Team

Unicorn Team

Mayowa Ayodele
Chief Investment Officer

  • 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

Davis Cook
Chief Operating Officer

  • Over 14 year’s experience in strategy, management consulting, innovation and risk management
  • Former CEO at Research Institute for Innovation & Sustainability, a Johannesburg-based innovation and strategy consultancy
  • Former Principal Consultant with ERM focused on enterprise risk management for extractive industries and financial institutions

Torera Abiola
Chief Program and Business Development officer

  • Graduate of SOAS, University of London with 23 years global experience (Pfizer, Euromoney, Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales, Ascential plc)
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Ambassador for Nigeria, since initiative launched officially in 2015 at the United Nations building in New York.
  • Forbes Africa listing in Power Women series as a Woman to do business with in West Africa
  • Previously Partnerships Manager for Inspired Minds UK a science and technology consultancy focused on how AI and exponential technology can benefit society at large (Clients were Xprize, UN, WHO, Roche, Mckinsey &Co, Daimler, Deloitte, Government of Canada)

Audrey Verhaeghe
Chief Innovation Officer

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

Ponmile Osibo
Chief Investor Relations Officer

  • Over 13 years’ experience in research and private equity
  • Former with Synergy Capital Managers focused on fundraising & investor relations, where he worked with the partners to successfully raise a successor fund and raise capital for portfolio companies
  • Former Manager of Research with African Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Clen Cook
Strategy Director

  • Over 16 years’ experience in innovation, strategic risk management, and human centred design across multiple industries
  • Former Executive at Research Institute for Innovation & Sustainability, where he was responsible for driving in innovation in over 40 start-ups
  • Prior to that he was Head of User Experience at Nedbank, where he focused on innovation and human centred design

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