Executive Team

EBS Advisory is the leading environmental, social and governance ESG advisor to financial institutions and PE managers on a pan African basis, with over 70 Private Equity Fund Managers, Pension Funds, Asset Managers, Banks and Impact Investors as clients since 1999. With established offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and representative offices in Accra, Dubai, Casablanca, Istanbul, London, Paris and New York, we assist clients at all stages of the investment cycle, from fundraising, systems implementation, to due diligence, to working with portfolio companies, monitoring and reporting, and finally, preparing for exit.


James Brice

Founder & CEO

James Brice is the founder and Managing Director of EBS. His 25 years’ experience spans almost every sector of business and every global Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) standard. Prior to starting EBS, James established and oversaw the Sustainability and Integrated Reporting services for Grant Thornton from 2009 to 2012. This was preceded by a three-year period as Senior Vice President of Marsh Environmental Services (MES), a division of Marsh & McLennan, NYSE: MMC for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition, he was on the Sustainable Development Committee of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and as such intimately involved in the drafting of King III and best practice in the application of sustainability principles at board level. James holds a BSc Honours in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a PMD from Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Raylene Watson

Regional Managing Director: Southern Africa

Raylene Watson is Managing Director at EBS Advisory for the SADC region and a Professionally Registered Scientific Professional with the South African Council of Natural Sciences. She has over 20 years’ experience as a technical expert in water and air pollution modelling and assessments.  Raylene  also developed and managed various other specialist units in her career, focused on the development of core environmental and social competencies, including, water, waste, soils, social, noise, coastal, estuarine, sustainability reporting, circular economy, EIA, and Strategic Environmental Services.  Prior to her joining EBS, she was appointed as Sustainability Manager for Royal HaskoningDHV with oversight of the SADC regional operations, which required her to report to group head office in The Netherlands, and manage corporate and project related inputs across 12 offices in South Africa, providing support to over 1000 employees.


Danelle Fourie

Technical Director

Danélle is responsible for quality control and technical product development, training and research within EBS. She has 15 years’ experience as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner and has managed more than 70 Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) and other environmental and social assessment studies, as well as complex stakeholder engagement processes (including with Indigenous Peoples). She is proficient in the application of national environmental management instruments in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Liberia, Zambia, Senegal and Suriname, South America, as well as international standards in environmental and social sustainability (IFC Performance Standards). Danélle has worked in a wide range of sectors and industries, including oil and gas, general industry, mining, transportation infrastructure, renewable energy and mixed use developments.

Mumo Kivuitu

Regional Managing Director: East Africa

Mumo Kivuitu has worked on Sustainable and Responsible Business issues for over 15 years and is currently engaged as the Regional Managing Director of EBS Advisory for the last 3 years. His focus areas are the design and development of corporate sustainability strategies, stakeholder engagement, inclusive business, social enterprise, child rights and business, gender relations, business and human rights, corporate governance and responsible workplace programs. Mumo also has experience on sustainability practices in various value chains including coffee, tea, cotton and fisheries. Mumo is a former Executive Director of Ufadhili Trust, a regional non-profit organization that focuses on social responsibility with a leading niche in corporate responsibility and ethical business practices. He holds a Master Degree in Banking and Finance and a first degree in Economics.


Sam Preece

Regional Managing Director: United Kingdom Operations

Sam Preece is EBS UK Director providing London-based clients access to EBS’s local experts across Africa.  Over the last 20 years Sam has held senior roles in global construction and consultancy businesses.  Sam is an environmental professional with board director level operational experience in a number of sectors. Sam’s clients have been many of the largest global companies and he has overseen projects in anglophone and francophone Africa, Australia, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Romania and 14 other European countries. Sam is a project management professional, environmental geologist and member of the Institute of Directors.  Sam holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Imperial College, University of London. Sam’s objective is to ensure EBS projects are delivered to the global standards that our clients expect whilst utilizing and developing outstanding, local, African ESG expertise.

Leila Jaouad

Regional Manager: North Africa

Based in the EBS Casablanca office Leila Jaouad is EBS’s MENA representative and senior consultant for the last 3 years. Leila has extensive experience of evaluating ESMS systems having reviewed more the 100 listed companies’ systems as well as their management practices, policies/ownership, risks, management programs, emergency and preparedness and grievance mechanisms. Leila has undertaken detailed assessments of 10 portfolio companies (including ongoing assessment for a construction company) ESMS according to the IFC and/or EIB standards. Engagement with and interviewing senior management forms a core part of the site E&S and CSR audits undertaken by Ms Jaouad.  Leila is a Corporate Social Responsibility professional with over 8 years of experience in ESG auditing in Morocco, North Africa, West Africa and Turkey. Leila has conducted ESG audits of Moroccan companies and subsidiaries of multinational firms in Morocco operating in various sectors and conducted audits in Egypt for an international bank. Leila has a strong expertise in the assessment of Environmental, Social, and Governance materiality and risk of listed companies listed in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Morocco operating across multiple sectors.


Ola Toba

Regional Managing Director: West Africa

Ola Toba has 10 years consulting experience in Nigeria and has been with EBS for 3 years.  His key responsibilities include providing expert assessment and advisory services on matters pertaining to the management of environmental and social issues. He completed his Bachelors of Engineering Degree (B.Eng) in 2007 at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, majoring in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.  He is also trained and certified in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Process and General Environmental Documentation, Health, Safety and Environment, Total Quality and Risk Management, and has also obtained a certificate from the National Examinations Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSCH).   He is currently undergoing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program with the University of South Wales. He currently has experience in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon.

Grant Cornish-Bowden

Business Development Manager

Grant holds an Honours degree in Environmental and Geographical Science as well as a certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership from the University of Cambridge. At an undergraduate level Grant was awarded a triple major in Environmental Science, Sociology and Organizational Development and has presented on environmental compliance to the Endangered Wildlife Trust as well as facilitated leadership development training for institutions such as CapeNature.

Grant has a wealth of mega project experience, having spent over 12 years as a full time environmental and social compliance manager as well as community liaison officer on construction, agricultural and mining projects across Africa and the Middle East.

Grant is a skilled communicator who is able to connect with people from all walks of life such as affected communities, workforce, project managers, engineers, fund managers, DFI and LP representatives, and authorities. He has specific experience and training in environmental compliance management, environmental systems management, environmental audit (ISO 14001), project management, business development management, conflict management and various international standards such as IUCN, ISO, IFC, World Bank and the Equator Principles.