AdaOsakwe2017Ada Osakwe


Nigeria

Occupational Information


Occupation: Finance

Occupational Position: Food Entrepreneur and Investor

Professional History


Osakwe is the Chief Executive of Agrolay Ventures, an investment firm dedicated to growing the agricultural and food sector in Africa. Agrolay Ventures is an investor in early-stage agribusiness and food-related businesses such as The Nuli Juice Company and Africa Courier Express.

From November 2012 to May 2015, Osakwe served as the Senior Investment Adviser to Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. In this role, she was responsible for advising the Minister on all agriculture investment-related activities involving private sector investors. She led investment policy and financing initiatives as the Ministry initiated a “government-enabled, private sector-driven” agricultural transformation agenda. Amongst various initiatives, Osakwe led the development and launch of the US $100 million Fund for Agricultural Financing in Nigeria (FAFIN), a private equity fund dedicated to investing in small and medium agribusiness companies in Nigeria.

Prior to her role at the Ministry, Osakwe was a Vice-President at Kuramo Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm that manages the US $110 million Kuramo Africa Opportunity Fund, a multi-asset class investment vehicle that invests in high-growth opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Here she led the firm’s investments in private equity opportunities, closing two investments in Eastern and Southern Africa. Osakwe also worked briefly with Actis, a multi-billion dollar private equity fund focused on emerging markets' investing.

For four years, Osakwe was a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank Group, based in Tunisia, where she led multi-disciplinary teams through the evaluation of debt financing and equity investments worth over US $1 billion across the energy and transport sectors in Africa. Prior to this role, she was a Portfolio Manager and Investment Officer in the AfDB Treasury team and a pioneering member of the group that led AfDB’s drive to develop local debt capital markets in Africa. Before the AfDB, Osakwe was an Analyst in the Debt Capital Markets team of BNP Paribas investment bank, London.

Qualifications


MBA from the Kellogg School of Management - Merit-based Scholarship, the Deans Distinguished Service Award and the Kellogg Leadership Award
MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick
BSc in Economics (First Class Honours) from University of Hull.

Programs


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
08 July 2019

2018 Tutu Fellow and Deputy Executive Director , of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation(MRF), Judy Vatiswa Sikuza, has been announced as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1 August 2019. Sikuza is herself a Mandela Rhodes Scholar from the Class of 2007 (South Africa & NMMU) and is currently the MRF’s Deputy Executive Director having first joined as MRF Programme Manager in 2014. Sikuza, 33, succeeds Founding Executive Director Shaun A. Johnson, who was personally tasked, by Mr Mandela, to establish the Foundation in 2003.

Charles Sidambe
05 July 2019

2017 Fellow Nkuli Bogopa, is one of the finalists of the Mrs South Africa pageant. Her journey has had the full support of the Tutu Fellows, who have come out in helping Nkuli realize her dream through various sponsorships.

Four Tutu Fellows that have been extremely supportive in helping Nkuli achieve her dream to become Mrs SA. Sam Mensah, founder of KISUA, sponsored Nkuli with outfits for the big day, Dr. Theo Mothoa-Frendo with USO skincare, Tshepo Ditshego, CEO of Fundi, with a silver sponsorship and, finally, Dr. Cephas Chikanda with an event sponsorship. Many other Fellows have showed their support by voting.  Nkuli is the Executive Director at Broll Property Group.

Charles Sidambe
03 July 2019

2016 Fellow and Chief Executive Officer of Fundi, Tshepo Ditshego, has been appointed Chairperson of the Board at Eduloan Zimbabwe. Eduloan is a leading microfinance in Zimbabwe, offering affordable study loans to all Zimbabwean students studying at any preschool, primary, secondary, college, universities across the globe. Fundi is Eduloan's parent company.

Norman Smit
19 June 2019

2017 Tutu Fellow Mitoha Ondo'o Ayekaba, has published his first novel, titled Claro de Luna, at an event of the Association of Spanish Writers and Artists, in Madrid, Spain. The presentation ceremony took place on June 13 and counted amongst the audience personalities from the Spanish cultural and political world. Guillermina Mekuy, a local writer and businesswoman, read from the novel together with Emilio Porta, the Deputy Secretary of the Association of Spanish Writers and Artists.  During the reading, the two gave voice to the characters in the novel.

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

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