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

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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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