“Investing in businesses that simultaneously deliver social and financial returns has given me a front row seat on investing in scalable and sustainable enterprises that consciously solve developmental problems.”

‘TOKUNBOH ISHMAEL

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'Tokunboh Ishmael

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Tokunboh Ishmael is an impact investor with over 20 years’ experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing, technology, and business development in Africa, Europe, and North America. She is the Managing Director and co-founder of Alitheia Capital, a Nigeria-based investment management and advisory firm focused on channelling private equity investments into small and medium sized businesses in West Africa.

In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia IDF to scale investments into women-led SMEs across Sub-Saharan Africa. ‘Tokunboh is a CFA charter-holder, corporate financier and M&A banker, and has historically worked on over $5.6 billion transactions in the UK, USA and Africa. In her past role as Managing Director of Avante Capital Ltd, she advised on a number of acquisitions in the oil and gas sector including the acquisition and financing of a government owned refinery and led the first secondary listing of a Nigerian company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

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The report, developed in partnership with @nyuniversity, also showed that women entrepreneurs are increasingly interested in securing external financing with 66% of participants reporting that they anticipate looking for external funding in the near future (up from 61% in 2021).

A survey of Africa’s leading businesswomen by @lionessesA and @AfDB_Group found that the most common source of financing for women entrepreneurs in Africa was retained company earnings and owner’s capital.

The newly launched uMunthu II fund is the latest iteration in @theAlitheia’s longstanding partnership with @GoodwellInvest that has led to pioneering impact investments in innovative businesses enabling accessibility, affordability, & inclusion to underserved segments and markets

Can tech-enabled businesses in Africa drive access and affordability of essential services?

Our Managing Director, @tolushola, joined a panel of experts at the @MilkenInstitute's Middle East and Africa Summit to explore investment trends and the tech sector in Africa.


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