cultivating the next generation of investors
This past fall, Invest Africa U.S. launched its Next Generation (“NextGen”) program geared towards professionals in the U.S. investor community who have a longer-term interest in working in African countries. Driven by the Invest Africa U.S. board’s desire to accelerate the next generation of investors, the idea is simple: pass down knowledge to those who share the same passion for catalyzing economic growth in Africa through financial investments.
To bring together likeminded individuals and provide a forum for educating the next generation of potential African investors on the trends, challenges, and opportunities of conducting business on the continent. Participation in this program will provide direct access to the expertise that lies at the core of the Africa-interested U.S. investor community.
Benefits of Membership
NextGen members will enjoy access to the following benefits:
Quarterly convenings: Generally held in New York and DC, these private events will feature a range of formats (including dinners, cocktail receptions and teleconferences) and content driven by the interests of the cadre.
Access to the Invest Africa global network: Speakers and content will come directly from our network of over 400 top decision makers at global organizations, international fund managers, high net worth private investors, private equity investors, family offices, and others. Will provide ample networking opportunities amongst other NextGen and Invest Africa members.
Invest Africa U.S. Events: NextGen members will receive an invitation to one major Invest Africa event annually.
High level investor trips: Invest Africa routinely leads site visits to African countries where members meet with relevant government officials and leading local businesses. Subject to availability, NextGen members will be given the opportunity to participate in these trips.
2018 -2019 Cohort Profiles
Schneider Electric. Washington, DC.
The shortage of engineers is a major concern in Africa. I would like to lead initiatives that provide resources, build programs, and create opportunities for young people.
Avant-Grade Network & Housing, New York, NY
As the founder of the Avant-Garde Network, my goal is to bridge the gap between young professionals and opportunities in Africa via our Africa 2030 Initiatives. Ultimately, I would like to run several businesses in Africa.
Cleary Gottleg Steen & Hamilton, New York
I am bullish on Africa and it’s immense potential. As a Ugandan native, my goal as part of the NextGen program is to determine how best to apply my legal skills to the mission of unlocking that potential. In so doing, I hope to effect substantive change and make a positive social impact in Uganda and the continent as a whole.
Techstars, Chicago, IL
I am the former Marketing Director of Tiphub Africa, a business accelerator for African focused startups. It is my goal long term to build products to better serve the continent and to act as a funding consultant to source deals for investors domestically.
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, New York. NY
When I came to the US for college, I had one intention; going back home. This is why I established Betam Group, a family investment vehicle, with the backing of my family to invest back home in through equity and debt structures.
Datawerx, Inc. Washington, DC
I truly believe that many of the socio-economic issues the continent faces can be address through the innovations built by entrepreneurs on the ground.
J.P Morgan, New York, NY
I would like to be part of the next wave of leaders to help bring African countries up to par with developed economies and intend to work in a role that brings foreign investors to Africa.
Bryant Rabbino LLP, Washington, DC
I am passionate about pursuing a career in International Finance and Development. This passion developed when I migrated from Ghana to the United Kingdom, at age 15.
Verdant Frontiers, New Haven, CT
Entrepreneurship and development of the private sector is the key to Africa's advancement. By coaching individuals, I am focused on investing my experience on catalyzing the private sector in Ethiopia to be an active contributor to the economy.
Baylis Emerging Markets, New York, NY
My professional career has been focused on African markets since 2012, including some time living in Kenya. I am currently involved with a project to raise a middle market private equity fund focused on the manufacturing sector across African markets.
Rotagon Company, LLC, Alameda, California
I believe that a difference can made in the lives of Africans and in African communities through economic development. I provide growth advisory and strategic investing to companies in West Africa.
Goldman Sachs, Brooklyn, NY
Would like to make use of my global investment banking skill set to make a meaningful impact in the continent that I was born in.
Ernest & Young, New York, NY
I want to invest in the innovation of tangible solutions that address financial challenges on the continent. I foresee myself in a role where I can tangibly impact the connection of the US-Africa investment ecosystem.
Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
I have co-founded a real estate investment firm in South Africa to focus on single family investment opportunities and expand financial literacy access for the middle class cohort who represent key stakeholders in the growing South African economy.
PGIM Real Estate, New York , NY
I'm interested in the development and/or financing of infrastructure throughout the continent. My true passion is city planning and I believe there is a monumental need for better city planning on the continent.
Pegasus Capital Advisors, New York, NY
As an impact-oriented investor, I’ve focused my career searching for unique investment opportunities that generate the greatest return on capital, both financially and socially. These passions have led me to the incredible opportunities to invest in sustainable development projects across Africa.
SOLVNT NYC, New York, NY
To drive innovation on the continent regardless of the industry. My mission is to drive global level of execution on the continent and ensure ideas, companies and resources coming out of Africa compete on the global level.
My medium to long-term career aspirations are to build a commercial law firm focused on servicing entities, both the financiers and contractors, that are involved in the building of infrastructure in Africa.
E&Y Infrastructure, New York, NY
I strongly believe that infrastructure (transportation, power, energy) investment and development is an essential catalyst to economic development around the World. My aspiration is to contribute to the development of critical infrastructure and economic growth of Africa.
Ibex Frontier LLC, Alexandria, VA
I am a Pan-African investment adviser that is pushing for American investment into Africa. I am also a small-scale personal investor in African technology companies.
Price Waterhouse Coopers, New York, NY
I would like to take my knowledge acquired through working in transfer pricing as a consultant, and my Econometrics educational training, and contribute to making tangible changes in Africa within the next couple of years.
Student at MIT Sloan, Cambridge, MA
My experience is in US PE but I have had a longstanding interest in the African continent. Post-MBA I intend to work in an investment role where I can build African companies that create value and drive sustainable development impacts.