Kofi Kwakwa – CEO

Before founding Sagevest, Kofi was Director of Strategic Invesments, Joint Ventures & Alliances at Standard Bank Group, the largest banking group in Africa and a leading emerging markets bank. In this capacity, Kofi directed and made private equity investments in companies spanning a wide range of industries. Kofi represented Standard Bank on boards of companies he invested in, playing a critical, hands-on role in corporate governance, strategy development and execution, as well as performance monitoring and improvements.

Prior to joining Standard Bank, Kofi was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company. He joined the firm in its Washington DC office and subsequently moved to Johannesburg, where he was one of the first consultants charged with developing a new African practice for the firm. In this capacity, he worked with CEOs and senior management of several major corporations across Africa, helping them develop and implement significant growth and performance improvement programmes.

Kofi is a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, chairs the Board of Directors of Ashesi University in Ghana, and sits on the board of Fanisi Venture Capital Management SA, a Luxembourg - registered Fund investing in East Africa.

Kofi attended Achimota Secondary School in Ghana, before proceeding to obtain a BA in Mathematics and Economics with a concentration in Public Policy from Swarthmore College (USA) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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