Fellowship Year: 2010
Nationality: Cote d'Ivoire
Job Title: Co-Founder and CEO
Organisation: Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP)


Job Title: Co-Founder and CEO

Organisation: Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP)

Professional History: Eric Kacou is co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), an advisory and investment group in Africa. ESPartners provides Intelligent Capital the right mix of insights and financing to entrepreneurs and leaders across Africa. Prior to starting ESP, Eric led the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness (RNIC) Program, a Presidential initiative credited with helping revitalize Rwanda’s economy.

As Managing Director of OTF Group, a competitiveness firm, Eric also served leaders of business, government, and development partners in over twenty nations across Africa and the Caribbean. Eric started his career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company advising Fortune 500 executives in various industries including pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, telecom, and home health care. Eric earned his MBA at the Wharton School and his MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Mason Fellow. Eric has authored Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity (2011) and Fly Africa (2018).

Eric was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, the African Leadership Institute as a Tutu Fellow as well as Forbes Afrique as one of Africa’s 20 builders of tomorrow.

Academic and professional credentials: MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania



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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.