Spent most of my career in financial services and investment management; most recently was the Ethiopia country manager for a renewable energy and green hydrogen startup.
– Previously spent 10years on wall street in capital markets; most recently VP in a sector agnostic principal credit investing group; investing/providing debt solutions across various strategies and sectors. Transaction types included project finance (Transportation, Infrastructure, Telecom, Logistics and Renewable Energy etc…) Structured direct lending to middle market companies across various sectors; venture debt financing; asset backed financing of various forms.
– Before that spent a few years in technology and operations at a hedge fund and an asset management company.
Areas of Expertise: Cross sector credit underwriting, Project Finance, Sustainable Finance, Impact Investing, Venture Finance, Fintech
Areas of Interest: FMCG, Fintech, Logistics & Transportation
– I see the opportunity set for investments in Africa as being vast; I want to augment my expertise gained in key sectors (healthcare, transportation, fintech and renewable energy) with other sectors such as FMCG, logistics, construction etc… that will benefit from the demographic trends in Africa- increasing middle class, urbanization and the continent having the youngest population.
– I want to contribute the knowledge I’ve gained in working on wall street and other sectors to the startup ecosystem in Africa beyond just contributing capital; but come alongside founders as they implement on their strategies.