Stronghold strengthens impact and sustainability offering with Global Advisory Board appointments

Stronghold Global Finance, the international investment house, today welcomes Aidan Applegarth, Klaus-Michael Christensen and Ann Mee as inaugural members of its new Global Advisory Board.


The Global Advisory Board’s expertise taps into growing and strategically important markets, from Islamic Finance in Southeast Asia to infrastructure investment in Africa and sustainable finance worldwide.


The Global Advisory Board will be chaired by Ann Mee, a respected and experienced executive who has acted as Chairman and Executive at finance and tech companies for over 20 years. Mee specialises in strategy, transformation and regulatory requirements.


Aidan Applegarth brings over 40 years’ experience spanning Commercial and Investment banking in the UK, Europe and Asia, having held Regional and Global leadership roles covering both front-line Relationship Management and Operations & Risk. He is also an Independent Advisor for Risk, chairing Stronghold’s Credit Committee.


Klaus-Michael Christensen is the Founding President of the Swiss Impact Investment Association, as well as being a serial entrepreneur who has founded several companies in Switzerland.


Tohib Iyiola, CEO of Stronghold Global Finance, said:

“Stronghold’s vision is to be the leading economic development platform for emerging markets, and realising this requires a diverse range of viewpoints and expertise. These advisors bring a great deal of strategic insight and experience to our firm, enabling us to continue our innovation and investment in the world’s fastest growing economies.”


Ann Mee, inaugural Chair of the Global Advisory Board, said:

“It is great to be part of Stronghold as they embark on bringing their offerings to the emerging markets where I believe there is enormous opportunity.  Their products will be hugely relevant to many private wealth funds, sovereign funds and indeed large corporates dealing in real assets and global trade.”


“The ESG focus which is strongly embedded in the vision and mission statement of Stronghold will be well received by organisations, governments, and pension funds throughout emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”


Aidan Applegarth, inaugural member of the Global Advisory Board, said:

“Emerging markets continue to offer growth potential for global finance, and Stronghold is well placed to boost growing economies while offering compelling market returns. I know that effective risk management can be a real differentiator in this space and I’m looking forward to contributing my own experience in credit and risk to assist Stronghold in achieving a potential advantage over its competitors”.


Klaus-Michael Christensen, inaugural member of the Global Advisory Board, said:

“Stronghold is an exciting company with a unique value proposition based on a deep knowledge of emerging markets combined with shrewd financial acumen. I am excited and energised by the prospect of serving on the firm’s advisory board, and sharing my own experience in entrepreneurship and international finance with such a talented group of people.”



For more information, please contact:

Sean Canty
+44 (0)20 4558 2164

About Stronghold Global Finance:
Stronghold Global Finance is an international investment house that accelerates economic development emerging markets. It draws on many decades of combined experience in investment banking to unlock access to the capital that allows the ascending economies to build infrastructure and operate and trade more efficiently. Stronghold Global Finance is based in London and regulated by the FCA.

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