Adam Lupu

Vice President of Learning Operations and Program Development, Andela

Adam has one mission in life: to accelerate the distribution of human expertise. His passion has led him from teaching in STEM classrooms to researching knowledge transfer in technology startups. Now he’s heading up learning operations and program development at Andela.

Prior to joining Andela, he helped Udacity develop Nanodegrees, re-designed online course interfaces with Udemy, and built software development bootcamps across the US.

Outside of Andela, Adam serves as an advisor to the international education non-profit Global Playground. He has an MA in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, and BA degrees in Physics and Literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC, Santa Barbara.

Adam Ikdal

Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG Johannesburg

Adam S. Ikdal is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in the Johannesburg office of The Boston Consulting Group and has been the Office Administrator since 2014. He is a core member of the Financial Institutions, Insurance, and Energy practice groups. He is the author of many reports on doing business in Africa including “Dueling with Lions”, “Managing the Downturn in Africa”, and “The Future of South Africa”.

Mr. Ikdal has a M.Sc. degree in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

Adwoa Perbi

Co-Founder, AfroChic

Adwoa Perbi is a computer scientist-turned-social entrepreneur who two years after college quit her job as an application developer for Goldman Sachs and moved back to her home country of Ghana to “be the change she wanted to see.” She volunteered as a Technology Teaching fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology and went on to co-found AfroChic, a fashion manufacturing and retail company. Most recently Adwoa worked with the Millennium Development Authority, the highlight of her time there being participating in negotiations between the Government of Ghana and the United States Government which led to a $500 million grant to Ghana.

Adwoa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Electrical Engineering. She is passionate about social impact and the intersection between government and business and is currently pursuing a dual degree – a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Wharton MBA.

Afam Onyema

Co-Founder, GEANCO

Afam Onyema was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1979. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in psychology and played on the 1997 Ivy League Championship-winning football team.

After graduation, Afam worked for two years in the Chicago office of Hill & Knowlton, Inc., an elite global public relations firm, and then spent one year working in the marketing department of Mayer Brown LLP, a top-ten international law firm and the largest law office in Chicago.

Afam entered Stanford Law School in September 2004. During his time at Stanford, he served as Vice President of the Black Law Students’ Association, a two-time public interest fellow, and a mentor in the school’s Public Interest Mentor Program. In January 2006, Afam traveled to Ghana as part of the law school’s International Community Law Clinic. During his summers in law school, Afam worked for the Los Angeles offices of Paul Hastings LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a 2006 Minority Fellowship recipient.

While in law school, Afam also directed the efforts of The GEANCO Foundation (www.geanco.org), his family’s nonprofit organization. GEANCO’s mission is to save and transform lives in Nigeria. After graduating from Stanford Law School in May 2007, Afam declined his law firm offers in order to lead GEANCO full-time.

Afam was named to the New Leader Council’s “40 Under 40” national list of Emerging Leaders in 2009. The New Leaders Council is an organization that seeks out and trains the top tier of emerging young leaders and “political entrepreneurs.” The ’09 list included a US congressman, the state treasurer of Illinois, and a US assistant defense secretary.

Afam was named a 2009 fellow and Future Leader by the Nigerian Leadership Institute (NLI). NLI is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which provides a platform for highly accomplished, uniquely qualified Nigerian leaders to develop and express their values-based leadership skills in their various professions and to assume a transformative role in the future development of Nigeria.

In 2012, Afam was named to NBC News’ theGrio.com’s list of “100 People Making History Today”, and Mother Nature News selected him as a member of the Innovation Generation: 30 fresh thinkers helping humanity adapt to what’s next.

Afam has been profiled and/or interviewed by National Public Radio, US News & World Report, Forbes.com, Newsweek, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, American Lawyer, NBC News, Daily Journal (Los Angeles), Blackgivesback.com, JET Magazine, Harvard Magazine, Stanford Magazine, Stanford Lawyer and Ebony.

Afam has presented GEANCO’s work at TedX Ashburn, Harvard Law School, Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, Stanford Law School, UCLA Graduate School of

Business, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Afam has secured support for GEANCO from, among many others, Oprah Winfrey, former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Dr. Oz, Civil rights legend Rev. Jesse Jackson, Chris Rock, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejifor and Djimon Hounsou, Jimmy Kimmel, actor David Oyelowo, Whoopi Goldberg, NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott, Warren Moon, Richard Dent and Willie Roaf, ESPN personality Marcellus Wiley, members of the Forbes 400 List of Richest Americans, United Airlines, Dreamworks Animation, Google Inc., medical technology company Masimo, Inc. and Zimmer Holdings (world’s leading orthopedic equipment company).

Aina Fadina

Founder, Executive Producer & Host, I of Africa

Aina Fadina is a boundary breaking creative entrepreneur. With over a decade of experience in the international fashion industry, meeting at the intersection of business and creativity, Aina emerges as a new breed of global entrepreneur, squarely focused on empowering through knowledge across multimedia platforms. Aina was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in America. Her life and work, are both informed and inspired, by her rich African identity and her global education.
 
A high fashion model, Aina has worked with global fashion brands including Oscar De La Renta, Akris, Armani, Mimi Plange, Alexander McQueen, Duro Olowu, Fendi, and Versace and has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, vogue.com and Italian Vogue.

A graduate of Temple University, Aina has extended her reach beyond modeling and has immersed herself in business and creative ventures within the fashion industry. Her creative consulting agency Afad & Co, focuses on the continued innovation and reinvention within this ever- evolving industry.  Through this venue, Aina has played the role of business and creative consultant to several designers and entrepreneurs, focusing on creative direction, manufacturing, strategy, marketing, and business development.


Combining her talents as a creative entrepreneur, executive producer and model, Aina’s most recognized accomplishment to date is I of Africa, a multimedia series celebrating the nuanced culture of the African continent.

I of Africa, explores and celebrates the stories of inspiring Africans and friends of Africa, on the continent and in the Diaspora, who are innovating across various industries. The series provides an exclusive insight into what is means to identify as an African and to be inspired by Africa, in today’s global landscape.  I of Africa was recently named one of CNN’s top web series and is set to play a major factor in redefining the global relationship with this incredible continent. Aina Fadina secured a licensing deal with South African Airways, where I of Africa was shown on international flights around the world. Aina Fadina and like-minded innovative creatives recently attended South by South Lawn, a White House festival celebrating ideas, arts and action. Most recently, she was an industry facilitator at the International Manufacturing And Trade Summit at the White House. 

Akin Sawyerr

Co-Founder, Market Atlas

Akin Sawyerr is the Managing Director of Feleman Limited, an impact investment and advisory firm that is focused on fin-tech across Africa and African diaspora communities.  Feleman invests in and advises early stage companies in the payments, lending, investment, and remittance space.

Akin serves as a Director of Splash Mobile Money, a mobile payments company in Sierra Leone where he provides strategic guidance on all matters concerning the company. He also an advisor to Adroyte Global Solutions, a South Africa based unsecured lending provider with operations across Africa and Asia, and The Releaf Group, A global platform that crowdsources investment in high potential emerging African technology driven companies.

Prior to Feleman, Mr. Sawyerr spent fifteen years in management consulting and the corporate world. He led strategic and organization transformation projects at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture in Washington, D.C., and held leadership positions with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae over the years.  Akin started his career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C., in the Technology and General Services Group where he conducted economic research and data analysis in support of IMF country strategies in Africa, Asia and Europe.

 

Akin holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics with a minor in Political Science from Union College, New York, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  

He is a board member of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network in Washington D.C., and an alumni of the World Bank Institute and the ASPEN Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

You can access a sample of my recent publications here and here

Allan Cunningham

Editor & CEO, Africa Capital Digest

Allan Cunningham is the Founding Editor & CEO of Africa Capital Digest, a multi-platform media brand used as a key source of deal news, comment, perspective and opinion for private capital investors and their advisors involved in private equity, infrastructure and venture capital deals in Africa.

In a media career spanning almost 20 years, Allan has held senior leadership positions at some of the world’s most respected private equity, venture capital and M&A media properties including Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst and Dow Jones VentureWire, as well as The Deal. He has built a number of successful digital content businesses delivering financial news, information and networking products and services to investors, executives, advisors and service providers working in the private equity, venture capital and M&A markets.

Allan founded Africa Capital Digest with the editorial mission to chronicle the deals, the people and the companies making investments in Africa and help plug the knowledge gap that exists about the private capital investment opportunity on the continent. Today, the brand’s products and services are part of the workflow of many of the leading global investment professionals assessing and making investments in Africa.   

Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Allan now lives and works in Connecticut, USA.

Alpha Bah

CEO, ZMedia Tech Group

Alpha Bah is the founder and CEO of ZMedia Tech Group, a tech startup that produces mobile technology products.

The company’s first brand, ZNews Africa, makes it easy to find and enjoy cool stories about the African diaspora by creating and curating great content. The full-featured ZNews Africa mobile app provides the latest news content across Africa from more than 160 global news sources, in both English and French. The brand was selected to join Facebook, Google, Microsoft’s accelerator programs.

In his career he has helped develop and maintain programs and applications for The Associated Press, the New York Stock Exchange and MLB Advanced Media.

Mr. Bah is also president emeritus of PromoGuinea, a non-profit organization designed to increase educational opportunities for students in Guinea. He cares deeply about access to education and technology and how they can be leveraged to make long-term impacts on the African continent.

He is a graduate of Columbia University, holding a bachelors degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Political Science. He is a native of Guinea and currently resides in Harlem, New York.

Amir Yusuf

Managing Director, ICorp Capital Ltd.

Amir Yusuf is an entrepreneur, educator, and philanthropist based in Vancouver BC. Amir attended the University of Western Ontario as well as University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law. Amir is currently the Managing Director of ICorp Capital Ltd. ICorp is an investment firm with multiple divisions including Venture Capital, Private Lending & Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Social Ventures. The organization has a global portfolio of investments within a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, domestic and international real estate, technology, and mining.

Angela Hansen

Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Angela is a Partner and Director emerita in Dalberg’s Agriculture and Food Security Practice. She has formulated strategy for leading international NGOs, multilateral organizations and private sector companies in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and West, East and Southern Africa.

Angela has over a decade of experience living and working in Africa.  She advises agribusinesses and other agri-actors on ways to enhance performance, meet objectives, and develop new partnerships and more inclusive markets. She has advised companies such as Land O’Lakes, Syngenta and PepsiCo on their engagements with consumers and partner SMEs in Sub Saharan Africa.  Angela has supported the Grow Africa initiative of the World Economic Forum, the African Union and NEPAD.  She helped to develop a $100M guarantee instrument established by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Standard Bank for small farmers in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. Angela has worked with a number of UN agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP), where she helped to enhance inclusion of small farmers and SMEs in the food aid supply chain.  Angela has also advised the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on the development of the African Agribusiness and Agro-Industries Development Initiative; an initiative that ultimately resulted in a multi-million dollar agri-investment fund being approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB).  Angela has advised most leading DFIs investing in African agriculture and the supported the development of the AfDB’s new Agriculture Transformation Strategy.  She is presently advising the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on their investments in gender, ICT and agriculture in Africa and India.

Prior to Dalberg, Angela worked in Accenture’s Global Business Solutions practice, where she specialized in strategic planning for corporate clients in North America and Asia. She was educated at the University of Minnesota (BSc), Columbia Business School and the University of Cape Town, South Africa (MBA).  In addition to her role at Dalberg, Angela is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, where she teaches Human Centred Design, Inclusive Business Model Development and Strategy for Emerging Economies.  She is a contributing author to two books; Corporate Citizenship in Africa (Greenleaf) and Financial Inclusion in Africa (AfDB).

Ayodeji Balogun

Country Manager, AFEX Nigeria Limited

Ayodeji Balogun currently serves as the Country Manager for AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX Nigeria) and the Business Lead for Africa Exchange Holdings Limited in West Africa, where he is pioneering the development of a private sector led commodities exchange and warehouse receipt system. Prior to his role as Country Manager, Ayodeji was in charge of developing the company’s new market entry strategy in East and West Africa, Ayodeji doubles as the Product Development Manager, leading value chain development in the Agriculture Sector, and designing physical and derivative contracts for commodities across markets in Africa.

Before joining AFEX, Ayodeji supported several private sector enabling policy initiatives at the Tony Elumelu Foundation including designing the Nigerian National Competitiveness Council and drafting a bill to regulate the non-profit sector in Nigeria.

He is an MBA graduate of the Lagos Business School, has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Heavy Equipment Engineering (with Distinction) from Penn Foster University, Scranton, US. Before his admission to Lagos Business School, Ayodeji grew up as an entrepreneur, starting commodity trade in his teenage years, and managing his family owned commodities trading business with turnover in excess of USD15 million. He founded a haulage business; was part of a mobile service start-up and also part owner of an agribusiness venture.

He worked as an analyst with Unilever Nigeria Plc. and an associate at Doreo Partners where he contributed to the development of Nigeria’s Agriculture Transformation Plan (in 2011). He was a visiting consultant to DFID (GEMS3) and the Ministry of Agriculture on value chain development and was the West African chapter coordinator for Aspen Network of Developing Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

Ayodeji led The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s effort to catalyze the business start-up ecosystem in Lagos, providing support to business incubators and accelerators, he was instrumental to the establishment of the Lagos Angel Network – a members only early stage investment club.

Babatunde Onitiri

Senior Manager, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Babatunde Onitiri is a Senior Manager in the Venture Investments Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a position he has held since October 2015. Based in Washington DC, his focus is on sourcing investments in growth stage companies in the EduTech, HealthTech CleanTech and E-commerce sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tunde was previously IFC’s Country Manager for Singapore and Malaysia and Co-Head of the World Bank Group Infrastructure Hub, based in Singapore, and IFC Country Manager for Mozambique and Angola, based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Prior to joining IFC in 2004, Tunde was an Assistant Director at Emerging Markets Partnership, a private equity firm based in Washington DC, and a key member of the team that managed the $400 million AIG African Infrastructure Fund. He also spent eight years structuring and executing complex infrastructure finance transactions in Latin America, the U.S. and Turkey with InterGen (a global power generation company) based in London and Miami, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ based in New York.

Tunde is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and has served on the boards of United World Colleges International and the American International School in Mozambique.

Tunde holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Engineering Science and Economics from Oxford University. He also attended the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan, as a Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholar.

Blair Miller

Impact Investing, Office of Ray Chambers

Blair Miller leads impact investing for the office of Ray Chambers where they are developing a large scale impact investment fund for emerging markets. Previously she was the vice president of the MDG Health Alliance, a global coalition of leading businessmen focused on using private sector approaches to address global health challenges. Miller spent her early career at Acumen Fund, a $100M impact investment fund that invests in enterprises that serve the poor in India, Pakistan, West and East Africa, and Latin America. She is most passionate about developing human capital and, as such, is an investor Andela, a company training a cadre of technology developers across Africa and a venture partner at Learn Capital, an education technology venture capital fund. Blair is a trustee of the Africa Center and a senior Fellow at Yale teaching a course on impact investing.  Blair is a graduate of Michigan’s Ross Business School and the University of Virginia where she was a varsity volleyball player.

Brian Asingia

Co-Founder & CEO, DreamAfrica™

Ugandan-born, Brian Asingia is the co-founder and CEO of DreamAfrica™, a Kenya based Pearl Dream subsidiary and the venture behind the DreamAi™ platform. He participated in the 2016 Global Business Management e4Impact MBA from ALTIS University in Milan, Italy through Tangaza University in Kenya. He graduated from Lafayette College in 2012, with an Engineering degree and an Economics minor. Upon graduation, he worked for the New York Stock Exchange as a Business Analyst for two and a half years. An alumnus of United World College USA and International House NYC, he is drawn to impactful global projects with his current focus being DreamAi’s role in increasing access and availability of diverse digital content for kids, teens and adults at school and at home through a cross platform content app powered by Artificial Inteligence. DreamAi™ was accepted in the first class of African Billionaire Tony Elumelu’s TEEP 2015 Program after making the 2014 DEMO Africa Top 40 African businesses as featured in “The Next Africa” by J. Bright and A. Hruby (Macmillan, July 2015). In 2016, DreamAi™ is a finalist in the PIVOT East venture pitch for Entertainment category among other eLearning Awards, a feature on the Lion’s Den TV show and the TED residency program as an idea worth spreading. Asingia’s technology, intellectual property policy and business acumen enables him to provide insightful strategic advice and execution. He consults through The Asingia Intelligence Centre (AiC™), and is an author finishing his first sci-fi novel, “The One Who Lives Forever”, on pre-sale exclusively through DreamAi™

Brian Heese

Senior Manager Investor Relations, One Acre Fund

Brian Heese is a Senior Manager, Investor Relations at One Acre Fund, a dynamic social enterprise that sells seed, fertilizer and solar lights to 400,000 farmers in Africa. As head of Investor Relations, Brian raises debt to finance One Acre Fund’s working capital needs. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Brian ran a job program at Cristo Rey NY, a college-preparatory high school in East Harlem where students from low-income backgrounds work to pay for their education. He also spent 12-years in investment banking with Merrill Lynch and 8 years as an auditor with Price Waterhouse. Brian has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Brian Kirungi

Legal & Regulatory Head, Airtel Rwanda

Brian Kirungi advises on all legal and regulatory issues, manages external and government relations and acts as Board Secretary for the largest telecom operator in Africa, and the third largest in the world, with 303 million subscribers globally. While at the International Finance Corporation, Kirungi managed reform projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. He served as head of the legal department at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance, during a critical time when the government was embarking on a challenging economic journey. During his tenure with the Ministry, he led and negotiated various multilateral and bi-lateral agreements. Kirungi worked with various Rwandan institutions to achieve a USD$12 million tax savings for the telecom sector, leading to the current mobile penetration of 78%. His skills managing multiple stakeholders have made him an authority in his field. Through his fellowship, Kirungi will launch an access to justice mobile app that will provide users with virtual legal services, especially those unable to afford them. It will include a corporate legal and regulatory journal to help generate and disseminate much-needed analysis.

Buhle Miranda Goslar

Director of Consumer Intelligence, JUMO

Buhle Miranda Goslar is the Director of Customer Intelligence at JUMO. JUMO helps people and SMMEs access data-driven financial choices through its mobile-only predictive technology platform. A Zimbabwean-born South African with over 17 years’ experience in customer insights, commercial product management, brand marketing and strategy across multiple industries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Buhle believes technology is an important catalyst for social innovation and is active in multiple research projects in this area. Buhle holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town.

Byron Lichtenstein

Senior Associate, Insight Venture Partners

Byron is currently a Senior Associate at Insight Venture Partners, a software-focused investment firm in New York. At Insight he is part of their Onsite Consulting team, which focuses on diligence for new investments as well as working hands-on with executives throughout their portfolio to help their businesses scale.
Prior to Insight, he worked at Bain & Company as a strategy consultant. He also worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their Global Health Discovery unit where he acted as project manager for initiatives combating Malaria and Child Malnutrition. He graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Economics.

Chad Larson

Co-Founder & Chief Credit Officer, M-KOPA Solar

Chad is a founder of M-KOPA, and currently serves as the company’s Chief Credit Officer, having previously served as founding CFO.  He began work on M-KOPA with the two other founders during pre-launch piloting in 2010, and has lived in Nairobi with his wife and three boys since the company launch in 2011.  Chad previously served as the CFO of the Africap Microfinance Investment Fund, based in Johannesburg.  Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the investment banking division of Bank of America in Sydney and New York, working on fixed income, structured finance, and derivative transactions.  Chad is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford University.

Chenjerai Katanda

Programs Manager, Education Matters

Chenjerai Katanda is a Zimbabwean social entrepreneur who strives to help youth use their talents to gain exposure and opportunities.  In May 2012, he founded School Sports Network (www.ssn.co.zw ) an online digital media platform that highlights high school sports in Zimbabwe.  Expanding on his successes with SSN, Chenje formed a partnership with EducationUSA to verify high school sporting talent to help students gain the exposure needed to earn sports scholarships to study in the United States.  In 2016, Chenje became a founding trustee and is currently the Programs Manager at Education Matters (www.edmattersafrica.org ), a non-profit educational trust that works with high-achieving, low-income students to access higher education opportunities at top universities around the world.

Chinedu Igbokwe

Head of Africa and Middle East Region Energy Storage Development NEC Energy Solutions, Inc.

Chinedu is leading the development of grid scale energy storage projects in Africa and Middle East region for NEC Energy Solutions a company based in Massachusetts with country affiliate locations in Johannesburg South Africa, Lagos Nigeria and Istanbul Turkey. In this role, Chinedu works with Governments, electric power companies, project developers and system operators to solve power issues using energy storage technologies.

Prior to joining NEC Energy Solutions, Chinedu was the Global Product Manager for Solectria Renewables, a wholly owned subsidiary of Yaskawa Electric. There he was in charge of developing and executing product strategies for grid interactive Solar Inverters globally with a focus on North America, South America and South East Asia.

Chinedu holds a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Chris Dickey

Director of Global Health, NYU's College of Global Public Health

Dr. Dickey is Director of Global Health at CGPH and is also a former public health entrepreneur who has worked extensively with UN and other agencies on innovative approaches to improving health outcomes. He co-founded a company that provides clean water and primary care in villages in India in 2009 after graduating from the Wharton Executive MBA program. Dr. Dickey’s research interests at NYU include the development of sustainable public health models – especially those that benefit poor people – and forging bonds between the academic community and practitioners in the field.

Dr. Dickey holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Dickey holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christine Martey-Ochola

Co-Founder & President, Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Martey-Ochola is co-founder and current president of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce. Under her direction the Chamber has run various trade missions into Africa, assisted U.S. company entry into Africa (with increased employment), established reconnaissance missions, and facilitated key business partnerships for member businesses. She has developed strong ties with the public, private and civil societies in multiple African countries and has also established an efficient and reliable network in Eastern and Southern Africa that assists in conducting due diligence and reconnaissance for companies seeking entry into those markets. Dr. Martey-Ochola has had a successful career in academe, teaching in the chemistry department at Villanova University. Dr. Ochola is on the advisory board of the Center for International Business Education and Research at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and is the senior outreach liaison and advisor for the Great Lakes Region (East Africa) Health and Environmental Affairs division of FirstSource Worldwide.

Chudi Obianwu

Private Equity Investor, Goldman Sachs

Chudi is a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs focused on investments in industrials and energy companies. Previously, Chudi spent over 4 years investing in, and advising, energy and transportation infrastructure companies and projects both at Goldman Sachs and Raymond James. He has also held two board observer seats while at Goldman Sachs. Prior to Raymond James, Chudi was an analyst at Libera Partners, a finance & investment services firm focused on providing capital and access to high growth opportunities in Africa. In addition to his role at Goldman Sachs, Chudi invests personal capital in, and advises, venture-stage businesses and technologies, including Stantt, a fashion-technology company and a family-run medical business. Chudi also serves on an advisory committee for a power generation company that develops, constructs, and operates solar and battery storage power systems for businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Among other charities, Chudi is an active donor to The GEANCO Foundation.

Clement Onyemelukwe

Chairman, Colechurch International Ltd; Chairman, KOKO Free Trade Zone

Clement Onyemelukwe is the Chairman and Founder of Colechurch International Ltd, a forty-year old US/UK project management and promotion company with expertize for third world countries.

Onyemelukwe has UK degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and economics. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Management.  Mr. Onyemelukwe was recruited in 1961 from the UK Central Electricity Generation/Transmission Board where he was the Deputy Head of Planning (where among other things he was leading the planning of the early 400KV grid for England) as the Chief Electrical Engineer of the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria. He decided 330KV as the grid voltage to date for Nigeria and is responsible for the basic design of the present Nigerian power grid.

Mr. Onyemelukwe has written to date five books: Industrial Planning and Management in Nigeria, Men and Management in Contemporary Africa, Economic Underdevelopment, The Science of Economic Development and Growth 400pp and Decline of the US economy: How to stop it, 2016.

Onyemelukwe has over the past several decades written many technical articles, contributed to several journals and widely lectured.

Derek Saleeby

Founding Partner, TOTAL Impact Capital (TOTAL)

Mr. Saleeby has an extensive career in finance and asset management. His experience includes starting up and also running both direct equity investment and debt oriented funds. Most recently, he is one of the founding partners of the merchant banking firm TOTAL Impact Capital www.totalimpactcapital.com which was created to provide investment and advisory expertise to the evolving impact investment market. He is originally from Liberia and has worked in the emerging markets of Africa, Middle East and Latin America as well as in developed markets including N. America and Europe. He began his career as a banker and structuring specialist with Citibank, Salomon Brothers, Smith Barney and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Spain). At BBVA, he was part of the team responsible for structuring and marketing the Central American private equity vehicle sponsored by BBVA. Mr. Saleeby also served as the Chief Investment Officer of a Deutsche Bank backed fund of funds. In this capacity he was responsible for designing and building the fund infrastructure, team, and asset management activities. Mr. Saleeby’s private equity investment background includes putting over $600mm to work in direct investments across sectors in developed and developing markets for New York based fund RAM. Mr. Saleeby’s team realized returns of 29-40% gross IRRS on direct investments in both public and private companies during his 5 years. He was also responsible for creating the secondary private equity practice at RAM where he purchased private equity positions from other investors. Mr. Saleeby also has the unique perspective of advising his family business (Premier Milling – Flour Milling in Liberia) on growth capital options. Mr. Saleeby has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in African Studies, Economics and Politics from Princeton University.

  • At TOTAL, Mr. Saleeby has been active in designing innovative impact solutions, raising capital and advising several private equity fund clients in the impact space including AfricInvest/TunInvest on two investment vehicles and the Investment Fund for Health in Africa.
  • Currently he is leading a $150mm funding for London based private investment firm, TLG Africa for its private structured debt fund (Credit Opportunities Fund). The fund is investing now and is utilizing US$ guaranteed debt combined with equity components to fund investments ranging from healthcare to fast moving consumer goods companies.
  • He is also working on a post crisis markets investment fund for SMEs starting in Africa.
  • Prior to TOTAL, Mr. Saleeby advised Greylock Capital (New York) on its acquisition of over $60mm of US OPIC commitment and also on the creation of its African investment fund.
  • Mr. Saleeby also created the impact investment fund entity, the ~ $30mm Liberian Enterprise Development Fund as a partnership between a large family office, and the US OPIC to fund SMEs in post conflict Liberia.
  • Prior to this, Mr. Saleeby formed African Private Equity Partners (APEP) which was an early sub-advisor to corporates and financial investors seeking both capital and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. They worked closely in partnership with AIG’s private equity team to design and create a new fund called the African Renaissance Fund – although the financial crises precluded launch.
  • Additionally, his team advised Cemex of Mexico on creating a special purpose vehicle to acquire and build out cement assets in Africa. The goal was to create tremendous impact through new infrastructure investment in resource starved countries.

Elizabeth Ngonzi

CEO, Afrika Tikkun USA

Elizabeth Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American representative of Afrika Tikkun—- an award-winning organization that has for the last 22 years, successfully delivered innovative social development services to disadvantaged communities in South Africa and has the distinction of being only one of three organizations worldwide for which the-then President Nelson Mandela volunteered as Patron in Chief.

Over the last two years, Ms. Ngonzi has developed strategic partnerships and collaborations between Afrika Tikkun and many corporations, nonprofits, academia and global organizations. Most recently, in partnership with Facebook, she oversaw the launch of Afrika Tikkun’s first global campaign on ‘International Day of the Girl’ which resulted in our Facebook Page ‘Likes’ growing from 7,600+ to 180,000+ in less than one week.  During the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Ms. Ngonzi led a high-level ideation session with leading global company CMO’s on creating a future NGO model for more efficient, effective and collaborative solutions for social good. Additionally, last year she led Afrika Tikkun’s role as a marketing partner to the U.S. Government’s largest trade mission to Africa-Trade Winds Africa as a means to connect U.S. investors to Afrika Tikkun’s partnership opportunities to leverage South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice. She has also created partnerships with Delta Air Lines, McCann Worldgroup, and Shea Yeleen.

Ms. Ngonzi is a global public speaker, who frequently addresses audiences about entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development. She is a member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State and has spoken worldwide, including: TEDx CornellU 2013, SXSW 2012, Columbia University’s 2011 African Diplomatic Forum, and Harvard’s 2015 African Development Conference, and UNICEF’s conference on ‘Future Leaders of Innovation in the Post 2015 World. Her appearances have included chairing the August 2015 African Women’s Leadership Summit in South Africa; speaking in the October 2014 International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands and May 2014 WIE Lagos Symposium in Nigeria; and keynoting the 2013 Southern Africa Fundraising Awards.

Ms. Ngonzi has been quoted and/or featured in media outlets, including: Black Enterprise Magazine; CCTV America; CNBC; Crain’s New York Business; Forbes Woman; the Chicago Tribune; the Cornell Chronicle; MarketWatch; the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC); The New York Times; The Washington Post; and Voice of America’s Africa 54 program, among others.

Ms. Ngonzi has over 13 years of teaching and training experience. Since 2009, she has been on the adjunct faculty at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising– developing courses for NGO leaders and grant makers seeking to leverage technology to more effectively engage with their various stakeholders. Additionally, she developed a Fundraising webinar for Vital Voices Global Partnership’s 300+ women VVLEAD Fellows, worldwide and a self-guided online course on Storytelling for Social Media, for The Foundation Center.  She served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University (2011-2013) advising entrepreneurs in developing compelling value propositions to investors.

Formerly, Ms. Ngonzi ran a boutique consulting firm she founded, through which she and her team assisted major nonprofits, corporations, the media and funders worldwide, to meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives by identifying their shared relationships and by facilitating ways in which they could creatively and efficiently pursue and meet their common goals.

Ms. Ngonzi spent the first half of her career as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen, in marketing at Digital Equipment Corporation and in B2B sales at MICROS Systems.   She earned a B.S. in Information Systems from Syracuse University and MMH degree in Services Marketing from Cornell University

Femi Akinrebiyo

Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Femi Akinrebiyo is a Principal Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Washington, DC. He has been with IFC for ten years and leads the implementation of the Joint World Bank Group Energy Business Plan for Nigeria, an initiative that is mobilizing the combined World Bank Group resources to support the Federal Government of Nigeria to accelerate implementation of reforms, attract private investment, and fast-track key projects to financial close. In this role, Femi is responsible for the medium- to long-term business development in Nigeria, including building partnerships with key stakeholders and supporting transformational engagements.

Prior to his current role, he has played leading roles in structuring and investing over a billion dollars for IFC in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Femi’s background includes working for ExxonMobil as a Project Engineer and other multinational companies, including Philips Projects and Spar Aerospace.

He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

Franklin Amoo

Partner, Baylis Emerging Partners

Franklin Olakunle Amoo is a Partner at Baylis Emerging Market, an investment management firm focused on making growth equity investments in middle market manufacturing and industrial assets on a pan-African basis. Franklin also serves as a Senior Principal at Aristeia Global Advisors, a boutique Merchant Bank and Advisory Firm with a focus on developing markets and emerging industries.

Prior to co-founding Baylis and Aristeia, Franklin led the Strategic Credit Group at Mizuho Securities USA, overseeing the firm’s activities with regards to originating, structuring and trading illiquid and real assets.  At Mizuho, Franklin helped establish the CLO, High Yield sales and trading, secondary loan trading, structured finance and asset finance businesses; his mandate included originating, structuring and syndicating private capital raising and overseeing the secondary loan and trade claims trading businesses.  Having spent roughly 15 years working for a number of Wall Street firms across roles in proprietary credit trading, principal investments, investment banking, research and institutional sales & trading, Franklin’s expertise has been in structuring and arranging project & asset finance, infrastructure, energy, export credit backed, asset finance, leasing, securitizations, contract monetization and specialty finance transactions in developed, emerging and frontier markets. He has developed recognized expertise in macroeconomic and fundamental credit analysis.  Franklin began his career as an analyst in the Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group at Bank of America.

 

Franklin chairs the Loan Market Association’s Task Force on African Secondary Loan Trading, serves on the China Market Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group, serves on the advisory board of Africa GreenCo and is Director of Whitman Group Holdings, a family investment company. Mr. Amoo is in service to the boards of the Collegiate School Alumni Executive Council, the Columbia University Young Lions Alumni Council, Prep for Prep and the Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn, chairs the board of the Fort Greene Family Support Group and formerly served as a director on the Executive Board of the United Nation Foundation’s Young Professionals.

 

Franklin is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University as well as an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Howard E. Mitchell and a Venture Incubation Program Fellow.

Frederick N. Cooper

SVP, Finance, International Development & Investor Relations Toll Brothers, Inc.

Toll Brothers, Inc. (Tollbrothers.com) (NYSE: TOL) is a New York Stock Exchange-listed residential developer. One of the largest home builders and land developers in the U.S., Toll Brothers serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult and second-home buyers, as well as renters, in suburban and urban markets in 19 states across the U.S. and in the District of Columbia.

Fred joined Toll Brothers in 1993 to establish its Finance and Investor Relations Departments. As the firm’s in-house investment bank, the team he leads is responsible for Toll’s capital markets and investor relations activities as well as its partnering relationships with major U.S. and international financial and development institutions. Since formation, his team has raised over $15 billion from U.S., European and Asian banks, the public capital markets and institutional partners. In addition to capital raising, the group advises on complex project structuring, joint ventures, corporate mergers and acquisitions and major property acquisitions.

Fred has overseen Toll Brothers’ exploration of international development opportunities in Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern markets. He has been financial point for Toll’s expansion into the urban high-rise condo business through Toll Brothers City Living, which has grown into an operation of over 40 buildings and 5,000 units, and into the rental apartment business through Toll Brothers Apartment Living, which now controls $2 billion in assets in a pipeline of completed and in-development projects totaling over 7,000 units.

From 1989 to 1993, Fred was Director of Corporate Finance and Planning at DKM Properties Corp., the real estate arm of a FORBES Private 50 corporation. From 1984 to 1989, he was Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of New York City’s economic development bank. From 1980 to 1983 he worked in community-based affordable housing and economic development in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, New York.

He holds an A.B. from Brown University and a Master of Public Policy in finance and international development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Fred has a personal interest in emerging market real estate, especially affordable housing. He is a founding board member of the Friends of Kenya Community Development Foundation and an advisor to Reall International, which provides capital and technical assistance to affordable housing developers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He helped developed and lectures in Wharton’s “Real Estate Development in Emerging Markets” course and has lectured on real estate finance and development since 2006 in Wharton’s International Housing Finance Program.

Geordie Brackin

Director of Innovation, Bridge International Academies

Geordie leads the Innovation department for Bridge International Academies (www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com), the largest chain of private schools in Africa. Bridge disrupts the educational status quo by ensuring that every child has access to a high quality education. The first Bridge International Academy opened in 2009. 7 years later Bridge now teaches over 100,000 pupils every day at 500+ schools across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, India and Liberia.

He takes big and small ideas for improving learning, pilots them in a few academies using a robust feedback loop, and brings them to scale across the entire Bridge network. Before joining Bridge, Geordie was an English teacher at the LEAP Science & Maths School in Cape Town. LEAP (www.leapschool.org.za) is a high-achieving school for township students with a focus on educating future leaders. In 2009 he received a Fulbright grant to teach in the school of Education at the University of Pretoria. He holds a teaching certificate and Master’s degree in Community Development & English Education from Vanderbilt University.

Hafeez Giwa

Managing Partner, HC Capital Properties

Hafeez Giwa is a Managing Partner of HC Capital Properties (“HCCP”), a privately-held real estate investment firm with a focus on Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. Founded in 2014, the company invests primarily in retail, office, hospitality, industrial & residential assets. The firm’s experienced investment team supported by a dedicated advisory and operations group, operate from offices in Abidjan and London.

Prior to co-founding HCCP, Hafeez was an investment principal at Actis LLP and a member of the Actis Africa Real Estate team. At Actis, he focused on West and Central African investments and was involved with transactions exceeding $650MM in value.

Hafeez has over ten years of experience in real estate and prior to joining Actis, he worked in the real estate investment banking and private equity groups of Morgan Stanley in New York and London. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) in Finance (with honours) from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Harvard Business School.

Hayat Adem

Co-Founder, Marzam LLC

Hayat Adem grew up in Georgia and currently resides in Philadelphia. Hayat has always had an eye for fashion and is very passionate about sharing her Ethiopian heritage and culture with the world.  Driven by this passion, she recently embarked on a journey to Ethiopia and Kenya. This trip would later inspire the creation of an East African lifestyle brand. Upon returning, Hayat turned that inspiration into action and founded Marzam LLC with two other friends. Marzam thrives on transforming traditional east african styles into fashion-forward looks. Marzam is underpinned by a social mission to use local artisans in creating its products.

Heather Strachan

Global Program Operations Manager, Village Capital

Heather Strachan is the Global Program Operations Manager for Village Capital. In this role, she helps design and implement programs to support the growth of early-stage ventures around the world. Prior to joining the team, Heather worked as an attorney advisor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she supported the Agency’s efforts to help individuals and state and local governments recover from disasters. Before that role, Heather served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of FEMA, implementing strategic initiatives across the agency. She began her career with FEMA as a Presidential Management Fellow. Heather holds a J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo Law School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Hellen Kassa

Chief of Staff, Kana TV

Hellen Kassa serves as Chief of Staff and Operations Director at Kana Television. She joined the core team from its beginnings in early 2014 – supporting market research, strategy, fundraising, operational set-up, and finally the launch of the channel earlier in 2016. Today, Kana Television is Ethiopia’s most widely viewed, free-to-air television station and the largest investment into media in Ethiopia. Prior to to joining the Kana team, Hellen led the East Africa market entry strategy for SVTP, a silicon valley-based, solar tech start-up. In her role, she travelled between SVTP’s operational offices in Greater China and Nigeria to take lessons learned into the East African market. Hellen studied at the University of Denver and University of Cape Town, earning a degree in International Studies and Economics. She is currently based in Addis Ababa, where in her spare time is heavily engaged in community engagement particularly around youth entrepreneurship.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Co-Founder, Andela & Co-Founder, Flutterwave

Iyinoluwa is an impact entrepreneur with a passion for building the future of Africa. He’s spent the past 7 years building ventures in the education, technology, youth employment, publishing and finance spaces. At 18, he interned for the World Youth Alliance at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. He then went on to lead Imprint Publications, one of Canada’s largest student-owned publishing houses, as  President of the Board in 2010. Iyinoluwa helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform which was acquired in 2013 by the Canadian Innovation Centre. In 2014, He co-founded Andela to find the brightest young people in Africa and prepare them to become Africa’s next generation of technology leader through deep immersive remote-work experience with global technology companies like Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Google amongst others. Andela was named by CNN as one of top 10 African Startups of 2014, and has raised investments from to Silicon Valley VC’s and Angel Investors like Spark, Google Ventures and Mark Zuckerberg. In May 2016, Iyinoluwa left Andela to co-found Flutterwave, a payments technology company connecting Africa to the global economy with one API for processing any payment across Africa. Flutterwave is a Y Combinator company backed by several notable angels and VC’s around the world.

Iyinoluwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He’s received several awards and honors including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership from JC Holland Foundation in 2010, Nigeria’s top 20 under 20 from by Ynaija in 2011, World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012, and Forbes 30 under 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa in 2015.

Jackson Muneza Mvunganyi

Host of Upfront, Voice of America

Jackson Muneza Mvunganyi is a multimedia reporter, broadcaster and digital media producer. He is the host of UpFront a Youth oriented talk show on the Voice of America. Each week, Upfront reaches millions of young adults and students on the African continent and beyond. Jackson interacts with African youth on issues ranging from Entrepreneurship, leadership, education, innovation etc. A native of Rwanda, Mvunganyi has a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia development from the American University in Washington D.C., and a Master’s degree in Information Management at the University of Maryland. Jackson has had a multi-faceted broadcasting career so far, working in both radio and television, in Africa and the United States. Jackson was named one of the 20 young African influencers in the diaspora. He has been invited to speak and moderate at various high level panels at the UN, World Bank and Universities like Harvard and others. His more than 17,000 Twitter followers include President Obama. You can follow him @upfrontafrica and at facebook.com/UpfrontshowVOA/

Jeanne Chen

Project Leader, BCG Johannesburg

Jeanne is a Project Leader in BCG’s Johannesburg office. She is a core member of BCG’s Corporate Development and Principal Investors and Private Equity practices. She has led projects on a number of PE and VC investments in Africa.

Since joining BCG, Jeanne has  been part of the Washington DC and London offices in addition to Johannesburg. She has worked on strategy and transaction work across a number of industries, from telecommunications to consumer retail and industrial goods. Prior to working with BCG, Jeanne was an Associate at LEK Consulting in San Francisco and a Social Entrepreneur Fellow for Villgro, an incubator in Chennai, India.

Jeanne holds a MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute and a MBA from the Wharton School, where she was a Palmer Scholar. She also holds a BS in Economics and BA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, with exchanges at Peking University in Beijing and Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyons.

John Nevergole

Co-Founder & CEO, ABD Group

John Nevergole is Co-Founder and CEO of ABD Group. John has lead investments and projects in countries in every region of Africa and has been involved in over $2 billion USDs of investment across the continent. Outside of Africa John has advised on transactions in Colombia, Brazil and the United Sates. In these various capacities he has partnered with and advised leaders of Fortune 500 firms, government leaders, and investors in sectors including aviation, agriculture, energy/infrastructure, healthcare, mining, and telecommunications. John is a Senior Advisor to Rosemont Seneca Advisors.

Previously John was the founder of Team One Parking, a parking company with activities in Philadelphia and was the accountant for the Southeastern United States in ARAMARK’s Healthcare Division. John has a BS from the University of Maryland and a MBA from Babson College. Additionally, John is a founding board member of SOS du Coeur.

John Plaisted

Portfolio Manager, Accion Venture Lab

John Plaisted is a Portfolio Manager with Accion Venture Lab, which is a seed stage impact investing initiative that supports innovative financial inclusion startups around the world. Based out of Washington DC, John supports the team’s global portfolio engagement work and deal activity. Prior to joining Accion, John was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in the Boston and Washington DC offices. John has a bachelor of science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jorge Favita

Senior Vice President, McKinsey & Company

Jorge Favita is a Senior Vice President in McKinsey’s Recovery & Transformation Services (RTS) Unit. He brings over 17 years of experience in operational, restructuring and advisory roles, having worked extensively with Telecom companies in Africa. Previous to joining McKinsey, Jorge held senior leadership roles in several Telecommunications Companies across the world.

He holds a Master in Finance from Católica Lisbon School of Business and is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt.

Joseph Quan

CEO of Twine

Joseph is the cofounder and CEO of Twine, an HR software product working with Fortune 1000 clients to reduce employee turnover.Joseph is the cofounder and CEO of Twine, an HR software product working with Fortune 1000 clients to reduce employee turnover. Twine’s employee recommendation engine algorithmically suggests current employees for new job openings. By doing so, Twine helps employees find more fulfilling roles and companies save millions by tapping into their rich pool of existing talent.

He is a second year MBA at Wharton majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and Operations. Prior to Wharton, Joseph founded an innovation team at Nike, which scaled from 2 to 25 people and closed a $100M partnership in its first year. Before that, he worked in consulting, advising consumer technology clients such as Microsoft and Facebook.

Julienne Oyler

Co-Founder & CEO, African Entrepreneur Collective

Julienne is the co-founder and CEO of African Entrepreneur Collective, a network of business development services and low-cost debt funds supporting local entrepreneurs across the continent. Julienne is driven to this work because she has seen first hand the tremendous potential that young African entrepreneurs have to transform their communities and continent. With more than 15 years of work in youth empowerment and international development, Julienne was inspired to create African Entrepreneur Collective after spending time with several young entrepreneurs in Mali who, in the midst of drought and political instability, drove economic opportunities for themselves and their communities through their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Prior to founding AEC, Julienne Oyler served as the Director of Development and Communications at College Track, a national after-school program in the US.

Julienne holds a BA degree cum laude in African History and Government from Georgetown University and an MBA from Yale University. She was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship in 2015. In her free time, Julienne is working on achieving her goal of visiting all 54 African nations by her 54th birthday. She is nearly half-way there.    

Kwami Williams

Co-Founder & CEO, MoringaConnect

Kwami is passionate about building products and services that work well and help people. He is learning everyday how to do that as the co-founder and CEO of MoringaConnect, a vertically integrated supply chain for moringa based food (Minga Foods) and beauty products (True Moringa). MoringaConnect has provided over $353k of income to nearly 2000 farming families growing the moringa tree across Ghana. Kwami is an Echoing Green Fellow, Harambe Entrepreneur Associate, MassChallenge Alumnus, and Black Engineer of the Year Awardee. He enjoys singing, dancing, playing sports, and tinkering with tools. He is married and has 5 dogs: Mori, Ringa, Princess, Chale, and B2.

Leonard Mungarulire

Regional Integration Advisor, Ministry of Trade, Industry & East African Affairs (Kigali, Rwanda)

Leonard is an Eisenhower Fellow and has been in the US for the past 2 months to develop a framework for enhanced partnership between the private sector in the East Africa Community (EAC) and US. This mechanism will ensure sustained commitment and follow-through by policymakers and business leaders, leading to increased investment, trade and job creation. Leonard Mungarulire also helps promote the development goals of Rwanda and the EAC, through economic and social integration of the region. The EAC market encompasses six member countries and provides access to a market of 162 million people. With a combined GDP of $160.7 billion, this forms a powerful consumer base for domestic, regional and global investors. Leonard has worked with and advised the Rwanda Development Board, Ministries of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, as well as the Private Sector Federation on various initiatives aimed at fostering private sector competitiveness. While with the OTF Group in South Sudan, Leonard led and worked with public and private sector leaders to develop the first medium-term industrial strategy for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry aimed at creating job opportunities for the world’s newest independent state.

Matt Devlin

Global Lead for International Relations, Uber

Mr. Devlin leads International Relations at Uber, focusing on the political and regulatory aspects of the company’s expansion and operations outside of the United States. Founded in 2009, Uber is a software platform that connects consumers with transportation and logistics services in more than 450 cities across 72 countries. Prior to joining Uber, he worked on institution building and public sector reform with governments across Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Matt holds a BA in history from Yale, a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a law degree from Yale Law School. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the International Crisis Group’s Ambassador Council, and an avid rugby player.

Marcus Watson

Senior Manager, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Marcus Watson is a Senior Manager in Dalberg’s Nairobi office, where he leads teams advising corporates, investors, and development institutions on strategic planning and investments across Africa. He has a particular sector focus in energy, telecoms and financial services. In energy, Marcus has worked with multinational energy firms and investors to (i) set up financing vehicles to direct blended capital into the sector and (ii) develop strategies to execute and invest in renewable IPP and mini-grid projects. Previously, he worked as a corporate attorney where he advised private equity funds on fund formation and mergers & acquisitions. Marcus has a BA from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in International Development and Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and is a qualified attorney in England & Wales.

Mia Kimani

Principal, BCG Johannesburg

Mia von Koschitzky Kimani is a Principal in the Johannesburg office and recently relocated to Nairobi with her family. Mia is passionate about helping clients find ways to better sell their products across the African continent. Her typical day is spent in one of the many open markets across Africa or inside the home of one of the vibrant African consumers learning about preferences and shopping behaviors.  Mia is also an author of BCG’s recent Winning in Africa and African Consumers reports.

Mia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Gallen where she did an exchange semester at the National University of Singapore, before joining BCG Zurich as an Associate in 2005. After two years at BCG, Mia continued her education and received a MBA from Harvard Business School and also spent some time working for an outsourcing company in Nairobi, Kenya.

Since returning to BCG, Mia has done projects in many different industries from Health Care, Financial Services, Industrial Goods, Consumer Goods and Mining. Mia is currently leading the Women@BCG initiative in South Africa and Africa at large which focuses on recruiting, mentoring and developing women within BCGs Africa organization. Mia is also a proud mother of Luisa Zawadi (3) and Katja Uwema (2).

Nick Ashburn

Director of Emerging Markets Strategies, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Nick Ashburn is the Director for Emerging Market Strategies at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where previously he was also the Director of Special Projects for Impact Investing. He has been a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn and has taught Social Entrepreneurship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

Nick has worked on projects with major foundations, government agencies, large financial institutions, and corporations on diverse projects ranging from innovative finance for social impact, design thinking for poverty alleviation, and education in developing countries. He holds a master’s degree in international educational development from the University of Pennsylvania and is also fluent in German.

Nick is a co-author of “Great Expectations: Financial Performance & Mission Preservation in Impact Investing” and also co-hosts “Dollars & Change” on SiriusXM Channel 111 – Business Radio powered by the Wharton School – a show dedicated to the intersection of business and finance for social impact.

Ngozi Dozie

Director, OneFi

Ngozi Dozie is a Director and co-Founder of Kaizen Venture Partners.  

Ngozi Dozie was an investment banker at JPMorgan assisting clients with mergers & acquisitions advisory and capital financing.  Prior to JPMorgan, Ngozi worked with Arthur Andersen UK as a risk consultant, and Deloitte & Touche as a financial analyst.

Ngozi holds an MBA from the Wharton School and qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He earned a First Class in Physics from Imperial College and an MSc in Computation from Oxford University.

Nnenna Kalu Makanjuola

Founder & Editor in Chief, Radiant Health Magazine

Nnenna Kalu Makanjuola is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Radiant Health Magazine, Africa’s leading health magazine. Radiant Health began as Nigeria’s first women’s magazine and has grown globally to reach African women on the continent and throughout the diaspora.

Nnenna’s lifelong commitment to improving health outcomes for Africans began with her work as a pharmacist. Wanting to make a larger impact, she transitioned to the public health sector starting as an intern at the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva where she helped develop chronic disease data on Africa to inform health policy. Nnenna served as a Global Health Fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she spent a year in Tanzania working to strengthen the laboratory system for HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment monitoring. She continued her public health work at CDC Atlanta and later as a consultant for the D.C. based Advocates for Youth before going on to launch Radiant Health Magazine.

Nnenna completed one year of study in Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, before moving to the U.S. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Texas Tech University and her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University.

Nnenna has been featured in How We Made It in Africa, YNaija’s Leading Ladies Africa, She Leads Africa and was recently named one of 41 Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs Putting the Country on the Global Business Map by Lionesses of Africa.

Onu Ocholi

Program Manager, Bain Africa

Onu has been a practicing Management and Strategy Consultant for 8+ years, with project experience covering a wide range of industries, geographies and capabilities. Currently a Program Manager with Bain Africa, Onu is based in Lagos overseeing talent management and marketing as part of the Bain team establishing Bain’s local presence in West Africa.

For the first half of his career, he led and supported teams primarily in the TMT industry, on project including expansion strategy for a leading African cellular provider into Nigeria, market entry strategy for a new cellular network in DR Congo and network cost reduction for telecoms regulator in Eastern & Southern Africa among others. Since joining Bain in 2012, his experience has broadened to the wider ICT sector including International sales enablement strategy for a leading ICT technology vendor, manufacturing operations improvement for top-tier worldwide ICT manufacturer and revenue and productivity improvement strategy for leading Nigerian bank.

He has experience working in several countries and continents – Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, USA, UK, Peru, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore. He obtained an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in the US, and prior to that obtained MEng and BA degrees in Electrical and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Pat Bydume

Director, Endeavor Energy

Mr. Patrick Bydume, Director for Endeavor Energy, brings a decade of experience as a project finance and energy investment professional to his role.

Prior to joining Endeavor Energy, Mr. Bydume worked for Morgan Stanley where he was primarily responsible for structuring and arranging debt and mezzanine financings for the construction and acquisition of infrastructure projects. Mr. Bydume has also worked for GE Energy Financial Services where he helped analyze and evaluate various debt and equity investment opportunities for the firm’s multi-billion dollar energy portfolio.

Mr. Bydume holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Patricia Chin-Sweeney

COO & Senior Partner, I-DEV International

Patricia is co-founder and a key member of I-DEV’s global management team. Patricia led the launch of I-DEV’s Africa regional office, and continues to play an active role in both strategy and investment advisory assignments globally.

Prior to joining I-DEV International, Patricia worked in investment banking and financial strategy at the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG), a specialty advisory firm to the global engineering, environmental consulting and infrastructure sector. Patricia holds a B.A. from Barnard College/Columbia University, and a Masters in Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business and INCAE-Costa Rica.

Queen Nworisara Quinn

Founding Partner, Kupanda Capital

Queen Nworisara Quinn is a founding Partner at Kupanda Capital, a leading investment and advisory firm established to incubate, capitalize and scale pan- African companies. At Kupanda Capital, Queen has worked to provide tailored advice and support to entrepreneurs, project developers, fund managers and corporations operating in Africa. She currently serves on the board of Copernicus.io a proprietary geospatial platform that provides reliable and representative data on any customizable geographic area across the African continent.

Prior to joining Kupanda Capital, Queen was an Investment Officer in the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Private Sector Department, originating transactions in manufacturing, agribusiness and private equity. While at the AfDB, Queen also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Vice President for Infrastructure and Private Sector Development where she advised the Vice-President on emerging issues of corporate significance, ensured efficient coordination across a complex of five departments with yearly lending operations of approximately US$ 8 billion, and contributed to the effective implementation of key decisions and strategy.

Prior to joining AfDB, Queen was a management associate with the Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank working within the Institutional Clients Group, where she contributed to new business development.

Queen is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in International Politics and received her Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a concentration in International Trade and Finance. She also holds a PhD in Strategy & International Business from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where she attended as a Gates- Cambridge Scholar.

Richard M. Greenberg

Managing Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Mr. Greenberg is a Managing Director at OPIC, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, with responsibility for co-leading the organization’s efforts to expand its contribution in the area of social enterprise and impact finance.  The unit he leads has significantly grown OPIC’s social enterprise finance activity, having closed over $700 million in OPIC financing to the microfinance sector and expanded OPIC’s activity in sectors such as health, water, agribusiness, and energy, with considerable focus on Africa.  Recently, he has played a key role in developing two OPIC initiatives, one focused on financing for impact investment funds and the other on providing debt to early stage social enterprises.  Previously, Mr. Greenberg led project financings in markets around the world involving both small businesses and major infrastructure projects.  Mr. Greenberg has been a frequent speaker at conferences on project financing in emerging markets and has lectured at graduate level courses in microfinance and impact investing.  He holds a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

Rob Eloff

Managing Partner, Lateral Capital

Rob is a venture partner with a New York based venture capital fund and previously spent 8 years at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan based in London, Moscow and Johannesburg in equity capital markets with a focus on new and emerging economies. A native of Cape Town, Rob has turned his focus back to ventures on the African continent with a focus on tech enabled early stage opportunities. He has invested in and advised early stage sub Saharan African companies that present the opportunity to partner with talent in Frontier Markets to achieve scale. Rob holds a master’s degree in finance from Cambridge University and a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town.

Robert Hornsby

Co-Founder & CFO, American Homebuilders of West Africa

Since 1991, Bob has built and led teams as a business development and project management executive in a variety of entrepreneurial settings. From 2000 to 2004, he was President of technology services company Slingshot Solutions. He subsequently directed new business unit development for Overseas Strategic Consulting before co-founding JOBOMAX / American Homebuilders of West Africa. Prior to entering the private sector, Bob served in the Peace Corps in West Africa as a public health volunteer, and taught International Studies in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Bob holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Economics and African Studies from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He received a BA in Economics at Davidson College, with a focus on Economic Development. He has worked in residential construction from concrete to framing and roofing, and manages a rental property portfolio in the US.

Robin Miller

Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Robin Miller is a Partner in Dalberg’s Johannesburg office where her work focuses on ICT strategy, access to finance, global health, and institutional strategy. Robin has recently worked with the World Bank, the South African National Planning Commission, one of the largest telecommunications operators in South Africa, and a large African based international investment holding company on issues including ICT investment strategy, design and development of new mobile technology ventures, organizational reform, and performance evaluation.

Robin is currently leading a Dalberg team tasked with supporting South Africa’s ICT Investment Working Group to develop a 2020 vision and investment strategy for ICT that will facilitate economic growth and drive job creation. Robin also recently completed a study for the World Bank looking at the impact of mobile phones on health systems in developing countries and she is currently leading a team to support the Southern African NGO Network and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the monitoring and evaluation of a project that aims to deploy mobile technology solutions that will drive operational efficiency and increased income for smallholder farmer associations in Kenya and Zambia.

Prior to joining Dalberg, Robin co-founded the Praekelt Foundation, an African mobile technology incubator that designs and deploys innovative solutions focused on health, economic development, and education. Praekelt Foundation has deployed its services across 15 countries in Africa, in particular Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria, and worked with leading network operators and development partners including MTN, Vodacom, USAID, and the Omidyar Network. Robin has worked extensively across Africa as well as Europe, Asia, and North America. Robin earned her BA in economics and business management from Boston College.

Rotimi Thomas

Co-Founder, Aspire Power Solutions

Rotimi Thomas completed his Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Environmental Management (MEM) at Duke University in 2013. He currently works for Siemens as the Head of Market Development for Sub Saharan Africa, with Siemens’ Power and Gas group where he develops and funds the development of Gas to Power projects across Africa. Rotimi is a co-founder and board member of Aspire Power Solutions, an energy startup focused on clean energy solutions for customers in Africa. He enjoys music & documentary making, martial arts, basketball, soccer, dance choreography, and dedicating time to developing others.

Saqib Rashid

Director, The Abraaj Group

Saqib Rashid joined The Abraaj Group in 2006 and is currently a member of the Global Markets team based in New York. Prior to his current role, Mr. Rashid was a member of the firm’s investment team based out of Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, where he worked on a number of transactions for the Group including EFG-Hermes, Air Arabia, the Entertainer and Mani Foods.

Prior to joining The Abraaj Group, Mr. Rashid was a member of the investment team at Spring Capital Partners, a US-based firm focused on providing mezzanine capital to small and medium sized businesses. Mr. Rashid started his career at General Electric as part of the company’s Financial Management Program.

Mr. Rashid holds an MBA degree from The Wharton School and an MA degree from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BBA degree (with honors) from The George Washington University. Mr. Rashid is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a Kauffman Fellow (class 16).

Seddik El Fihri

Principal, Boston Consulting Group

Seddik El Fihri is a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group based in Casablanca, Morocco.

He joined BCG in 2011 and is dedicated to the development of BCG African activities with a focus on Corporate Development and M&A. He supports several African and western clients in their growth strategy definition in Africa within various industries.

 

Seddik started his career in 2001 in Paris, France as a financial auditor within Price Waterhouse Coopers. He then moved back to Morocco to join the largest Moroccan conglomerate. He actively participated to the launch of the third telecom operator in Morocco as well as the setting up of several strategic partnerships in Morocco and Africa. In 2007, he joined the Moroccan affiliate of the Kuwaiti sovereign fund (Kuwait Investment Authority) as Strategy and Development Director where he structured the private equity activities of the group with the setting up and the investment of a $600m portfolio.

 

Seddik is graduated from Dauphine University in France in Corporate Finance and International business.

Siyabonga Beyile

Founder, The Threaded Man and Siya Beyile Holdings

Siyabonga Beyile is the 22-year-old founder of The Threaded Man – Africa’s largest men’s fashion and lifestyle portal. In addition, The Threaded Man works with brands on communicating effectively with African millennials.

Born on the 7th December 1993 in Cape Town, Siya attended Wynberg Boys’ High School on a Culture Scholarship. As an all-rounder he competed in sports such as rugby, hockey and athletics, and was also heavily involved in cultural activities including the choir, debating and playing the trumpet and clarinet.

After matriculating from Wynberg, Siya enrolled at Fashion School, LISOF, where he majored in Trends and Garment Construction. It was during this time that he launched The Threaded Man blog, to cater for African men’s fashion. Due to financial reasons, Siya was forced to abandon his studies but this motivated him to focus on creating a business out of his blog.  

Even though Siya was told by many people that his business idea wouldn’t work, he persisted and built up his credibility through positions as an intern with numerous respected names in the fashion and lifestyle space. With the rapid growth of The Threaded Man on social media, Siya was approached by a private investor Sylvia Schutte, from full service communication agency Stratitude. She saw a future for The Threaded Man and began mentoring Siya.

The Threaded Man has evolved into a portal for men’s fashion, with a team that consults for major brands; Adidas, Stuttafords, American Swiss, TITAN watches, H&M, SAB, and Pandora to name a few. The Threaded Man also has a styling department, styling TV productions and TV performers including Nomuzi Mabena, DJ MsCosmo, Khuli Chana and Somizi Mhlongo. This year, at age 22, Siya was appointed as the Fashion Director for the South African Music Awards.

Forbes Africa has recently announced Siya as one of Africa’s 30 under 30 for 2016, GQ has named him as one of the 7 leading voices of African men’s fashion, he featured as part of the top 50 best dressed men in South Africa, and he has appeared in various publications such as The Times, Cape Argus, GQ UK and America. In addition, Siya was selected as one of 5 South Africans to attend The Meeting of the Minds: South Africa’s Enterprising Next Generation conference in New York City. While there, The Threaded Man partnered with NYC based agency Ndosi Strategies, to help establish an office in New York.

Besides running The Threaded Man, Siya is currently a student at Vega, attending a course in Digital Strategy in Building Brands, and he has desires to move into the motivational speaking sphere. Siya plans to make The Threaded Man’s digital footprint visible throughout Africa and abroad, developing the company into one of the continent’s most formidable agencies.

Stephane Le Bouder

Managing Director, AFIG Funds

Stéphane Le Bouder is a Managing Director at AFIG Funds, a leading African fund management firm with USD 239 million asset under management. Mr. Le Bouder is responsible for sourcing and executing transactions and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Prior to joining AFIG Funds, Stéphane served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the US Treasury Department Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington DC. A political appointee, he worked with senior Treasury and White House officials to advance the Obama Administration’s international financial and development agenda in Congress. Prior to that, he worked for the US Congress as Staff Director for the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade. As senior committee staff, under the leadership of Chairman Barney Frank (Massachusetts), Stephane helped draft the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Gregory Meeks (New York), he was responsible for congressional oversight of US engagement with multilateral institutions.

Stewart Collis

Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, aWhere

Stewart Collis is the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder at aWhere leading innovation, science and product teams. Stewart has over 20 years of experience in software and data product development. Stewart’s education is in Geomatic Engineering, remote sensing and spatial information systems (M.Eng with honors, UNSW, Australia). With a personal background in farming and an interest in human development, Stewart’s career has been focused on developing solutions that leverage data and software technology to scale information and decision support to farmers worldwide, from commercial enterprises to small-holder farmers. Since co-founding aWhere in 1999, Stewart and the aWhere team have developed a unique platform to manage and analyze large amounts of weather and agronomic data for the challenging tasks of delivering effective targeted information across the agricultural value chain

Timothy Rebbeck

Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

A Professor of Epidemiology, at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mr. Timothy Rebbeck’s research focuses on the genetic and molecular epidemiology of cancer. He has directed multiple molecular epidemiological studies and international consortia to identify and characterize genes that are candidates for involvement in cancer etiology, and to describe the relationship of allelic variation with biochemical or physiological traits, cancer occurrences, and cancer outcomes. He also focuses on the roles of these factors on prostate cancer disparities and prostate cancer in Africa.  Mr. Rebbeck uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines methods from epidemiology, statistics, molecular biology, and classical genetics.

Thomas Verghese

Associate Director, LeapFrog Investments

Thomas co-leads LeapFrog’s Africa healthcare investment team. Previously he was a key member of the firm’s Asia team investing into Syn Mun Kong Insurance in Thailand, Magma Fincorp in India, and BIMA in Sweden.

Before LeapFrog, Thomas worked with CDC Group in London, where he analysed direct investment opportunities across South Asia and Africa. Thomas began his career at Banc of America Securities in New York, focusing on IPOs, convertible debt instruments, and other equity derivatives. He then moved to the African Aurora Business Network in Ghana, where he provided young women entrepreneurs with pro bono advisory services and facilitated capital introductions. Later, at Excelsior Firm, a PE advisory firm based in Kenya, Thomas advised corporations and investors on investing in ICT and healthcare across East Africa.

Thomas holds an MBA from Oxford’s Saïd Business School and a BS in Finance from Georgetown University.

Tiffany Shi

Growth Manager, Gro Intelligence

Tiffany is the Growth Manager at Gro Intelligence, a technology company that is changing the way the world understands agriculture. She joined Gro Intelligence after working in Client Service and Research at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund managing $150bn in investments. During her time at Bridgewater, she helped clients better understand their portfolios as well as increased the fund’s understanding of Chinese government priorities and its effects on the economy. Prior to Bridgewater, she consulted companies interested in investing in China and other emerging markets. In her spare time, Tiffany eats and writes about food. 

Tiffany holds a B.A. in Architecture and Economics from Wellesley College. 

Van Jones

Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, Hello Tractor

Van leads the customer experience for Hello Tractor. He is responsible for channel partnerships, global brand management, product marketing, and strategic partnerships across hardware and software. He has nearly a decade of experience across marketing, strategy, and M&A.

Van holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from the University of Cincinnati.

Yann Pambou

Head of Africa, Principal Investments and Private Equity, Swiss Re Direct Investments

Yann is currently the Head of Africa for Principal Investment and Private Equity at Swiss Re Direct Investments, responsible for originating, executing and managing transactions throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Swiss Re Direct Investments focuses on private equity investments in financial services and healthcare. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Yann founded and is currently the Chairman of Africa Bridge investment Partners, a proprietary investment holding company that focuses on star-ups and early stage businesses across Central and West Africa, with 5 companies under management. Prior to founding ABI Partners, Yann was a Principal at Actis, based in Lagos, covering West Africa transactions. Yann started his career at KPMG as a Consultant in New York.
 
Beyond his Africa private equity focus, Yann has a passion for education and founded the PAMBOU AZIZET Foundation, a non-profit organisation, that provides adequate financial assistance and resources to children from low income families as well as orphans who demonstrate the potential to excel academically and become Africa’s future leaders.
 
Yann holds an MBA from Wharton Business School and an Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, obtained with honours

Yaw Boateng

Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

Yaw Boateng is a nerd who likes to show why basic “facts” about Africa might be wrong. A former Math teacher, he enjoys using data to understand challenging business problems. For leisure, he has recently looked into how non-traditional industries like kidnapping-for-profit or church-as-business work around Africa. He also enjoys hosting goat BBQs with his wife in Lagos and Accra, learning to read music and playing squash and guitar. He’s probably most at home making toy cars out of empty cans.

Yaw spends the rest of his time working with McKinsey & Company across Africa, primarily focused on clients in the Telecoms and Consumers Goods spaces. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Wesleyan University where he focused his research on women’s psychology. Yaw grew up in Ghana and has lived in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Yinka Akinyemi

Co-founder, Young African MBAs (Y.A.M.) & Associate, Loop Capital Markets

Yinka Akinyemi is the co-founder of Young African MBAs (Y.A.M.) and an investment banking associate at Loop Capital Markets in New York. Yinka focuses on M&A advisory and capital raising activities for healthcare clients, specifically in the biotech and specialty pharma areas. Yinka graduated from University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Business Administration and received an MBA, as well a certificate in Health Sector Management (HSM) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In his spare time, Yinka enjoys hiking, traveling and reading.