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AVCA Board appoints Dara Owoyemi as Interim CEO

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AVCA Interim CEO, Ms. Dara Owoyemi (Image credit: avca)

Today 21 July 2020, the Board of Directors of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) announce the appointment of Dara Owoyemi as Interim CEO, following the departure of Michelle Kathryn Essomé last month.

Ms. Owoyemi previously served as Board Member and Chief Operating Officer of AVCA, from 2011 to 2017. She was instrumental in re-building and re-vitalising the Association to deliver on its mandate – to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa. During her previous tenure with the Association, AVCA grew to become a champion and effective change agent for the African private equity and venture capital industry, supporting over 130 members managing c.US$500bn in assets; delivering the most authoritative industry data; holding annual conferences; and training programmes for fund managers and institutional investors.

Ms. Owoyemi returns to support the AVCA Board and staff in driving the Association’s immediate priorities for the industry and navigating the new challenges that today’s global economic climate presents.

Ms. Owoyemi is Founder and Director of Integral Growth Partners, an advisory firm which supports and promotes sustainable private investment in businesses and countries globally. She previously worked as Special Adviser on Investments to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria and as an Investment banker in Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance teams at Lehman Brothers, Nomura, Renaissance Capital and Ondra Partners, covering clients and executing transactions in the UK and across Africa.

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Ms. ‘Tokunboh Ishmael, Chair of the AVCA Board, said, “As a Board we thank Michelle for her 9 years of service to the industry, leading and cementing AVCA’s reputation as an authoritative industry body and strengthening relationships with global stakeholders. Dara is the right person to lead the Association as it turns to a new chapter and seeks to appoint a permanent CEO. Her vast experience and deep understanding of our mission will be invaluable during this period of transition.”

Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Owoyemi remarked, “Africa’s private investment industry has proven its resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic – the advocacy, research, events and training programmes that AVCA delivers, are more pertinent today than ever. I look forward to working with AVCA’s Board and staff in the interim to build on the success of the past 20 years.”

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Christa Sanders Bobtoya: The Woman Advancing International Education in Africa

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Christa Sanders Bobtoya has been involved in the field of international education for the last two decades. She has lived in Accra, Ghana since 2004 and is currently the Director/Head of Webster University’s Ghana Campus, the only American university in the sub-region offering US-accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees. Sanders Bobtoya spent her first decade in Ghana as the Associate Director of New York University’s (NYU) 6th global site and the university’s first study abroad program on the African continent.  As the head of Webster Ghana, she works daily to fulfill the University’s mission of providing high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. 

“I have always been passionate about education, international travel and intercultural experiences.  In my role of Director of Webster University Ghana Campus, I am able to fuse together all of my passions where I work daily to fulfill the University’s mission of providing high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence,” says Sanders Bobtoya who is committed to promoting international educational opportunities to students worldwide and has worked and studied in Spain, Germany, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil and the United States. 

Sanders Bobtoya has traveled extensively across 5 continents, spanning 85 countries dedicating much of her career to the field of higher education and managing study abroad programs as well as international branch campuses of US institutions both in Europe and Africa. 

Previous experiences have included a role as a Program Officer for the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York where she managed a range of scholarship programs for both Latin American and African students through the Institute’s Scholarship and Training Programs (STP) division and as the Chief Counselor of Students for Syracuse University in Madrid, Spain where she also co-founded a support organization, Voices of Change, to help students of color cope with discrimination outside of the United States.  Additionally,  Sanders Bobtoya has provided cross-cultural counseling services in Berlin, Germany and developed short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs to both Eastern and Western Africa for Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, and has consulted a number of educational institutions focused on international educational initiatives such as Stanford University, Dartmouth College and the Council of International Education (CIEE), the world’s largest international educational exchange organizations.
 

Currently, in the role of Director/Head of Webster University’s Ghana Campus; the only American university in the sub-region offering US-accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees, Sanders Bobtoya works daily to fulfill the University’s mission of providing high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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“Under my leadership at Webster University Ghana, students are exposed to new ways of thinking and benefit from the cultural diversity and enriching academic environment that strengthens their critical-thinking skills. Since opening our doors in 2014, we have enrolled both undergraduate and graduate students from over 25 different countries, spanning four continents including many from Africa and its Diaspora who later join Webster’s elite network of over 157,000 alumni worldwide,” adds Christa Sanders-Bobtoya who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she graduated summa cum laude before completing her Ed.M and M.A. degrees in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in cross-cultural studies/multiculturalism from Columbia University in New York.

Learn More about Webster University Ghana at the Online Open House 

http://www.webster.edu.gh/

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Hussein Fakhry, MD of Key Architectural Group Nominated for The 2020 Ghana Industry CEO Awards

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Hussein Fakhry, the Co-Founder, Managing Director and Lead Architect at KEY
Architectural Group has been identified as one of the most outstanding chief executives in
corporate Ghana by Ghana Industry CEO Awards.

Hussein’s astute leadership at Key Architectural Group led to the nomination of Top CEO in the
Construction (Building) category. KEY Architectural Group has offices in Accra, Ghana, Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Beirut, Lebanon.

The 2020 Ghana Industry CEOs Awards is an annual awards scheme aimed at identifying and
publicly recognizing the most outstanding Chief Executives in corporate Ghana across a wide
range of sectors.

Backed with a Master’s in Business Administration and over 24 years of experience in the Design and Construction Field, the architect by profession and passion has been behind landmark residential, commercial, touristic, and industrial projects in West Africa and Lebanon.

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Hussein Fakhry designs are inspired by nature, sustainability and contextual architecture.

To vote, kindly visit: Ghana Industry CEO Awards

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aYo Holdings appoints Marius Botha as Group CEO

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Marius Botha

African micro-insurance fintech business aYo Holdings, a joint venture between telecommunication giant MTN and traditional insurer Momentum Metropolitan Holdings (MMH), has appointed Marius Botha as its new group chief executive officer (CEO).

Botha was formerly CEO of life insurer Stangen for nearly seven years, having previously held executive positions at African Bank and Munich Re.

aYo Holdings offers accidental hospital cover and life cover in Zambia, Uganda and Ghana with additional African countries launching in the very near future.

Botha holds an honours degree in actuarial science and an M.Phil in Futures Studies.

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