Wayne Keast

Co-founder and Managing Partner Inspired Evolution, Cape Town, South Africa

Wayne Keast is co-founder and Managing Partner at Inspired Evolution, where he is responsible for guiding the firm’s strategic vision and strategy. He brings more than 30 years of finance and business building experience and more than 20 years of international private equity with a demonstrated track record on both renewable infrastructure projects and technology-based growth equity companies.

Mr. Keast’s previous experience included the establishment and management of a USD 500 million global clean energy / clean technology and sustainability investment platform for a London-based family office focused on transactions across all stages from venture capital, growth equity, clean energy infrastructure and clean energy fund of funds.

He was a founding partner of the USD 250 million Masdar Cleantech Fund (located in Abu Dhabi, London and New York), focused on global energy-related technologies and companies. Prior to his career focus on clean energy and sustainability, he was the CFO of ePartners and eVentures, the USD 1.2 billion private equity group located in Sydney, Mumbai, London, New York and San Francisco.

Wayne holds both a Bachelor and an Honours degree in Finance and Accounting Science (BCompt (Hons)) from the University of South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant CA (SA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).