Senior Partner, PCM Capital Partners
Founder and Managing Partner, PCM Capital Partners
Associate Director, LeapFrog Investments
Africa Editor, Quartz
Chief Executive Officer, Oasis Capital Ghana
Managing Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
Chief Executive Officer, Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire - Union Économique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine, Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement
Co-Founder and Partner, Synergy Capital Managers
Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Development Partners International
Managing Partner, TNP
Chief Executive Officer, Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières
Co-Founder and Partner, Synergy Capital Managers
Chief Operating Officer, AFIG Funds
Chief Investment Officer, Investisseurs & Partenaires
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Twiga Foods
Managing Partner, TLcom Capital
Ministre du Budget et du Portefeuille de l’Etat, République de Côte d'Ivoire
Portfolio Director, Intermediated Equity, CDC Group
Founder and Managing Director, Adenia Partners
Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Capital Partners
Vice-Président, République de Côte d'Ivoire
Managing Director, Groupe NSIA
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cauris Management
Founding Partner, Adlevo Capital
Chief Executive Officer, CEPICI
Chief Executive Officer, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Partner and Deals Coordinator, PwC
Managing Director and Founder, NetPlusDotCom
Co-Chief Executive Officer, AXA Africa Specialty Risks
Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, African Development Bank
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Kibo Capital
Principal, South Suez Capital
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Alitheia Identity
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Eneza Education
General Counsel, CDC Group
Co-Founder, Capria Ventures
Chief Executive Officer, Caisse de Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale
Senior Investment Manager, Triple Jump
Senior Investment Professional, Old Mutual Alternative Investments
Partner, Development Partners International
Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank
Deputy CEO, Novare Equity Partners
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, People Productivity Solutions
Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
Chief Investment Officer, Botswana Development Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Managing Director, Emerging Capital Partners
Regional Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Finance Corporation
Head of Real Estate, African Capital Alliance
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Railway Staff Retirement Scheme
Head of Research, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Partner, Synergy Capital Managers
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Terminaling Company Limited
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Limited
Managing Partner, Flint Atlantic Capital Partners
Partner and Africa Head, Deal Advisory and Private Equity Group, KPMG
Director of Investments, Casey Family Programs
Chief Executive Officer, Injaro Investments
Executive Director and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Amethis
Senior Investment Officer, The University of Texas Investment Management Company
Chief Executive Officer, Novare Equity Partners
Managing Director, NASP-USAID Partnership for Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa's Infrastructure
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Africa Technology Ventures
Chief Executive Officer, African Infrastructure Investment Managers
Managing Partner, Transactions Advisory Services, EY
Partner, White & Case
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ubuntu Capital
Head, Sponsor Coverage, Standard Bank Group
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Pensions
Managing Partner, XSML Capital
Managing Partner, The Abraaj Group
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Senior Manager, AfricInvest
Chief Investment Officer, Financial Sector, African Development Bank
Mawuli Ababio began his career in 1984 as an Investment Officer with SIFIDA Investment Company (now BNP Paribas SIFIDA), Switzerland. In 1991, he joined the African Development Bank to help set up the Bank’s Private Sector Department. In 1994, he moved to Ghana to run the Ghana Venture Capital Fund. He has consulted with PwC France for the EU on setting up venture capital / private equity firms in francophone Africa and was Managing Director of the Africa Venture Capital Association between 2007 – 2010. He is currently Senior Partner at PCM Capital Partners.
Michel Abrogoua is Founder and Managing Partner of PCM Capital Partners, manager of the West Africa Emerging Markets Growth Fund. Michel has over 30 years’ experience in African regional investments following stints with IBM France and the International Finance Corporation. He began his fund management career in 1997 with AXA Framlington in Abidjan, where he was in charge of the operations for the West Africa Growth Fund investments in West and Central Africa. Before setting up PCM Capital Partners, he joined Emerging Capital Partners in 2005 as a Regional Director. Michel has a master’s degree in Economics with distinction from the University of Abidjan and an MBA from Adelphi University in New York.
Demola works closely with LeapFrog’s global team to source investment opportunities and lead transactions through to completion, and manages several of LeapFrog’s financial services companies in its Africa portfolio. Before joining LeapFrog, Demola worked in the Investment Banking division at Citibank where he originated and executed M&A and capital market transactions. Prior to this, he worked within the Investment Banking division at Bear Stearns. He holds a Law and Business Studies degree from the University of Warwick, and an MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.
Yinka Adegoke is the Africa Editor for Quartz where he coordinates its news, ideas and events in partnership with an editorial team across the continent. He launched Quartz Africa in 2015 as well as Quartz’s Africa Innovators Summit in Nairobi. As a journalist, Yinka has reported from more than 10 countries across Europe, Africa and the Americas. Before joining Quartz, Yinka was deputy editor at Billboard where he ran the business coverage for the world’s leading music magazine brand. Prior to that, he was Reuters’ senior media correspondent covering the global media business. He has been a regular writer for The Guardian and The Financial Times
Matthew Boadu Adjei is the Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Capital, a leading private equity firm in West Africa, investing in SMEs in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to founding Oasis Capital in 2009, Matthew led GroFin’s operations in Ghana as its first country manager. He has over 18 years’ investment banking experience, 14 years of which have been spent in the private equity industry in Africa. He holds a BSc in Banking from the University of Ghana and an MBA from Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Daniel (Dan) Agbor is Managing Partner at Udo Udoma & BeloOsagie. His broad practice includes private equity, banking and finance, taxation, capital markets, corporate advisory (including M&A, securities offerings, debt restructuring, and debt-to-equity conversions). He advised on Nigeria’s earliest global depository receipt programme, the establishment of its first discount house, its first Eurobond transaction, and its first independent power projects. Dan is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers, the Legal 500, the IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal (M&A), Who’s Who Legal (Nigeria). He chairs and serves on the boards of various companies including Nigeria’s largest indigenous conglomerate, UAC of Nigeria PLC.
Christian Agossa is Director General of Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire - Union Économique et Monetaire Ouest Africaine (West African Economic and Monetary Union’s Regional Mortgage Refinancing Company) and Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (West African Development Bank), which he has been involved with for over 20 years. Christian began his career in financial markets in France, alongside working as a teacher and researcher, before joining BOAD in 1992. He has a degree from Sciences Po in Paris, and a master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Paris Dauphiné.
Dr. Akintoye Akindele CFA DBA is a co-Founder and Partner of Synergy Capital Managers (Synergy), an anglophone West Africa private equity firm focused on SMEs with over US$100mn of assets under management. He has more than 20 years of private equity, principal investment, banking and advisory experience. Prior to Synergy, Dr. Akindele worked at African Capital Alliance and Guaranty Trust Bank. He has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and a Doctorate in Business Administration, specialising in Finance, from International School of Management, Paris, France. He is also a CFA Charter holder and a trustee of the CFA Society of Nigeria.
Runa Alam is a co-founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Development Partners International, a pan-African private equity firm with over US$1.1bn of assets under management. She has over 30 years of private equity, emerging market management, and investment banking experience. She serves on the board of several African companies and organizations. Runa holds a B.A. in International and Developmental Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Baba Alokolaro is a Managing Partner and leads the private equity team at TNP. His experience in the corporate finance and private equity practice cuts across various industries including information and communication technology, e-commerce, manufacturing, financial services, and energy and natural resources. With an eye for detail, Baba regularly advises private individuals, public and private companies including financial service providers, ranging from private equity fund managers to investment banks and various government agencies. He holds a master’s degree in International Commercial and Business Law from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and a Law degree from University of Warwick.
Dr. Edoh Kossi Amenounve holds a PhD in Administration and Finance from Laval University in Canada (1995). Chief Executive Officer of Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BVRM) and the Central Depository/Settlement Bank (DC/BR) since October 2012, he previously served as Secretary General of the Regional Council for Savings and Financial Markets (CREPMF) (2003 – 2012), the financial market regulation authority of the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union; Chief Executive Officer of SGI-TOGO, a Brokerage Company (1997 – 2003). He has also created OPTI Asset Management and worked on the implementation of the BRVM and DC/BR (1997 – 2000). Dr. Amenounve is considered as one of the most influential finance specialists in Africa.
Ayodele Arogbo is a co-founder and Partner of Synergy Capital Managers, an anglophone West Africa private equity firm focused on SMEs with over US$100mn of assets under management. He has more than 25 years of private equity, financial advisory, corporate and commercial banking. Prior to co-founding Synergy, Ayodele worked at African Capital Alliance and with FSB International Bank (now part of Fidelity Bank). He has successfully sourced, managed, and exited investments in the oil & gas, business solutions, real estate, hospitality, and financial services sectors. Ayodele has a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos. He is also a CFA Charterholder and a trustee of the CFA Society of Nigeria.
Patrice Backer is the Chief Operating Officer and a Partner of AFIG Funds. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the investment process and oversees the fund’s operational and administrative aspects. Prior to AFIG Funds, Patrice was the Managing Director of PromoCapital in Haiti and the U.S. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in JP Morgan’s Emerging Markets Sales and Trading and Latin America Mergers & Acquisitions groups. He holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard College.
Sébastien Boyé is the Chief Investment Officer at Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P). I&P is the management company of two impact investment funds. These funds aim to foster entrepreneurship, and generate social and environmental impact in Sub-Saharan Africa, by funding and supporting small and medium-sized companies. I&P has invested across various sectors and in over 60 African companies. Sebastien is in charge of I&P’s activities and manages its local offices in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Sahel (Burkina, Niger, Mali). Prior to joining I&P in 2002, he was a Corporate Credit Analyst at BNP Paribas in Paris and Los Angeles. Sébastien graduated from ESCP-EAP Business School. He is a co-author of “Le guide de la Microfinance”.
Grant Brooke is co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twiga Foods (Twiga). Twiga is a mobile-based B2B platform for small and medium sized vendors, currently Kenya’s largest seller of bananas, potatoes, and other staple commodities. Since its founding in 2014, Twiga has grown to service thousands of customers, employ hundreds, and source from farmers across the region. Prior to launching Twiga, Grant spent years in East Africa’s informal markets as a master’s and doctoral researcher.
Maurizio Caio is a Managing Partner at TLcom Capital (TLcom), investing in technology-enabled fast-growth businesses across Europe, Israel and Sub-Saharan Africa. With offices in London, Nairobi and Lagos, TLcom recently launched the Technology and Innovation for Developing Economies (TIDE) Africa Fund. Before TLcom, Maurizio was a Director at Bain & Company, leading the firm’s European Technology practice. Maurizio cooperates with the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Office. Maurizio has a summa cum laude degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and NYU, and an MBA from Stanford University.
His Excellency Abdourahmane Cissé is the Ministre du Budget et du Portefeuille de l’Etat, République de Côte d’Ivoire. Before being appointed as Minister in November 2013, he was Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Prior to this, he was an Advisor to the President of Côte d’Ivoire. His Excellency Cissé started his career in trading at Goldman Sachs in 2005. He graduated from École Polytechnique in France and holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Economics & Management from the French Institute of Petroleum and the University of Oklahoma.
Jeremy Cleaver joined CDC Group in 2011 and is a Portfolio Director responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring fund-of-funds investments in Africa. Prior to joining CDC Group, Jeremy worked for the Asian Development Bank in Sydney as a private sector development specialist. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Antoine Delaporte is the Founder and Managing Director of Adenia Partners, a private equity firm with US$350mn of assets under management, focusing on control buy-out and growth capital investments. Prior to founding Adenia Partners in 2002, Antoine was an entrepreneur in Madagascar from 1995 - 2001, and previously, a Manager at Bain & Company, a leading strategic consulting firm, in London and Paris from 1988 - 1994. He holds a master’s degree in Management from ESCP and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a member of YPO-Mauritius and sits on various boards of companies in Africa.
Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner, and co-Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a leading private equity manager focused on Africa which has raised over US$2.7bn for investment and has six offices across the continent. Hurley is responsible for providing overall leadership and strategy for the firm and for managing investment staff. Prior to joining ECP in 2000, Hurley was an Executive Director in proprietary trading at Sumitomo Finance in London. A Princeton University graduate, he began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1984, where he had assignments in New York, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo, and was made a Managing Director in 1997. Hurley serves on ECP’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee, and is Chairman of African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan assumed office as the VicePrésident, République de Côte d’Ivoire in January 2017. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire and has previously served in numerous ministerial positions, including as Prime Minister between 1993 and 1999, and again from 2012 to 2017. Most notably, His Excellency Duncan contributed to the successful management of the CFA franc devaluation of January 1994 and the conception and implementation of a programme to relaunch Côte d’Ivoire’s economy between 1994 and 1999. He has also worked for the IMF and Central Bank of West African States.
Omo-Délé Egue is Managing Director of NSIA Group, a pan-African insurance and banking conglomerate, leading the investment bank and brokerage arm. He is a seasoned financial advisory and securities services professional, with 20 years' work experience, including over 18 years of regular practice on the West African Regional Stock Exchange. His expertise have spanned a senior executive role at BRVM Stock Exchange to executive management responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of two leading West African stock brokerage firms. Omo-Délé is Chairman of the WAEMU Association of Stockbrokers APSGI, Board Member of both the BRVM and the Central Securities Depository DC/BR, and also Non-Executive Director of the Regional Asset Management Company SOAGA. He holds a bachelor in Economics from the University of Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire) and a Master from the Skema Business School of Nice (France). He is also graduated from ESSEC Business School (France).
Noël Yawo Eklo is co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cauris Management. Under his management since 2002, Cauris grew from EUR8mn under management to a cumulated EUR83mn over three generations of SME funds with 47 investments and 40 exits since the inception of funds. Before joining Cauris Management, he worked in audit and control firms. Noël graduated from École Supérieure d’Informatique et de Gestion – Paris and École Supérieure de Gestion – Paris.
Folabi Esan is a Founding Partner of Adlevo Capital. Prior to this, he was the pioneer Managing Director of SAP Nigeria and Regional Manager for SAP West Africa. He has also held other positions in Bain & Company and Andersen Consulting. Folabi has successfully run two companies: Techno-Diffusion (an idea incubator) and Heureka Consulting (a provider of technology marketing services). He is also the current president of the Nigerian-German Business Association (NGBA) and the Stanford Alumni Club of Nigeria. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria), a master’s in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Stanford University), and a master’s in innovation Systems and Technology Policy (University of London).
Emmanuel Esmel Essis is Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Promotion Agency of Côte d’Ivoire He is President of the International Network of Francophone Investment Promotion Agencies, and a Member of the Management Committee of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) since 2015. He is also a representative of the Sub-Saharan zone for WAIPA. Prior to this Emmanuel built a career spanning over 30 years in the private sector, in roles such as Deputy Director General of Cosmivoire - Sifca Group in Abidjan, and Regional Managing Director of Coca Cola Bottling Plan Group for Guinea, Zambia and Guinea Bissau.
Michelle Kathryn Essomé is the Chief Executive Officer at African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. She brings 20 years of investment banking experience covering marketing and origination roles in equities, fixed income and investment management at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers and Nomura, including two years marketing private equity in the UK. Michelle as an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, where she was a Robert F. Toigo fellow, a BBA in Finance from Howard University.
Douty Fadiga is a Partner and deals coordinator for PwC’s francophone Central and West Africa region. He has over 25 years of experience in client advisory on capital raising, valuation and due diligence. Most recently, he provided financial due diligence support for the acquisition of Cameroon’s AES SONEL by Actis and an agribusiness company by an equity fund in Gabon, as well as sell-side advise for a microfiance institution and a major logistics company in Cameroon. Douty is a certified Chartered Accountant (French State degree) and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Côte d’Ivoire.
Wole Faroun is Managing Director and Founder of NetPlusDotCom. An entrepreneur and business development enthusiast, Wole is passionate about creating innovative products and solutions to help businesses achieve sustainable growth by offering alternative e-commerce and electronic payment solutions that are safe, secure and integrated for retailers. Wole has led teams in Fortune 500 companies to innovate, market and sell leading technology solutions delivering value to millions of customers in the B2B and B2C segments. He has worked in various functional areas including technology, project management, business development, sales and marketing across several markets including Nigeria, US, UK and the Netherlands. Wole holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from OAU, Nigeria and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Flannery is Founder of Branch.co (Branch), a for-profit, Android-based “branchless bank” focused on Africa. In its first two years, Branch made over a million loans in Tanzania and Kenya. Matt Flannery also founded Kiva.org in 2004 as a side-project. As Chief Executive Officer for 10 years, Matt led Kiva’s growth to an established online service network in 80 countries and nearly US$1bn sent to low-income entrepreneurs. Matt is an Ashoka Fellow and is one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a master’s in Philosophy from Stanford University.
Frédéric joined the AXA Group in 2000 as Responsible for Corporate Finance for Europe, LatAm and Reinsurance. In 2003, he was appointed CFO of AXA’s operations in Spain. From 2004 to 2016, as CFO of the MedLA Region, then CEO of New Markets Development, he supported the expansion of AXA by entering in new territories in Latin America and Africa, tripling the size of the Region during that period. He is currently co-CEO of AXA Africa Specialty Risks, a Director of AfricaRe and Chairman of MicroEnsure. He graduated in Engineering at the École Centrale de Paris, and is a member of the French Institute of Actuaries.
Pierre Guislain joined the African Development Bank in 2016 as Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization. His areas of responsibilities at the Bank also cover the financial sector and urban development. Prior to this, Pierre was Senior Director for the Transport and Information & Communication Technologies Global Practice at the World Bank, and served as Director of the joint World Bank-IFC-MIGA Investment Climate Department and as co-Director at International Finance Corporation for Fragile and Conflict Affected countries. Pierre is the author and editor of publications on PSD, foreign direct investment, ICT, infrastructure reform and privatization. He holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, and a graduate law degree from the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Thierry Hugnin is co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kibo Capital Partners (KCP). KCP is a private equity firm founded in 2008 with a total of US$100mn in funds under management. KCP manages two SME funds in East and Southern Africa and aims at partnering with rapidly-growing businesses, providing them with growth capital and operational and business development expertise. It has a team of 9 professionals based in its Mauritius and Kenya offices. Prior to founding KCP, Thierry was Portfolio Director at Blakeney Management in London focusing on listed and private equity investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a master’s degrees from Paris Dauphine and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales with PWC. He is a Board member of a number of companies in East and Southern Africa spanning several sectors.
Matthew Hunt is a Principal at South Suez Capital with over 19 years’ experience. He sits on the advisory board of numerous African private equity funds. Previously, he was Vice-President with JP Morgan Chase in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Johannesburg, where he spent 13 years working in the areas of corporate finance, tax-effective finance, debt structured products, and derivatives. His career spanned numerous emerging markets across the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, and Africa. His areas of expertise are private equity, credit, foreign exchange, and derivatives. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) from the University of Bristol and condensed-MBA in Finance.
‘Tokunboh Ishmael is an experienced private equity investor with a proven track record. She is Managing Director and co-Founder of Alitheia Identity (Alitheia). In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia to scale investing across sub-Saharan women-led SMEs. ‘Tokunboh is a CFA Charterholder, corporate financier and M&A banker, having worked on transactions worth over US$5.6bn across the US, UK, and Africa. Experienced in the energy, oil & gas, technology, and financial services sectors, she is now focused on investing in and building sustainable growth businesses across attractive, consumerled sectors including agribusiness, financial services, retail and technology and telecoms, mainly on behalf of discerning institutions, development organisations and corporates looking for a mix of responsible investing, economic impact, and social responsibility.
Kago Kagichiri is the Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of Eneza Education, an ed-tech company offering an affordable virtual classroom on mobile phones through SMS at US$0.10/week. Eneza Education has reached over 1.8 million learners in Kenya alone. Starting off as a software developer over 13 years ago, he is extremely passionate about advances in information technology, and preparing young Africans, many of whom have limited access to the latest technologies, with these skills for the future. Forbes recognized him as one of the world’s Top 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs.
Mark Kenderdine-Davies is General Counsel of CDC Group (CDC), the UK Government’s DFI, with oversight of the company’s legal, tax and regulatory affairs. Investing from its US$6.045bn balance sheet, CDC has committed US$1.4bn to African private equity funds, US$670mn to direct equity investments and US$448mn to debt investments since 2010. It is currently invested in 46 African private equity funds. Mark sits on CDC’s private funds investment committee. Mark has an LLB from the University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mark is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is a Member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Jack Knellinger is one of the co-founders of Capria Ventures (Capria), a global investment firm advancing the next generation of impact fund managers in emerging markets. Through his work at Capria, he has partnered with four investment firms in Africa including Alitheia Identity and Vakayi Capital. Previously, Jack managed Microsoft’s employee giving program and grew philanthropic contributions to US$100mn for the first time in the company’s history. In recognition of over a decade of experience launching new innovative ventures, Jack was named one of Social Enterprise Alliance’s “50 under 40“ emerging leaders sponsored by American Express.
Charles Denis Kouassi is Director General of the National Social Security Fund (Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale, CNPS). He joined the CNPS in 1988, working in various roles before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Charles is an experienced administrator, having served as a member on a number of boards including the Ivorian National Lottery organisation, and he currently sits on Total’s board in Cote d’Ivoire. He holds a master’s degree in Economic Science from the University of Abidjan and a diploma from the Ivorian Training Institute for Social Security professionals.
Jan-Henrik Kuhlmann works for Triple Jump’s Fund of Funds team as Senior Investment Manager, responsible for South Asia and the Western geographies of Africa. He started his career in the power technology industry, working for over 10 years at ABB & ALSTOM in the development, engineering, sales or product management of power plants. Before joining Triple Jump, he was partner and investment manager at Obviam AG, the manager of the Swiss Development Finance Institution, SIFEM. Jan holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hanover, Germany and a MBA from HEC Paris, France.
Nabeel Laher BAcc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA is a Senior Investment Professional within the International Private Equity team at Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI). Nabeel’s responsibility is to originate, analyse, execute and manage investments, for the various funds, within the international private equity business. Prior to joining OMAI, Nabeel spent some time as an auditor, entrepreneur, debt specialist and M&A adviser. His experience in entrepreneurship, debt structuring and mergers and acquisitions provides him with the skill set to focus on critical issues in formulating an investment recommendation. Nabeel is a Chartered Accountant and CFA Chartholder.
Sofiane Lahmar joined Development Partners International (DPI) in April 2010 and has extensive finance experience spanning private equity investing, M&A investment banking and option trading. Prior to joining DPI, he was a Partner and co-Chief Investment Officer at Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management. He was named as one of the Financial News 100 Rising Stars in 2008, as one of the Africa Leaders of Tomorrow by Jeune Afrique in 2013. Sofiane holds an MA in International Economics & Finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School (Boston) and a Maitrise in Management from Dauphine University (Paris). He was born and educated in Algeria, and is a citizen of Algeria and France.
Dr. Frannie Léautier is the Senior Vice President at the African Development Bank. Previously, she co-founded the Mkoba Private Equity fund and was a Vice President at the World Bank. She has a rich executive experience including Vice Chair of the PTA Bank Board and Chair of Risk and Audit Committee of the AERC. She is currently a member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils. Dr. Léautier holds a Doctorate from MIT. She graduated from Harvard University’s Executive Program and holds an honorary degree in Humane Letters from North Central College. Dr. Léautier was Distinguished Professor at Sciences Po Paris from 2007 - 2012.
Ola Leepile started his career at Alexander Forbes Financial Services. He then joined Novare as an investment analyst involved in long only and hedge fund manager research, hedge fund portfolio construction and risk management. Ola then joined Renaissance Capital as vice President trading South African equity futures. He later rejoined Novare Equity Partners as a portfolio manager responsible for research into sub-Saharan Africa, and business development for the Novare Africa Property Funds. Ola is currently the deputy CEO and executive director of Novare Equity Partners. He is a CFA charterholder, a certified FRM and obtained his MBA from the London Business School.
Kunle Malomo has 20 years’ experience in delivering strategy formulation and implementation of geographical expansion and strategic partnering initiatives; corporate restructuring, mergers, and acquisitions; venture capital portfolio company management; best practice engagement development in sales force effectiveness; Kunle previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group, Corporate Executive Board (NYSE: CEB) and Frost & Sullivan. Kunle’s education includes: MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Executive Education at Harvard Business School in Corporate Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions; and Project Management at Oxford University.
Adrian Mayer is a Partner and corporate transactional lawyer specialising in private equity investments and corporate finance at Charles Russell Speechlys. He advises on a broad range of transactions including private equity investments and exits, acquisitions, re-capitalisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, acting for investors (both family offices and private equity funds), corporates (and management teams) and banks. He heads the firm’s Africa Focus Group and is experienced in advising clients on transactions in Africa across a number of industry groups and sectors, in particular real estate and construction, agribusiness, financial services, energy and natural resources and retail and leisure. Adrian is a frequent traveller to the region.
Bafana Molomo is Chief Investment Officer at the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC), the private investment arm of the Botswana Government. Prior to joining BDC, he was a senior member of the Vantage Capital investment team – a leading mezzanine fund manager operating across Sub-Saharan Africa. He was also with VPB in Botswana and Namibia as a senior investment professional. He has extensive experience in private equity, corporate finance, mezzanine finance, structured finance, project finance. Bafana holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance, an MBA from University of Cape Town, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business from University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Abi Mustapha-Maduakor is the Chief Operating Officer of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and has several years of financial services experience in investment management, accountancy, and treasury. Prior to joining AVCA, Abi worked in Ernst & Young LLP, Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, Lloyds Banking Group and, most recently, as the Special Adviser on private sector issues to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria. Abi has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Ferdinand Kemoum Ngon is a Managing Director at Emerging Capital Partners in Cameroon. Ferdinand is responsible sourcing, analyzing, executing, and managing investments. He also oversees the management of the Central African Growth Sicar. Over his 13 years on the ECP Investment Team, Ferdinand has worked on 8 transactions and led 2 in a senior capacity. He has also served on the boards of Oragroup - where he was seconded to Orabank as deputy Chief Executive Officer, BATIM Africa and Semme Mineral Water. Prior to joining ECP, he served in various positions at Framlington Asset Management, LOITA Capital Partners International, Amity Bank Cameroon, Banque Meridien Biao Cameroon, Meridien Bank Cameroon, and CCEI Bank, and Technique de Gestion Financière S.A. Ferdinand holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics from the University of Lille (France). He also earned a post-graduate degree in management of banks and financial institutions from the University of Paris-IX Dauphine (France). He is a citizen of Cameroon and is fluent in French.
Kevin Njiraini is the Regional Lead for private equity funds in Sub Saharan Africa at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Kevin set up IFC’s first African private equity office in Nairobi, Kenya. He previously worked with IFC’s Financial Institutions Group where his remit included transactions in Africa, Asia and Central America. Prior to joining, IFC Kevin was the General Manager of an investment bank.
Obi Nwogugu is Head of Real Estate at African Capital Alliance Nigeria. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for ING Clarion Partners, New York; Bank of America, Mergers and Acquisition, New York; Global Crossing Inc., New York and McKinsey & Company, New York. Obi holds a B. Engineering degree from the University of Nigeria, an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. Computer Science degree from New York University.
Simon Nyakundi is the Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Railway Staff Retirement Scheme, which owns a high portfolio investment in property that is second only to National Social Security Fund in Kenya. Simon is chairman and council member of the Association of Retirement Benefits Schemes Kenya attended Investment Management School and Treasury School, UK (Euromoney). He also attended the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines, helped to implement a turnkey Public Private Partnership project (a first in East, Central and Southern Africa) and consulted for many pension schemes on property investment. Simon has over 15 years’ experience in the pension industry dealing with financial and investment management. He is a graduate in Commerce (Accounting Option), CPA, IMIS (UK) Holder and MBA Strathmore Business School.
Dr. Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye is Head of Research at the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. She brings over 15 years of research, consulting, and investment banking experience gained at organisations including Accenture, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays Capital. Prior to joining AVCA, Dr. Obasanjo-Adeleye founded an investment advisory company in Lagos, Nigeria, focused on deal origination and structuring, and strategic advisory. She holds a PhD in Computational Finance from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst charter holder.
Yinka Odeleye is a Partner of Synergy Capital Managers, an anglophone West Africa private equity firm focused on SMEs with over US$100mn of assets under management. He oversees portfolio liquidity and exits. He has more than 20 years of capital markets, buy and sell-side advisory, and corporate finance experience. Prior to Synergy, Yinka worked at Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and Guaranty Trust Bank. He has worked on over US$10bn worth of investment banking and financing transactions in the US, UK, and Nigeria and has significant deal experience in the financial institutions, energy, telecommunications, consumer, and manufacturing sectors. Yinka has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Rutgers Business School. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
Oluwatosin (Tosin) Odusanya is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Terminaling Company Limited, a Terminal and Storage company providing storage capacity to both local and international multi-country petroleum products trading companies. Tosin has over 12 years’ experience in the oil and energy sector including as Head, Oil & Gas at Bond Bank (Skye Bank PLC), and as a co-Founder of a trading and marine services company focused on crude and refined hydrocarbons and marine support services to companies in the upstream segment of the oil and gas Industry. He is a member of the Energy Institute, London and holds a Diploma in International Oil Trade Supply, Refining and Transport from the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford Princeton Program (UK).
Opuiyo Oforiokuma is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Limited. An infrastructure specialist with over 25 years’ experience, Opuiyo manages the ARMHarith Infrastructure Fund, which focuses on transport, energy, and utilities projects in West Africa. The Fund has investments in power generation projects currently under construction in Nigeria and Ghana, with a total project value of US$1.42bn, and an aim to deliver 650MW of electricity when complete. As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Concession Company, Opuiyo led the US$427mn Lekki PPP Toll Road Concession, a first for Nigeria, through financial close, execution, and a successful exit. Other roles held include Finance Director, Thames Water International; Business Performance Director, Latin America, Thames Water Chile; and Vice President, American Water.
Dr. Kelechi Ohiri is Managing Partner at Flint Atlantic with over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector spanning clinical medicine, consultancy and advisory. Kelechi has served as a Senior Adviser to the Ministers of Health and Finance in Nigeria. He was also an Engagement Manager with McKinsey, where he served EMEA healthcare clients. Before McKinsey, Kelechi worked with the World Bank, focusing on strengthening health systems in emerging markets. Kelechi has served on several global expert advisory panels, including the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization.
Dapo Okubadejo is a Partner and Africa Head of Deal Advisory and Private Equity at KPMG. With over 25 years of professional experience, Dapo leads the sub-Sahara African network with offices in over 33 countries and provides market entry strategy, deal origination, structuring & execution as well as post-deal strategic value optimization and exit management. He specialises in both buy-side & sell-side advisory, and his experience spans key sectors such as energy and power, consumer goods, telecoms, and financial services. Dapo holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from OAU, Nigeria and as a UK Foreign & Commonwealth Chevening Scholar, holds a Master of Finance degree. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School, GIBS SA, INSEAD and London Business School.
Gbenga Oladeji is an Investment Manager responsible for Casey Family Program’s non-marketable investment strategies. In addition, he also contributes to the foundation’s overall asset allocation, portfolio management, and construction. Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, Gbenga served as Assistant Portfolio Manager at JP Morgan Retirement Plan, where he co-managed a US$5bn private equity portfolio. Previously, he was an investment manager with the William Penn Foundation and an associate with Morgan Stanley Capital International. Gbenga holds a MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University International Business School and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He has earned both Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.
Jerry Parkes is the Chief Executive Officer of Injaro Investments (Injaro), manager of a US$50mn fund focused on agricultural SMEs in Africa. Injaro is a member of the Impact Assets 50 (2015), a list of the global top 50 impact investment managers. Prior to Injaro, Jerry was a Director at Knox D'Arcy Investment Management, a UK-based fund manager focusing on small to mid-sized companies. His previous experience also includes roles with Accenture, Merrill Lynch, UBS, and Technoserve. He holds a MEng. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Vikram Raju is an Executive Director and Portfolio Manager with the Private Market Strategies team at Morgan Stanley and serves on the Advisory Boards of private equity funds in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was a principal investment officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group, where he held several roles and was latterly the global lead for the climate-change funds investment program. Prior to the IFC, Vikram spent several years in the private sector as an emerging markets portfolio manager at Lazard Frères and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Vikram received a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an MS in Finance from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai, and a master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Luc Rigouzzo is Managing Partner and co-Founder of Amethis, an investment fund manager focusing on long term responsible investment in Africa, built with the Edmond de Rothschild Group. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of PROPARCO, member of the AFD Executive Committee and Chairman of the European Development Finance Institutions. He holds degrees in Agronomy and Finance. Luc devoted the first part of his career to private equity and project finance in the agribusiness sector in Latin America and Africa, initially at PROPARCO, and then at International Finance Corporation. He then created and led the AFD department of structured finance.
Richard Rincon is a senior investment officer at the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), which manages over US$37bn in endowment and operating funds. Based in Austin, he helps lead UTIMCO’s global emerging markets private equity and venture capital investment activities, with a focus on Latin America and SubSaharan Africa. Prior to joining UTIMCO, Richard spent over ten years as a lower middle market buyout and growth equity principal investor focused on U.S., Hispanic, and Latin American markets. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at ABN Amro Bank. Richard received an MBA (Finance & Strategy) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA (Economics & Political Science) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Derrick Roper is Chief Executive Officer of Novare Equity Partners (Novare), the sub-advisor to the Novare funds focused on investments exclusively in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Derrick, a qualified actuary with 25 years’ experience in the industry, co-founded Novare in October 2000. With his tendency to innovate in product development, he saw Novare launch the first South African Fund of Hedge Funds in 2003, and subsequently, the first Novare Africa Property Fund in 2010. He was listed amongst the top 50 most influential, innovative and powerful figures in African asset management by Africa Asset Management magazine for 2013 and 2014. Derrick is also an Executive Director on the board of Novare Holdings.
Aymeric Saha is the Managing Director of the NASP-USAID Investment Partnership for Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure. He previously served as Financial Policy Director in the United States Congress for the Ranking Member of the House Sub-committee on Financial Institutions with oversight of banking reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to that, Aymeric spent fourteen years in corporate finance and risk management at the World Bank. He holds two master degrees in finance and business from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor degree in finance from McGill University
Boldewijn Sloet is co-Founder and Managing Partner at Africa Technology Venture. Based in East Africa since 2008 as an entrepreneur and investor, Boldewijn made an early stage investment in off-grid energy company Barefoot Power, served as Country Manager in Uganda and Kenya, as well as Africa Director between 2008 and 2014. Since 2015, Boldewijn has been investing in early stage technology companies, both as angel investor and fund manager for Safaricom Spark Venture Fund. Currently, he is raising Africa Technology Ventures, a US$50m
Jurie Swart is the Chief Executive Officer of African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM). He has been involved with AIIM since its inception in 2000 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2014. He has served as a Director since 2009 and is also a member of the AIIM investment committee. Jurie joined Old Mutual Investment Group as an equity analyst in September 1999 before joining the infrastructure team, where he was appointed as the Head of Infrastructure and Development Assets in 2007, which includes AIIM, the IDEAS Fund and the International Infrastructure Fund. Jurie holds a B.Sc Eng (Civil), a B.Com degree and is a CA(SA).
Serge Thiémélé is Managing Partner at EY, leading transactions advisory services for francophone African countries. With over 26 years’ experience at EY, Serge has worked across mergers and acquisitions, valuations and business modeling, project finance advisory, financial and commercial due diligence, and debt and capital raising advisory. Serge is also a Francophone Africa infrastructure sector leader, a member of EY’s Global Power & Utilities and Global Telecom Centers of Excellence, and a former EY Africa Telecom Sector Leader. He is currently the President of American Chamber of Commerce in Côte d’Ivoire and graduated from Sciences Po Paris and University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne.
Mara Topping is a Partner in White & Case’s capital markets group specialising in private equity investment funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds. She also has experience structuring funds that include debt tranches. Additionally, she advises on investment advisor “house” arrangements including compensation, employment and regulatory compliance. She has represented investment managers, sponsors and investors, including high net worth individuals, banks and other institutional investors including development financial institutions. She is co-Founder of the AVCA Legal and Regulatory Committee and co-Chair of AVCA’s Strategic Engagement Committee
Mamadou Toure is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ubuntu Group of companies, focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions in Africa. He was previously Managing Director with GE Africa, leading the Group’s Investment and Project Finance Divisions, and managed private sector investments in the telecommunications, media and technology at the International Finance Corporation. Over the past 2 decades he has been involved in transactions exceeding a combined total of US$20bn across 26 African countries. In 2014, Mamadou was considered one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa by Forbes Magazine. He received a distinction as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and announced as the 2016 Pan-African Leader of the Year by the African Democratic Institute. Mamadou is also Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0 Foundation.
Nina Triantis has over 25 years’ investment banking experience across developed and emerging markets. Nina runs Sponsor Coverage and is also responsible for coverage of the TMT sector, as such has a broad and diverse client base across TMT and with financial sponsors including private equity, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors. Nina has led complex transactions across the capital spectrum and has wide ranging M&A and capital raise experience. She holds an MBA from Stern New York University graduate school of business, and BA in Economics and French from Columbia University.
Emenike Dave Uduanu is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Pensions. He currently serves as Chair of the Africa Pension Funds Network and was former Chairman of the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria. He previously worked with EY in Lagos and was a Founding Director of Pensions Alliance Limited, for which he was Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer between 2009 - 2016. Dave holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also holds a Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing jointly awarded by the EVCA and Said Business School, Oxford. He is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder.
Barthout van Slingelandt is a Managing Partner at XSML Capital (XSML), a frontier market fund-manager active in Central and Eastern Africa with US$69mn funds under management. He oversees a portfolio of over 40 small and medium-sized businesses in sectors including healthcare, education, retail, and services. Barthout has over 20 years’ experience in corporate restructuring (Alvarez & Marsal), general management (Citibank) and investing (director/investor in several technology companies), in emerging markets, Europe and the US. Barthout holds a master’s in Law from Leiden University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Sev Vettivetpillai is a Managing Partner and an Executive Board Member of The Abraaj Group (Abraaj). Sev is the Global Head of Thematic Fund Businesses, responsible for Abraaj's healthcare, real estate, energy infrastructure and private credit strategies. He has more than 25 years' experience within the growth markets private equity arena, successfully setting up teams in new geographies and products, strategic investment management, fundraising, deal structuring, valuation, due diligence and portfolio management. Prior to joining Abraaj, Sev was the Founder of the Aureos Group, where he held several positions, and served as Senior Investment Executive at CDC Group. Sev sits on several boards as an independent/nominee director, including the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. He is a CFA Charterholder and completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK).
Solomon Wifa is a Partner in the Asset Management Group of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. A well-established investment funds lawyer with significant experience in the investment funds sector, he advises on international and domestic private equity transactions, including the establishment of private equity, hedge, buyout, mezzanine, and venture capital funds and carried interest schemes. He has advised on a number of buyout, venture, and development capital investments, a range of primary and secondary transactions in private equity and hedge funds, and a variety of sector-focused and emerging markets funds.
Ann Wyman is Senior Manager at AfricInvest, a Tunisia-based pan-African private equity firm with over US$1bn in assets under management, which has made more than 135 investments across the continent. She is responsible for several areas including investor relations, fundraising and economic research, and also manages the firm’s London representative office. Ann has previously served as the Head of Emerging Markets Research in Europe for both Citi and Nomura. Ann is also an economic contributor to Oxford Analytica, an Advisor to Gatehouse Advisory Partners, and a founding board member of the US government-funded Tunisian American Enterprise Fund supporting Tunisian SMEs.
Robert Zegers is the Chief Investment Officer, Financial Sector at African Development Bank (AfDB) and in charge of SME and entrepreneurship development initiatives, with a focus on access to finance. This includes the Africa SME Programme and the Boost Africa Programme. Earlier, he worked as Chief Technical Advisor with the International Labour Organization leading regional entrepreneurship programmes in Africa and the Pacific, and worked with Deloitte managing a SME advisory services team. He also worked with World Health Organisation (health care privatization and inclusive / social health insurance) and as researcher/lecturer. He holds a master’s and an MBA in Economics.