AVCA appoints interim CEO

Posted on: 21 July, 2020 at 5:11 PM

The board of directors of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) has announced the appointment of Dara Owoyemi as interim CEO, following the departure of Michelle Kathryn Essomé last month.

Owoyemi previously served as board member and chief operating officer of AVCA, from 2011 to 2017.

Owoyemi returns to support the AVCA board and staff in driving the association’s immediate priorities for the industry and navigating the new challenges that today’s global economic climate presents.

Owoyemi is founder and director of Integral Growth Partners, an advisory firm which supports and promotes sustainable private investment in businesses and countries globally. She previously worked as special advisor on investments to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria and as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance teams at Lehman Brothers, Nomura, Renaissance Capital and Ondra Partners, covering clients and executing transactions in the UK and across Africa.

’Tokunboh Ishmael, chair of the AVCA board said, ”As a board we thank Michelle for her nine years of service to the industry, leading and cementing AVCA’s reputation as an authoritative industry body and strengthening relationships with global stakeholders. Dara is the right person to lead the association as it turns to a new chapter and seeks to appoint a permanent CEO. Her vast experience and deep understanding of our mission will be invaluable during this period of transition.”

Commenting on her appointment, Owoyemi remarked, ”Africa’s private investment industry has proven its resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic – the advocacy, research, events and training programmes that AVCA delivers, are more pertinent today than ever. I look forward to working with AVCA’s board and staff in the interim to build on the success of the past 20 years.”

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