Dialling up digital infrastructure

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Dialling up digital infrastructure

Dialling up digital infrastructure

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  • Eghosa Omoigui
    Eghosa Omoigui
    Founder & Managing General Partner at EchoVC Partners
    Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners (a seed & early-stage technology venture capital firm investing in underrepresented founders and underserved emerging markets). Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer, web services and digital media-based investment opportunities in the US, EU & Asia. Omoigui also drove ICap's stage-agnostic investment focus on next generation semantic technologies, AI, ML, smart data, AR and the realtime web. Eghosa was personally responsible for developing supporting theses and sourcing investment opportunities in various companies including AdMob, Jaiku, Powerset, Facebook, LinkedIn, Teracent, Qik and Pandora. Eghosa has advised SWIFT (the inter-bank consortium) on technology innovation for financial services (InnoTribe), is a member of the ASTIA Venture Advisory Board (an organization focused on mentoring and supporting women entrepreneurs), member of the Board of Directors of Rising Tide Africa (an organization focused on aggregating and harnessing the power, networks and capital of women angel investors), was a winner of the Moss-Adams/ASTIA Women Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year award, and is a Kauffman Fellowship and Pipeline Angel Fellowship Mentor. EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund's disclosed investments include HotelsNG, the leading hotel booking platform in Nigeria, S&T Media, the fastest growing small-screen digital out-of-home network in West Africa, Ma3route, Kenya's go-to social traffic info platform, NextCounsel, the leading CRM suite for African law firms, EasyCook, a pioneering farm-to-last-mile platform focused on improving food standards in supply chains, Lifebank, a last mile supply chain platform for blood and other essential medical supplies, Cellulant, a cross-border payments platform, Payjoy, a device management and finance platform for emerging markets, Octamile, a provider of digital insurance, FinAccess, a financial services platform for vertical communities, KBox, an AI-powered (g)host kitchen platform, Kukua, an animation-driven edtech platform, and Printivo.com, the largest online print community and marketplace in Africa. EchoVC+ is an investor in Frontier Car Group/Cars45 (exit to Naspers/Prosus), SystemOne.id, Mines.io and Gro Intelligence. Eghosa collects colognes, has a particular fondness for big dogs, and loves football and cricket. He attended law school at the University of Nigeria and University of Pennsylvania and business school at Babson College.
  • Chris Derksen
    Chris Derksen
    Partner at Venturen
    Business building partner, sustainable business platforms in healthy industries (Prime Real Estate and Tourism via 12Cape and Latitude Aparthotels, Logistics, Food, Health and Fitness, and Scientific Validation and Analytics). Former Positions: Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. As Head of Frontier and Emerging Markets, co-founder and leadership of various institutional Public Equity and Alternative Investment strategies including a leading Pan African Real Estate Fund (now Sango Capital, with IFC and Growthpoint), Private Equity and Special Situations at Investec Asset Management (now Ninety One). Education: B.Comm. (Mathematics), Stellenbosch University. B.Sc.(hons), University of Cape Town. M.A. (Economics) University of Cambridge. Other: Until 2022, Founding chair of the University of Cape Town Private Equity Advisory Committee with a remit to commercialise and fund IP and Spin Outs from the University, and the Badawi Scholarship Trust Fund.
  • Seja Kekana
    Seja Kekana
    Principal: Infrastructure, Water and Telecoms at Nedbank
    Seja is an experienced dealmaker with more than 18 years professional experience. She has worked on deals of varying sizes and complexity levels spanning across early-stage venture capital investments, expansionary corporate finance deals, acquisitions as well as project financed infrastructure projects. She began her career with a leading South African telecommunications player where she managed the end-to-end process of developing new leading-edge products. Her passion for economic development led her to join prominent development financiers where among other things, she headed up all engagements with respect to growth of the local electronics and white goods manufacturing capacity in South Africa and also supported various emerging ICT and telecoms sector broader value-chain participants. She is an experienced transactor with diversified sector exposure which includes ICT & Telecoms, minerals beneficiation, social infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. She is educated with a BEng (Hons) Electronics Engineering (Telecoms major), BSc Honours Technology Management, a postgraduate certificate in Technology Business Management, Euromoney training in Public Private Partnerships & Project Finance, and a Master of Philosophy degree majoring in Corporate Finance.
  • Lisa Rümelin
    Lisa Rümelin
    Founding Partner at Betula Partners
    Lisa has a 25-year track record of financing businesses in emerging markets with a specific focus and passion for Africa. In her nineteen-year career at Standard Chartered Bank she was based in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She held a number of senior roles in leveraged, structured trade and shipping finance and was Managing Director and Regional Head of Leveraged Finance, Africa & Middle East. Following her time at Standard Chartered bank, she joined Emerging Markets Asset Manager Gemcorp LLP as a Senior Originator. Lisa is an advocate for female leadership in business. Whilst at Standard Chartered Bank, she was instrumental in the bank joining the 30% Club Southern Africa, she chaired the Corporate Finance Women’s Forum and created, led, and ultimately chaired the Senior Women in Africa forum. She has supported Pink Dynasty, a community interest company that provides mentoring and leadership coaching to talented young women from marginalized backgrounds, both as a board director and mentor. Lisa is able to provide practical advice and guidance to investees seeking to embrace the benefits of gender diverse and inclusive management structures. Lisa recently led a risk management system design and implementation mandate for a $150 million catalytic grant program in West Africa for Betula. She also advises clients on restructuring and capital raising. Sectors include telecommunications and agricultural inputs.

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