The Itanna Team

Tomi

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.

Olivier

AERF Co-Founder & Partner

Prior to co-founding AERF, Olivier was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in Africa. He has over 16 years of experience in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and J.P.Morgan and raised over $25bn of strategic capital for African corporates. He trained a mathematician, turned into an investment banker and now is an economic revolutionary. Olivier believes that Africa is on the verge of entering a great economic revolution.

Daniel

AERF Co-Founder & Partner

Daniel is a long distance runner, having completed 4 comrades and 8 marathons. When he is not running, Daniel spends his time looking for new investment opportunities and mentoring founders. Prior to co-founding AERF, Daniel spent 19 years in investment banking at Standard Chartered and J.P.Morgan where he raised over $50bn of capital for African firms. Daniel believes in the power of technology and its ability to impact lives in Africa.

Fola

Advisor to the Board

Fola co-founded Foodpro in 2012, which is now a leading producer of branded cashew nuts in Nigeria and employs over 300 Nigerians, 85% of which are women. Fola also used to moonlight working at KKR as a principal in their Africa team and prior to that as head of M&A at Stanbic IBTC. He has 15 years’ experience in private equity, investment banking and principal investing in Africa, having advised on over $20bn of M&A transactions for African firms. Fola believes in entrepreneurship as a vector for economic empowerment.

Dirk

AERF Co-Founder & Partner

Dirk works at Bowmans as a director in their M&A practice in Johannesburg during the day and at AERF in Lagos as our general counsel at night. Dirk has 14 years’ experience in corporate law and worked at Linklaters in Europe prior to returning to SA at Bowmans. In addition to working on landmark mega transactions, he is also an adviser to several tech companies in Africa. Dirk has patented his telepathy solution and put a poison pill in our partnership agreement precluding us to invest in it.

Tony

Vice President - Head Innovation Centre

Before joining Itanna, Tony Idugboe 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.