Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Development Partners International
CEO and Managing Partner, Mediterrania Capital Partners
Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer, Avanz Capital
Chief Investment Officer, AFIG Funds
Chief Executive Officer, Wendel Africa
Partner, DLA Piper
Director of Pensions and Chief Investment Officer, Santander UK
Head of International Affairs and Management Programs, Bpifrance
Chief Executive Director, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
Chief Executive Officer, Labelvie
Director, EY- Parthenon
Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Director, DWA Limited
Managing Director, Association Marocaine des Investisseurs en Capital
Founder and Managing Director, Adenia Partners
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Amethis
Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Capital Partners
Chief Executive Office, Mutandis
Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group, AELEX Partners
Chief Executive Officer, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Chief Executive Officer, Time Partners
Managing Director, Head of Intermediated Equity, CDC Group
Principal, South Suez Capital
Deputy Managing Director, Verod Capital Management
President / CEO, Capzanine
Global Head & Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity Funds, International Finance Corporation
Partner, Development Partners International
Chief Executive Officer, Premium
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Railway Staff Retirement Scheme
Head of Research, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Partner, LeapFrog Investments
Executive Director and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
Managing Partner, Amethis
Director, The University of Texas Investment Management Company
Président du Club Afrique, France Invest
Partner, White & Case
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.
Albert Alsina has over 25 years of international experience in multi-national settings where he held several executive positions in General Management at global and European levels in the US, UK, Brazil, Germany, Zimbabwe and Spain. In 2007, he joined the financial group Riva y García to lead the fund MC I. In 2013, Albert founded Mediterrania Capital Partners Ltd. which today manages three funds: MC I, MC II and MC III. Albert is a member of the Investment Committee of the MC funds and a Board member of several portfolio companies of the three funds. He is also a member of AVCA’s Sustainability Committee.
Hany Assaad is co-Founder of Avanz Capital, established in 2010 to pursue private equity investing opportunities across emerging markets, focusing on middle market growth capital funds. As the Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer, he leads sourcing, screening and negotiation of investments, risk management and ESG at Avanz Capital. Hany has had a long career in emerging market investments, including two decades at International Finance Corporation (IFC). He was Chief Investment Officer for IFC’s Private Equity and Investment Funds. He has extensive experience in training on private equity funds management and governance. He designed and led training programs for investors and fund managers.
Patrice Backer is the Chief Investment Officer of AFIG Funds and has been with the Fund since its inception in 2006. He leads all aspects of the investment process and is a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee. Prior to AFIG Funds, Patrice was the Managing Director of PromoCapital, and prior to that was with JPMorgan’s Emerging Markets Sales and Trading and Latin America M&A groups. Patrice graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute.
Stephane Bacquaert is Managing Director with Wendel, and CEO of Wendel Africa. Stephane joined Wendel in 2005. He is a member of the group Investment Committee, and currently serves on the boards of Bureau Veritas, Saham Group, IHS Holding, PlaYce and Tsebo Solutions Group. He was previously a Partner at Atlas Venture, an international venture capital fund with $2.5Bn under management, where he specialized in new technologies, media and telecoms. He began his career at Bain & Company, a leading strategy consulting firm, where he conducted studies in the telecom, banking and private equity industry in Europe and Central America. He then co-founded and led NetsCapital, an investment bank specialized in TMT. Stephane graduated from the Ecole Centrale Paris and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).
Chris Baird is a corporate partner with over 15 years of experience in African M&A. His experience includes a broad range of share and business acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, cross-border deals, joint ventures and group reorganisations. Chris has acted for corporates, private equity houses, multi-national organisations, development finance institutions and management teams in a broad range of sectors including agribusiness, consumer goods, energy, manufacturing, media and technology. Prior to joining the London office, Chris was based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was intimately involved in a number of high profile M&A transactions for both private and listed clients
As Santander's Director of Pensions for the award-winning £11bn Common Fund, Antony delivered a 14%+ pa return, creating an innovative portfolio of investments covering entertainment arenas, yacht marinas, Mexican gas pipelines, Nigerian telephone masts, mushroom farms and a cyber-attack proof phone that features in Washington's International Spy Museum! He is credited with turning the bank's legacy pension arrangements into an operating business, driving out costs and improving the tax and risk management. With a degree in Banking & Finance, Antony trained as an actuary. Until 2016, he had been negotiating the development of the UK's new nuclear power capability.
Isabelle Bébéar joined Bpifrance (formerly CDC Entreprises) in 2001. She is currently Head of International Affairs and Management Programs. Before, she was Head of Business Development and support for SMEs, Head of Investments in French regional private equity funds and in South-Mediterranean countries, with nearly €300m under management. Isabelle previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, as international human resources manager. Isabelle graduated from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (International business school). Isabelle is also President of the Management Board of Euromed Capital Association. She is a director on the board of Proparco (AFD Group) and a director of CAEI, African Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. Knight of the National Order of Merit since 2014.
Dr. Boutheina Ben Yaghlane Ben Slimane has been General Manager of Tunisian “Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations” since March 2016 and she was Secretary of State to the Finance Ministry in 2015. With a PhD on Management Information Systems from the ISG (Tunis) and IRIDIA-ULB (Brussels), Boutheina Ben Yaghlane is a full professor at the IHEC Carthage since 1993. In May 2017, Dr. Ben Yaghlane received the "Women of the Decade Award in Enterprise & Leadership" in the Women Economic Forum of New Delhi and in September 2017, “Jeune Afrique” Journal chose her among the eight powerful women in Tunisia.
Mr. Zouhair Bennani is the chairman of the Best Financière Group, one of Morocco's top private companies, operating in modern retail, commercial real estate development and medical equipment distribution. He is the founder and President of the Label' Vie group, a pioneering company in the food retail sector since the 1980s, with its stores currently operating under the Carrefour brand. Mr. Bennani is a computer engineer and holds a degree in human resources management from the Sorbonnes university.
Derrick joined EY-Parthenon in 2008 and is Director in the Education Practice where he focuses on work across EMEIA. He has worked exclusively in the Education practice for the past 8 years where he has advised private equity, corporate and government clients across almost all education sectors internationally. He has worked on more than 150 education-related transactions in his time at EY-Parthenon. Derrick has previously worked at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) where his primary responsibility was to support the UK’s strategic initiatives to engage with and win commercial opportunities with global education departments. Derrick also spent 5 years managing an educational development NGO in South Africa. Derrick graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar
Mamadou Biteye is the Managing Director for the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office, where he oversees the Foundation’s Africa initiatives including youth employment, health, philanthropy, agriculture and food security. He is an agricultural economist with over twenty five years’ experience in strategic leadership, program development and implementation, public policy analysis, advocacy and campaigning and community participatory development. Biteye is an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), and holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University. He is a member of several advisory boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Futures Council on Agriculture and Food Security.
Stephan has close to 30 years experience researching and investing in illiquid globally, as both a consultant and fund manager. He has advised a range of institutional investors across asset classes, but now focuses on private markets. Stephan has also built private markets research programmes in a number of groups. Stephan is at conferences and has written a number of articles and papers. He currently advises over $3 bn of investments in private equity and debt. Stephan has advised pension plans on investments in Africa for close to 20 years and has helped with co-investments as well as funds.
Graduated in Law from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Françoise starts her career as a lawyer at the Brussels’ bar. In 1990, after a LLM in International Trade and Banking Law at the American University in Washington, DC and an internship in a lobbying firm focused on African countries, Françoise works for RSCG, a global communication group in Paris as a communication and lobbying manager. Expatriated in Australia, from 1994, she works as a corporate and institutional communication consultant. Moving to South Africa, in 1997, she joins the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Commercial Manager before moving to Morocco in 2003 where she works as a journalist. In 2008, she becomes Managing Director of the Moroccan Private Equity Association.
Antoine Delaporte is the Founder and Managing Director of Adenia Partners. Since 2003, Adenia has managed 4 funds investing mainly in buy-outs of medium-sized companies in Africa. The fourth fund was been established in 2017 with €230 million of capital commitments. Adenia has currently 6 offices: Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius. Prior to founding Adenia Partners, Antoine Delaporte was an entrepreneur in Madagascar from 1995 to 2002 and a manager at Bain & Co, a leading strategic consulting firm, in London and Paris from 1988 to 1994. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a Director of AVCA and sits on various other boards of companies in Africa
Laurent Demey is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Amethis, an investment fund manager focused on Africa, built with the Edmond de Rothschild Group. With an investment capacity exceeding €500m, Amethis brings growth capital to promising midcap champions in a diversity of sectors throughout the African continent. As an active shareholder, Amethis offers key support and expertise through its international network, its opportunities of external growth and its value-added governance. Amethis has made significant investments in the healthcare sector, notably through the West African group Novamed. Laurent Demey was previously Deputy CEO of Proparco, the French Development Finance Institution, where he also held several senior positions in France and Asia, after having started his career in Société Générale’s African activities.
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$3.0bn 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.
Mr Adil Douiri was born in Rabat in 1963. He is an engineer and graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. During 1986-1992, he worked for European Investment Bank Paribas. He then moved back to Morocco and co-founded the first investment bank of the Kingdom, CFG. Mr Adil Douiri was appointed Minister of Tourism in 2002, and Minister of Tourism, Handicraft and Social Economy in 2004. In 2008, he founded Mutandis Group of which he is the CEO. He currently is the non-executive chairman of the Board of CFG Bank.
Theophilus I. Emuwa has both law and engineering qualifications. He is the Managing Partner and head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at AELEX. His practice is focused on corporate and commercial law and taxation with over 30 years’ experience. Theo draws on his multifaceted background to provide insightful advice to the firm’s clients on transaction structures. He is widely acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s leading tax lawyers. He has advised on projects and on acquisitions including advising Helios in its acquisition of Interswitch and more recently The Coca Cola Company on its investment in Chi Ltd. He was a member of the Nigerian Private Equity & Venture Capital Committee set up by the Nigerian government to advise it on reforms aimed at developing private equity in Nigeria.
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.
CEO of Time Partners, the merchant bank. Mark was the co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice, B Corp UK, the Early Intervention Foundation and a variety of campaigns. Founder of the merchant banking group Maizels Westerberg, MD of Doughty Hanson the private equity firm, Chairman of LM Glasfiber, founder of 8Miles LLP with Bob Geldof and was CEO of the BVCA for 2 years. He is the author of the External Rate of Return, and a Visiting Professor of the LSE, Kings and INSEAD.
Murray is Managing Director at CDC responsible for their Intermediated Equity business. The team of 25 executives manage a portfolio of 100+ fund managers which in turn have invested in over 1,100 companies across Africa and South Asia. Prior to CDC Murray was one of the founding partners at Actis prior to which he spent 13 years with 3i. He is an engineer by background with hands on problem solving experience on large infrastructure projects. He has a BSc (Hons) in Engineering from Edinburgh University and an MBA from London Business School.
Matthew Hunt is a Principal at South Suez Capital and has 19 years of professional experience. He sits on the advisory boards 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.
Eric is a Co-founder and Partner of Verod. Prior to founding Verod, Eric was the co-founder and managing partner of Fountainhead Media Group, an investment and advisory firm focused on the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector in Nigeria. Eric previously worked at Financial Derivatives Company Limited. He is a Director of Union Trustees Ltd, RotoPrint Ltd, African Lifestyle Limited, Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Limited, and on the BOARD OF REGENTS of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. He received a B.S in Economics from the University of Houston, Texas and an MBA from Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Christophe was born in 1962 and studied first in France (IEP Paris, 1984) then in the USA (MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1988). He joined 3iFrance in 1987 and became a partner and a member of the Management Committee in 1992. In 1995, he took part in the creation of the EPF Partners fund, sponsored by the Natexis group. From 1998 to 2004, he was Managing Director of ABN AMRO CAPITAL France targeting LBOs valued at between €40 M and €700 M. In 2004, he founded Capzanine in partnership with David Hoppenot.
Maria Kozloski is the Global Head and CIO of Private Equity Funds for IFC. Prior to holding this position, she was Managing Director for Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company, overseeing private equity and real estate. Earlier she spent 13 years at The World Bank Group, where she invested in emerging markets for IFC and managed private equity on behalf of The World Bank’s pension system. Maria is a CFA and holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in East European Studies from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and a BS in Mathematics from MIT.
Sofiane joined 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.
Eric Lefort started his career in 1991 as head of the industrial supply department of SRM, before being appointed as director and CEO in 1993. He was then appointed CEO and director of SOCOPIM, before creating the Groupe Premium and Premium Location in 1999, regrouping the three entities. Eric Lefort took the leadership of Groupe Premium which then grew both through organic growth and acquisitions. In 2013, Eric Lefort launched the deployment of the group in West Africa. In 2017, Groupe Premium acquired the ATS network, a West African distributor of trucks under the IVECO brand and welcomed an investment fund on board – Amethis - to finance its expansion.
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.
Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye (PhD) is Head of Research at the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA). 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, Enitan 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 (CAIA) charter-holder.
Karima is a Partner focused on African investments. She has significant experience working across the continent and was recently named one of “Africa’s women to watch” by Bloomberg. Previously, Karima was Chief Investment Officer and a board member at ADC African Development Corporation, where she initiated the company’s entry into Nigeria and ran a number of multimillion-dollar transactions. Prior, she was a Managing Partner at Chayton Capital LLP, where she led the creation of the company’s first Africa Agriculture fund. Earlier, Karima was Executive Director, Global Equities, at HSBC. Karima is a Member of UK Institute of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a postgraduate diploma in Economics from the University of London. She sits on the Sustainability Committee of Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (AVCA).
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 the Managing Partner of Amethis, a EUR400mn investment fund manager focusing on long term responsible investment in Africa, built with the Edmond de Rothschild Group. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of PROPARCO, member of the AFD Executive Committee and Chairman of EDFI. He is Board member of “DANONE Communities”. He holds degrees in agronomy and finance. He 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 IFC. 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$40bn in endowment and operating funds. Based in Austin, he helps lead UTIMCO’s global Emerging Markets private equity and venture capital investment activities (funds and co-investments), with a focus on Latin America and Sub-Saharan 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.
Hervé Schricke is the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Club of France Invest (ex-AFIC, the French PE & VC Association); he is a former chair of France Invest. Hervé has over 20 years experience in international PE and Venture Capital as ceo of Natixis PE, and founder of XAnge PE, among others. Hervé is an entrepreneur (Meilleurtaux.com, first Fintech company listed on Paris Stock Exchange). He has had an international career in corporate banking and finance, among which 8 years with Africa. Herve has been involved in African PE for the past 20 years, today as an advisor to impact and growth capital funds. Hervé graduated in Law from Paris and Abidjan Universities.
Mara Topping is a partner in White & Case’s capital markets group specializing 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.