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Africa Tech Rising - Impact Investing in Africa with Akin Sawyerr

Released Thursday, 9th February 2017
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Meet Akin Sawyerr the founder and Managing Director of Feleman, an impact investment and advisory firm. Akin invests in and mentors young organizations, and uses his network to unlock value in marginalized communities. He started the company over 2 years ago to leverage the knowledge and experience he gained in the developed world to solve problems in emerging markets. He's also a Co-Founder of Market Atlas which provides a way to conduct market, investment, and country research in Frontier Markets. Prior to his entrepreneurial adventure, Akin spent over fifteen years in management consulting and corporate America. He's worked for two global consulting firms, and 4 fortune 500 companies. His career started working for the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.

On This Episode You'll Learn:
What’s Akin’s definition of impact investing and on a macro level why has it recently increased over the past few years in Africa?
What are Akin’s thoughts on how mobile payments will play out across the African continent?
Where does Akin see the infrastructure of bitcoin and the blockchain as a whole fitting into Africa’s development?
A lot of the conversation when it comes to innovation is around fintech and companies like Interswitch Limited in Nigeria or MPesa in Kenya, where else does Akin see opportunity?

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