The Itanna Team


Head Innovation & Sustainability, Honeywell Group

Prior to joining Honeywell, Tomi was responsible for implementation of integration activities for First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) across 6 African Countries, where she helped set up new structures and technology that has allowed the bank’s subsidiaries to scale up. She has over 11 years experience in programme delivery, business consulting and investment management at IBM, Stanbic IBTC and FBN. She is passionate about helping businesses set up and grow and acts as a mentor and consultant for small businesses. Tomi believes truly successful businesses change lives and impact society.


Vice President - Head Innovation Centre, Itanna

Before joining Itanna, Tony was Chief Operating Officer of TalentBase Nigeria Limited, a Lagos based startup. Previously, Tony was an investment professional on the Alternative Investment Partners Hedge Fund team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management, focused on opportunistic, relative value, mortgage and secondaries strategies. He also worked at Goldman Sachs Private Equity Group and Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Division. Tony is a founding member of Kernel Fund and Rana Capital, both investment clubs that invests in African startups. He has also made personal investments in several Nigerian startups. Tony believes that through nurturing and sustainable investment in its most talented entrepreneurs, Africa can drive the next industrial revolution.


Adviser, Itanna

Prior to joining Itanna as an Adviser, Charles was the pioneer CEO of Verve International, the leading card brand in Nigeria as well as a founding member of Interswitch and Divisional CEO of its consumer business, where he oversaw teams dealing with product development, handled partner negotiations, acquisition management and expansion into new markets.
Before Interswitch, Charles worked with Accenture and PwC as well as American Express in the UK.
With over 15 years experience, Charles is a tested and proven multi-disciplinary leader, entrepreneur and strategic innovator, having built and led teams towards achieving their technical and business goals; and is a revered key figure in Africa's burgeoning electronic
and digital payments space.
Charles has a wide range of experience in international expansion, product development, solution design, application implementation, business process re-engineering as well as business strategy, which he hopes to channel into Itanna’s Cohorts.
Charles believes that with the right mix of motivation, passion and dedication to continuous improvement, good things can come out of Africa.


Senior Investment Analyst

Prior to joining Itanna, Francis worked as an Analyst with Venture Garden Group, one of Nigeria’s leading tech companies. During this period, he worked as a Business Analyst on the implementation of the Government Enterprise Empowerment Program (GEEP) – A N114 Bn social investment fund, and the second largest micro lending scheme in the world. He also worked as a Risk and Investment Analyst with the Risk and Investment team. Francis has a background in Accounting and Finance, and is very passionate about Venture Capital investing and its potential to transform African businesses.