Meet the Team

The ABAN Leadership Team

The ABAN Leadership team consists of a small group of pioneering investors who strongly believe in the power of entrepreneurs and the private sector, and who believe African investors are key to the development of the continent.

Tomi Davies is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, mentor, investor, and advocate of technology, education, mobile tech and Africa at large. He is the CEO of TVCLabs, a technology business accelerator based in Lagos, and also sits on various boards including those of Sproxil, Strika Entertainment, TechnoVision Communications, and PeoplePrime. Tomi is a Co-Founder of the Lagos Angel Network and President of the African Business Angel Network. Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

 

Rebecca Enonchong is the CEO of AppsTech, a global provider of enterprise applications with offices in Washington, D.C., Paris, and Douala. She sits on the board of the Salesforce Foundation, ActivSpaces, and Chairs Afrilabs – a Pan-African network of innovation hubs. Rebecca was recognised as one of the 100 New Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

 

David van Dijk is Co-Founder and Director General of the African Business Angel Network and a member of the Impact Investment Committee of the European Trade Association for Business Angels. David is the Managing Director of Stichting IGNITE, a non-profit supporting entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries, and is a member of its Investment Committee for the IGNITE Fund. David also manages the VC4Africa mentorship programme, coordinating a network of industry professionals that volunteer their expertise and network to participating entrepreneurs. Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

 

Alexandra Fraser has worn many hats in her career. Scientist. Entrepreneurship academic. Venture Capitalist. Silicon Cape Chair and now, business owner. She began her career at Cape Biotech Trust moving on to work for several corporates and the University of Edinburgh. On her return to South Africa, she worked for Invenfin (Remgro’s VC division) for 5 years prior to starting her own consultancies. She is Co-Founder of the African Business Angel Network, and an advisor to the South African Business Angel Network. Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

Stephen Gugu gained over 6 years of experience in the financial services sector before jumping into entrepreneurship in 2011. He has qualifications in Law, Accounting, and Finance and completed an International MBA with an emphasis on entrepreneurship at Belgium’s Vlerick Management School in 2011. As a part-time Lecturer at Strathmore University, he gives courses in Entrepreneurial finance and as a training partner of the East Africa Venture Capital Association on matters relating to finance and investment. Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

Ben White has been venturing in the African technology and media space since 2003. He has done ethnographic research on the emergence of software cultures in Kampala, Uganda; established the ICT Entrepreneurship programme at Hivos; and later taught classes at the University of Amsterdam. Involved in multiple startups, Ben is also the Co-Founder of AfriLabs, a Pan-African network of innovation hubs, and of the African Business Angel Network. Ben is on the board of ActivSpaces and in 2007 he founded Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A). Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

 

Christopher Campbell is a South African serial entrepreneur and Business Angel at the forefront of early stage investment markets in Africa. He co-founded the African Business Angel Network and the South African Business Angel Network (SABAN) and has built relationships with Business Angel groups, individuals, and networks around the world to further cross-border Angel co-investments. He founded Socius in 2012, the leading advisory and services firm in South Africa and the United Kingdom dedicated to developing vibrant alumni communities. Twitter – LinkedIn.

 

 

Khaled Ismail is the Founder of HIMangel – his second Angel Investment fund focusing on early stage startups in Egypt. He also serves on the boards of several large investment companies, including Feather Invest, Leap Ventures Investment, Elsewedy Electrometer, and ZPA Smart Meters. Khaled has been a Senior Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of CIT and a member of the Egyptian Presidential Advisory Board on Economic Development. Khaled holds an PHD from MIT. Linkedin.

The Secretary of the Foundation: Intercontinental Trust Limited, of Level 3, Alexander House, 35 Cybercity, Ebene 72201, Mauritius.

 

External Advisors

Candace Johnson – European Business Angel Network (EBAN)

Brigitte Baumann, Go Beyond Early Stage Investing

 

Founding Members

We count the following organisations to our founding members: Lagos Angels Network, Cameroon Angels Network, Ghana Angel Investor Network, Silicon Cape, Venture Capital for Africa, European Business Angel Network, DEMO Africa.

As well as the following individuals: Mutuma Marangu, Valere Twagirayezu, Adedotun Sulaiman,  Christopher Campbell, Martijn Blom and Harry Hare.

 

Subcommittee Diaspora Engagement

Valere Twagirayezu, Marcel Dridje

 

Subcommittee Research

To be advised