Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, FBNQuest Funds Ltd
Co-founder and Director, Business Development, Paga
Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Development Partners International
Founding Partner, Axonia Partners
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mediterrania Capital Partners
Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio and Risk Officer, Avanz Capital
Chief Investment Officer , AFIG Funds
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wendel & Wendel Africa
Partner, DLA Piper Africa
Africa Editor, Les Inspirations Eco
Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi
Former Director of Pensions and Chief Investment Officer, Santander UK
Head of International Affairs and Management Programs, Bpifrance
Chief Executive Officer, Albatros Energy
Partner, Mediterrania Capital Partners
General Manager, La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
Group Executive Managing Director, BMCE Bank of Africa
Founder and President, Labelvie
Director, EY- Parthenon
Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Oasis Capital Ghana
Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and the Social Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
Chief Investment Officer, Investisseurs & Partenaires
Advisory Board Member, Head of Private Equity, Dean Wetton Advisory
Managing Partner, Inspired Evolution Investment Management
Partner , Actis
Director, Investor Relations, Goodwell Investments
Managing Director, Association Marocaine des Investisseurs en Capital
Founder and Managing Director, Adenia Partners
General Partner, Partech Ventures
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Amethis
Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Capital Partners, Emerging Capital Partners
Chief Executive Officer, Mutandis
Partner, Gide Loyrette Nouel
Managing Partner, Syntaxis Capital
Partner and Co-head, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity and Oil & Gas Teams, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group, AELEX Partners
Senior Strategist, AXA-Investment Managers
Managing Director, Head of Intermediated Equity, CDC Group
Principal, South Suez Capital
Co-Founder and Partner, Verod Capital Management
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Alitheia Identity
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Capzanine
Development Finance Editor, The Banker & fDi, Financial Times
Global Head and Chief Investment Officer, Private Equity Funds, International Finance Corporation
Senior Partner, Capria Ventures
Managing Director, Partner and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Fund, The Carlyle Group
Senior Manager, L.E.K Consulting
Chief Executive Officer, CDG Capital Private Equity
Partner, Development Partners International
Managing Partner, S.O. Capital Advice
Chief Executive Officer, Premium
President & Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member, Global Environment Fund and Global Environment Capital Company
Senior Associate and Co-Head of East Africa, Clifford Chance
Deputy General Manager, Casablanca Finance City Authority
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, LionWorks Infrastructure
Chief Legal Officer, AfricInvest
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Railway Staff Retirement Scheme
Director, Head of Research, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Chief Executive Officer, African Capital Alliance
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Limited
Partner, LeapFrog Investments
Managing Partner , Coronation Capital Limited
Managing Director and Co-Founder, AfricInvest
Founding Partner, Ascent Capital Advisory Services
Executive Director and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
Managing Partner, Amethis
Senior Investment Officer, The University of Texas Investment Management Company
Investment Manager, Intermediated Equity, CDC Group
Managing Partner, Adiwale Partners
Founder and Chairman, Africa Club of France Invest
Director responsible for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation , African Development Bank
Executive Director , Standard Chartered Bank
Chief Executive Officer, African Infrastructure Investment Managers
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wevioo
Partner, White & Case
Partner, Clifford Chance
Senior Manager, AfricInvest
CEO, la Caisse Centrale de Garantie
Chief Investment Officer, Financial Sector, African Development Bank
Ijeoma Agboti-Obatoyinbo is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FBNQuest Funds, the alternative investments business of FBNQuest. Ijeoma has over 18 years’ experience advising institutional investors on private equity strategies, allocations and investments. Prior to joining FBNQuest, she was Head of The Abraaj Group’s Investor Coverage and Corporate Business Development activities for Africa and also ran her own alternative investments consultancy, OAI Alternative Investments. Previously, she spent 13 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. including 11 years with the JPMorgan Asset Management Private Equity Group in both New York and London. There she led the Group’s business development activities in EMEA performing broad functions across investment selection, portfolio management, investor relations and product development. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Lagos, a CSS from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Jay Alabraba is co-Founder and Director of Business Development at Pagatech. Jay began his career at Microsoft, where he led a team that received patent awards for work in the anti-piracy and data protection arenas. In 2004, he took a fellowship at Eli Lilly, managing marketing projects for the company in North America and Europe. He joined Goldman Sachs in New York as an MBA intern in 2006 and continued full-time in the investment banking unit the following year. In 2009, he moved to Nigeria to manage an investment banking team at BGL Plc., and later that year turned his focus to building Pagatech. Jay is an angel investor and serves as an advisor to several startups. He has a BSc in Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Stanford University.
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. Runa has more than 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 BA in International and Developmental Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is a former Chair of AVCA, a current member of the Association’s Board of Directors, and currently chairs AVCA’s Sustainability Committee.
Alexandre Alfonsi is a Founding Partner of Axonia Partners, a corporate finance and private equity advisory firm, and currently the number one adviser in Africa in terms of number of funds raised internationally. Within Axonia Partners, Alexandre specializes in advising private equity teams and organizations on their fundraising, secondary transactions, and special situations worldwide (including Africa in particular) and has over 20 years of relevant experience acquired in various professional settings internationally. Alexandre has an MBA from Stanford Business School and a MS from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Albert Alsina is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Mediterrania Capital Partners. 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 Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, United States, 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 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 a Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio & Risk Officer 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 and 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 the 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 programmes for investors and fund managers globally.
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. He 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.
Stéphane Bacquaert is Managing Director with Wendel, and Chief Executive Officer of Wendel Africa. Stéphane 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 US$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. Stéphane 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 at DLA Piper Africa 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 re-organisations. 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.
Oumar Baldé is a Senegalese journalist and Africa Editor of Cahier Afrique – a supplement of of Les Eco. Cahier Afrique is a weekly publication focused on business-related news on the African continent. Oumar is an economist and an expert in African studies. He was previously a Diplomacy and International Relations specialist at Diplomatica, a monthly magazine, and has overseen political and international news at yabiladi.com, a website focused on Moroccans across the world.
Anuoluwapo (Anu) Balogun is a Partner at Olaniwun Ajayi, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria where she heads the mergers, acquisitions, and private equity group. She has extensive experience advising banks, private equity firms, funds, family offices and companies on public and private equity investments across sub- Saharan Africa. Some key highlights of Anu’s deal advisory experience includes advising Alta Semper on its acquisition of an equity stake in Nigeria’s leading retail pharmacy chain, HealthPlus; Abraaj on its acquisition of a stake in Mouka Limited; and Suntory Beverages on its acquisition of Glaxosmithkline Nigeria’s drinks and beverages business. Anu is highly regarded by clients and peers, and has been commended for having a “keen eye for the details that matter” and “adding real value” to deals. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars.
Antony Barker is the former Director of Pensions and Chief Investment Officer at Santander UK. 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 United Kingdom’s new nuclear power capability.
Isabelle Bébéar joined Bpifrance (formerly CDC Enterprises) in 2001 and is currently Head of International Affairs and Management Programs. Before this, 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 €300mn 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) and 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.
Koen Beckers is the Chief Executive Officer of Albatros Energy (Mali). With more than 25 years of experience in international business development and electrical infrastructure project development with a focus on emerging countries, Koen previously worked with the ABB Group for more than 12 years. As Vice-President, he had management and operational responsibilities for the group in Sub- Sahara Africa and the Middle-East. As ABB’s Country Manager in Ivory Coast he initiated the first IPP in West-Africa (Azito). Koen is co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Redox Power Solutions and holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium), as well as an MBA from the Vlerick Management School (Belgium).
Hatim Ben Ahmed is a Founding Partner of Mediterrania Capital Partners, a private equity management company with more than US$300mn of assets under management. Hatim has been leading several transactions in North and West Africa (of various sizes and in different sectors) and is in charge of developing portfolio company business in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a board member of portfolio companies, Hatim participates, alongside entrepreneurs, to the implementation of the three wide enterprise processes: strategic budgeting and, HR. Prior to Mediterrania Capital Partners, he has been in various roles in M&A and financial services in France and Europe.
Dr. Boutheina Ben Yaghlane Ben Slimane has been General Manager of Tunisian Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations since March 2016. Prior to this, she was Secretary of State to the Tunisian Finance Ministry in 2015. With a PhD in Management Information Systems from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Tunis) and IRIDIA-ULB (Brussels), Boutheina is a full professor at the IHEC Carthage (1993). In May 2017, Boutheina received the “Women of the Decade Award” in Enterprise & Leadership at the Women Economic Forum of New Delhi, and in September 2017, Jeune Afrique Journal selected her among the eight powerful women in Tunisia.
Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi is the Group Executive Managing Director of Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE Bank) and Chairman of Bank of Africa. He chairs or serves as a board member in the different Group’s units including specialized financial services, European banking subsidiaries, as well as BMCE Bank Foundation. He is a Director of RMA, an insurance company and FinanceCom, its holding company. He also sits on the Board of Proparco, Casablanca Stock Exchange and Euro Information, an IT subsidiary of Credit Mutuel. Brahim Brahim has a Doctorate degree in Money, Finance and Banking from Université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne.
Zouhaïr Bennani is Founder and President of Label’Vie, a pioneering company in the food retail sector since the 1980s, with its stores currently operating under the Carrefour brand. He is also 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. Zouhaïr is a computer engineer and holds a degree in Human Resources Management from the Paris-Sorbonne University.
Derrick Bretts is a Director in the Education Practice at EY-Parthenon where he focuses on work across EMEIA. He has worked exclusively in the Education practice for the past eight 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 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 five 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 25 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.
Matthew Boadu Adjei is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Capital Ghana Limited, a leading private equity firm in West Africa, investing in SMEs in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Prior to founding Oasis Capital in 2009, Matthew led GroFin’s operations in Ghana as its first country manager in 2008. He has more than 19 years’ investment banking experience, 15 years of which has been spent in the private equity industry in Africa. He holds a BSc degree in Banking from the University of Ghana and an MBA from The Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, United Kingdom.
Lamia Boutaleb is the Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and the Social Economy for the Kingdom of Morocco. She was nominated for this role in April 2017. Prior to this role, Lamia was one of the founders and Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Trust Group (launched in 2009) and began her career at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) for five years before joining Mercer Management Consulting in London. In 2000, she joined the Wafabank Group, where she managed Wafa Bourse and Wafa Trust. She also oversaw the activities of private equity at Attijariwafa Bank as Chief Executive Officer of Attijari Invest. She was also an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the OCP Group. Lamia is a graduate of HEC in Lausanne with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an alumna of the Harvard Business School.
Sébastien Boyé is a Chief Investment Officer at Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P). I&P is the management company of two impact investment funds. These funds aim at fostering entrepreneurship and at generating social and environmental impacts in sub-Saharan Africa, by funding and supporting SMEs with a strong focus on hard-to-reach countries. I&P has invested in over 70 African companies in diversified sectors. Sebastien is in charge of I&P’s activities and manages its local offices in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Sahel (Burkina, Niger, Mali). Prior to joining I&P in 2002, Sébastien 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”.
Stephan Breban serves on the advisory board at Dean Wetton Advisory. He has close to 30 years’ experience researching and investing in illiquid assets 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 a frequent speaker at conferences and has written a number of articles and papers. He currently advises over US$3bn 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.
Christopher is Managing Partner at Inspired Evolution, a dedicated African clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment advisory platform. Christopher co-founded Inspired Evolution in 2007 and is an investment committee member of the Evolution I and II funds, comprising up to US$300mn in commitments for equity investments across sub-Saharan Africa. He also assumes responsibility for the fund’s impact performance. As part of the team, Christopher spearheaded the renewable energy portfolio under Evolution I which comprise over 918 MW from origination, execution and construction management, through to operations and a successful consolidated exit of all operating assets in the portfolio. Christopher is an experienced energy infrastructure investor with more than 25 years of entrepreneurial, business development and corporate governance experience.
David Cooke is a Partner at Actis and joined the firm in 2006. He is based in Johannesburg and has completed investments across Africa, including most recently Actis’ investments in Tekkie Town (a South African specialty retailer), CSH (a pan-African credit bureau and data analytics business) and Food Lovers Market (a sub Saharan African food retail business). Prior to Actis, David worked at Bridgepoint, a European private equity fund and Ernst & Young in London and Johannesburg. David holds a postgraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town, and a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from Wits Business School. He is a CFA Charter Holder.
Berg De Bleecker is Director of Investor Relations at Goodwell Investments, which provides smart equity and hands-on support to inclusive growth businesses in India and sub-Saharan Africa. She is a seasoned investment professional with experience in different asset classes including private equity. Having held analyst roles at BNP Paribas Fortis (Brussels), Berg entered the development finance space at PGGM, a large Dutch pension fund manager. From 2013 to 2017 she managed flagship microfinance funds at leading sustainable finance institutions in The Netherlands. She is a CFA Charterholder, holds an MBA from Vlerick Business School and an MA from Ghent University.
Françoise De Donder is the Managing Director of the Moroccan Private Equity Association (AMIC). She graduated in Law from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and started 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 worked for RSCG, a global communication group in Paris as a communication and lobbying manager. Expatriated in Australia from 1994, she worked as a corporate and institutional communication consultant. Moving to South Africa, in 1997, she joined the French-South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Commercial Manager before moving to Morocco in 2003 where she worked as a journalist.
Antoine Delaporte is the Founder and Managing Director of Adenia Partners (Adenia). Since 2003, Adenia has managed four funds investing mainly in buy-outs of medium-sized companies in Africa. The fourth fund was established in 2017 with €230mn of capital commitments. Adenia has currently 6 offices: Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius. Prior to founding Adenia, Antoine 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 sits on AVCA’s Board of Directors and on various other boards of companies in Africa.
Tidjane Dème is a General Partner at Parthech Ventures. Before joining Partech, Tidjane led Google in Francophone Africa for seven years. During his tenure he led the YouTube strategy in Africa, drove large infrastructure investments initiatives to make broadband more accessible and worked on developing the African technology ecosystem across the region. Prior to Google, Tidjane was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CommonSys in Senegal, worked with Silicon Valley startup Cosine Communications, and Paris-based Cap Gemini. Tidjane who grew up in Senegal, attended Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), Imperial College (London) and ENSTA ParisTech (Paris).
Laurent Demey is the 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 €500mn, 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 Chief Executive Officer 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$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. He serves on ECP’s Executive Committee and investment committees and is the outgoing Chair of the Board of AVCA.
Adil Douiri is Chief Executive Officer of Mutandis Group, which he founded in 2008. Adil 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. Adil was appointed Minister of Tourism in 2002, and Minister of Tourism, Handicraft and Social Economy in 2004. He currently is the non-executive chairman of the Board of CFG Bank.
Arnaud Duhamel is Partner in the Finance Practice at Gide Loyrette Nouel and specialises in international capital markets and structured finance. He also contributes significantly to Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Finance Practice in emerging markets. Arnaud advises financial institutions, corporates and funds on a wide range of international and multinational debt and equity offerings, finance transactions and derivative products. He has extensive experience in international debt capital markets and banking transactions and restructurings, ranging from medium-term note programmes to senior and hybrid securities, high yield bond offerings, repackagings, as well as structured financings and complex financial products incorporating derivative instruments. His expertise also covers equity and equity linked transactions, including IPOs, right issues, convertible and exchangeable bonds, and he has been involved in a number of French privatisations. He is a regular speaker in seminars and conferences in Paris and London and is the co-author of a book entitled Titres et Emprunts Obligataires (French Debt Securities), Banque Editeur (2000).
Ben Edwards is the Managing Partner of Syntaxis Capital and oversees the implementation of the investment strategy of the firm’s funds in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Over the course of four successive inaugural funds, he has helped pioneer the development of private credit in new geographies including Europe since the late 1980s, Central Europe since 2000, and as part of the leadership of the firm’s African activities – sub-Saharan Africa since 2014. Prior to Syntaxis, Ben was an Executive Director in the Leverage Finance Group at Goldman Sachs, and started his career at Citibank, working with African financial institutions. He is a graduate of Stanford University.
Folake Elias-Adebowale is a Partner and co-Head of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie’s corporate/M&A, private equity and oil and gas teams. Her specialisations include cross-border and domestic acquisitions, restructuring and compliance matters. She is currently co-Chairman of the AVCA’s Legal and Regulatory Committee. She is recognised by Chambers Global, the IFLR1000, the IFLR1000 (M&A and Governance), Who’s Who Legal and the Legal 500, and commended in The Lawyer’s ‘’Africa Elite’’ Private Equity Report.
Theophilus (Theo) Emuwa is the Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group at Æ´LEX. His practice is focused on corporate and commercial law and taxation with over 30 years’ experience. Theo has both law and engineering qualifications and 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 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.
Nicolas Gauthey is a Senior Strategist, Impact and Alternative Investments at AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). Nicolas joined AXA Investment Managers in 2005 as a Senior Strategy Analyst. Since 2016, Nicolas also covers the Impact space. Prior to AXA IM, he worked for five years as the European Leisure and Service Equity Analyst with Credit Lyonnais Securities Europe in New York and London. He was awarded the AGEFI Grand Prix for best sector analyst in 2001. He then joined Exane in Paris for two years as Hedge Fund Equity Sales within a desk dedicated to long/short equity fund managers. Nicolas holds a Master’s degree from Reims Management School and is a CAIA charter holder.
Murray Grant is Managing Director at CDC Group (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 BSc (Honors) from the University of Bristol and condensed- MBA in Finance.
Eric is a co-Founder and Partner of Verod Capital Management (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 Limited, and on the Booard 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.
‘Tokunboh Ishmael is co-Founder and Managing Director of Alitheia Identity and is an experienced private equity investor with a proven track record. 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 United States, the United Kingdom, 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, consumer-led 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. ‘Tokunboh is the incoming Chair of the Board of AVCA.
Christophe Karvelis is a co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capzanine, which he founded in 2004, in partnership with David Hoppenot. Christophe first studied in France (IEP Paris, 1984) and then in the United States (MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1988). He joined 3i France 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 €40mn and €700mn.
Adrienne Klasa is Development Finance Editor of The Banker and fDi magazines at the Financial Times Group. Previously she was Editor of This is Africa, the Financial Times’ flagship Africa publication. Her writing has also appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Forbes, Slate and Foreign Policy, among others. She speaks and moderates at events worldwide and appears as a commentator on radio, podcasts and broadcast news. She is a 2017 FPI Fellow for women in foreign policy and holds two first class degrees in Political Science: a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a Master’s from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Alison Klein heads Africa and Latin America funds and co-investments at FMO. With a committed portfolio of over €9bn across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, FMO supports sustainable private sector growth by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. Through private equity investments FMO seeks to drive both impact and return, building a portfolio of established and emerging managers who share these goals and co-investing alongside them. Alison’s investment experience ranges from late-stage venture capital in Silicon Valley to cleantech, venture, growth capital and buyouts in Western Europe and emerging markets. She has an MBA from INSEAD and an AB from Harvard College.
Maria Kozloski is the Global Head and Chief Investment Officer of Private Equity Funds for the International Finance Corporation (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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dan Kranzler is a Senior Partner at Capria Ventures. He is a wireless and technology industry entrepreneur and investor who has supported, managed, and financed high-tech start-ups for over 45 years. Dan has been in executive management roles in numerous wireless and technology companies including Beepers Northwest and McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless to name a few. In his role as investor and advisor, Dan has worked with over 250 companies and organizations on business and funding plans, as well as the development and refinement of business accelerators particularly focused on social impact enterprises. Dan has been a global speaker and advisor on wireless, technology, organizational development, “Service Leadership,” business acceleration and the corporate innovation gap.
Eric Kump is a Managing Director, Partner and Head of The Carlyle Group’s (Carlyle) sub-Sahara Africa Fund, as well as advisor of the Carlyle European Partners Investment Committee. He is based in London. Eric has more than 20 years of private equity experience spanning four continents and numerous sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle European Partners in 2010, Eric was Managing Director and Head of the European Private Equity team of Dubai International Capital. Prior to that, he was Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity where he was a member of the global investment committee. Eric is on the Board of Directors of MPS, CMC, TiAuto Investments, GCR and J&J. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and received a BA in finance and accounting from Pace.
Sudeep Laad is a Senior Manager at L.E.K. Consulting. He is a founding member and leader of the Education Practice at L.E.K. where he has delivered over 200 cases in the education sector and led more than 100 engagements across 30+ geographies in emerging markets. Sudeep advises education companies and investors across all education segments including K-12, higher and vocational education, transnational education, English language learning, corporate training and education technology. Sudeep is an expert on the African education landscape, where he has led numerous engagements spanning market entry strategies, buy and sell-side diligences, business plan development, and revenue and profit uplift strategies. He is frequently invited to speak at industry- leading education events, including EdtechX Europe and Education Investor’s Global Hotspots.
Hassan Laaziri is the Chief Executive Officer at CDG Capital Private Equity (CDG Capital) and joined the firm 2001. He was responsible for the company’s formation, fundraising and the development of the investment strategy. Hassan acts as a board member for certain investee companies and sits on the fund’s investment committee. He is currently in charge of the Alternative Investment Pole which groups the activities of CDG Capital Private Equity and CDG Capital Infrastructures. Hassan holds an MBA from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, a Master’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management from IAE Strasbourg.
Sofiane Lahmar is a Partner at Development Partners International (DPI), which he joined in April 2010. He 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 and 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.
Marc Lasserre is Managing Partner of S.O. Capital Advice. Since late 2009, S.O. Capital Advice has operated as a boutique firm dedicated to private assets. Marc and his teammates have been working since inception on secondary transactions. In 2013, S.O. Capital Advice added a fundraising practice for private funds active in Europe or in Africa. The firm has assisted several investment managers active in Africa. It has been also involved in secondary transactions on African assets. Marc brings 15 years of experience in private assets gained at S.O. Capital Advice and AXA Private Equity (now Ardian). He was a member of several advisory boards of funds active in emerging markets.
Eric Lefort is Chief Executive Officer at Groupe Premium. He started his career in 1991 as head of the industrial supply department of SRM, before being appointed director and Chief Executive Officer in 1993. He was then appointed Chief Executie Officer and Director of SOCOPIM, before creating the Groupe Premium and Premium Location in 1999, regrouping the three entities. Eric took the leadership of Groupe Premium which then grew both through organic growth and acquisitions. In 2013, He 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Leonard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Environment Fund (GEF), one of the most experienced and most successful private equity firms dedicated exclusively to investments in the energy and environment sectors. He is Managing Member of GEF’s capital company, Global Environment Capital Company, a multi-family office that invests in GEF-sponsored funds, other PE funds, and direct transactions. Dr. Leonard has a PhD from Princeton, an MS Econ from London School of Economics, and an Associate Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard College. He is the author of five books and numerous technical articles relating to global environmental issues, international trade, energy production, and technology development.
Eric Maillebiau is the Founder of CapEos, an independent placement agency established in London in 2013 to help connect carefully selected private equity and venture capital fund managers with institutional investors. Eric focuses almost exclusively on emerging markets and has been active fundraising for African fund managers since 2014. His experience in finance spans over 22 years, across institutions on both sides of the LP/GP relationship, including at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and AIG Investments. Eric holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and Master’s degrees from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Toulouse School of Economics. He is a French citizen based in London since 1996.
Jennifer Mbaluto is a Senior Associate at Clifford Chance and co- heads the firm’s East Africa practice. She specialises in M&A and Private Equity (PE) transactions, focusing on emerging markets. She has particular expertise in the telecoms media and technology sectors. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Jennifer was a senior practitioner at Kenyan law firm, Hamilton Harrison & Matthews. She has over 12 years’ experience of working on M&A and financing transactions across sub-Saharan Africa, advising a wide range of clients including global and Africa-focused PE firms, DFIs, multinationals, African corporations, and governments. Jennifer is passionate about equality, education, and empowerment.
Lamia Merzouki is Deputy General Manager at Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), which she joined at its inception in 2010. Before that, Lamia was part of AKWA Group, the largest private group in Morocco, where she held the position of Director of Strategy and organisation for seven years. She also worked on the Green Morocco Plan within the Ministry of Agriculture and on the development of the Souss-Massa-Draa region. She started her career at Arthur Andersen in Paris. Lamia is an ESSEC and a Harvard Business School graduate. She is also an executive coach, the founder of the ESSEC Alumni Association in Morocco and a member of the African Leadership Network and the Choiseul 100 Africa.
Ronald (Ron) Mincy is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner at LionWorks Capital. Prior to this, Ron, who is based in Nairobi, was Managing Director, Equity for GE and led principal investments and alternative financing initiatives in Africa. He previously held roles with Energy Financial Services and GE Equity, a PE investment arm. He has transaction and project development experience in energy, water, transport and healthcare. He was also GE Africa’s relationship manager to investors, lenders, and guarantors. Previously, Ron held operations and engineering roles for Teradyne, focused on ICT infrastructure components in emerging markets and in the United States. Ron holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
Rafik Mzah is Chief Legal Officer of the AfricInvest Group and has served in this post since August 2012. Before joining AfricInvest, Rafik was an Associate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Paris, where he had extensive practice in corporate and financial matters, particularly mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Rafik graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) Business School in Paris. He received a Master’s in business law and a Master’s in Financial, Banking and Capital Markets Law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Rafik is a member of the Paris Bar. He is co-Chairman of the AVCA’s Legal and Regulatory Committee.
Simon Nyakundi is the Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Railway Staff Retirement Scheme, which owns a large portfolio investment in property that is second only to the National Social Security Fund in Kenya. Simon, who is also Chairman and council member of Association of Retirement Benefits Schemes (Kenya), attended Investment Management School and Treasury School (Euromoney) in the United Kingdom. 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), and holds a CPA, IMIS, and an MBA from Strathmore Business School.
Dr. Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye (PhD) is Head of Research at the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA). Enitan 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, she founded an investment advisory company in Lagos, Nigeria, focused on deal origination and structuring, and strategic advisory. Enitan holds a PhD in Computational Finance from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charterholder.
Cyril Odu is the Chief Executive Officer of African Capital Alliance (ACA), a leading pan-African private equity firm with over US$1bn in aggregated capital commitments. Previously, Cyril was Partner and Head of Energy at ACA. He joined the firm in 2012 following a successful 39-year career at Exxon Mobil, where he rose to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Mobil Producing Nigeria and Chief Financial Officer/Business Services Director of ExxonMobil Upstream Companies in Nigeria. Cyril has an MBA from the Texas Southern University and a BSc Geology degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Cyril is a member of the Board of Directors of AVCA.
Opuiyo Oforiokuma is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Ltd. An infrastructure specialist with over 28 years of international and local experience, Opuiyo manages the pioneering ARM-Harith Infrastructure Fund, whose core focus is on investing equity in West African transport, energy, and utilities projects. 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 scheduled to deliver 650MW of electricity when complete. This includes the pioneering US$868mn 459MW Azura-Edo IPP in Edo State, Nigeria. Previously Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, 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 he has held include Finance Director, Thames Water International, Business Performance Director, Latin America at Thames Water Chile; and Vice President role at American Water.
Karima Ola is a Partner at LeapFrog Investments, 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 AVCA’s Sustainability Committee.
John Opubor is the Managing Partner of Coronation Capital, a private equity firm focused on Nigeria and Ghana. Prior to Coronation Capital, John was a Director in the Lagos office of Actis where he successfully led the exit of the firm’s investments in Diamond Bank and Mouka Limited and invested capital in Sigma Pensions. Prior to that, he worked in New York within the global Mergers & Acquisitions group of Credit Suisse where he had responsibility for the execution of domestic and cross-border transactions with a focus on Retail, Consumer, Industrials and Telecoms. He also has prior experience with Citigroup Alternative Investments and Deutsche Bank (BT Wolfensohn). He received a BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Ziad Oueslati is Managing Director and Co-Founder at AfricInvest. He has extensive experience negotiating equity and quasi-equity operations, and has led the arrangement and placement of over US$1.2bn in private equity funds. Prior to co-founding AfricInvest in1994, Ziad held different management positions at Citibank, where he was Head of Financial Institutions and Capital Markets department. Ziad holds a Master’s of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of École des Mines de Paris. Ziad is member of the board of several African companies and emerging markets private equity associations, as well as other associations fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. Ziad is the incoming Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of AVCA.
David Owino is a Founding Partner of Ascent Capital Advisory Services (Ascent Capital) one of the exclusive advisors of Ascent Rift Valley Fund (Ascent), a US$80mn growth equity fund with investments in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. Prior to founding Ascent Capital, David spent more than 13 years at Centum - the largest quoted investment company in East Africa, where he rose through the ranks to become Executive Director in charge of the Private Equity Division, with assets worth over US$150mn under management. David holds a business degree from the USIU-A and an MBA from Strathmore Business School. He is also a proud alumnus of Lenana School.
Vikram is an Executive Director and Portfolio Manager within 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, including 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 and an MS in Finance from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai. He also received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Luc Rigouzzo is the Managing Partner of Amethis, a €400mn 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, a member of the French Agency for Development (AFD) Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board of European Development Finance Institutions. 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 the International Finance Corporation. He then created and led the AFD department of structured finance.
Richard Rincón 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, Texas, 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 United States and Latin American markets. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at ABN Amro Bank. Richard received an MBA (Finance and Strategy) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA (Economics and Political Science) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Carlotta Saporito is an Investment Manager at CDC Group (CDC), where she is responsible for evaluating new proposals and managing existing intermediated equity commitments in Africa. Prior to CDC, Carlotta was part of the Private Sector group at the African Development Bank in Tunis and was previously at the World Bank/International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC. Carlotta holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews and John Hopkins University.
Jean-Marc Savi de Tové is Managing Partner of Adiwale Partners. He has 20 years of investment management experience, spanning listed and unlisted investments in Europe, the United States, and Africa. Before Adiwale, he was a Partner in a West Africa private equity firm where he successfully led its professionalisation effort, including reinforcing investment processes, value addition, talent management, governance and investor relations. Before that he was a Portfolio Director at CDC Group (London) where he led on US$600mn of investments in African funds. His prior experience included Equity Analyst, European Utilities and Transport at Credit Agricole Asset Management, Associate with Hamilton Lane International, a JV between Credit Lyonnais and Hamilton Lane, Analyst, leveraged finance, with Credit Lyonnais Americas. He has an MSc in Finance from Université Lumière, Lyon, France.
Hervé Schricke is the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Club of France Invest (ex-AFIC, the French Private Equity and Venture Capital Association); he is a former chair of France Invest. He has over 20 years’ experience in international private equity and venture capital as Chief Executive Officer of Natixis PE, and Founder of XAnge PE, among others. Hervé is an entrepreneur, founding Meilleurtaux.com, the first Fintech company listed on Paris Stock Exchange. He has had an international career in corporate banking and finance and has been involved in African private equity for the past 20 years. Today, he serves as an advisor to impact and growth capital funds. Hervé graduated in Law from Paris and Abidjan Universities.
Wale Shonibare is Director responsible for Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation at the African Development Bank (AfDB). He has over 25 years’ experience in Debt and Equity Capital Markets, M&A, and Project Finance spanning Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Afdb, Wale held senior positions at international investment banks in Lagos, Dubai, and London. Wale’s recent experience includes fund raising for investors in power generation assets across Africa. He holds an MBA from Imperial College London as well as a B.Eng (hons) from University of Glasgow.
Brett Stewart is an Executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank and is based in New York, where he is responsible for coverage of the bank’s global private equity clients. He spent over six years on the bank’s direct private equity team in Johannesburg where he invested in numerous African companies. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Brett was an investment banker in London and New York with Goldman Sachs and Moelis. He worked for Deloitte earlier in his career. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School. Brett was raised in South Africa and is a dual US-South African citizen.
Jurie Swart is Chief Executive Officer of African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM). Jurie has been involved with AIIM since its inception in 2000 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2015. He holds directorships on African Clean Energy Developments, Trans African Concessionaires, and the South African Toll Road Company. AIIM, with a track record of nearly two decades, is the most experienced private equity investment manager focused exclusively on African infrastructure. The firm is committed to Africa’s long-term development through its infrastructure focus and currently manages US$2bn across 7 funds in assets across the power, telecommunications and transport sectors in East, West and Southern Africa. Jurie is a member of the Board of Directors of AVCA.
Mehdi Tekaya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wevioo, a regional consulting and digital transformation group with offices in Algiers, Abidjan, Dubai, Paris, and Tunis. He brings his extensive business consulting experience to his clients and supports them in achieving their digital transformation programs. He has supported numerous companies to develop their business strategies, improve their service level, reduce their operating costs, and develop and implement new systems and facilities. Prior to his consulting career Mehdi spent several years in various managerial roles in the business outsourcing industry in Europe, where he was in charge of implementing large outsourcing programs.
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, as well as high net worth individuals, banks and other institutional investors, such as development financial institutions. She is co-Founder of AVCA’s Legal and Regulatory Committee and co-Chair of AVCA’s Strategic Engagement Committee.
Nigel Wellings is a London-based Partner in the Emerging Markets Private Equity Practice at Clifford Chance. He was based in Dubai from 2010 to 2015, where he led Clifford Chance’s Corporate Practice in the Middle East. Nigel has a broad-based financial sponsor practice, with extensive expertise in delivering advice on equity transactions in North and sub-Saharan Africa for private equity and infrastructure funds; DFIs and family offices. He works across a number of sectors, most notably consumer goods, retail and energy/power.
Ann Wyman is a Senior Manager at AfricInvest, a Tunis-based pan-African private equity firm with over US$1.2bn in assets under management. She is responsible for Economic Research and Investor Engagement. Ann has previously served as the head of Emerging Markets Research in Europe for both Citi and Nomura. Ann is also a contributor to Oxford Analytica, an Advisor for Gatehouse Advisory Partners, and a founding board member of the US government- funded Tunisian American Enterprise Fund supporting Tunisian SMEs. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained her Master’s degree from Colombia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Hicham Zanati Serghini is General Director of Caisse Centrale de Garantie (CDG) and has served in this role since 2014. He has previously held the position of Secretary General in 2007 at CDG. As Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Public Private Investment Fund and the Vice President of the Professional Association of Guarantee Institutions of Africa, he is also serves as a member of the High-Level Committee on Guarantee Systems in the Mediterranean countries. He began his career at the Department of Treasury and External Finance at the Ministry of Finance between 1993 and 2007, where he worked on various governmental files and programs: supporting young promoters, legislation of capital collective investment undertakings, financing the upgrading of industrial enterprises as well as the overhaul of the national guarantee system.
Robert Zegers is Chief Investment Officer, Financial Sector Development Department at the African Development Bank, and coordinates venture capital and related private equity fund programmes and projects. He is particularly involved in blended finance operations and programmes, through partnerships with impact donors, investors, and African focussed financial intermediaries, for enhanced access to finance for different types of SMEs. In prior functions, he also engaged in the establishment of sustainable support interventions, both financial and technical, for entrepreneurs. He holds a Master’s and an MBA in Economics.