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

Norman Smit
11 October 2018

A mutiny is occurring in the notorious prison in South Sudan called Blue House, where people are being detained without trial.  The prison is also where 2016 Tutu Fellow and peace activist, Peter Biar Ajak, has been held since the end of July 2018.  He has yet to be charged.  News sources say about 200 detainees broke into a weapons store in the prison and are holding two guards.  They are demanding the government provide prisoners with due process. 

The detention centre called Blue House is at the headquarters of the National Security Service in South Sudan's capital, Juba.  A national security service statement released to the media says the standoff began when a prisoner, Keribino Wol, overpowered a guard and seized his weapon. 

Norman Smit
11 October 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow John-Allen Namu has released a documentary exposing the complicity of individuals in the Kenyan and Ugandan elite in illicit financial flows in support of South Sudan's warlords. John-Allen is an award-winning investigative journalist and the co-founder of Africa Uncensored.

The powerful three-part documentary titled, The Profiteers, is an expose of how South Sudan warlords plunder public resources to live in opulence in Nairobi while ordinary South Sudanese live in abject poverty. The money looted from Sudan's public coffers is then siphoned off to Kenya and Uganda through banking institutions where the cartels are laundering it by investing in other businesses. 

Charles Sidambe
11 October 2018

The 2014 Tutu Fellow and chief architect at Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, has led a design vision and consortium to win a bid to design a new precinct for Nelson Mandela Bay.  Nelson Mandela Bay is an area in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape.  The project is to redevelop the area and simultaneously honour Madiba’s contribution to South Africa, as well as elevate the city’s status as a hub for socio-economic transformation, tourism and employment opportunities.

The city hosted a competition open to all South Africans to submit their ideas, but it was Mokena's Nelson Mandela Bay Tower of Light concept that ultimately won.

Charles Sidambe
10 October 2018

2014 Tutu Fellow, lawyer, and activist, Linda Kasonde, is spearheading a social media campaign against sexual bullying, particularly against women in politics. The campaign hashtag is #StandUpToBullying.

The cyber bullying campaign initially arose from an incident where the Zambian Minister of Information was attacked online by political party cadres within her party, because of a public pronouncement that she had made. Civil society quickly issued a statement condemning the remarks and started a social media campaign under the hashtag #IStandWithHer, condemning the harassment, particularly the sexual harassment of women politicians.

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