Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Jr
Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Jr. is founder and principal of Botho Emerging Markets Group. For over two decades, Isaac has advised governments, investors, startups, private companies, and global Fortune 500 companies on the nuances of emerging growth markets. Having worked in more than 20+ markets across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Isaac is an expert on trade and investment in emerging markets and has an extensive and successful track record in new market entry, alternative finance models including Islamic finance, and operations management. Isaac is also the founder of the Sino-Africa Centre for Excellence and the former CEO of the African Leadership Network. He has been featured in publications including This is Africa Online (a Financial Times publication), CNN, Forbes, Business Islamica and African Business Magazine.
Aparupa Chakravarti is a Director at Botho Emerging Markets Group. Her experience lies at the intersection of 3 areas: South-South cooperation, start-ups, and public-private sector relations. Aparupa has spent 6+ years conceptualizing and spearheading initiatives to advance private sector development in East Africa. Her multi-sectorial experience encompasses education, healthcare, agriculture, and trade and investments, across 7 countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritius, the USA, Italy, India, and Bangladesh. Previously, she has worked for the African Leadership University; the Avignam Group; PricewaterhouseCoopers; and FHI 360, among others. Aparupa holds a BA in Economics and French from Brown University and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.
head, policy and analytics
Archie Matheson is Head of Policy and Analytics at Botho Emerging Markets Group.
Prior to joining Botho, Archie worked for five years within the FMCG space in east and southern Africa as a Nairobi-based commodity trader managing the supply of imported refined sugar to over 50 manufacturers. During this time, he was responsible for the optimisation and delivery of supply chains spanning the region, strategies to mitigate risk, and the coordination of sector initiatives to improve relations with governmental bodies.
Archie holds an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, an MA in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and an MA in History and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Archie's work has been published by the Journal of Eastern African Studies.
Emerging Markets Lead, Gulf Region
With a diverse background that includes financial media and shari'ah compliant financing, Ameera brings a unique perspective to Botho. As Emerging Markets Lead for the Gulf region, Ameera understands the approaches and investments best suited to GCC investors promising new opportunities in Africa.
Whether it be liaising with government departments, collaborating with the private sector, or dealing with family offices, Ameera works closely with Botho partners and clients to develop tailored investment strategies in emerging markets.
Ameera is a graduate of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak's Government and Public Policy degree program (in partnership with Syracuse University's School of Government), and is fluent in seven languages.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT executive
Chloressa Khatib is Business Development Executive for the Gulf Region at Botho Emerging Markets Group. At Botho, Chloressa works to connect GCC-based investors to opportunities across Africa while also assisting high-growth African businesses with securing project finance and providing strategic advisory services. With over a decade of experience working in cross-functional sales and marketing roles in South Africa and the UAE, she is a passionate advocate for Africa’s economic development and deeply committed to building stronger ties between the region and the Global South. She is an active contributor to a wide range of organisations such as The Kingdom Business Network, African Leadership Network, and Africa 2.0.
Chloressa is a graduate of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Faith Nyabuto is Analytics Lead at Botho Emerging Markets Group. She has extensive experience in investment advisory, management consulting, and research. Over her 5+ years in advisory work, Faith has led teams in conducting financial analysis of multiple companies in Africa and has supported USAID-funded project teams in accounting and taxation. She has also advised clients on strategy across different industries inclusive of agribusiness; e-commerce; media and entertainment; and logistics. Before joining Botho, she worked for Deloitte & Touche, the African Leadership Network, and Equity Bank. Faith holds Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA(K)) in Kenya.
Jacqueline Ekumba is the Operations Manager at Botho Emerging Markets Group. She oversees coordination of Botho’s geographically dispersed staff and projects. A native of Kenya, Jacqueline has over 5 years of experience working across the MENA region, particularly in the UAE where she has worked in for top companies in the construction, telecommunications, and services industries. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kenyatta University, among other certifications.
Bathsheba is a Research Associate at Botho Emerging Markets Group. She has extensive experience in research and policy with the extractives industry. She has previously worked in the Office of the Chief Justice of Kenya and at Extractives Baraza, a platform that promotes knowledge, transparency and evidence-based stakeholder dialogue in the Kenyan extractives sector. Bathsheba’s academic writing has been published in the International Corporate Rescue Journal.
Bathsheba holds an LLM in Law and Economics from Queen Mary University of London, and an LLB from Strathmore University.
Rakhee is an industry specialist with Botho Emerging Markets Group. She has many years of experience in research, investment consulting and management, having served as the COO of African Leadership Network (ALN) and the Managing Director of Migaa Serviced Apartments; as well as leading several teams on investment advisory engagements. At ALN, she led the due diligence process and development of due diligence packs for the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) program.
Rakhee was the Executive Producer for KCB Lions’ Den, Season 1. Prior consulting work includes working as a freelance project manager for Home Afrika and Kenya ICT Board. Rakhee was the project manager for the Local organizing committee for the FIFA world cup 2010 while working in Deloitte South Africa as a senior consultant and manager. She currently sits on the board of AMREF’s fundraising and partnerships board. She previously worked as a consultant at KPMG Dubai. Rakhee is from Kenya and holds a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is fluent in English, Swahili and Hindi.
esther ocloo Fellow
Akinyi Ochieng is the Esther Ocloo Fellow at Botho Emerging Markets Group, where she researches and advises on economic development and regional value chains with a particular interest in expanding financial access and developing cross-regional value chains. Akinyi has worked with leading multinationals in the food and cosmetics industries such as The Hershey’s Company, The Body Shop, and L’Occitane across six African countries and advised non-profits and start-ups on business development, communications, and sustainability. As a former Director at the Africa Expert Network, she has experience advising leading African startups on media and investor relations in the United States and Europe. A prolific writer on African business and politics, Akinyi’s work has appeared in the World Economic Forum Agenda, CNBC, Slate, Quartz, Forbes Middle East, and more. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from Yale University.
Zahara is the CEO and Co-Founder of Grosvenor Capital, a boutique advisory company headquartered in the UAE. Prior to establishing GroCap, Zahara has established a track record of working with successful entrepreneurs and prominent figures to further build their vision across business lines from HRH the Prince of Wales to Rob Hersov. Her client list includes Royal Dignitaries, Heads of State, Ministers, UHNWI, Family Offices and Executives.
Zahara has built substantial experience of working in emerging and frontier markets and is an investment specialist working in senior positions with Access Power, Global Investment Bank, Invest Africa and Sunbird Group.
Furthermore, Zahara has worked on key philanthropy and impact campaigns with HRH The Prince of Wales, The Princes Trust and Mosaic International network. She is currently a trustee of Jaago Foundation, where she opened her first school in Chittagong, 2012.
Michael P. Muldowney
Michael is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Foxford Capital, a strategic and financial advisory firm. He most recently held the position of Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Gordon Brothers Group, an advisory, lending, and investment firm. Previously, Michael was former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from March 2007 through December 2011. Michael led the Company’s $4 billion acquisition of Harcourt in 2007 and its subsequent integration. In March of 2010, he led the Company’s successful $7.4 billion out of court restructuring, one of the largest balance sheet restructurings of its kind.
An innovative executive with deep strategic planning, operational improvement and cost optimization experience, Michael’s financial acumen includes the management of global mergers and acquisitions, having completed over $10 billion in capital markets transactions including debt and equity issuances in both high growth environments as well as leveraged buy outs. Michael has extensive experience in the business services, financial services, investment management, technology, distribution, and education sectors.
Prior to joining Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Michael previously served in various capacities including President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and a Board of Director at Nextera Enterprises and was a Partner at Oliver Wyman earlier in his career.
Dr. Edem Adzogenu is an accomplished investment facilitation, government affairs and international crisis management specialist for global investors and businesses across Africa and Asia. His global experience ranges from advising Fortune 100 companies and G7 countries, to helping resolve disputes over multi- billion dollar mining concessions in war-threatened regions. Lately, Dr. Adzogenu has been at the forefront of groundbreaking initiatives to promote African multinationals and intra-African investments. He is an architect and Senior Advisor of the AfroChampions Initiative, a public-private partnership which was launched on the sidelines of the January 2017 African Union Heads of States Summit, to galvanize policy frameworks and innovative corporate alliances supporting the emergence and success of African private sector champions in the regional and global spheres. A physician by training, Dr. Adzogenu has continuously contributed to the coordination, formulation and management of development programs in the health sector of Ghana and throughout Africa.
Issam Zaid Al Tawari
Mr. Issam Al Tawari is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Newbury Economic Consulting which provides DCM advisory and SME infrastructure support. He was the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Rasameel Structured Finance Company and Chairman of Rasameel Investment Bank, a Dubai-based, DIFC-regulated bank. Earlier in his career, he served as an Associate Director at Arab Banking Corporation (ABC), Bahrain and the Chief Operating Officer at International Investor (TII), Kuwait.
He is currently an independent board of director at Alkhabeer Capital, a Jeddah-based investment company and Saudi Refinance Company, a Riyadh-based investment company .
He is a member of the Kuwaiti Economics Society, the Kuwaiti Islamic Economic Society, and was a member of Young Arab Leaders Association (YAL). In addition, he is both a Harvard Business School and Henley Management College Alumni and received his MBA from University of Hull (Dist.), England in 1998 and his B.A. from Kuwait University.
Charles Onyango-Obbo is a Ugandan journalist and published author. He is currently the publisher and curator of Africapedia, and is developing a museum project, “The Wall of Great Africans”, part of which can be viewed via Facebook. Onyango-Obbo was a founder and Managing Editor of The Monitor (Uganda). In 2003 he moved to the Nation Media Group (NMG) in Nairobi, Kenya to serve as its first Managing Editor for Media Convergence. In 2014, he joined Mail & Guardian (South Africa), launching its Mail & Guardian Africa unit. He is the author of four books, a Director with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Nairobi, and a member of the Advisory Board of iHub in Nairobi, Kenya. Onyango-Obbo writes weekly columns for The Monitor (Uganda), Daily Nation (Kenya), The Citizen (Tanzania) and The East African. He is a graduate of Makerere University, Uganda as well as the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 1992, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
For over two decades, Kwadwo Adjei-Barwuah has led investments in public and private markets in North America and sub-Saharan Africa.
Kwadwo currently provides buy- and sell-side investment advisory services to a range of clients from start-up businesses to established funds and development finance institutions.
Prior to 2018, Kwadwo was a Director with the Abraaj Group with coverage responsibilities for Ghana and Francophone Africa. His responsibilities included sourcing, structuring and creating value in businesses of varying size across four SSA dedicated funds totalling over US$1.5 billion. He has particular expertise in the financial services and fast moving consumer services industries.
Kwadwo holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA (with distinction) in Economics from McGill University. He is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. He is a Ghanaian national.