African commodities: an untapped goldmine

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African commodities: an untapped goldmine

African commodities: an untapped goldmine

About the speakers
  • Vibhuti Jain
    Vibhuti Jain
    Managing Director for Africa at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
    Vibhuti Jain joined U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) as Regional Managing Director for Africa in January 2020. As part of DFC’s focus on low-income and lower middle-income countries and increasing its development impact, Ms. Jain leads the agency’s on-the-ground presence in Africa from its regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to joining DFC, Ms. Jain was based in Pretoria, South Africa, where she led the project finance team of Power Africa, a U.S. Government energy generation and access program coordinated by USAID. In addition to her public sector work, Ms. Jain is an experienced corporate attorney, representing Fortune 100 companies in the financial services sector, and practicing law in New York and London. She also worked for a boutique investment banking firm in New York on transportation, energy, and other infrastructure transactions. Ms. Jain holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
  • Fola Fagbule
    Fola Fagbule
    Deputy Director & Head, Financial Advisory at Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
    Fola Fagbule is a banker and investment professional focused on infrastructure in Africa. He currently serves as a Deputy Director and Head of Financial Advisory with overall responsibility for mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and other technical advisory assignments at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). His work revolves around large infrastructure projects, companies, and investments across Africa. AFC is a US$10bn infrastructure financier working across nearly 35 countries in Africa. Fola has worked at AFC in various roles for nearly a decade and is currently focused mainly on leading the delivery of advice to various clients including governments, private funds, large corporates, private developers, state-owned entities and central banks. Fola also serves as a non-Executive Director representing AFC on the Board of Anergi Holdings Limited, a leading diversified energy business operating in several African countries. Prior to AFC, Fola worked as an investment banker at Afrinvest, a London and Lagos based securities firm. At Afrinvest he focused originally on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising; then subsequently led the investment research department. Fola has received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and prior to that a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

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