In Focus: Investing in Africa’s Future and the Role of Private Equity

In Focus: Investing in Africa’s Future and the Role of Private Equity

Discussions on private equity funds and their role in transforming African economies with Dr. Frannie Léautier, Partner and CEO of the Mkoba Private Equity Fund and Dr. Wendy Luhabe, Founder and Chair of the Women Private Equity Fund.

Guest: Dr. Frannie Léautier and Dr. Wendy Luhabe

In this episode, we discuss private equity funds and their role in transforming African economies with Dr. Frannie Léautier, Partner and CEO of the Mkoba Private Equity Fund and Dr. Wendy Luhabe, Founder and Chair of the Women Private Equity Fund.

In Focus, a television series produced by UONGOZI Institute, presents an in-depth overview into the key issues affecting sustainable development in Africa.

Dr. Frannie Léautier and Dr. Wendy Luhabe

Dr. Frannie Léautier is a Partner and CEO of the Mkoba Private Equity Fund while Dr. Wendy Luhabe, Founder and Chair of the Women Private Equity Fund

Dr. Wendy Yvonne Nomathemba Luhabe, is one of the most influential women in South Africa, she is regarded as one of South Africa 's prominent, visionary and pioneering women. She spent 10 years in Marketing before venturing on her own. Her first enterprise was in Human Resources (Bridging the Gap). She is most known for her vision in the founding of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings in 1993, an initiative that revolutionized the participation of women in the economic landscape of South Africa . She has been a director since the age of 36 and is chairman of International Marketing Council (IMC), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Vendome SA.

O the other hand, Dr. Frannie Léautier is Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Mkoba Private Equity, a fund created to support small and medium enterprises in Africa. Previously, she was Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Dr. Léautier has had a varied career in the private sector and in international development having served as Vice President of the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Institute (2001-2007). She served as Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank (2000-2001). In 2007, she founded the Fezembat Group, a company focused on risk management and leadership development, serving as its Managing Partner until 2009. Dr. Léautier was recently listed among the 100 most influential people in Africa. In 2013 she was honored with the title of Nkosuohemaa --Queen of Development-- of the Agona Traditional Area in Ghana.

Dr. Léautier has published widely and sits on several boards including the Advisory Board for MIT Open Course Ware. She is also a member of the MIT Corporation visiting committee for Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a board member of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology in Africa (founding member), the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity (founding member), and of UONGOZI, a leadership institute in Tanzania. She is member of the WISE-Haiti Task Force, established by Qatar Foundation to assist in rebuilding Haiti’s education sector.

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