Speakers

AVCA's Venture Capital in Africa Summit:  Tracking Tomorrow's Titans will showcase a distinguished group of entrepreneurs, founders, investors, incubators, angels and influencers operating in the African venture capital eco-system.
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Samir Abhyankar
Samir Abhyankar

Partner, TPG Capital

Michelle  Ashworth
Michelle Ashworth

Venture Consultant, CDC Group

Hany Assaad
Hany Assaad

Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio and Risk Officer, Avanz Capital

Wale Ayeni
Wale Ayeni

Regional Head, Africa Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation

Babajimi Ayorinde
Babajimi Ayorinde

Partner, TNP

Antony Barker
Antony Barker

Managing Director, The Pension Superfund

Karim Beguir
Karim Beguir

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, InstaDeep

Els Boerhof
Els Boerhof

Partner, Goodwell Investments

Jen Braswell
Jen Braswell

Director, Value Creation Strategies, CDC Group

Stephan Breban
Stephan Breban

Advisory Board Member, Head of Private Equity, Dean Wetton Advisory

Enrico Canu
Enrico Canu

Head of Unit, European Investment Bank

Tim Chambers
Tim Chambers

Co-Founder and Managing Director, InspiraFarms

M’Para Issouf Coulibaly
M’Para Issouf Coulibaly

Investment Officer, African Development Bank

David Donahue
David Donahue

Partner, Mbuyu Capital Partners

Tosin Durotoye
Tosin Durotoye

Chief Strategic Officer, TechAdvance

Tunji Eleso
Tunji Eleso

Managing Partner, Growth Capital by CcHUB

Henrik Frøsig
Henrik Frøsig

Regional Director, Investment Fund for Developing Countries

Erik Hersman
Erik Hersman

Chief Executive Officer, BRCK

Aubrey Hruby
Aubrey Hruby

Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network

'Tokunboh Ishmael
'Tokunboh Ishmael

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Alitheia Identity

Candace Johnson
Candace Johnson

President, Johnson Paradigm Ventures

Tamsin Jones
Tamsin Jones

Executive Director and Co-Founder, TheBoardroom Africa

Tunde  Kehinde
Tunde Kehinde

Co-Founder, Jumia and Lidya

Dan Kranzler
Dan Kranzler

Senior Partner, Capria Ventures

Quan Le
Quan Le

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Binkabi

Precious Lunga
Dr. Precious Lunga

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Baobab Circle

Irina Manea
Irina Manea

Investment Officer, FMO

Shakir Merali
Shakir Merali

Partner, LGT Impact

Ziad Mokhtar
Ziad Mokhtar

Founder and Managing Partner, Algebra Ventures

Gail Mwamba
Gail Mwamba

Managing Editor, Private Equity Africa

Muhammad Nabil
Muhammad Nabil

Partners and Start-Ups Strategy Lead, Microsoft 4Afrika

Lexi  Novitske
Lexi Novitske

Principal Investment Officer, Singularity Investments

Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye
Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye

Director, Head of Research, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Michael Oluwagbemi
Michael Oluwagbemi

Executive Partner, LoftyInc Capital Management

Eghosa Omoigui
Eghosa Omoigui

Managing Partner, EchoVC

Ife Orioke
Ife Orioke

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, Flutterwave

Ziad  Oueslati
Ziad Oueslati

Managing Director and Co-Founder, AfricInvest

Samer Salty
Samer Salty

Chairman, DiGAME Investment Company

Jason Spindler
Jason Spindler

Managing Director, I-DEV International

Gary Stewart
Gary Stewart

Director, Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Future_(UK)

Seni Sulyman
Seni Sulyman

Vice President of Global Operations, Andela

Pule Taukobong
Pule Taukobong

Co-Founder, CRE Venture Capital

Mara Topping
Mara Topping

Partner, White & Case

Andrea  Traversone
Andrea Traversone

Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners

Kahina Van Dyke
Kahina Van Dyke

Senior Vice President in Business and Corporate Development, Ripple VC

Michael  Weber
Michael Weber

Co-Founder, Seedstars

Ben White
Ben White

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VC4Africa

Ann Wyman
Ann Wyman

Senior Manager, AfricInvest

Samir Abhyankar

Samir Abhyankar

Partner, TPG Capital

Samir works across sectors covering the group’s investment activities in Africa. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2015, Samir was a Partner with Satya Capital, where he focused on IT, consumer, financial services and retail investments. Previously, he spent six years at Citi Venture Capital International, where he was responsible for its African Investment activities, and CDC Group, where he was the Director of Strategy. He was also formerly a management consultant with Marakon Associates. Samir started his career with the World Bank as a banking sector analyst. He graduated with an MBA from INSEAD and holds an MA from John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.

Michelle  Ashworth

Michelle Ashworth

Venture Consultant, CDC Group

Michelle is Head of Venture at the Church Commissioners for England, the Church of England’s £7.9bn investment fund. Michelle is also Venture Consultant to the CDC Group plc, the UK’s development finance institution, where she is advising on all venture related activities in both South Asia and Africa. Prior to joining the Church Commissioners for England, Michelle was Director of Fund Investments at venture fund-of-funds, VenCap International plc, where she built up a 17-year track record of investing in top tier venture funds in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Hany Assaad

Hany Assaad

Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio and Risk Officer, Avanz Capital

Hany leads sourcing, screening and negotiation of investments, risk management and ESG at Avanz Capital, which was established in 2010 to pursue private equity opportunities across emerging markets, focusing on middle market growth capital funds. Hany has had a long career in emerging market investments, including two decades at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He was Chief Investment Officer for IFC’s private equity and investment funds. He has extensive experience in training on private equity funds management and governance. He designed and led training programmes for investors and fund managers globally.

Wale Ayeni

Wale Ayeni

Regional Head, Africa Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation

Wale leads the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Venture Capital practice focused on Africa, South of the Sahara – the International Finance Organization is part of the World Bank Group. The IFC’s Venture capital team invests in technology companies in frontier markets and has deployed over US$800mn in early/growth stage tech investments over the past decade. IFC’s early/growth stage tech portfolio in Africa includes Andela (Edtech); Africa’s talking(APIs), Fawry (Fintech), Interswitch (Fintech), Mobisol (Cleantech), TwigaFoods (mCommerce), Zoona (Fintech), etc. Wale has a global technology experience spanning several roles including Venture Capital, Investment Banking, Corporate Development, and Microprocessor & ASIC chip design. Wale has an MBA from Tuck, Dartmouth College, and his Bachelor’s degree with distinguished “Red diploma” from Moscow University. He is a Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow and a recipient of the top global 100 Rising Stars award in Corporate Venture.

Babajimi Ayorinde

Babajimi Ayorinde

Partner, TNP

Babajimi is the lead Partner of TNP’s e-commerce team. He provides financial technology industry expertise to high profile clients of the firm. He led the TNP team that advised on a cumulative US$120mn in debt and equity financing by two international private equity funds in an e-commerce company. He has also advised on several transactions that have been instrumental to the increased adoption of electronic and mobile payments in Nigeria.

Antony Barker

Antony Barker

Managing Director, The Pension Superfund

Antony is Managing Director of The Pension Superfund, the new independent UK consolidator of closed defined benefit schemes. Formerly the CIO at Santander UK, he delivered a 15% pa return for the award-winning £11bn pension fund driven by an innovative hedging programme and private markets portfolio covering entertainment arenas, yacht marinas, Mexican gas pipelines, student housing, Nigerian telephone masts, mushroom farms and a cyber-attack proof phone that features in Washington's International Spy Museum! Antony has been working on the launch of EIX, an exchange for primary and secondary markets in global infrastructure and real asset backed project bonds suitable for institutional investors, as well as creating an AI platform to develop qualitative analysis based “pioneer signals” for venture capital investment.

Karim Beguir

Karim Beguir

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, InstaDeep

Karim helps companies get a grip on the latest AI breakthroughs and deploy them. A graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnique and former Program Fellow at the Courant Institute in New York, Karim has co-founded InstaDeep, a fast-growing AI startup that focuses on decision making for the Enterprise. Karim is also a Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning. He regularly organises educational events including mentoring at Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa. Karim is on a mission to democratise AI and make it accessible to a wide audience.

Els Boerhof

Els Boerhof

Partner, Goodwell Investments

Els is an investment professional with 20+ years of experience in development finance and cross border investments. Els joined Goodwell as a partner and co-owner in March 2008. She has led the firm’s launch in Africa and she is the managing partner for the West-Africa and the uMunthu equity funds. She is a member of the IC and board of Goodwell’s microfinance equity fund in India. Furthermore, Els is a member of the board of two Goodwell portfolio companies: Women’s World Banking Ghana and Musoni Services in Amsterdam. She is also a board member of Credit Access Asia, as representative of the Asian Development Bank. Before joining Goodwell, Els managed the EUR300mn Micro & Small Enterprise Fund ‘MASSIF’ of the Dutch Development Bank FMO. She also worked for MeesPierson in International Trade & Commodity Finance. She graduated in development economics from Tilburg University.

Jen Braswell

Jen Braswell

Director, Value Creation Strategies, CDC Group

At CDC, Jen leads the Value Creation Strategies group, which is an in-house expert team, focusing on delivering results in strategic priority areas, including gender equality, job quality and skills & leadership. Prior to this, Jen was Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Kiron Global Strategies, a woman-owned small business focusing on workforce development and skills training in fragile and conflict affected states. Jen was previously Director of Booz Allen Hamilton’s offices across Africa and Eurasia, where she was responsible for building and managing the firm’s International Development and Cooperation portfolio.

Stephan Breban

Stephan Breban

Advisory Board Member, Head of Private Equity, Dean Wetton Advisory

Stephan has close to 30 years’ experience researching and investing in illiquid assets globally, as both a consultant and fund manager. He has advised a range of institutional investors across asset classes, but now focuses on private markets. Stephan has also built private markets research programmes in a number of groups. Stephan is a frequent speaker at conferences and has written a number of articles and papers. He currently advises over US$3bn of investments in private equity and debt. Stephan has advised pension plans on investments in Africa for close to 20 years and has helped with co-investments as well as funds.

Enrico Canu

Enrico Canu

Head of Unit, European Investment Bank

Enrico is the Head of Equity Unit of the European Investment Bank, the world’s largest multilateral lender by volume. Prior to EIB, Enrico held positions at the European Investment Fund focusing on investments in mid-market and venture capital funds. He started his career working at a European based private equity fund focusing on buyout and growth capital investments. He completed an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Master’s in Merchant Banking from LIUC, University Carlo Cattaneo, and degree in Economics from the University of Siena.

Tim Chambers

Tim Chambers

Co-Founder and Managing Director, InspiraFarms

Tim is co-Founder and Managing Director of InspiraFarms, which supports growing agribusinesses to become more competitive and sustainable. Inspirafarms designs, produces and supplies energy-efficient refrigerated storage solutions, market analytics and asset finance to reduce loss of fresh produce and enhance the sustainability of global supply chains.

M’Para Issouf Coulibaly

M’Para Issouf Coulibaly

Investment Officer, African Development Bank

M’Para is an Investment Officer at AfDB within the department in charge of African Financial Sector Development. He his involved in coordination and investment activities of various SME Financing Programmes, namely the joint AfDB-EIB flagship Boost Africa Programme, supporting Africa’s VC entrepreneurs. Before joining AfDB he served as a Senior Analyst with BNP Paribas CLO funds, investing in European leveraged and distressed loans. M’Para holds a Master’s degree from EM Lyon Business School and an engineering degree from the Polytechnic Institute in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast.

David Donahue

David Donahue

Partner, Mbuyu Capital Partners

Mbuyu Capital opens up private markets in Africa to institutional investors by creating customised portfolios for each investor across private equity, real estate and credit. Portfolios are constructed to deliver financial returns, diversification from existing investments and economic, social and/or environmental impact. David has 19 years institutional asset management experience. Before joining Mbuyu, David was Head of PE and RE at Ignis Advisors, responsible for a US$1bn portfolio. Previously, he was responsible for a US$2bn global equity sector portfolio at the largest Dutch pension fund as well as US$2.5bn US equity portfolio manager at a Dutch insurer.

Tosin Durotoye

Tosin Durotoye

Chief Strategic Officer, TechAdvance

Tosin is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at TechAdvance. Prior to joining TechAdvance, Tosin served as the Director of GreenHouse Lab where she established the first female-focused tech accelerator program in Nigeria and the only "Powered by Google" accelerator program in Africa. Tosin is also the Founder of The Bloom Africa, an initiative that curates intimate engagements and safe spaces for ambitious African women to connect, speak, learn and grow. Tosin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Urban Planning degree from New York University’s (NYU) Wagner School of Public Service.

Tunji Eleso

Tunji Eleso

Managing Partner, Growth Capital by CcHUB

Tunji has for the past seven years led technology investing efforts at CcHUB with responsibility for providing early stage support and funding to start-ups in Nigeria. He previously worked at EFInA as Policy Specialist where with research, led advocacy efforts towards increasing financial inclusion. For over seven years, he worked at Capital Partners where he participated in some of the most successful enterprise transformation initiatives both in the public and private sectors in Nigeria. Tunji holds a Masters’ degree in Development Finance (University of Manchester, UK) and Bachelor’s degree (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria).

Henrik Frøsig

Henrik Frøsig

Regional Director, Investment Fund for Developing Countries

Henrik is Regional Director leading IFU’s deployment of capital in East Africa and management of a portfolio of +25 projects including investments such as the Lake Turkana Wind Project, Rabai Power Plant and African Coffee Roasters. Previously Henrik had a carrier in the banking industry holding management positions in Luxembourg, Copenhagen, London and Singapore, and later moved to the renewable energy industry as CFO for a Danish/German Independent Power Producer (IPP) with more than 50 solar and wind parks in operation and under construction.

Erik Hersman

Erik Hersman

Chief Executive Officer, BRCK

Erik is an entrepreneur and technologist focused on advancing the use of technology in Africa. He is the CEO of BRCK, a rugged wireless Wi-Fi device designed and engineered in Kenya for use throughout emerging markets. In 2010, he founded the iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community. He is also a co-founder of Ushahidi, the free and open source software for crowd sourcing crisis information, established afrigadget.com and whiteafrican.com as key online communities promoting creative solutions entrepreneurship and development challenges across Africa, and is a general partner in the Savannah Fund.

Aubrey Hruby

Aubrey Hruby

Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network

AUBREY HRUBY is a Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network (AXN) and an advisor to investors and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, she speaks regularly on African business issues. She has interviewed with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, Africa24, and VoiceAmerica Business. She writes regularly for the Financial Times and Axios. Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Invest Africa USA, Young Leader at the Milken Institute and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). She earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Georgetown University.

'Tokunboh Ishmael

'Tokunboh Ishmael

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Alitheia Identity

‘Tokunboh is co-Founder and Managing Director of Alitheia Identity, and is an experienced private equity investor with a proven track record. In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia to scale investing across sub-Saharan women-led SMEs. she is a CFA Charterholder, corporate financier and M&A banker, having worked on transactions worth over US$5.6bn. ‘Tokunboh is now focused on investing in and building sustainable growth businesses across attractive, consumer-led sectors including agribusiness, financial services, retail and technology and telecoms, mainly on behalf of discerning institutions, development organisations and corporates looking for a mix of responsible investing, economic impact, and social responsibility. ‘Tokunboh is the current Chair of the Board of AVCA.

Candace Johnson

Candace Johnson

President, Johnson Paradigm Ventures

Candace is a global infrastructure, network and innovation entrepreneur and investor. She is Founder/Co-Founder of SES, Loral-Teleport Europe, Europe Online, Oceania Women’s Network Satellite, a founding investor in the Kacific Satellite System. Candace is also founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network. In 2012, she and a group of engaged women created the Global Board Ready Women initiative. She recently completed a four-year presidency of European Business Angels Network, during which she was honoured to help found African Business Angels Network.

Tamsin Jones

Tamsin Jones

Executive Director and Co-Founder, TheBoardroom Africa

In 2016, Tamsin co-founded TheBoardroom Africa to deliver a solution to bring more exceptional female talent into boardrooms across Africa through the creation of the most extensive network of board-ready women on the continent. Tamsin previously co-founded the leading technology and innovation hub in Cape Town, Workshop17, and is known for advising on the design or expansion of a string of initiatives in Africa that span leadership networks, academia and technology companies. Tamsin started her career as a policy adviser to the Premier of South Australia and holds an MBA from the Said Business School of the University of Oxford as a scholar of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Tunde  Kehinde

Tunde Kehinde

Co-Founder, Jumia and Lidya

Tunde is the co-Founder Lidya, which provides financing options for small businesses. Through its digital platform, Lidya analyzes over 100 data points to help great business owners access financing and build a credit score through an easy and inspiring lending process. Tunde is a seasoned emerging markets entrepreneur who co-Founded, Africa Courier Express, the leading last-mile delivery company in Nigeria and Jumia, the leading eCommerce platform in Nigeria. Tunde holds a degree in Finance with honours from Howard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dan Kranzler

Dan Kranzler

Senior Partner, Capria Ventures

Dan is a wireless and technology industry entrepreneur, and investor who has supported, managed, and financed high-tech start-ups for over 45 years. Dan has been in executive management roles in numerous wireless and technology companies including Beepers Northwest and McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless, amongst others. In his role as investor and advisor, Dan has worked with over 250 companies and organizations on business and funding plans, as well as the development and refinement of business accelerators particularly focused on social impact enterprises. Dan has been a global speaker and advisor on wireless, technology, organizational development, “Service Leadership,” business acceleration and the corporate innovation gap.

Quan Le

Quan Le

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Binkabi

Quan has over 20-year experience in high finance, technology and commodities. He grew up in Vietnam and was educated in Vietnam and Australia. Quan spent over 10 years in Hanoi, Sydney and London, advising global financial services groups in complex financial products and strategy. In 2011, Quan founded growmoreX, an agriculture technology firm bringing proven crop know-how from Asia to Africa. Binkabi was born out of this unique confluence of real-life experiences and the need of commodity supply chain players in emerging markets. Quan is the mastermind behind Binkabi - a platform for issuing, trading and financing commodities on the blockchain. Quan holds master's degree in applied finance and still walks the fields of Africa and Asia.

Precious Lunga

Dr. Precious Lunga

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Baobab Circle

Precious founded Baobab Circle, a technology company using an AI-powered platform to deliver personalised management of diabetes and hypertension across Africa. She was previously at Econet Wireless where she established Econet Health and launched several services including the HealthTips platform which acquired more than 750,000 paying users within its first year. Prior to Econet, she was Strategic Advisor to the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Precious has worked as an epidemiologist across Africa and at UNAIDS Geneva. She sits on the boards of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Grassroots Soccer UK. Precious has a PhD in Neuroscience from Cambridge University and is a Yale World Fellow.

Irina Manea

Irina Manea

Investment Officer, FMO

Irina is responsible for executing new investments and monitoring an existing investment portfolio across Africa and Latin America. In these markets, she focuses on fund investments as well as direct/co-investments in private equity and venture capital, and currently leading a venture capital fund mapping exercise in Africa. Previously, she was Investment Manager with PGGM Private Equity, a global investor with more than €10bn private equity assets. In this role, she closed and monitored several fund investments and co-investments across Europe, US and Emerging Markets. Irina received her undergraduate degree from University of Economic Studies in Bucharest and her MSc/MIF degree from Amsterdam Business School.

Shakir Merali

Shakir Merali

Partner, LGT Impact

Shakir is a Partner at LGT Impact overseeing the deployment of funds across Africa. He previously managed the Africa Health Fund, a pioneering impact fund focussed on building healthcare businesses across Africa as well as the Africa activities of the Global Health Fund, both funds invested in by the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the IFC and a number of other Development Finance Institutions. He has been a partner at Aureos Capital and Abraaj, and prior to this was a Director at Geocapital Partners investing in early to mid-stage technology businesses across Europe and the United States. Shakir has also worked as a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group and an Information Technology Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He holds a BSc (Econ) in Accounting and Finance and an MSc (Econ with distinction) in Information Technology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ziad Mokhtar

Ziad Mokhtar

Founder and Managing Partner, Algebra Ventures

Ziad is a Founder and Managing Partner of Algebra Ventures, Egypt’s largest VC fund. He is also a Partner at Ideavelopers and has invested in different technology start-ups including Fawry, Vezeeta, SiWare, Elmenus, and Iqraaly. Before becoming a venture investor, he served as a Consultant at McKinsey. Prior to McKinsey, he co-founded eSpace in 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2006. Ziad holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Alexandria University.

Gail Mwamba

Gail Mwamba

Managing Editor, Private Equity Africa

Gail is the Managing Editor of Private Equity Africa, a London-based financial publication that covers private equity fund and institutional investing in Africa. Gail’s financial journalism career includes roles at Unquote, a specialist Europe-focused private equity publication, FX-Week, which covers the global foreign exchange industry and Risk, a global risk management journal. Prior to joining Private Equity Africa, she was the US editor for a structured credit publication mtn-i. Gail has also covered key markets for Africa-focused publications such The Financial Times’ This is Africa and the Africa Investor. Her academic background includes a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance degree.

Muhammad Nabil

Muhammad Nabil

Partners and Start-Ups Strategy Lead, Microsoft 4Afrika

Muhammad’s role revolves around identifying local partners and start-ups with innovative business models, and supporting them in integrating technology to take their ventures to the next level. His peers call him the ‘Fixer’ because he constantly creates innovative solutions that address needs that are unique to Africa. Muhammad holds a BSc Degree in Computer Science and Masters in Information System. He also recently obtained a Diploma in Cognitive Psychology. Muhammad has 14 years of experience in ICT and, before joining Microsoft, he was a Senior Analyst at both IBM and Google.

Lexi  Novitske

Lexi Novitske

Principal Investment Officer, Singularity Investments

In 2014, Lexi launched Singularity Investments, where she sees the firm’s operations and investments in Africa. Singularity lends its relationships and expertise to source extraordinary investment opportunities, while supplying the skills, resources, and capital to grow portfolio companies into industry leaders across the continent. Lexi previously managed investments at Nigerian private equity firm Verod Capital Management. Prior to joining Verod, she was focused on Africa investments at the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund and in financial services at New York-based Sandler O’Neill Asset Management. Lexi is a CFA Charterholder and Kauffman Fellow.

Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye

Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye

Director, Head of Research, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Enitan is Head of Research at the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Enitan brings over 15 years of research, consulting, and investment banking experience gained at organisations including Accenture, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays Capital. Prior to joining AVCA, she founded an investment advisory company in Lagos, Nigeria, focused on deal origination and structuring, and strategic advisory. Enitan holds a PhD in Computational Finance from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Charterholder.

Michael Oluwagbemi

Michael Oluwagbemi

Executive Partner, LoftyInc Capital Management

Michael is Co-founder & Executive Partner at LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited, operator of the Wennovation Hub and LoftyInc Capital Management USA, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Electrical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. Michael also earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Houston and also holds an MBA from the University of London. A licensed professional engineer in Texas, Michael previously worked at ExxonMobil & WorleyParsons Corporation. A rancher-farmer, Michael resides in Abuja, and enjoys swimming, golfing, reading and writing when he is not travelling and spending time with his family.

Eghosa Omoigui

Eghosa Omoigui

Managing Partner, EchoVC

EchoVC is a pan-Africa, seed, early-stage tech venture capital fund and an early-growth-stage Africa-focused venture capital platform in partnership with TPG Growth/TPG Rise Fund. Before this, Eghosa was Intel Capital Director focussing on the consumer internet and semantic tech sectors. He has made investments in the US and India which include Betaworks, StackCommerce, Sense Networks (acquired), Voxify (acquired), SmartZip, and Yatra (IPO). Eghosa won the Moss-Adams/ASTIA Women Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year award, is a Kauffman Fellow and Pipeline Angel Fellowship Mentor. EchoVC’s disclosed investments include Cellulant, HotelsNG, S&T Media, Ma3route, MyPadi.ng, EasyShop EasyCook, Lifebank, Printivo.com, Frontier Car Group/Cars45, SystemOne and Gro Intelligence.

Ife Orioke

Ife Orioke

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, Flutterwave

Ife Orioke (‘IO’) joined Flutterwave as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer in Fall 2018. In this position, IO is responsible for overall financial and commercial strategy and direction at Flutterwave as well as strategic investments. Within the team, he guides financial operations, shareholder relations, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions to drive the organization’s aggressive growth strategy and meet client and investor expectations. Prior to joining Flutterwave, IO co-founded and served as CEO of PayWithCapture, a pioneer of fintech solutions in Nigeria, which he exited earlier in 2018. Throughout his career in Investment Banking and Oil & Gas, IO has established a reputation of building world-class teams and for aligning operational excellence and financial planning.

Ziad  Oueslati

Ziad Oueslati

Managing Director and Co-Founder, AfricInvest

Ziad is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of AfricInvest. Ziad has extensive experience negotiating equity and quasi-equity operations. He has been responsible for raising several private equity and quasi-equity funds. Ziad led the arrangement and placement of over $1.2 bn million in private equity funds, both locally and internationally. He acts as a board member for several North and Sub-Saharan African companies. Prior to co-founding AfricInvest in 1994, Ziad held different management positions at Citibank in New York and in Tunis, where he was Head of Financial Institutions and Capital Markets Department. Ziad holds a Master’s of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the French engineering school École des Mines de Paris. Ziad is the Vice Chair of AVCA and a member of several major local, regional, and global emerging markets private equity associations and other industry bodies which foster Innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Samer Salty

Samer Salty

Chairman, DiGAME Investment Company

Samer is the Chairman of DiGAME and the Founder and Managing Partner of Zouk Capital. He has 28 years experience in private equity, investment banking and technology. Samer oversees both the strategic direction of the firm and the investment process. Zouk's distinctive dual track strategy, consisting of technology growth and renewable energy infrastructure, was designed and implemented by Samer. His vision for sustainability started with his investment in The Carbon Neutral Company in 2000 and his philosophy is to make investments that both create economic value and build on sustainable principles.

Jason Spindler

Jason Spindler

Managing Director, I-DEV International

Jason has 15+ years of experience advising large and small corporations on growth, management and financial strategy. He helped high-growth global tech/telecom companies raise over US$30bn in capital as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, led buyouts and acquisitions of manufacturing and operating companies at Alix Partners’ US$1bn private equity fund, managed and led the growth of a US$7mn locally-owned agribusiness in Northern Peru during his service in the U.S. Peace Corps, and advised over 100 emerging markets SMEs on growth and capital strategy. Jason has a Juris Doctorate from NYU Law and a B.S. in Business from University of Texas-Austin.

Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart

Director, Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Future_(UK)

With Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Future_(UK), Gary has invested in almost 180 start-ups, raising over US$207mn from third-party investors. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the executive editor of The Yale Law Journal. Gary clerked for the Chief Judge of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals before becoming an M&A and securities lawyer at white-shoe law firms in the US and Europe and before co-founding a start-up that raised over €4mn in funding before being sold in 2016. Previously, Gary was an associate professor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at IE Business School. He now sits on the board of Governors at the University of East London and supports Amos Bursary Scholars through mentor-ship and employment.

Seni Sulyman

Seni Sulyman

Vice President of Global Operations, Andela

Seni is responsible for Andela’s talent recruitment and development, service delivery, and Africa operations across Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. Joining Andela Nigeria in May 2016 as Director of Operations, Seni quickly rose into the role of Andela Nigeria Country Director later that year. Seni’s prior work experience spans across companies including Bain & Company, HP, CardinalStone and Konga. Seni is passionate about building an ecosystem of African businesses and leaders. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Pule Taukobong

Pule Taukobong

Co-Founder, CRE Venture Capital

CRE Venture Capital is a leading venture firm that invests in and partners with visionary entrepreneurs building category-defining tech companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pule previously founded Africa Angels Network, the first angel investment group to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he held several investment roles at Investec in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York. He is graduate of the Durban University of Technology and is a Kauffman Fellow.

Mara Topping

Mara Topping

Partner, White & Case

Mara specialises in private equity investment funds, venture capital funds, and hedge funds, and has experience structuring funds that include debt tranches. Additionally, she advises on investment advisor “house” arrangements, including compensation, employment, and regulatory compliance. She has represented investment managers, sponsors, and investors, as well as high net worth individuals, banks and other institutional investors, such as development financial institutions. She is co-Founder of AVCA’s Legal and Regulatory Committee and co-Chair of AVCA’s Strategic Engagement Committee

Andrea  Traversone

Andrea Traversone

Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners

Andrea focuses on the mobile sector and serves on the boards of Igenomix, Travelstart, and ip.access. Andrea is also the Amadeus representative for Kreditech, an online credit scorer and lender focussing on emerging markets. Successes include Octo Telematics, acquired in 2014 by Renova Group, representing one of the most significant exits worldwide in the Internet of Things space; and Bellco, a leading innovator in haemo-dialysis and blood-filtration, acquired in 2016 by Medtronic. Andrea also leads the Amadeus Digital Prosperity Fund investment activities.

Kahina Van Dyke

Kahina Van Dyke

Senior Vice President in Business and Corporate Development, Ripple VC

Prior to Ripple, Kahina led the Global Financial Services team and built the global payments partnerships teams at Facebook. She has held executive global roles at MasterCard and Citibank mostly on international assignments. In addition, Kahina is a non-executive board director of Progressive Insurance. She brings a depth of industry knowledge combined with a track record launching innovative solutions with partners. She is passionate about accelerating the next generation of global financial services and payments to serve people, business and communities around the world.

Michael  Weber

Michael Weber

Co-Founder, Seedstars

Michael studied business at HEC in Lausanne, Switzerland and worked in M&A amassing valuable work experience with a focus on medium sized-transactions in Europe. Passionate about tech, the move to launch his own company and sell it a couple of years later was a natural fit. Then, Michael co-founded Seedstars with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Today, he spends most of his time pursuing his passion: building profitable tech businesses in those markets.

Ben White

Ben White

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VC4Africa

Ben has been venturing in African technology since 2003. He has done ethnographic research on the emergence of software cultures in Kampala, Uganda, the theoretical foundation to his work setting up the ICT Entrepreneurship East Africa fund at Hivos. Here he guided the first formal investments into the African startup ecosystem backing the formation of projects like the iHub and Ushahidi. In 2007, he founded Venture Capital for Africa, the leading online platform serving the African start-up community. Ben also co-founded AfriLabs and the African Business Angels Network. He sits on the board of ActivSpaces, and is an angel investor and Partner at Sanaga Ventures.

Ann Wyman

Ann Wyman

Senior Manager, AfricInvest

Ann is responsible for Economic Research and Investor Engagement at AfricInvest, a Tunis-based pan-African private equity firm with over US$1.2bn in assets under management. Ann has previously served as the head of Emerging Markets Research in Europe for both Citi and Nomura. Ann is also a contributor to Oxford Analytica, an Advisor for Gatehouse Advisory Partners, and a founding board member of the US government funded Tunisian American Enterprise Fund supporting Tunisian SMEs. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained her Master’s degree from Colombia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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