Alain Ebobissé, CEO, Africa50
On April 7, 2016, Alain Ebobissé was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Africa50.
A citizen of Cameroon, Ebobissé is a renowned specialist in the financing and development of infrastructure. Prior to joining Africa50, Mr. Ebobissé served as the Global Head for the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (“IFC InfraVentures”), where he oversaw a team of experienced infrastructure specialists and led the development of and investment in numerous infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Mr. Ebobissé led the design, structuring, and implementation of IFC InfraVentures from its inception. He also served as Chief Investment Officer in the Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, based in Washington.
Prior to joining the IFC in 1998, he held several positions in the financial services industry in France, including Deputy Head of Project and Structured Finance at Caisse des Depots et Consignations. Ebobissé holds a Master of Business Administration from the International School for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Carole Wamuyu Wainaina, Chief Operating Officer, Africa50
A citizen of Kenya, Ms. Wainaina is a well-respected senior executive with global experience in the private and public sectors at senior levels, including strategy formulation, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and driving organizational change.
Before joining Africa50, she served as the Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources of the United Nations, leading transformational initiatives for the Secretary General and member states. Prior to joining the United Nations in 2014, Ms. Wainaina held senior positions for more than two decades at multinational corporations in Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Kenya. She served for three years on the Executive Committee of Royal Philips in the Netherlands as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to this, she worked for 13 years at Coca-Cola in senior roles, including Chief of Staff of the Chairman and CEO, Group HR Director Eurasia and Africa, and President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. She started her career at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.
Koffi Klousseh, Director of Project Development, Africa50
Koffi Klousseh was named Director of Project Development for Africa50 on May 1, 2017.
A citizen of Togo, Mr. Klousseh is a recognized expert in infrastructure development, with a solid track record in structuring and financing private, and public-private projects in Africa and other emerging markets.
Before joining Africa50, Klousseh served as Regional Lead for the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (“IFC InfraVentures”), where he contributed to creating and executing a pipeline of early stage transactions in the conventional and renewable power sectors. He was also a Principal Investment Officer in the Africa Infrastructure Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), leading a team of professionals in executing transactions in the power, water, and transport sectors across East Africa.
Prior to joining IFC in 2010, Klousseh held several positions in the financial services industry, including Vice President at Helios Investment Partners, a London-based private equity firm. Klousseh holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Finance from George Washington University.
Rupali Gupta, Head of Investor Relations, Africa50
A citizen of India, Rupali will lead fundraising and development of investor relations with public and private partners and shareholders worldwide.
She brings substantial experience to this role, having used her in-depth understanding of investor preferences and institutional relationships to raise over $2 billion for four emerging market funds. She is one of India’s recognized experts in her field.
During her 19-year career, Rupali developed wide-ranging expertise in private banking, corporate treasury operations, investor relations, and fund raising. Before joining Africa50, she served as Director of the Investor Management Group at IDFC Alternatives, one of the largest multi-asset class investors in India. Prior to joining IDFC, she held positions with True North (formerly India Value Fund Advisors) and Morgan Stanley India. She started her career at Kotak Securities in Mumbai. She holds a Masters in Management Studies from Mumbai University.
Africa50 Board of Directors
Dr. Akinwumi A. ADESINA (Nigeria)
President of the African Development Bank
Mr. Charles O. BOAMAH (Ghana)
Mr. Nouaman AL AISSAMI (Morocco)
Mrs. Omporo ENOUANY (Republic of Congo)
Mr. Mohamed HAMMAM (Egypt)
Mr. Amadou KANE (Senegal)
Independent Board Member