Mezuo NwuneliMezuo Nwuneli


Lagos, Nigeria

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Private Equity, Agribusiness focused

Occupational Position: Managing Director Sahel Capital

Professional History


Mezuo has more than two decades of experience in a broad spectrum of finance-related roles (private equity, investment banking, corporate finance). He has worked extensively within the agribusiness sector in West Africa and across a broad range of crop value chains. Mezuo started his career with the corporate finance team of the Sabre Group in Dallas, and then worked in J.P. Morgan & Co. 

Mezuo's company successfully won the Nigerian government Request For Bids for management of an agribusiness fund - FAFIN - with a total capitalization of more than $65 million USD.  Investors in FAFIN include the African Development Bank, the DFID Impact Fund, the Dutch Good Growth Fund, the Federal Government of Nigeria, KfW Development Bank, and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.  The companies FAFIN has invested in under Mezuo's management have so far created hundreds of jobs, benefited thousands of others indirectly, and aggregate tens of thousands of tons of crops from Nigerian farmers that include rice, cassava, milk, fowl and shea nuts.

Qualifications


M.B.A., Harvard Business School B.Sc. Industrial Management, Carnegie Mellon University

Programs


2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
30 March 2020

Two Fellows, Aderonke Onadeko of the Class of 2006 and 2007 Fellow Mezuo Nwuneli have partnered together to launch Nourishing Africa, a hub for entrepreneurs to accelerate their work, connect with funders, markets, talent, and celebrate their successes.

It connects agtech and digital innovators to ensure that Africa nourishes itself and becomes a net exporter of food by 2050.  On the site, they explain the simple math: by 2050, 2.4 billion people will live in Africa. If they spend $1 a day on food, this represents a $876 billion annual market. If they spend $10, its an $8.76 trillion annual market. A key goal is to empower Africans to sustainably grow and supply this massive market, reaping the benefits of local jobs.

Norman Smit
25 March 2020

2014 Fellow Zeinab Camara has run for office for her first time in the Guinean elections and won her seat in the National Assembly.  She stood for election in Boffa as a candidate for the governing party, Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen or RPG, and won her seat with 62.4% of the vote. She ran against Abdoul Aziz Keita, the UDG candidate. 

The elections took place on March 22nd - along with a constitutional referendum - after being postponed four times from the original date in January 2019. As of March 26th, the country was waiting for judicial validation of the results. 

Norman Smit
23 March 2020

2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum II has written a post titled Coronavirus: Amid the global pandemic, lessons for Africa which was published by the Brookings Institution on 20 March 2020.  Yap, who is a microbiologist and epidemiologist and the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, started the article by saying that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented in modern times, bringing enormous human, social, and economic disruption. It's been a busy time for Yap, with the Coronavirus pandemic following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was on the frontline in a Phase III trial ebola vaccine to reduce the numbers of people infected by the disease.

In the article, Yap says that for Africa, where most countries have relatively weak health systems, the relatively slow arrival of COVID-19 bought Africa time to prepare.

Charles Sidambe
20 March 2020

2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.


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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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