Chief Executive Officer
Jean Craven is Co-founder and CEO of Barak Fund Management, which has gone on to grow from an initial USD300k AUM in 2009 to USD1.3 billion today, covering private credit in sectors including agriculture, energy and mining, addressing sustainable impact investment and ESG. Barak is a leading international asset manager and one of Africa’s most recognised and respected alternative credit brands.
Since starting my finance career at Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank I have tried to find entrepreneurial ways to support African and frontier market entrepreneurs. In 2009 I established Madswimmer.com, a non-profit charity that undertakes world record daring swims across the globe. We’ve had over 350 swimmers across 20 nations join our swims and help raise funds for more than 25 international children’s charities. I like a healthy work-life balance, seeking adventures that put me outside my comfort zone.
I look to live by Just do It!