Catalytic Capital for Inclusive Growth and Development
The 6th Annual Convening on Impact Investing will showcase successful case studies of catalytic capital deployment and facilitate discussions and knowledge sharing among impact investors, entrepreneurs, enterprise support organisations, government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), and other stakeholders, encouraging collaboration.
6th Annual Convening on Impact Investing6th Annual Convening on Impact Investing
Join us for the 6th Annual Convening on Impact Investing, to explore how investments targeted at marginalised communities, women, youth, and underserved regions can create opportunities and reduce inequalities.
Connect with experts, national and international impact investors, development finance institutions, private sector investors, government, regulators, Limited Partners, Social enterprises, fund managers, enterprise support organisations and more in Lagos, Nigeria.
Honourable Minister of Budget and Economic Planning
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is a 1983 graduate of Economics from Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, and acquired his first Master’s Degrees in Money and Banking from the University of Jos in 1989. In 1992, he was a World Bank Scholar at Columbia University, New York’s pioneer Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM). At Columbia, he obtained a Second Master’s degree in International Affairs with specialization in Economic Policy Management. Senator Abubakar Bagudu’s career in banking bestrode institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria as an Economist, CitiBank (Formerly Nigeria International Bank) and FSB International Bank Limited. After a stint with the World Bank/IFC in 1993, he served as a Special Assistant to Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu when the later was Honourable Minister of Finance. In 2009, he was elected to the Nigerian Senate to represent Kebbi Central and got re-elected in 2011. Following this, he was elected Governor of Kebbi State in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 for a second term. Between 2019 and 2023 he served as the Chairman, Progressive Governor’s Forum and became Vice Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum between November 2022 and May 2023. Senator Bagudu was also Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Rice and Wheat Production and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council. He was the Vice Chairman, Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative (PAGMI) between 2017 and 2023. In addition, he has extensive private sector experience both as director and chairman of various companies. Senator Abubakar Bagudu is a recipient of Nigeria’s National Honour of Commander of the Order of Niger as well as the Order of Merit of Niger Republic.
Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd
CEO of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG)
Nick Hurd served as a Member of Parliament in the UK for fourteen years. During that time he served three different Prime Ministers as a UK Government Minister for nine years. As one of the longest serving Ministers for Civil Society, he led the Government work that helped establish the UK as a world leader in developing the impact investment market. That included the setting up of Big Society Capital as the first impact investment wholesaler, and the establishment of the first social outcome funds to support Social Impact Bonds. Having stepped out of politics in December 2019, he has worked closely with the GSG firstly as a Global Ambassador, and then as Chair of the G7 endorsed and GSG-led Impact Taskforce and now serving as its Chair. He is Chair of the Access Foundation for Social Investment and serves on the Advisory Council for the UK Institute for Impact Investment.
Mrs Ibukun Awosika
Chairperson at Nigerian National Board for Impact Investing
Ibukun Awosika is an African entrepreneur, author, international leader, and global culture shaper. She is the Chairman and Founder of The Chair Centre Group, a leading furniture and security systems provider in Nigeria. With an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from University of Ife and advanced degrees from various global institutions, including Lagos Business School, IESE Business School, Wharton and China European International Business School (CEIBS), Ibukun is both a student and leader of the world. She serves as Chairman or Board member on various Corporate and non-profit boards around the world, cutting across Education (IESE Business School, Imperial Gate Schools, Pan Atlantic University), Energy (D-Light Inc.), IT (Digital Jewels Limited), Manufacturing (Cadbury Nigeria Plc), Retail (House of Tara International), Financial Services (Binance, Alitheia IDF Fund LP, Nigeria Advisory Board for Impact Investing), Corporate Governance (Convention on Business Integrity), Advocacy (Women in Management, Business and Public Service, IFVI International Foundation for Valuing Impacts), to mention a few. In addition to her work leading businesses, Ibukun Awosika is also committed to serving nations. She was recently appointed to the UK G7 Impact Taskforce and also the Vice Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSG). She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and served on the pioneer board of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund. Over the years, she has received numerous awards locally and internationally. Her most recent recognitions are the 2020 Forbes Woman Africa Chairperson Award and the Beta Gamma Sigma 2020 Business Achievement Award. She is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a recipient of 4 Honorary Doctorate Degrees. Ibukun Awosika has spoken at numerous world conferences and platforms, including the Global Leadership Summit, where she shares her knowledge on several economic, leadership and faith based topics. She is the founder of Ibukun Awosika Leadership Academy; Convener of The International Woman Leadership Conference in Dubai; also the founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, a faith-based organization that works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives through the provision of medical, educational and general relief. Ibukun Awosika is a woman of many firsts; she was the first Female Chairperson of Nigeria’s Premier Bank, First Bank 2016 - 2021, the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award and the first African recipient of the International Friendship Award 2019 by the Queen of Spain.
Engr Afolabi Oladele
Chair, Impact Investors Foundation and Vice Chair, Nigerian National Advisory Board for Impact Investing
Engr Afolabi Oladele recently retired as Executive Director of Africa Capital Alliance (ACA) after almost 30 years of service to the organisation. Prior to joining ACA, he spent most of his career with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he served in various capacities, culminating in his appointment as Group Executive Director. He gained in-depth industry knowledge through various postings to OPEC, Mobil USA and Total France. Mr. Oladele served on the board of Niger Delta Exploration & Production (NDEP) PLC in 2016 and currently sits on the Board of Addax Petroleum Corporation. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Academy of Engineers. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and post-graduate certificates in petroleum economics and management.
Etemore is an impact investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Impact Investors Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Africa Capital Alliance, BusinessDay Media Limited, Bank of Industry and Dalberg Advisors. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Impact Investors Foundation, she is responsible for implementing its vision and strategies and coordinating projects.
In the last two years, Etemore established the National Advisory Board (NAB) for Impact Investing, the highest national body responsible for promoting social investments in the country and building the market infrastructure. Etemore led the establishment of the Nigerian NAB, which will be under the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the umbrella body with 38 NABs across 28 countries and regions. She also engages with development finance institutions (DFIs), bilateral and multilateral agencies, and local and foreign investors to grow impact capital and investment in Nigeria. She was previously the pioneer Executive Secretary of The Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC), a non-profit organisation focused on bridging the skills gap for young unemployed graduates. While at KEC, Ms Glover was responsible for translating and implementing the five-year vision and strategic plan of the organisation. She has worked on several youth development programmes with the government and has a wide range of experience in banking, research, monitoring and evaluation, project management, strategy and planning.
Ruben Alba Aguilera
Acting Head of Cooperation at European Union in Nigeria
Ruben Alba Aguilera is an international civil servant of the European Union. He currently holds the position of Acting Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, where he is responsible for a wide portfolio of development cooperation projects. Over the last 15 years, he has worked for the European Union in the area of development cooperation in various positions both in Brussels (Belgium) and in the EU Delegations in Guatemala, Rwanda, Djibouti and the African Union (Ethiopia).
Resident Representative Nigeria at UNDP
Mohamed Yahya is a development practitioner with over 20 years of experience working on critical development issues such as preventing violent extremism, governance, peacebuilding, conflict response and recovery, and public policy. In June 2019, Mohamed was appointed as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, leading a team of close to 200 people in supporting the Government of Nigeria towards the realisation of its development agenda.
Before his appointment to lead UNDP in Nigeria, Mr. Yahya was the Africa Regional Programme Coordinator for UNDP, responsible for regional development initiatives supporting the African Union and Africa's Regional Economic Communities. He also served as UNDP's post-conflict recovery specialist supporting UN interventions in Afghanistan, Guinea Bissau and Liberia. Before joining the UN, Mr. Yahya worked as a senior peacebuilding advisor for the non-governmental organisation International Alert, focusing on West Africa.
Prince Clem Agba
Former Minister of Sate for Finance, Budget and National Planning
Prince Clem Agba was born on March 28, 1964 to the family of His Royal Highness, Pius Kadiri Ikanade Agba - the Oliola of Uzanu - in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. He started his primary education at St. Vincent Primary School, Auchi, after which he proceeded to St John’s Grammar School, Fugar. He attended Advanced College, Igueben, where he obtained the Higher School Certificate (HSC). Clem Agba, thereafter, proceeded to the then Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and graduated with a B.Sc. Economics degree in 1985. He also possesses two Master’s Degrees in Business Administration, the first from the University of Benin, specializing in Management and the second from the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA, specializing in Supply Chain Management, in addition to eight different certifications centering on advanced negotiation skills, leadership best practices, operational excellence, and contracts administration and category management, among others.
Clem Agba’s work experience took him from Pegasus Industries Limited through Super Engineering Limited to Chevron Nigeria Limited. His unremitting quest for professional excellence blossomed such that in 1996 he was seconded to the Chevron Oil Corporation in Houston. Texas in the United States to deliver his expertise in Shipping. Ten years later, in 2006, he was again called upon to deliver another top-class performance in Kazakhstan, where he was seconded to Chevroil Tengiz to run a massive logistic chain, having under his superintendence over 1,600 people.
Clem Agba was granted a leave of absence to serve as Commissioner in the Edo State Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities from January 23, 2009 to July 25, 2010. He was re-deployed in the Ministry of Environment & Public Utilities on December 2, 2010. On expiration of his leave of absence, Clem Agba returned to Chevron in September 2012 as Manager, Community Procurement Operations, but only for a short time as he was once again called to the service of Edo State Government as Commissioner for Environment & Public Utilities on March 8, 2013. He also doubled as a member of the Edo State Economic team.
Clem Agba is a Professional Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration; Fellow, Nigerian Environmental Society; Fellow, Nigerian Statistical Association; Fellow, Nigeria Institute of Management; member, Institute of Directors; member, Institute of Supply Management, USA; and member of the Advisory Board of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim (ESOCS) Church.
Clem Agba is happily married to the beautiful, dutiful and hard-working Catherine, a scion of the famous Gaius-Obaseki’s family of Benin City. This wonderful union with Catherine is blessed with four young men (who, in their own rights, have started making impactful contributions to the society) and two grandchildren with more coming.
Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON
Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc
Mr. Onyema is the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc. Prior to attaining this position, he was the CEO of The Nigerian Stock Exchange for 10 years. In his current role, he is the Chairman of the Group Executive Committee. He is also the Chairman of two affiliate companies: Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS), the clearing, settlement and depository for the Nigerian capital market; and NG Clearing Limited, which is the premier Central Counter Party Clearing House (CCP) in Nigeria. He serves on several other boards domestically and internationally including Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM), London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Africa Advisory Group (LAAG), and the World Federation of Exchanges. He was the President of African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) between 2014 and 2018. He has served as a Council member of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Global Agenda Council member of World Economic Forum (WEF); and Board member of FMDQ OTC Plc (now FMDQ Securities Exchange Plc). Prior to relocating to Nigeria, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at American Stock Exchange (Amex). He also ran the NYSE Amex equity business after the merger of NYSE Euronext and Amex in 2008. Mr. Onyema is the proud awardee of the Nigerian national honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Associate of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) in the UK; and Holder of FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 in the USA. Forbes listed him as one of the ten most powerful men in Africa in 2015.
Bolaji is Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham and Chief Investment Officer of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund. He has thirty-four years of experience in investment banking, investment management, investing and mobile telecommunications.
He spent over ten years within FCMB Group in investment banking and securities trading, until January 2001. In 2001, he co-founded Econet Wireless Nigeria, now Airtel Nigeria, and led its successful GSM license bid auction, eventually selling the company for $1.67 billion to Celtel. Bolaji left mobile telecommunications and returned to investment banking, when he founded Chapel Hill, in 2005.
He is a Board Member of United Nations Global Compact, Co-Chair of the Private Sector Advisory Group on the SDGs, (“PSAG Nigeria”), Chairman of Endeavor Nigeria and a Director of Trustfund Pensions, one of Nigeria’s largest pension fund managers. Bolaji is an Economics graduate from the London School of Economics.
Prof Akin Abayomi
Hon. Commissioner at Lagos State Government Ministry of Health
Professor Akin Abayomi is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Haematology-oncology, Biosecurity and Environmental health. He received his First degree in Medicine at the Royal Medical College of St. Bartholomew's Hospital in the University of London, with fellowship from both Royal College of Medicine and Pathology in the United Kingdom and the College of Medicine of South Africa.
His Focus has been mainly on the concept of emerging infectious diseases and the development of medical diagnostic and clinical capacity in Africa. Prof Akin Abayomi has published over 80 peer reviewed medical articles and book chapters on diverse medical and environmental conditions in 4 continents.
Professor Abayomi was Chief Pathologist and Head of the Division of Haematology at the University of Stellenbosch's Faculty of Medicine Science in Cape Town, South Africa till 2018. Prior to the he was a Consultant at the University of West Indies and the University of Zimbabwe. He has been exposed to a vast variety of geographical variations and disease patterns within the field of Internal Medicine having worked for 4 decades in diverse countries of the world. Prof Abayomi is a fellow of the African Academy of Science.
Professor Akin Abayomi is the Founder of the Global Emerging Pathogen Consortium also known as GET, which was entrenched at the peak of the Ebola outbreak to address Biosecurity concerns in Africa. He is a member of the Board and Honorary Professor to the Center for Biosecurity Studies, University of the West Indies. Cave hill Campus, Barbados, Caribbean. (2018), as well as a Professor of Medicine at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in Lagos, Nigeria (2018).
He is a consultant to the West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) Biosecurity and Biobanking framework to service the ECOWAS member countries. He is also a recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award conferred by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in recognition of high productivity, hard work and excellence in his professional service to Nigeria 2021.
Professor Akin Abayomi is a Second Term Honourable Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Nigeria under the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Gwen is a finance professional with 28 years of experience. She is widely recognized for her expertise in banking, impact investing, fund management, and her commitment to gender empowerment. She is the Founder/CEO of DI Africa an advisory firm dedicated to nurturing businesses from their early stages to thriving successes. She has been at the forefront of the impact investing landscape, consistently driving positive change through innovative financial solutions. Her extensive experience in fund management includes investment strategy, investment committee leadership, and successful fundraising. She has a proven track record of implementing both conventional and innovative financing instruments, to catalyse transformative solutions. What sets her apart is her unwavering dedication to gender empowerment. For over 15 years, she has championed gender mainstreaming, leading initiatives like GroWoman, fostering innovative financing for women-led businesses. As a mentor and active participant in organizations like the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Women in Africa, Women in Energy Transition (AGWNET) she exemplifies her commitment to women's economic empowerment. She has held several board advisory roles including DFI projects on gender and SME development. Gwen is a USA accredited SME consultant (AASBC) and an IFC-LPI certified trainer and has a certificate in Sustainable Finance from The Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership, UK (CISL)
Prof Kenneth Amaeshi
Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa of University of Edinburgh
Kenneth Amaeshi is a leading scholar on sustainable business and finance in the global south. He is the Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa at the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a Chair in Sustainable Finance and Governance at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Kenneth's research interest currently focuses on financial market reforms and governance, as well as on sector-level policies for sustainability and sustainability strategy in organisations. He has an expert level knowledge of developing and emerging economies. His research has a very strong interface between business and society, particularly national governments in Africa, where he has an extensive network. Since 2015, he has significantly contributed to developing the intellectual foundations of Africapitalism – an economic philosophy for the development of Africa – and championed its mainstreaming in the global academia. Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works closely with businesses and governments in Africa, Europe, and Asia. He leads executive capacity building engagements and consultancy projects in the broad areas of sustainable finance, sustainability strategy, leadership, ethics, and governance for multinational corporations and institutions. He was recently a Scholar in Residence at the National Pension Commission, Nigeria
Samirah Ade- Adebiyi
Managing Director of AFEX Investment Limited
Samirah is the Managing Director of AFEX Investment Limited. She serves on the company’s Executive team where she plays a defining role in overseeing corporate finance and strategic investments critical to unlocking capital for producers, processors, and investors in the agricultural value chain. She leads the newly created team responsible for building distinctive financial solutions and deeper stakeholder relationships that ensure AFEX’s inclusive, sustainable, and innovative business model sets it apart in the commodities ecosystem. To achieve this, she believes in listening to the needs of the clients rather than pushing innovative products to them directly. And this she does leveraging her proven track record of strong leadership, driven by empathy and thoughtful strategy. At AFEX, Samirah is eager to create scalable financial solutions. Along with passion, she brings an endless curiosity and over 21 years of experience successfully managing and providing financial services and resolutions for some of Nigeria’s best business entities in Agribusiness, Exports, FMCG and Oil Services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Lagos Business School.
President at Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN)
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with specialization in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Ayo is an alumnus of Stanford Business School: SEED Transformation Program, Lagos Business School (EDC), OXFAM Business Development Program and a board member of the esteemed Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA).
He has over Twenty – Six years of working/entrepreneurial experience starting from the Finance industry, where he worked in various banks within Nigeria including Guaranty Trust Bank before proceeding to pursue his entrepreneurial endeavour. He is currently the Founder/CEO of A4&T Power Solutions.
He possesses astute business analysis skills with leadership intuition synonymous with excellence and growth. He acquired requisite skills for renewable energy business from training and conferences locally and internationally. He is a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) consulting on matters relating to renewable energy generation and low carbon emissions.
Ayo is a bridge builder with excellent Strategy, Business and people management skills. He is committed to fostering synergy amongst REAN members and all stakeholders in the Clean energy space.
Managing Partner at Consonance Investment Managers
Mobolaji Adeoye serves as the Managing Partner of Consonance Investment Managers (Consonance), an investment platform primarily focused on Africa. The firm provides invaluable support to early and growth-stage entrepreneurs as they strive to build enduring businesses. Mobolaji passionately believes in the transformative power of entrepreneurship as a catalyst for national development and emphasizes the paramount importance of the right risk capital to bolster these efforts. He holds positions on various boards, including Pezesha Africa, MDaaS, AFEX Commodities Exchange, NG Clearing Ltd, and Talent Exchange and Infrastructure Ltd. Beyond his professional endeavors, Mobolaji enjoys watching movies, reading, and hiking. His engagement with the community mainly revolves around backing local initiatives that focuses on entrepreneurship. This underscores his commitment to both empowering and fostering the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs and investors.
Founder & MD, ZER Consulting Africa
Strategic advisor and accomplished business leader with over 20 years of professional and executive experience in financial services across four continents; now dedicated to fostering sustainable growth in Africa. Adeolu Adewumi-Zer is a global Nigerian and Afro-optimist dedicated to nurturing the next generation of African leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. She serves as the Founder & Managing Director of ZER Consulting Africa, collaborating with development agencies, investment funds, startups, and social entrepreneurs to provide strategic guidance in executive leadership, business strategy, corporate governance, and value creation. Adeolu also champions critical causes such as financial inclusion, gender equality and quality education, while holding various influential roles, including Board member for the Global Center on Cooperative Security, Independent Non-Executive Director at Winock Solar, Founding circle member of Ashoka Africa Builders and Business mentor for the African Diaspora Network, Gildre and VC4A. With over two decades of experience in financial services, Adeolu is a US-trained actuary and international HR/management consultant. Her career spans continents, having held executive positions across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA. She is a proud member of various esteemed professional bodies, including the African Angel Academy, TheBoardroom Africa, the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Institute of Directors Nigeria, and Women in Management, Business and Public Service. She also generously volunteers her advisory and mentoring services to multiple organizations.
Head of Client Solutions at Capricorn Investment Group
Kunle Apampa is Head of Client Solutions at Capricorn Investment Group, one of the largest mission- aligned investment firms globally managing $9B+ in assets on behalf of families, foundations, and institutional investors. Kunle is responsible for the institutional growth of Capricorn as a purpose-built Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO). Prior to joining Capricorn, Kunle was Vice President at Goldman Sachs Imprint, an ESG & Impact Investment platform within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Kunle spent over a decade at Goldman Sachs, holding several leadership roles within the firm’s Global Markets division as well as the Finance division. Kunle holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Energy, Environment & Economics, from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Kunle is based in New York City. Kunle serves on the steering committee of Intentional Endowment Network, the membership committee of Confluence Philanthropy and works with some of the most active venture funds in Africa.
Dr Frank Aswani
Chief Executive Officer at AVPA
Dr Frank Aswani is the CEO of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA), a network of social investors collaborating to increase the flow of capital (grants, debt, or equity & non-financial capital) into social investments in Africa to address the continent’s SDG financing gap. He is a Kenyan national residing in Johannesburg and holds a Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Studies), University of Pretoria, South Africa. Frank has extensive experience across both the private and social sectors. He spent 14 years in healthcare with Eli Lilly working in Kenya, England, Switzerland and South Africa. At Eli Lilly, Frank served as the Sales Director for South Africa and the Regional Director for Sub-Sahara Africa managing over 25 countries in Anglophone and Lusophone Sub-Sahara Africa. Frank was the VP and Director of Strategic Relations at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg for six years, leading ALA's corporate partnerships, business development and fundraising activities. His other stints include his time at Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) as the Africa Regional Director and a consultancy in innovation. In addition to his role at AVPA, Frank serves as visiting faculty at the Oxford Saïd Business School Social Finance programme and sits on the investment committee of the MasterCard Foundation Africa Growth Fund. He is also the founder and host of the Afropact Podcast series which showcases African Impact stories, spotlighting African solutions to African challenges. Frank is a passionate pan-African and perennial Afro-optimist who believes that Africans should be at the forefront of solving their problems.
Sustainability Specialist at Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN)
Lolade Awogbade is a seasoned Sustainability professional with over 14 years of multi-national corporate experience in Human Resource Management Consulting, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship. She has held strategic and leadership roles including missions at Accenture, Chams Plc, Union Bank and currently oversees Sustainability at the Development Bank of Nigeria.
Lolade is well versed in the areas of sustainability, financial inclusion, human resource management, public sector relations/engagement and corporate citizenship. She has experience in matching international best practice and standards to local complex environments through experience across these areas.
Through her experience, Lolade has become a respected public speaker and has recently co-authoured a book on sustainability strategy across Africa – Management and Leadership for a Successful Africa Vol 2.
Fluent in French and Yoruba, she holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Politics and Modern Languages from the University of Essex and a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Human Resource Management & Organizational Analysis from Kings College London.
Amma Lartey is CEO of Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh), the Ghana National Advisory Board for Impact Investing and a member of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing. IIGh is a platform representing all the stakeholder groups needed to redirect significant capital flows toward social and environmental impact in Ghana - bringing together leaders from the worlds of finance, business, government, social organizations, and philanthropy. IIGh is executing an ambitious plan to catalyze $1 billion in impact funds for investment in impact ventures in Ghana and the West African sub-region. Amma is also the board chair of Social Enterprise Ghana, the association for organizations in the social enterprise sector in Ghana and a board member of Reach for Change, Ghana - a venture philanthropist enabling organisations in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Senegal to launch and grow. Amma is an accredited trainer for the SDG Impact Standards, a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Executive Director of LEAP Africa
Ms Kehinde Ayeni, Executive Director, LEAP Africa, is a 13-year LEAP veteran who, in the last three years, has also served as the Chief Operating Officer - responsible for developing and driving operational strategy, optimising resources, processes and people improvement, translating strategy into actionable goals for optimal performance, growth and sustainability.
Ms. Ayeni’s passion, commitment, drive, and excellence have contributed greatly to the growth of LEAP Africa. She has built a career in the non-profit and works for an organisation that nurtures young Africans by creating and enabling opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. She is a skilled facilitator and has led impact-driven sessions in LEAP Africa’s core leadership programmes within Nigeria and across Africa.
In 2020, Kehinde was recognized among 50 African Women Making a Difference in Development by Donors for Africa and a 2021 Praxis Non-profit Accelerator Fellow. Kehinde is an advocate for social good and promotes debates and causes related to leadership development, social entrepreneurship, and economic and youth development. Her personal and professional goal is to continue creating the environment, opportunities, and solutions to profit, empower, and enable self- and organizational sustainability.
Kehinde Ayeni has her first degree in Geography and Education from the University of Ilorin and a certificate in Advanced Skills Programme from the School of Media and Communications, Pan African University (now Pan Atlantic University) and a Certificate in Sustainability Workshop for NGOs and Corporate Organizations from the same University. She is a Global Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK and is currently studying for an executive MBA at Lagos Business School.
Dr. Natalie Beinisch
Co-Founder of Circular Economy Innovation Partnership Africa
Dr. Natalie Beinisch is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Circular Economy Innovation Partnership (CEIP) in Lagos. Her work focuses on research, advocacy and programme development that enables circular business and investment opportunities in Nigeria. Among the projects she has worked on is the initiation of the “Circular Lagos” project, a programme developed in partnership with Lagos State and the Lagos Circular Business Platform. The Circular Lagos project has led to the set up of the Circular Economy Technical Working Group of Lagos State, where CEIP serves as a technical advisory member, a web-based clearinghouse, a pod-cast series as well as entrepreneurship and research fellowship programmes.
Dr Ayodele Cole
Chairman/Medical Director of ECHOLAB Radiology and Laboratory Services
With more than 29 years of experience in medicine and business, Dr. Ayodele Benson is the current Chairman of Echo-Scan Services Limited, which as a subsidiary of IDH Holdings, now operates under the trademark Echolab. A 1994 graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calabar, Nigeria. In 1998, Dr. Benson founded Echo-Scan Services Limited in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria with his partner, the late Dr. Anthony Irefu, under their leadership and with a vision to deliver affordable, quality diagnostic services through technology across Nigeria, Echo-Scan Services grew to 13 branches and invested in a number of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) with various State Governments to promote centres of excellence across the Country. In 2018, Echo-Scan commenced implementation of a 25 million USD investment from the IFC, Man Capital LLC and IDH to scale up the company to become a major player in the Medical Diagnostic Landscape in Nigeria today. In 2019, Dr Benson went on to found Benson Coleman & Associates Ltd, a management consultancy firm focused on Healthcare, Finance and Investment, where he serves as Chairman/CEO. Always a stickler for personal and professional excellence, in 2006, Dr. Benson acquired a Masters’ degree (with Merit) in Medical Imaging from Leeds University, United Kingdom. He further pursued two doctorate programs that ran concurrently and obtained a Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound from the L.U.de.S University, Switzerland in 2012, in addition to many other professional certifications over the years. Dr Benson had management training at the Institute of Directors in South Africa and at the IMD in Switzerland
Head of Impact and ESG at Alitheia Capital
Temilade is the Head of Impact and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) at Alitheia Capital, an impact investing fund management firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is responsible for leading the Impact and ESG direction of Alitheia IDF, a pioneering $100 million gender lens investing fund targeting growth stage SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa. Preceding her transition to private finance, Temilade built experience in social development, working with a range of international and local organisations including the United Nations Educational United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS); the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA); and Growing Businesses Foundation. Temilade is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, France where she obtained a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree, specializing in Global Energy and Sustainability Policy and Governance. With over 12 years of varied experience, Temilade is skilled in investment analysis, strategy development, policy research, and communications.
Managing Partner & General Partner at VestedWorld
Nneka is a Managing Partner and General Partner at VestedWorld, an Africa-focused venture capital firm investing in agriculture, consumer goods, and enabling technology startups in East and West Africa. Nneka has deep experience and knowledge of mass market African consumers in rural and urban areas. She has 15 years of experience working in and across Africa and believes deeply in the firm’s north star -- that Africa can become the next East Asia. VestedWorld has 30 portfolio companies and 30 million AUM in two closed-end funds backing founders with a commitment to investing in African founders and female founders. Since joining VestedWorld full time in 2021 she has led transactions in the creative industries, B2B retailtech, fintech, healthtech/biotech, and mobility/logistics. She joined the VestedWorld investment committee in 2017 and has served as an IC member since then.
Nneka is a Kauffman Fellow in Class 28. She has worked across Africa, and in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. She moved to Kenya in 2009 and has lived in Kenya, briefly in Senegal, and in Nigeria, and has spent her professional career in Africa. Nneka has been involved in building the impact investing ecosystem in Nigeria. In 2019, she developed the strategy for the Impact Investors’ Foundation of Nigeria (a non-profit which aims to unlock impact investing in Nigeria, and which is the secretariat for the national advisory board) and sits on the Board. She also serves on the inaugural National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in Nigeria.
She also sits on the Board of Directors of two mission-aligned nonprofits focused on social entrepreneurship (The Resolution Project) and public sector leadership development (AMP Health).
Prior to VestedWorld, Nneka founded the Nigerian office of a global strategy consulting firm after helping scale the business across Africa for over a decade, and was co-lead the Global Agriculture & Food Security Practice for seven years. She previously worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC including on a project in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nneka holds an AB in economics cum laude from Harvard College along with a citation in Spanish language and speaks intermediate French.
Tochukwu is a finance and investment leader with over a decade of experience raising capital for and facilitating the flow of funding into qualifying enterprises. He has served as a Global Tony Elumelu Foundation Guild Mentor, as a mentor to startups and SMEs across Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, West Africa, and Nigeria. Tochukwu qualified as a chartered accountant in 2009 and has a degree in Finance from the University of Lagos. He has spent the last 11 years across enterprise consulting, commercial banking, asset management, and international development, building a career that has since seen him become a sought-after Finance & Investment professional. Tochukwu's core skills and areas of deep experience are financial planning, credit analysis, investment analysis, business analysis, market development, transaction structuring, business advisory, business development, financial modeling, and capital raise. Tochukwu is a widely engaged thought leader and has trained extensively across the following subjects: Client Attraction, Enterprise Growth, Business Strategy, Customer Experience, Business Communication, Financial Management, Finance for Non-Finance Leaders, Business leadership, Teaming, Presentation Skills, Capital Attraction, Work Ethic, Personal Finance, and Credit. Tochukwu is currently the Regional Director for West Africa at the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA).
Mr Gbenga Hassan
Managing Partner at Àrgentil Capital Management Limited
Gbenga Hassan is the Managing Partner at Àrgentil Capital Management Limited and oversees the principal investments, private equity and asset management business. Gbenga has over 27 years of private equity, principal investing, and financial advisory experience in the international and West African markets. Gbenga is a very active investor in the SMEs in Nigeria and West Africa. At Àrgentil he has led investments in Sygen Pharmaceuticals which acquired the assets of Nigerian German Chemicals and seen the company support the manufacture of different therapeutics for the domestic market. He has also led investments in early-stage technology startups including health-tech. Several investments made have been recognized as deal of the year at awards by Private Equity Africa. As an active investor in many early-stage SMEs, Gbenga sits on the board of various companies where he provides strategic advice and support to entrepreneurs across different areas including raising financing, business development, strategy execution, networking etc.
Previously, Gbenga was responsible for identifying, originating, and executing private equity transactions in West Africa at Aureos Capital, specializing in deal structuring, valuation, and portfolio management. He also worked with Standard Bank London and Stanbic Bank Nigeria in various corporate and project finance roles. He holds an MSc from University College London and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Semicolon
Ashley Immanuel is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Semicolon, a company that is enabling Africa's digital transformation by building tech-focused talent and businesses. Ashley coordinates Semicolon’s delivery of innovative solutions related to education, talent management, and venture-building.
Ashley is also currently serving as the Nigeria Climate Champion for the Catalyst Fund, a pre-seed fund and accelerator focused on building climate resilience.
Ashley has more than 15 years of experience delivering and managing impact-focused work in locations worldwide. She started her career in management consulting with IBM Global Business Services. Prior to joining Semicolon, Ashley was Chief Executive Officer of EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access), an organization that drives inclusive finance in Nigeria through research, advocacy, capacity building, and innovation. In this role, Ashley supervised leading research and engagement on financial sector innovation in Nigeria and oversaw the delivery of EFInA’s Innovation Fund.
Founder and CEO
Osayi is an Africa-focused business leader committed to building high-growth enterprises that are ethical and have a meaningful impact on society. He earned an MBA from the Univeristy of Leicester and is COREN certified Engineer. He started his career as a project execution engineer with ExxonMobil in 2006 and grew through the ranks to become the youngest operations manager in their African operations responsible for managing a multi-billion USD asset cluster producing 120,000 barrels of oil per day with a staff strength of 490 people. He founded Imose Technologies and bootstrapped the business to over $10million USD in annual revenues within a few years. He founded Teesas Education in 2021 with the aim of liberalising access to quality education and enhancing learning experiences across Africa. Teesas is the only Education Technology Company, globally, to have won the prestigious Morgan Stanley Sustainability Collaborative Award. Osayi brings unique and wide-ranging perspectives gained from his years in various industries and building impact focused organizations.
Partner and Head of Investments at Oryx Impact
Eva Abel, Partner and Head of Investments at Oryx Impact, an impact fund of funds focused on Africa, targeting investments in the areas of economic development and job creation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and female empowerment. Prior to Oryx Impact, Eva was an Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund, where she invested close to EUR 0.5 billion in technology Venture Capital (VC) funds across Europe. She was also a Partner at Giza Polish Ventures, a Polish-Israeli VC fund focused on early stage technology investments. Eva started her career with investment banking at Diamond Capital in Lagos, Nigeria.
Founder and Managing Director of Babban Gona
Prior to co-founding Babban Gona, Kola was a Managing Director and CEO of a subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of Nigeria’s leading agricultural conglomerates, where he led the development and execution of Notore’s commercial strategy across West and Central Africa, preparing the company to sell one million tons of fertilizer and establish a modern seed business. In addition, he led the effort to raise $130 million in equity. Kola brings significant leadership experience in corporate finance, business development, sales and marketing, product development and operations, across four continents with multiple global companies, including GE, Notore and Abiomed (listed as one of the top 10 stocks of the decade by Kiplinger). In addition, Kola brings extensive public sector experience as Senior Advisor to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Kola has received numerous awards including being the first leader in history of a for profit social enterprise to win the prestigious $1.2M Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Programme Officer, Deal Room and Investor Engagement at Impact Investing Ghana
Justina Mensah’s career spans over eight years in retail banking and marketing. She is the Program Officer, for Deal Room and Investor Engagement at Impact Investing Ghana. She is responsible for leading and supporting key projects including the Deal Source Africa Program, investor engagement, and the management and running of the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN). Before Impact Investing Ghana, Justina was the Business Manager at Unicredit Ghana's head office branch, where she led the team and ensured the successful operation of the business office. She is on a mission to connect investment-ready businesses to impact funds and impact funds to limited partners and help move catalytic capital to grow the Ghanaian and African impact investing ecosystem.
Dr Olu Ogunfowora
Managing Director of Ideanest Limited
Dr. Olu Ogunfowora is the Managing Director at Ideanest Limited. Ideanest is an impact investment advisory firm and one of the Business Development Services Providers (BDSPs) accredited by the Bank of Industry (BoI) in supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on access to finance. Dr. Ogunfowora provides independent advisory on impact investing, impact measurement and management to the Nigeria National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. He previously contributed towards SMEs policy development and evaluation as part of a strategy advisory project for Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investments (FMITI). Dr. Ogunfowora has over 25 years extensive international experience across agribusiness, education, energy, healthcare, financial services, management consulting and technology industries with Accenture, EY, First Bank Holdings, MTN, Schlumberger, Ashland Oil and Telnet. While in Accenture, he provided subject matter expertise on the Nigerian Vision 20:2020 project in setting the vision, strategy development and implementation plan for Nigeria to be in the top twenty economies in the world.
Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at EHA Clinics Limited
Babatunde Ojo, fondly called BBT is Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of EHA Clinics Limited, a world-class integrated primary health care platform with presence in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and expanding rapidly into other key cities in Nigeria. He is a business and finance leader with over 19 years work experience in diverse roles of accounting, finance and general management. Prior to joining EHA Clinics, he worked in a number of multinational companies such as Nigerian Breweries Plc, PZ Cussons, Reckitt, Tetra Pak and Novartis, both within Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds an MBA from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). BBT has performance principles resolving around adding value and has adopted People, Performance, Compliance and Culture as key focus areas in his day-to-day business life. BBT is a family man. He lives in the city of Lagos with his beautiful wife, Taiwo and their lovely daughter.
Principal at Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers
Tosin Ojo is a principal at Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers – the leading agribusiness private equity firm in West Africa. At Sahel Capital, she leads the deal team for the equity fund, fund-raising activities and supports the executives of portfolio companies in driving value creation. In this role, she’s on the board of Dayntee Farms Limited. Tosin has 15+ years of experience, spanning private equity, financial advisory, asset management and investment research. Prior to Sahel Capital, Tosin led Verboheit – a financial advisory firm she founded. Also, she has previously worked at Chapel Hill Denham, CardinalStone, Vetiva and Stanbic IBTC Bank.
Outside her current tole, she is chair of the Mutual Funds Investment Committee for ARM Investment managers which manages over N60billion in across six mutual funds. She’s also on the investment committee for the Oak Capital, an emerging VC firm with principal investments in tech start-ups, and on the advisory board of Yellow Door Apartments – a fast growing hospitality start up.
Tosin is a CFA charter-holder. She also holds a bachelors’ degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and an MBA from the University of Oxford Said Business School, UK.
Head of Policy and Strategy for the Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development for Decent Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN) Programme at GIZ
Akinropo Omoware is a lawyer and development expert with over 15 years’ experience in project management and policy advisory. He has worked extensively in Nigeria and Africa in promoting access to justice for all (especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized groups) and facilitating judicial reforms, improving business enabling environment and investment climate and generally promoting employment creation through private sector support. He has supported the development, review, implementation and impact assessment of several policies and legislations in Nigeria in various sectors of development including the leather and leather products, agriculture, industrial development, MSMEs development, investment promotion, tax harmonization and governance, gender mainstreaming among others. He is a holder of Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Science (MSc) in Research and Public Policy. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and he currently works with the German Development Agency (GIZ) as the Head of Policy and Strategy for the Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development for Decent Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN) Programme of GIZ.
Director of Finance and Corporate Services at LSETF
Adewumi Oni is the Ag. Director for Finance and Corporate Services. Prior to assuming the role, he was Head Risk Management, Monitoring & Internal Control at LSETF. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) as well as a Certified Micro Finance practitioner of The Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria (CIBN). He has over twenty years of work experience, cutting across such sectors as Financial services, ICT, Training & Consulting, and Hospitality. He has attended various capacity development programmes at both local and international levels including trainings at the Lagos Business School, Boulder Institute of Microfinance, Italy, Galilee Institute of Management, Israel (GIMI) and Paris School of Business, France
Bamidele Seun Owoola
Founder and CEO of Welcome2Africa International
Bamidele Seun Owoola is a seasoned investment and trade facilitator, specializing in business management, trade, and stakeholder engagement. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in identifying and seizing opportunities, particularly in Africa's Agribusiness and Maritime sectors. Bamidele's expertise is forged from collaborations with organizations like Alluvial Agriculture, Arab Trading Company, AFEX Commodities, Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange Value Chain Development Program, and more. She has directed trade and investment initiatives for over 20 organizations across the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Ireland, and various African countries. As Founder and Chief Executive of Welcome2Africa International, Bamidele has facilitated impactful partnerships, enabling Nigerian Agribusinesses to access financing from both local and foreign investors. Recognized for her contributions, Bamidele has received several accolades, including the West Africa Agribusiness Award and commendation from the USAID-funded 'Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity,' among others. Bamidele's vast experience and forward-thinking vision make her an invaluable contributor to Africa's growth and development.
Eyitayo Ozavize Salami
Executive Chairman at Edo State SUBEB
Eyitayo Ozavize Salami is an educationist and investment banker with over 26 years post graduate experience cutting across education, accounting, investment banking, operations, sales, and people management. As a leader she demonstrates strong programme implementation skills and a resilience that drives and sustains reforms and transformation initiatives. She is currently the Executive Chairman of Edo SUBEB, charged with the responsibility of ensuring that every Edo Child of basic education age has access to quality and free basic education. A portfolio that covers 1,330 primary and junior secondary schools, 390,000 students and at least 10,000 teachers. Since coming into office in November 2021, Mrs. Salami has dedicated herself to consolidating the gains of the EdoBEST Program, an Education reform of Governor Obaseki which leverages the use of technology and data as a basis for accelerating foundational literacy and numeracy and significantly improving learning outcomes of students in the classrooms.
Dr. Omolola Salako
Co-founder, Pearl Oncology Clinic
Dr. Omolola Salako is a global health leader, award-winning cancer researcher, and lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. With over two decades of experience specializing in oncology, she is among Nigeria's 90 skilled clinical oncologists focusing on cancer treatment. Dr. Salako earned her medical degree from the prestigious University of Lagos and dedicates her time to conducting research, lecturing, and innovating cancer care at the same institution.
She is a self-defined "Oncopreneur" and founded several vibrant startups, including Sebeccly Cancer Care, Oncopadi Technologies, and Pearl Oncology Specialist Hospital. Through Pearl Oncology Specialist Hospital, a Lagos-based chain of cancer centers, she provides affordable, quality and personalized cancer care, ensuring they receive the most effective treatments and the best chance to fight cancer.
One of her notable innovations is the Oncopadi Cancer App, which empowers cancer patients, caregivers, and clinicians to make informed care decisions. Dr. Salako leads a dynamic digital health research team that has developed the PROSECare app, an AI digital patient monitoring platform. This app helps cancer patients track and manage treatment-related side effects. The PROSECare app is currently used in the clinical and research setting by hundreds of cancer patients with over 16 cancer types on treatment across Nigeria.
Her outstanding work in the field has earned her numerous accolades. She was honored as one of the brightest minds in cancer research for 2021 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and awarded the 2023 Global Bridges Oncology and Pfizer Global Medical Grants.
Mrs Toyin Sanni
Founder and Executive Vice Chair of Emerging Africa Group
Toyin F. Sanni is Executive Vice-Chair at leading Pan - African Investment Group, Emerging Africa Capital, an ESG led group focused on investing in sectors with catalytic impact on growth and development, cutting across Investment Banking, Trusts & Asset Management, Financial Technology, Infrastructure Finance and Capacity Building.
She sits on multiple boards including serving as Chairman, Layer3 Limited, Non-Executive Director, Transnational Corporation Plc and Member, Nigeria’s National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (NABII), Chair of the NABII Committee on Wholesale Impact Investment Fund (WIIF) and Member, National Finance Committee on WIIF.
She is Founder and Chairperson Women In Finance Nigeria and Founder WIFNG UK, a platform for advocacy, development, and networking of women in financial roles and financial services. Her other roles include Chair, Technical Committee on Financial Literacy, Member, Investment Committee of Africa’s Off-Grid Energy Fund (OGEF). She also serves as an Ambassador for Nigeria for the Africa CEO Forum.
Mr Phil Southwell
Partner at Chapel Hill Denham
Phil is a Partner at Chapel Hill Denham and chairs the Investment Committee of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund. With three decades of experience in investment banking and principal investing, he has primarily focused on emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe, and Africa.
Beginning his career in 1994 at Smith New Court (now Merrill Lynch), Phil spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank and later moved to Dubai. He served as CEO of EFG-Hermes' GCC region and Head of Coverage, then as President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for MENA and Emerging Markets (ex-Asia).
Phil has a track record of capital raising, real asset investments, and REIT listings in Australia and Europe. He's a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and holds degrees from Durham University and Eton College.
Investment Manager at Small Foundation
Andrew Tarazid-Tarawali is an all-round finance and investment professional with more than 17 years of experience in impact investing, corporate finance, venture capital, and banking across Africa and emerging markets. He has successfully closed investment transactions as an investor and adviser in agriculture, renewable energy, fintech, and transportation across West and East Africa .
He currently serves as an Investment Manager at Small Foundation covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Small Foundation earlier this year, Andrew was the Associate Director of Portfolio at Acumen Fund, leading their investment work in West Africa covering Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone.
Andrew holds a bachelor's degree (Honours) from Ashesi University in Ghana and an IMBA from IE Business School, Madrid. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Institute of Directors, Ghana and is a Licensed Investment representative (Ghana Stock Exchange).
He is a Sierra Leonean national currently based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Chief Market Development Officer at The Global Steering Group for Impact Investing
Krisztina Tora is Chief Market Development Officer at GSG. She helps drive capital towards impact in 70 countries. In each country, she advises governments, financial institutions and others on how to accelerate capital flows to benefit people and the planet. She supports them in leading policy change and the set-up of new financial instruments and impact funds. Her work is all about system change, with a special focus on solving the SDG financing gap in emerging markets.
Country Relationship Manager for Rwanda & Investment Specialist at UNITED NATIONS CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (UNCDF)
Omon Ukpoma-Olaiya (Nigerian) joined the Least Developed Countries Investment Platform (LDCIP) at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) as the designated Country Relationship Manager for Rwanda and is also an Investment Specialist covering multiple countries (namely Rwanda, Nigeria, Sudan & South Sudan). She is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda.
She has 13 years’ experience in various leadership positions in Investments, Finance, Operations, Development and Programme & Budget Management. Prior to joining UNCDF, Omon worked for the private sector for 10 years in Banking & Financial Services. She led financing of various infrastructure projects across various sectors (such as Power, Oil & Gas Upstream/Downstream, Manufacturing & Telecommunications) in excess of $1Billion across Nigeria. She has worked with foremost Commercial Banks in Nigeria and one of the leading telecommunications companies in the EMEA region.
Head of Project at NICOP, included under GIZ SEDIN
A B.A. degree holder from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and University of London (RHBNC) and with 30 years of experience, Ana has developed her career in several continents and in various sectors as online tourism, information technology, manufacturing/industrial, luxury fashion, and leather manufacturing. In the development sector, Ana has been the team leader of Mafita and GEMS3 - the two largest vocational training and economic growth DFID programmes in Nigeria -, she was also part of GIZ SEDIN2 and DFID GEMS1; she now leads the GIZ NICOP project co-funded by the EU and the BMZ as the Head of Project to increase competitiveness across selected value chains, enhance incomes and create jobs with a fully inclusive and gender focus. Ana has participated in the creation, launch and management of recognized start-ups: eDreams (now ODIGEO), Vueling, Groupalia and BidAway, with a very strong focus on fundraising and operations management. She has held positions of high responsibility in several multinational corporations with operations in Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and China with strong import and export operations. Her international experience covers Europe, Middle East, and Africa in organisations such as Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Twinhead. Additionally she has been an international consultant in organisations such as UNO, OSCE, the World Bank and the Prosperity Fund. Her interests and specialties include impact investment, private sector and business development, international business and finance, strategic planning, and change management.
The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political union between 27 European countries. Partnerships and development cooperation lie at the heart of the EU’s foreign policy. The EU sees international partnerships as an investment in a viable, sustainable and shared future and it upholds effective multilateralism and works with all stakeholders, since current challenges call for more multilateral governance and rules-based international cooperation. The EU is a leading advocate of the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The European consensus on development sets out how the EU focuses on people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership in working towards the sustainable development goals and in promoting poverty eradication, human development, sustainable growth and good governance. EU-Nigeria partnership is rooted in shared values and interests and the EU recognises Nigeria’s strategic importance as Africa's most populous nation and largest economy. EU-Nigeria cooperation aims to enhance growth and stability to achieve social equity in Nigeria and the continent.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ lead development agency with a mandate to eradicate poverty, through sustainable and inclusive human development. UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing integrated development solutions and support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.
Through UNDP’s strategic plan, UNDP is deploying signature solutions that are accelerating impact and scale in Nigeria. These include Democratic governance and peace building; inclusive and sustainable growth; climate change and environment; and crisis response and resilience. UNDP continues to support the government in the implementation of development interventions aimed at meeting medium to long term goals enshrined in National and State level development plans and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) is an independent organisation catalysing impact investment and entrepreneurship to benefit people and the planet. The GSG was established in August 2015 as the successor to and incorporating the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK´s 2013 presidency of the G8.
Dealsourceafrica.co is a digital platform part of the Deal Source Africa comprehensive program. The platform enables investors to connect with businesses that meet their criteria and need funding. It also connects impact funds to limited Partners. It was founded in 2022 by Impact Investing Ghana and Impact Investors’ Foundation (Nigeria)
Chapel Hill Denham is a leading independent investment banking, securities trading, and investment management firm. The firm is Nigeria’s most trusted advisor, focused on providing unbiased advisory, execution, and investment services to corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals involved in investing in and developing Nigeria and Africa. The firm actively promotes areas accretive to Africa’s and Nigeria’s economic development, targeting sectors such as Infrastructure, Energy and Renewables, Real Estate, SMEs, Digital and Financial Inclusion, Healthcare, and Education, among others.
SME.NG is a gender lens impact investment platform that invests in Nigerian SMEs to realize measurable environmental, social and financial returns. The company was established by Chapel Hill Denham to bridge the gaps in women’s access to finance through gender lens investing and blended finance.
SME.NG utilizes private funds, public sector contributions, and philanthropic donations to allocate
resources to female entrepreneurs with a strong focus on creating impact. The company offers more than just financial assistance by providing comprehensive technical assistance to tackle the unique challenges encountered by women-led businesses.
The Sambo Foundation was established as a philanthropic vehicle to transform the lives and communities of the Niger Delta. The foundation aims to transform the lives of people and communities through targeted catalytic philanthropy and social investing. Its mission is to contribute towards reversing the impact of poverty and underdevelopment on the people and communities of Brass and the Niger Delta.
DI AFRICA is an advisory firm established to focus on three broad areas – trade and investment facilitation, access to finance, and business advisory. With our focus on facilitating trade and investment capital into Africa, DI AFRICA's core ability lies in helping our clients enter key markets in West Africa and facilitating investment capital seeking viable and best fit high growth investees, from local SMEs to large businesses. Our overarching principles remain to drive private sector development and economic growth through impact investing and boosting foreign trade partnerships.
eha Impact Ventures is a philanthropic impact investing enterprise that supports early stage, high-impact, women led businesses in Africa. Unlike traditional business financing, we offer flexible and innovative financing paired with high-quality, local, shared business resources to ensure business growth and success.
The Circular Economy Innovation Partnership (CEIP) promotes Circular Economy business innovation and investment in Nigeria through research, advocacy, and programme facilitation.
CEIP works in close partnership with individuals and organizations who share the goal of building a cadre of local entrepreneurs that have both the capabilities and opportunities to develop successful Circular Economy ventures.
LEAP Africa is a youth-focused leadership development organization committed to raising leaders that will transform Africa; through interventions for young people, that bridges the gap in leadership, education, employability and entrepreneurship. As a mission driven organization, we recognize that youth leadership and inclusion is critical to nation building and wealth creation.
AVPA is a Pan-African network for social investors who are interested in collaborating to increase the flow of capital into social investments across Africa and ensure that capital (financial, human and/or intellectual) is deployed as effectively and innovatively as possible for maximum social impact.
The Nigerian NABII was established to catalyse and promote a dynamic ecosystem for impact
investing in Nigeria, driving economic growth and improving quality of life in an inclusive and
sustainable manner through increasing impact investment flow and sector diversification in
alignment with key SDGs.
Become a member of NABII and be an active participant in mobilising impact funds and driving social change for Nigeria.
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