Our Team

United Kingdom

William Pollen

In 2011 William completed his MBA in London whilst also working as the fundraising director for Row2recovery, a campaign to raise $1m towards Help4Heroes. In February 2012, William joined Invest in Africa as the Programme Director and has overseen its expansion. Having trained as an investment advisor with HSBC Private Bank, William worked in the City for a number of years before going on to pursue a career in communications and branding, creating global campaigns for multinational clients.

William Pollen
Programme Director

Michael Amaning

Michael has been a Senior Account Manager at Invest in Africa since November 2012. He is responsible for delivering a $4m business skills training programme in Ghana. Michael has worked in African affairs for over eight years. During this period, he has worked with Government, the Private Sector and Third Sector giving him a 360 degree experience of Africa. He has travelled extensively across Africa visiting Rwanda, Cote’d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Kenya. He has also lived in Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Yemen.

Michael Amaning
Business Development Manager

Charles Adjei

Charles Adjei has been an Account Executive at Invest in Africa since January 2015. Charles received a BA in Management in 2013 after 4 years at Hope College in Michigan, USA. He went on to receive a masters degree (MSc) in Management for Business Excellence at the University of Warwick.

Charles Adjei
UK Marketing Lead

Keeley Hazelhurst

Keeley helps SMEs create and develop their finance functions. She leads on financial strategic decision making and provides objectivity. She also assists with single projects and long term assistance in a non-exec capacity. She is a specialist in business start-ups and not for profits.

Keeley Hazelhurst
Group Finance Lead

Daniel Idowu

Daniel has substantial experience developing and implementing programs focused on designing entrepreneurship, innovation and growth programmes for SMEs in emerging markets across Sub Saharan Africa. Donors worked for include DIFD, GIZ and the World Bank in the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa.

Daniel Idowu
Business Development Manager

Ghana

Clarence Nartey

Clarence likes to describe himself as a Ghanaian by birth, a Pan-Africanist at heart and a Global Citizen by choice. He is the founder (and CEO) of a start-up: 3i Consult Ltd, a Pan-African marketing and talent development consultancy. Prior to setting up his consultancy, he was the Marketing Director for Unilever Ghana (and also served on the board of directors) from July 2013 to end of 2015. His corporate career (with Unilever) spanned 15 years. During this period Clarence held several senior multi-functional roles in operations, audit, marketing and strategy development across South Africa, Turkey, Singapore and Ghana.

Clarence Nartey
Ghana Manager

Ibrahima Aminu

Ibrahima was born in Ghana and moved to South Africa at the age of ten. He holds a major in Economics from the University of Transkei and a certificate in financial products from Milpark Business School. He has over 12 years experience in business development and has held several senior roles in different industries, ranging from Health Care to Construction and Marketing. Driven by a solid work ethic, he has excelled in all positions he has held.

Ibrahima Aminu
Business Development Manager

Tina Boadi

Over the past 4 years, she has led the Ghana branch of a full-service Marketing Communications agency called Brand Communications ( which incidentally is the Creative agency that worked with IIA Ghana at launch – so she comes with a good deal of historical/institutional knowledge). Prior to Brand Communication, she worked as a Partnerships Manager for a UK government funded business support programme, Knowledge Connect, which connected SMEs with knowledge transfer partners.

Tina Boadi
APP Ghana Manager

Angelina Diyuoh

Angelina is the lead on the Ghana SME Business Linkage Programme. Prior to joining Invest in Africa, she worked at the British Council for 7 years in different capacities; with her last role being the position of Skills Development and Partnerships Manager. She is passionate about youth development and is a certified PRINCE2 practitioner. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

Angelina Diyuoh
BLP Manager

Christina Abban-Mensah

Christina has a background in client service management with working experience in various sectors including the financial, insurance and telecommunication sectors. Christina works as the Support Advisor for the Africa Partner Pool (APP). Her role involves managing customer registrations, validating clients’ database and providing general support to clients. She holds a BSc in Natural Resources Management and a Diploma in Business Management and Administration.

Christina Abban-Mensah
APP Support Advisor

Christian Adu Febri

Over the last 15 years, Christian has had Senior Management experience in Accounting, Finance and Auditing. He has also worked in all 3 sectors; Public Sector, Private Sector and Not-for Profit. Some of the organisations he has worked for include Air Liquide Ghana Limited, Nationwide Systems Limited, Alpha Offshore Drilling Services Company Limited (Atwood Hunter) and Ghana China Foods Company Limited (Tema Flour Mills).

Christian Adu Febri
Head of Finance (Ghana)

Emefa Fiadzoe

Emefa holds a BSc Degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana. Her professional experience spans from education to human resource management across various industry sectors. At IIA, Emefa supports the Ghana SME Business Linkage Programme, an African Development Bank funded programme that seeks to develop the capacity of Ghanaian SMEs to be globally competitive and build linkages with larger companies

Emefa Fiadzoe
Business Linkage Programme Support Executive

Jessica Bediako

Jessica, has expertise in working with and managing cross-functional and multi-cultural teams in project execution as well as customer relations management. Prior to joining Invest In Africa (IIA) in 2016, Jessica worked as a programs support for the Environmental Protection Agency (HQ) and HSEQ Support at Total Petroleum Ghana Limited. Jessica received her Bsc in Environmental Science from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana and loves to put together projects and events.

Jessica Bediako
Office Administrator

Chantel Bekoe

Chantel holds a BSc Business Administration from Ashesi University College. She brings on board expertise in Project Management, Strategic Influencing & Event Management.Prior to joining Invest in Africa, she worked with Ogilvy & Mather Ghana where she co-managed notable brands such as UNICEF, Barclays, and Gold Fields. Her keen interest in the development of Ghana landed her a project in the Netherlands to develop a sustainable payment system for a solar company to encourage an efficient payment plan for cocoa farmers in Ghana.

Chantel Bekoe
Strategic Assistant

Hellen Diaba

Hellen graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Development. She has a working knowledge in Project Management, business development and development communication. Prior to joining IIA, Hellen worked with a number of organizations as a volunteer helping in different capacities. She has on her own developed and managed initiatives with the Global Arts and Development Centre (GADEC). She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Hellen Diaba
Project Support

Kenya

Wangechi Muriuki

Wangechi is passionate about business excellence and has made gainful contribution in the development of award programs for Kenya. She has driven key initiatives that have transformed the performance of corporate entities, small to medium enterprises, as well as public sector companies in Kenya and the region. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Strategic Management, University of Nairobi (UoN), Post graduate Diploma in Marketing and Bachelor of Science Degree.

Wangechi Muriuki
Country Director

Terry Kinyua

Terry is a seasoned business professional with extensive experience in business development, executive education (training and consultancy), program management, business operations and public relations. She has previously served as Head of Custom Solutions and as Program Manager at Strathmore Business School serving leading corporate clients and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Terry has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, a postgraduate diploma in Marketing and a master’s degree in Business Administration – Strategic Management.

Terry Kinyua
Kenya Chief Operations Officer

David Ajowi

David has over 10 years’ experience in the technology landscape so brings to IIA wealth of expertise in implementing enterprise IT systems and delivering IT projects. His experience will be valuable to a growing organization like ours. David joins us from Techo Brain, a leading East African Tech incubator where he was a senior manager

David Ajowi
Invest in Africa ICT Lead

Lucy Maingi

Lucy joined IIA-Kenya officially in December,2017. She holds a Bachelor of Business Information Technology and has over 6 years of working experience in Banking and Finance Sector. From Bank of Africa, she brings in a track record of excellency in SME development and management.

Lucy Maingi
Business Development Officer

Samuel Ndoria Karugu

Samuel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship) from KCA University.  He is passionate about Entrepreneurship and considers his role at Invest In Africa as a way to support the local enterprises prosper. He has been part of the IIA- Kenya team since August 2017 as an intern, then a Validation advisor then to Sales Engineer and is currently Account manager, supporting the buyers on Invest In Africa’s platform. He is driven by a solid work ethic and values Integrity.

Samuel Ndoria Karugu
Manager, Buyer Engagement

Senegal

Iba Fall

Mr. Fall is an entrepreneur and finance professional with experience in Credit Risk, Revenue and Investment Management.He has founded several companies in diverse fields (Beverage industry, Professional services, Telecom) and is passionate about African SMEs because of their potential to disrupt entire sectors of the economy. In recent years, Mr. Fall has served as a consultant to foreign investors looking to establish a presence, find local partners and grow their businesses in West Africa. Prior to joining Invest In Africa, he was the country manager for Viamo (ex VOTO Mobile), a Canadian technology company. Mr Fall holds an MBA in Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA) and a BBA from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes (France). He is also a Certified Management Systems Lead Auditor (QMS).

Iba Fall
Senegal Country Manager

Ibrahima Talla

Ibrahima is a supply chain and logistics professional with over 10 years of experience in various fields such as telecommunications, humanitarian relief, construction... He also has a consulting background in West Africa providing supply chain setup, optimization and general management services to international firms and local SMEs in manufacturing, mining, demining, FMCG distribution... This diversified experience provides him a sound understanding of the business environment in the west African region.He is passionate about technologies, arts and culture and never misses an opportunity to learn new things. Ibrahima joins Invest In Africa as the APP Manager in Senegal after successfully implementing a road construction project in southern Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia.

Ibrahima Talla
Senegal APP Manager

Fatoumata Cissokho

Fatoumata holds a Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages (Business & Trade option) from the University of Ziguinchor (Senegal), a Masters degree in Cooperation and local development and is currently completing a Masters in specialized translation.  She speaks 4 international languages: Italian, French, English and Spanish. Passionate about the issue of local development, Fatoumata has interned at Enda-Cacid (African Center for Trade, Integration and Development) where she informed citizens about Ecowas policies on the free movement of people and goods in the sub-regional space.

Fatoumata Cissokho
Senegal Office Administrator

Mamadou Diop

Mamadou Diop has an extensive experience in Business Development and Marketing. He has held several executive positions in the UK and Senegal at firms such as Lancaster Conferences, Nsorex, MF Corporation and Citikane investments.  Mamadou has also served as Senegal local coordinator for the YALI program (Young African Leaders Initiative) in collaboration with the US Embassy and Ohio University

Mamadou Diop
Senegal Business Development/Marketing Manager

Fama Fall

Fama is a software engineer that graduated from Dakar-Bourguiba University. She holds 3 years of experience in financial institutions such as the World Bank and Ecobank in Senegal where she worked in the Software Solutions unit while providing support to network, infrastructure and e-cash departments. Fama joins Invest in Africa with the role of APP Research and Technical Support Officer.

Fama Fall
APP Research and Technical Support Officer

Mauritania

Bocar Alpha Ba

Bocar has held progressively senior roles at international as well as local organizations (project manager, financial controller, General Secretary), he has had the opportunity to build strong experience in multiple disciplines, including financial institutions, oil & gas, mining, shipping, utilities and the public sector. He has been providing consulting services on complex transactions and negotiating regional, national, and pan African terms and contracts. He's also worked in multiple regions, totalizing 16 years of international experience in Western Europe and Africa, visiting more than 15 African countries, which has equipped him with a strong ability to see the big picture. Also, he speaks multiple foreign languages, including local Mauritanian dialects. 

Bocar Alpha Ba
Mauritania Country Manager