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“I believe that no one is successful in a vacuum; in fact, relationships amplify the impact and speed in achieving goals. In building Otundi, I hope to replicate that effect for the African founders and teams we support and within the investment firm I am leading. I want to put the focus squarely on teamwork and community, and walk the talk myself by building Otundi from the ground up as a high-performing team that supports other high-performing teams.”

Nnena


lives in Nairobi and spends a significant amount of her time travelling across the African continent, interacting with early-stage entrepreneurs to develop Otundi’s investment  pipeline and support existing portfolio companies’ management teams 

mentors startups and is an active contributor to Africa’s emerging, entrepreneurial and investing ecosystems


has over 15 years of experience in identifying, building, and capturing value for corporations and funds in Africa

spent four years at Digital Growth Africa (DiGAME), one of Africa’s earliest, institutional venture capital funds, that she helped found in 2016

made investments ranging from two to ten million dollars in the Series A/B rounds of high-growth, entrepreneurial, tech-enabled, business including:  Getsmarter (exited to 2U, Inc.), SWVL, 10X Investments and Rhino Safaris Africa


is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 23)

holds a Master’s of Business Administration  from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University








“I love working with creative people. While many don’t think of themselves as ‘creatives,’ entrepreneurs are some of the most creative people I meet. Creating something out of nothing is not easy. I think entrepreneurs need people-oriented support in addition to the capital-driven support they are used to asking for and receiving. It takes a bit more effort, but I love being part of the team that can offer that magic.”

Lanre


lives in Lagos but operates across Africa, identifying, investing, and supporting early-stage entrepreneurial teams

works with teams to understand and strengthen the theses behind their propositions

[conducts the due diligence and scoping of Otundi’s investment allocations]

developed strategic and operational insights for growth-focused C-suite leaders over 9 years as a management consultant in Africa 

advanced Japan’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the growth of Japanese entrepreneurs through Endeavor Japan 

holds a Master’s of Public Health degree in Health Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University










“Otundi’s mission resonates strongly with my personal and professional values to make global and local systems more equitable. Professionally, this translates into a desire to move capital into the hands and lands that have been historically underrepresented or disadvantaged. History has codified who has access to capital and who does not. I take great joy in challenging that script and even more pleasure in having a vehicle through which I can institutionalize such change with Otundi Ventures!”

Elena


leads Otundi’s investor relations activities

cultivates relationships with limited partners from around the world to facilitate and strengthen their participation in Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

was a member of the client relations team at the IFC Asset Management Company, a subsidiary of the World Bank Group and before this, she was a member of the Carlyle Group’s legal team

formed and managed relationships with investors to fund new product offerings at both institutions

holds a dual Master's of Public Administration degree in International Finance (from Columbia University) and Economic Policy (from the London School of Economics)

holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College
















“Technology has the power to transform — digital  innovation is driving fundamental improvements across Africa. I joined Otundi because I am motivated by technology’s potential to create opportunity and improve livelihoods. In my day-to-day role, I am energized by connecting with and supporting entrepreneurs; I love seeing the creative ways they use technology to tackle complex issues and achieve life-changing results.”

Gizem


spends her time connecting with entrepreneurs across Africa to source, screen, and manage Otundi’s pipeline of investment opportunities

coordinates the due diligence and deal execution activities for prospective investments




developed innovative financing solutions for African companies, multilateral institutions, development agencies and foundations (e.g., the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)  within the advisory team at Lion’s Head Group Partners



holds a Master’s of Science in Development Economics from SOAS (University of London) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from HEC Lausanne