Meet the Speakers
From very hardworking and inspiring backgrounds, our ABF 2019 panel speakers are very excited to speak on the forum theme. Learn more about them through their profiles below:
Alberto Mokak Teguia is an assistant Professor in the finance division of UBC Sauder School of Business. His research focuses on both behavioral finance and portfolio choice over the life-cycle, additionally he has also expertise in research around strategic trading by institutional investors: hedge funds, mutual funds and others. He is interested in better understanding how psychology impacts investors’ financial decisions and markets outcomes, and the feedback between the two. Alberto holds a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Buea, Cameroon. He also holds two PhD degrees, one in Mathematics from Duke University and the other in Finance from Rice University.
Efosa Ojomo is an entrepreneur and a research fellow at the Forum for Growth and Innovation at the Harvard Business School. Efosa’s research examines how poor countries can create prosperity for their citizens by investing in disruptive innovations. In 2009 Efosa co-founded a nonprofit organization called Poverty Stops Here which funds primary school education projects and provides microloans to people living in poor communities in Nigeria. Prior to joining the Forum for Growth and Innovation at Harvard, Efosa was an MBA student at Harvard Business School where he served as the Co-President of the Harvard Africa Business Club.
Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner, and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). ECP is an 18 year old Private Equity firm that has raised over $3.0B and made over 60 investments and 44 exits in several African countries. Before ECP, Doddy was the Executive Director at Sumitomo Finance International in London where he managed operations of a $200 million equity risk arbitrage book. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Salomon Brothers, responsible for managing all fixed income and equity risk positions for Banco Patrimônio, Salomon’s joint venture in Brazil. Hurley Doddy is also Chairman of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and serves on multiple boards across several African companies. Doddy holds the CFA charter and is a Princeton University graduate.
Qahir Neky is an Investment Manager with Catalyst Principal Partners (CPP). CPP is a USD 300 million Eastern Africa focused private equity fund with a diversified portfolio. Prior to CPP Qahir served at Deutsche Investitionsund Entwicklungsgessellschaft (DEG) as an Investment Manager structuring and executing growth capital investments in African companies and before DEG has served as a consultant to Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya. He holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
Darlington Ahiale Akogo is a Deep Learning/Machine Learning Engineer & Researcher who founded minoHealth which develops Artificial Intelligence systems for medical diagnoses and prognoses. They also use Data Science and Cloud Computing to collect, analyse and visualize health data. He also heads minoHealth AI Labs where they research and apply Artificial Intelligence to fields like Biotechnology, Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering, Neuroscience, Optometry, Epidemiology, Dietetics/Nutrition and Agriculture. Learn More
Lungelwa has always had a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. She has led many reading and study groups at the local school and has assisted with aspiring youngsters to go to university. Therefore it was no surprise that when the SolarTurtle business opportunity presented itself, she jumped at the opportunity. Her rural solar kiosk business has successfully been in operation since June 2015 and has created employment opportunities for 6 young people from the community. Lungelwa studied marketing and communication and has made her mark on the corporate world. Learn More
Sustainable “Last Mile” and “First Mile” renewable technologies / businesses are vital to solving poverty alleviation and play a key role in delivering on the SDG’s in the developing world. Dave is the founder and owner Ekasi Energy, a startup company focused on renewable biomass energy opportunities in Southern Africa. The company’s primary focus is developing a market for biomass pellets made from various biomass waste streams into usable compressed fuel. This is used for commercial heating and domestic cooking. He is an entrepreneur at heart and has been involved in many start-ups and turn-arounds. Learn More
Jay has a 20 year track record as a successful entrepreneur, digital marketer and visionary strategist. He has advised some of the top brands in the world, including: HP, Cisco, SAP, Johnson & Johnson, and Proctor & Gamble. Jay grew his most recent venture: AppMakr into the world's largest mobile app publisher, helping millions of entrepreneurs and small businesses in 100+ countries to join the mobile app economy. Previously, Jay founded the digital marketing agency "BLUE" in Singapore in 1999, growing the business from startup into a global powerhouse, the 4th largest digital agency in the world and voted Marketing Magazine's "Agency Of The Year" - Acquired by WPP in 2007.
Babajide Sodipo is the Regional Trade Adviser at the African Union (AU). Regional Trade Advisor at the African Union Commission, Babajide Sodipo provides strategic technical assistance and advice on continental trade policy matters and the development of relevant trade related African economic policies. He has previously provided advice on trade policy, investment and regional integration issues and policies in East and West Africa as well as provided support to the Rwandan government in the negotiation of key trade and investment agreements. Learn More
Mr. David Luke is the Coordinator of UN Economic Commission for Africa. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies and in particular the boosting intra-African trade and the continental free trade area initiatives. His portfolio also includes WTO, EPAs, Brexit, AGOA, Africa's trade with emerging economies, and trade and cross-cutting policy areas such as trade, industrialization and structural transformation, trade and gender, trade and public health and trade and climate change. Read more at: https://www.ictsd.org/about-us/david-luke. Learn More
Ali Mufuruki is the Chairman & CEO of Infotech Investment Group. Infotech Investment Group has interests in IT and telecoms services, retail and real estate in the East Africa region. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Wananchi Group Holdings Kenya, chairman of the CEOs’ Roundtable of Tanzania, trustee of the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS), chairman of Muhimbili University (MUHAS) Grants Committee, member of the Presidential Investors Roundtable of Uganda (PIRT), member of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), and is a member of the Advisory Group on Sub-Saharan Africa (AGSA) for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Learn More
Awamary is the Founder, CEO of Innovate Gambia and The Woman Boss; initiatives created to help revitalize economic development in the Gambian region, and to be a catalyst for Innovation for Girls and Women. She left her corporate America 9 to 5 job to focus on giving back to the community where it all started for her. She is also the President/ Co-Founder of PointClick Technologies, LLC; an IT cloud hosting and dedicated managed services company, operating in 4 continents.
Cherae Robinson is the founder of Tastemakers Africa a company committed to disrupting what the world thinks about travel to Africa. TastemakersAfrica, is a mobile app and content platform where hip travelers book curated experiences in African cities on demand. (Learn More)
Cherae was named one of 10 emerging women entrepreneurs to watch by Forbes.com, as well as one of 10 Women to Watch by the United Nations Foundation. She was also the First Place Winner (2014) of She Leads Africa Startup Competition.