investment firm which lead the development of Raxio. At Roha, Bhavik has been involved with the building of Raxio from its inception where he supported investment analysis, strategy, fund raising, new market growth and engineering. Aside from Raxio, he supported the investment analysis and development of companies in the manufacturing and healthcare space. Before Roha, Bhavik was an Investment Analyst at Ascent, an East African private equity firm.

Bhavik holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University.

Ken Harris

Head of Projects

Ken is the Head of Projects at Raxio Group, where he is responsible for the roll-out and risk assessment of new facilities across Africa. He manages the acquisition of strategic site locations through interactions with local authorities and landlords, as well as driving the selection and procurement process of architects and contractors for each facility. Ken manages Raxio’s project plans, timeframes, and budgets across each project lifecycle.

Ken previously worked at Schneider Australia, where he managed multiple electrical projects for some of the world’s leading data centre players. He draws on his experience over the last 15 year of managing the life-cycle development of large-scale projects, both greenfield and expansion, for the mobile industry across Africa and Europe.

He holds a diploma in telecommunications and marketing, as well as advanced project management certifications.

Ali Malhi

VP Finance

Ali is the Vice President of Finance for Raxio Group, having transitioned from Finance Manager at Roha Group. Ali oversees the daily operations of Raxio Group’s financial functions, including accounting, corporate finance, investor relations and more.

In his previous role at Roha Group, Ali managed finances for Roha, its subsidiaries, and its investment fund. Having previously managed the finance function for the likes of Imperial Logistics, Ali has over 13 years of experience in finance with multinational companies in FMCG and F&B sectors.

Ali holds an MBA from Griffith University and is an accredited member of CPA Australia.

Mainza Moono

Strategic Development Associate

Mainza is a Strategic Development Associate at Raxio Group. He supports the growth and expansion of the Group’s footprint across Africa by playing a central role in helping investigate prospective markets.

Prior to joining Raxio Group, Mainza was previously a Growth and Strategy Associate at the African Leadership University in Mauritius where he worked on the capital raising team. Prior to this, he worked as an Investment Analyst on the asset allocation team for Makena Capital Management, an asset management firm in Menlo Park, California.

Mainza holds a BA in Economics (cum laude) from Ohio Wesleyan University. He is also a graduate of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa.

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