The winners of the West

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The winners of the West

The winners of the West

About the speakers
  • Folabi Esan
    Folabi Esan
    Partner at Adlevo Capital
    Folabi Esan has been a partner at Adlevo Capital since it was founded in 2007. Prior to joining Adlevo Capital, Folabi was the founder and Managing Consultant of Catalyst TDC, a Nigeria-based consulting firm that advises clients on technology adoption issues within their companies. Prior to founding Catalyst TDC, Folabi was the Managing Director of SAP Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of the leading enterprise software company, for five years. He successfully drove the company to profitability within three years and was instrumental in building the company up to its current position as the leading provider of enterprise software to large corporations in the region. Before he joined SAP, Folabi managed Heureka Consulting, a marketing consulting firm that provided consulting services to small and mid-sized IT Companies in Nigeria. He started Heureka Consulting after founding and running Wood Products Limited, a Nigeria-based manufacturer of wood products. Folabi’s previous experience also includes positions with Bain & Company in the US and Andersen Consulting in Nigeria. Folabi received a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (First Class Division) from Ahmadu Bello University, an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.Sc. in Innovation Management and Technology Policy from University of London.
  • Dipo Okuribido
    Dipo Okuribido
    Vice President, Legal at Verod Capital Management
    Dipo Okuribido has more than a decade of experience negotiating and executing mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring transactions in Nigeria and Ghana. He has advised on deals across a broad spectrum of industries and sectors, working on both buy and sell sides. For the last seven years, Dipo has been part of the legal team at Verod Capital Management, focusing more specifically on private equity and venture capital and has been involved in structuring and executing foreign direct investments into Nigeria and Ghana and navigating the regulatory landscape in both countries. Dipo holds an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and an MBA (Masters’ in Business Administration) from Gies College, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an Alumnus of the International Lawyers for Africa Programme, and a member of the Legal and Regulatory Sub-Committee of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
  • Amaka Okechukwu Opara
    Amaka Okechukwu Opara
    Founding Partner at WEAV Capital
    Amaka is an investment professional with over 15 years of experience in finance and investments. She is the founding partner of the WEAV Capital, a mission driven venture capital fund that invests in female led companies that are spearheading innovation and solving critical problems. She previously worked at the World Bank on private sector development, directly managing a portfolio of $1.1 billion in projects across Sub Saharan Africa. She has extensive experience funding and providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, business incubators and venture capital firms in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Sebigilwe Ooke
    Sebigilwe Ooke
    Associate Principal at South Suez Capital
    Sebigilwe is an Associate Principal at South Suez Capital where she leads primary fund allocations for the firm, focussing on fund investments across Sub Saharan Africa and North Africa. In this role she sits on a number of fund advisory boards for PE and VC funds. She previously worked in the Private Equity Funds team at British International Investment (BII), the UK Development Finance Institution, where she also focussed on fund allocations for the Africa portfolio. She previously also worked in the Corporate and Investment Bank divisions of Standard Bank and RMB. Sebigilwe holds an MSc Finance from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Finance from University of Botswana.

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