LUNCH REGIONAL DISCUSSION: Sub Saharan Africa
THURSDAY, 1 nOVEMBER
Andia Chakava, Graça Machel Trust
Tokunboh Ishmael, AVCA and Alitheia Capital
Kristine Ngiriye, Entreprenarium Foundation
Andia Chakava is an Investment Director at the Graca Machel Trust to lead the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She is the current Chairperson of New Faces New Voices Kenya (women in finance network) and is passionate about facilitating intra Africa investment, investor education and is a thought leader in gender lens investing. She was...
... the lead consultant in a 2017 publication by the Graca Machel Trust on the ‘Growth barriers affecting women entrepreneurs in East Africa.’Andia is one of the first female fund managers in the region and has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies from scratch in Kenya ( Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is a non-executive director of Echo Network Africa (formerly Kenya Women Holding) and East African Educational Publishers. She has over 15 years’ experience in fund management and 5 years ofdriving women economic empowerment goals. In 2014 she was named Africa’s most influential woman in financial services by CEO magazine and in 2018 won the National Diar Inclusion and Diversity Business Executive champion award in Kenya. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance with merit from Cass Business School in London and an honours degree in Economics from York University in Toronto.
Tokunboh Ishmael is the co-founder and managing director of Alitheia Capital. She has over 20 years experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing, technology and new business development in the USA, Europe and Africa. She has advised on mergers and acquisition mandates valuing over $5 billion across the financial, health, oil, gas, technology and media sectors. Her previous roles include...
...country partner for Nigeria at Aureos Capital, Fund manager of a technology focused venture capital fund, Sussex Place Ventures, M&A banker at Salomon Smith Barney and managing director of Avante Capital. ‘Tokunboh is an alumnus of London Business School, University of London. She is a CFA Charter holder, a member of the CFA Institute, a Yale University World Fellow, Chairman of the African Venture Capital Association, and a pioneer panelist on the TV show, Dragons' Den Nigeria. ‘Tokunboh is also a Fellow of the Finance Leaders Fellowship of the Aspen Institute.
Kristine Ngiriye is a serial entrepreneur, a gender-lens investor and advisor to the most influential business and political leaders across Africa. She is the Founder and CEO of KN&Partners, a boutique consulting firm offering specialized services to governments and businesses such as Investment Promotion, International Business Development and Corporate Social Investment Policies. Previously she led the regional office of...
...Performances Group, the leading management consulting firm in Francophone Africa. Earlier she was a Hill and Knowlton associate covering West Africa region. In 2014, she founded Entreprenarium, an organization that provides business support and access to finance to promising women entrepreneurs. In that capacity, she pioneered the Gender-Lens Investing approach in Francophone Africa. In 2017 Entreprenarium launched the DzMenInvestInWomendz Fund, a 25 million euros investment platform aimed at engaging African men as agents of change for gender equality.