Ije IkokuIje Ikoku



Occupational Information

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Occupational Position: Founding Team Member CEC Africa

Professional History

Ije Ikoku is the Acting CFO of AEDC and the CFO and founding team member of CEC Africa Investments, a multi-country infrastructure investment platform, with approximately $1bn in assets under management.  AEDC is a Nigerian power distribution company privatised by the government and is the fourth largest in the country. The company was established to develop, finance and operate power projects. Ikoku brings more than a decade and a half of experience in the fields of Private Equity/Finance and Engineering.  CEC has stakes in power projects in operations and under development in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Namibia.
Prior to this she was a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation and was responsible for all facets of deal sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and financing of transactions. At IFC she worked in Washington, DC and Lagos, Nigeria covering infrastructure investments in Africa and Latin America, and successfully structured project finance and private equity deals in infrastructure in excess of $2.5 billion USD.   
Before joining IFC, she was the Finance Director at Geometric Power and previously spent her professional career (primarily in finance) supporting entrepreneurial ventures in the US, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa, and has worked at Charles Schwab, Emerging Capital Partners, to name a few. 


BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University
MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



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.