Unicorn Board

Unicorn Board Members

Kola Abiola | Chairman

  • Chairman 35 Oil & Gas
  • Over 30 year’s experience in the banking and oil & gas sectors in Nigeria

Mark White

  • Founding partner of White Summers Caffee & James
  • Over 20 years’ experience advising investment funds on formation, financing, growth and liquidity of technology-based enterprises

Tolu Akindele

  • Manager Partner of Platform Capital
  • Over 20 years’ experience in banking, financial services and real estate
  • Former Manager with GroFin
  • CFA charter holder

Marlon Chigwende

  • Managing Partner and co-Founder of Arkana Partners
  • Former Managing Director and co-Head of The Carlyle Group’s Sub-Saharan Africa Buyout Advisory Team
  • Former Head of Africa Principal Finance for Standard Chartered

Audrey Verhaeghe

  • Over 26 years’ experience in the field of science, technology and innovation, applied innovation, innovation management, change management and research
  • Awarded Top Women in Leadership: Gauteng Province (2018) and Top 50 women in Tech by CoCreate SA (2017)

Lekan Akinyanmi

  • CEO of Lekoil
  • Over 20 years’ experience in finance, oil & gas, and technology industries
  • Previously held senior positions at UBS Investment Research, 3Fold Ventures and Encabler Inc

Mayowa Ayodele

  • Over 14 years’ experience in investment banking and private equity
  • Former Partner at Arkana Partners Private Equity
  • Former Director at Standard Chartered Africa Private Equity
  • Transaction and portfolio management experience covers 8 African countries with responsibility for an AUM of c.$200m
  • Held previous roles with IFC, Afrinvest and Deloitte


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