Ayisi is a Managing Partner and the CEO of Fanisi Capital Ltd, a private equity fund management firm. In that role, Ayisi was a non-executive board member of Hillcrest International Schools, which Fanisi exited profitably in September 2019. He is a board member of Kitengela International School. He co-founded Africa Online Holdings Ltd where he also served as the Chief Executive Officer. Ayisi was until September 2019 the Chairman of EAVCA; East Africa Venture Capital Association. Previously, Ayisi has been a founding chairman of Jambojet, and has served as a Non-Executive Chairman of MCI/UUNET Africa (now Verizon Data Services Kenya), a Non-Executive Director of Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd, a board member of Kenya Airways, and Vice chairman of the Kenyatta University Council. Ayisi has been awarded one of the highest Kenyan civilian national awards, Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) by the head of State for services to the nation. He holds a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Class 1990. He enjoys outdoor sporting activities; he is a recreational mountaineer and a 400-meter national champion in the USA in 1990.
Dzingai Mutumbuka is a member of the Governing Board for UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, and former Chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). He also serves on the boards of Teach for All, Big Win Philanthropy, and the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. Previously, Dr. Mutumbuka held various senior management positions in the education sector at the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held major political appointments in Zimbabwe, including as an elected Member of Parliament of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU (PF)). He served as Minister of Education and Culture and as Minister of Higher Education. Before Zimbabwe’s independence, Mutumbuka served as Secretary for Education and Culture in ZANU (PF) and was responsible for the education of all Zimbabweans in refugee camps in Mozambique. He has a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and taught chemistry at the University of Ireland, Dublin and the University of Zambia, Lusaka before joining the liberation struggle for Zimbabwe.
Seasoned and award-winning journalist Isha Sesay has covered global events and major breaking news of the past decade, with a focus on stories of social injustice and their impact on women and girls. Of Sierra Leonean descent, Sesay grew up in Britain and holds a BA honors English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University. After graduating, she joined the BBC as a researcher, then moved to Sky Sports News where she hosted Good Morning Sports Fans. In 2005, she joined CNN International as an anchor and correspondent. Reporting from Nigeria in 2014, Sesay led the CNN team that covered the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls. CNN’s in-depth reporting was recognized with a Peabody Award. Sesay was awarded a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor for her coverage of this story, in addition to other accolades during her tenure at CNN. Sesay is also the Founder and President of W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a non-profit organization working in her native country of Sierra Leone. Sesay’s first book, Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram (Dey Street Books) was published in July 2019.
Misan Rewane is co-founder and CEO of WAVE. Born and raised in Nigeria, Misan is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system's breakdown, were compelled to send her to the U.S. for university, she resolved to help transform the region's education system. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked with The Monitor Group, TechnoServe, and the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives. As an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, she partnered with fellow West Africans who were passionate about tackling youth unemployment and launched WAVE in 2013. WAVE tackles youth unemployment by growing the supply of work-ready youth while growing the demand from employers, thereby levelling the playing field for African youth to access the skills and opportunity to become what they imagine. Misan is passionate about supporting social innovators in scaling their impact sustainably. Misan is also co-founder of The IMPACT Initiative, a nonprofit focused on helping young people discover themselves and maximize their academic, career and personal experiences.
Okechukwu Enelamah is the Chairman of African Capital Alliance (ACA). With five funds under management, ACA is a leading independent investment management firm investing in Africa. ACA invests principally in Nigeria and countries in the Gulf of Guinea. Mr. Enelamah served as Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria from 2015 – 2019. Prior to his appointment to government, Mr. Enelamah served as CEO at ACA. His previous private equity experience was gained from Zephyr Management L.P. and South Africa Capital Growth Fund in New York and Johannesburg respectively. Prior to his career in private equity, Mr. Enelamah worked for Arthur Andersen in Nigeria and London, and Goldman Sachs in New York and London. After first qualifying as a medical doctor, he qualified as a chartered accountant in Nigeria. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Enelamah is married to Funlola and they have five children. He is an ordained Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an emerging markets investment management company which he founded in 1994. Zephyr has sponsored thirteen specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr Management has sponsored discrete funds for private equity investing in South Africa, Nigeria, Pan-Africa, Mexico, Korea, India and Sri Lanka. Prior to founding Zephyr, Mr. Barry was President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family, from 1983 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Barry was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. from 1969 to 1982 where he was President of Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. Mr. Barry received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1969 and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1966 where he majored in Latin American Studies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Valentine is an entrepreneur in Zambia and Southern/Eastern Africa, specializing in Private Equity and General investments. In the early part of his career, he worked at KPMG London office. Valentine was previously Chief Executive Officer at the Zambia Privatisation Agency where he was responsible for the divestiture of over 240 Public enterprises. He later worked for CDC Group Plc., both in London and Lusaka. He is Deputy Chairman of AgDevCo (UK) Ltd, an agricultural company focusing on Africa, mainly funded by the UK Government. Valentine is a co-founder of the Phatisa Group, a Private Equity Fund Manager in Sub-Saharan Africa, managing funds approximating US$400 Million, on behalf of USA, European and African Limited Partners. Valentine is a UK qualified Accountant (ACCA), holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Zambia.