22 - 26 April 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa

Thursday, 4 - Friday, 5 May 2023 (LP Only)
Friday, 5 - Saturday 6 May 2023 (GP Only) 

This Masterclass will provide insights into investing in and managing Private Capital Funds in emerging markets in Africa.

There will be 2 streams to address topics across the fund cycle from both GP and LP perspectives. Some topics include; Fund Structures, Fund Governance, Valuations, Due Diligence, and ESG considerations.

Why attend?

  • Learn to discuss private capital investment funds in emerging markets and explain fund manager compensation.
  • Master the analysis of private company benefits and constraints.
  • Practical, immersive course led by an expert facilitator, structured through case studies, exercises and group participants



    • LP Only | AVCA Members:  £600 
    • LP Only | Non-AVCA Members:  £600 
    • GP Only | AVCA Members:  £600 
    • GP Only | Non-AVCA Members:  £900 
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Meet The Facilitator: Hany Assaad

Mr. Assaad is a co-founder of Avanz Capital where he is Chief Portfolio and Risk Officer. 

He is a respected senior investment and finance professional with over 30 years of experience, including serving as CIO in IFC’s Private Equity Funds Group and as investment manager for IFC’s sector-specific funds, such as clean energy, extractive industries, infrastructure and healthcare. He held various positions across IFC with regional responsibilities in companies, financial institutions and funds covering the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Emerging Europe, with transactional experience in Latin America and Africa.  

Mr. Assaad was responsible for a number of initiatives at IFC including the mainstreaming of environmental and social finance through financial intermediaries and funds across emerging and frontier markets; the development of commercially-focused investments in microfinance, small business finance and carbon finance. 

Meet The Facilitator: Paola Ravacchioli 

Paola has spent 24 years with the European Investment Bank (six of which seconded to the European Investment Fund) where her work focused mainly on fund-of-funds investing.

 Besides the investment activity she conceived and developed new and innovative initiatives such as: (i) Boost Africa (a joint initiative between EIB, AfDB and the European Commission to support the nascent African Venture Capital industry); (ii) the Space for Med Acceleration Programme (a knowledge transfer mechanism between the European Space Agency and MENA entrepreneurs); (iii) the MENA Seed Accelerators Facility (a capacity building programme for MENA accelerators). 

Since leaving EIB in 2019, Paola has worked as an independent consultant, undertaking several short and part-time assignments providing strategic advice on investing in frontier markets to a wide range of actors, including private equity firms, consultancies, DFIs, and governments. Her work has focused mostly on  training and coaching fund managers to make them investment ready.  

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