'Tokunboh Ishmael

'Tokunboh Ishmael

Managing Director
Alitheia Capital
Glenn H. Greenberg Yale World Fellow

An investment professional with over 20 years experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing, technology and new business development in the USA, Europe, and Africa. She is a co-founder and managing director of Alitheia Capital, a Nigeria based investment management and adviory firm focused on channeling private equity investments into businesses to enhance access to finance, energy and housing for small and growing businesses and low-income households. Alitheia’s investments include businesses that enable the provision of financial services to the unbanked and under-banked through traditional and branchless banking models; businesses that provide off-grid, embedded energy businesses and affordable, clean cooking fuel and cook-stoves to low income households in order to alleviate the use of traditional fuels associated with indoor air pollution, and deforestation. Her experience spans business development, investing, and investment banking. Her previous roles include Country Partner for Nigeria at Aureos Capital where she successfully raised capital to complete a $50m fundraising exercise for the first Aureos West Africa Fund, and sourced private equity investments; Fund Manager of a technology focused venture capital fund (Sussex Place Ventures) where she incubated new ventures, and commercialized technological innovations developed in the laboratories of top universities in the UK. Other previous roles include M&A banker at Salomon Smith Barney and Managing Director of Avante Capital Ltd where she advised on a number of acquisitions in the oil and gas sector including the acquisition and financing of a government owned refinery, and led the first secondary listing of a Nigerian company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 

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