Fellowship Year: 2017
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Organisation: Aion Holdings


Job Title: Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Organisation: Aion Holdings

Professional History: Kayode is co-founder and Managing Partner of Aion Holdings, an investment firm focused on real assets.

Prior to co-founding Aion, Kayode was a founding team member and portfolio manager at the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, with responsibility for infrastructure and illiquid investments, leading NSIA’s efforts in energy infrastructure. He also served as Special Advisor to Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, with responsibility for the set-up of the sovereign wealth fund and matters related to investment and capital markets.

Prior to this appointment, he was an investment professional with ContourGlobal, an emerging markets power investment company backed by Reservoir Capital; RREEF Infrastructure, a private equity affiliate of Deutsche Bank; and Weston Presidio, a middle-market private equity firm. He has also worked with Kuramo Capital on private investments, focusing on real assets; Actis Capital in Mumbai; and in the Office of Tony Blair with the Africa Governance Initiative.

Kayode serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Center for African Studies; and on the West Africa advisory committee for the Rhodes Trust, which awards the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University.

Academic and professional credentials: A.B. Economics, Harvard University
MBA, Harvard Business School



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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.