Advisory Board

Development Finance Institution

Alphonse KOUAGOU

Former Executive Director of World Bank Group and Chief Executive Officer, IBI Venture Capital & Finance Consulting

As an Executive Director at the World Bank Group, Alphonse was responsible for representing the needs of 23 African nations. He is an international development and finance professional with over 30 years of experience across several sectors. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent 18 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In his current role as Principal Portfolio Officer with the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Infrastructure Operations Team, he works closely with clients and projects sponsor to establish, maintain and leverage strategic relationships with private sector companies’ Senior Management (CEOs and CFOs) to support their Capital Investment needs and the overall corporate strategy.

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Institutional Investors


Chief Investment Officer, Casey Family Programs

Joseph Boateng is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Casey Family Programs and joined as Casey’s first CIO in 2007. He is responsible for overseeing the foundation’s US$2.2bn endowment in collaboration with Casey’s Board of Trustees.

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Commissioner, San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System and Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Leona M Bridges is a Commissioner for the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, where she serves as chair of the deferred compensation committee.

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Daniel D. MILLER

Deputy Executive Director, NYC Board of Education Retirement System (BERS)

Daniel D. Miller is the Deputy Executive Director for the New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS), a $8 billion pension and 403B plan for the City’s non-pedagogical school employees.

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Valerie MOSLEY

Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures; New York State’s Common Retirement Pension Fund Investment Advisory Committee and the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust’s Investment Risk Advisory Committee

Valerie Mosley created Valmo Ventures to advise and invest in companies that add value both to investors and society.

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Chief Executive Officer, Ithmar Capital

Mr. Amrane has been appointed by His Majesty the King Mohamed VI as Chief Executive Officer of Ithmar Capital in February 2019. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Amrane was Deputy CEO of the national agency in charge of deploying Morocco’s renewable energy strategy.

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Asset Managers


President & Chief Executive, Morgenthau Stirling Inc.

Dr. Matanda is Chief Executive of Morgenthau Stirling, Inc. He was one of the first Africans to be appointed Staff Director of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Managing Director Public Finance Group Global Banking and Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tony Griffith is an experienced finance professional with over 30 years in the industry. As a Managing Director for the Public Finance Group at BofA Securities, Inc., he engages in a wide variety of financial transactions related to capital markets locally and internationally.

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Papa Madiaw NDIAYE

Founder and Chief Executive Officer AFIG Funds

Papa Madiaw Ndiaye is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of AFIG Funds. AFIG Funds is a Mauritius registered private equity fund management company established in 2005 with its main office in Dakar (Senegal), and additional offices in Johannesburg (South Africa), and Washington D.C. (United States).

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Chief Investment Officer, HammerPay Africa Ltd

Gerald Sherman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of HammerPay, a subsidiary of parent company, Hammer Technology Holdings of the Hammer Group – a publicly traded company on the OTC markets since 2015. – OTCMKTS: HMMR.

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Structured Finance Consultants


Consultant and former Lead Urban Specialist in Africa and India, in the Legal Vice Presidency at the World Bank Group

Matthew D. Glasser is a lawyer by training, and started his professional career as a municipal bond counsel and City Attorney in the USA, in Colorado.

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Media Representatives

Thierry HOT

Vice President of Public Affairs, Lilium Capital

Thierry Hot is the current Vice President of Public Affairs at Lilium Capital, a leading advisory and investment banking firm focused on frontier markets. He is in charge of managing the firm’s relations with different stakeholders such as States, international organizations, public administrations, as well as other financial institutions.

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