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Tokunbo Ishmael

An Impact Investor

‘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.

A Yale World Fellow and an alumnus of the London Business School and the University of London, ‘Tokunboh leads the board of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and is a Non – Executive Director of FCMB Group. She was a panelist on the TV show, Dragons Den Nigeria.

As an impact investor, ‘Tokunboh is now focussed on investing in and building sustainable growth businesses across attractive, consumer-led sectors including agribusiness, financial services, retail, technology and telecommunications – mainly on behalf of discerning institutions, development organisations and corporates looking for a mix of responsible investing, economic impact and social responsibility.

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