Daniel is a seasoned development finance professional with more than 25 years-experience of global senior leadership in private sector enterprise development, partnership and resource mobilization, management consulting, manufacturing, logistics and oil & gas across Africa. He also has significant prior operations experience at the African Development Bank Group. Prior to AECF, Daniel was the CEO of an SME funding micro-finance entity focused on deepening financial inclusion. His diverse experience cuts across both the public and private sector, with strong interest in SME development. He has lived in West, East, North and Southern Africa. He is a mechanical engineer and holds an M.B.A. in strategic management and an MSc in finance.
Steve is an all-rounded finance professional with 18 years’ experience in Europe and Africa. Prior to joining AECF, Steve was a Senior Investment Director at AV-Ventures LLC, leading the set-up and investment activities of the agribusiness impact fund in Ghana.
Before coming back to Africa, Steve led various teams to execute on initiatives such as setting up and fundraising for a West Africa generalist fund; as senior risk manager focusing on equity fund risk and portfolio management at the European Investment Fund (€20bn AuM, part of EIB Group), as a financial and technology adviser to various West African financial institutions - including the African Development Bank - and as principal consultant in strategy, operations and technology for financial institutions in Europe with BearingPoint and Capco. His career started as a sales-trader and broker for Exane, followed by Viel-Tradition.
Steve is a constant learner, after completing an MSc. in International Management from Audencia Business School in France, he obtained an MSc in Finance from London Business School and an Executive Programme on Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford GSB. Stev has continued to develop his development finance, impact investing and managerial skills with professional trainings such CAIA (Alternative Investments), CIFE (Islamic Finance), Moody’s (Credit Risk), Toastmasters CC and CL. An Angel investor and coach to start-ups, Steve holds a number of board positions, including at Innohub, a start-up accelerator in Ghana
Pauline oversees efforts to establish, deepen and strengthen relationships with donors and partners to broaden AECF’s impact and reach.
She has a solid understanding of private sector and international development gained through over twenty years of experience. She has worked with government, international and local development actors such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and has implemented programmes funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) among others. While at UNIDO, Pauline received an Industrial Sustainability Award as the Manager of a Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. Prior to joining AECF, Pauline was Director, Business Development at African Management Services Company (AMSCO) where she managed the African Training and Management Services (ATMS) Foundation.
Pauline is a seasoned resource mobilizer, business development professional as well as a fund management and grants administration expert. She holds a Double MBA in Strategy and International Business from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Pauline has attended a number of leadership training from various institutions including the Harvard and Stanford Business Schools.
Julie brings with her over 11 years’ experience in finance and accounting in private sector and NGO sector.
Prior to AECF, Julie was a manager at Deloitte where she managed and coordinated the Assurance and Advisory Department in auditing insurance companies and investment companies in the Cayman Islands. Part of her role was to lead a team of 20 auditors in providing auditing, accounting and related advisory services to public and private clients. She also has prior experience in working with NGOs in Kenya.
Julie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) registered in Kenya and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management (Banking and Finance) from Egerton University, Kenya.
Josephine, formerly Head of Legal Services at Spire Bank, is an advocate of the High court of Kenya, a Commissioner for Oaths, a Notary Public and a Certified Governance Auditor. She brings onboard business focused Legal and company secretarial professional experience of over 10-years and has a track record of hands on experience in legal practice and operations. Her specialization is in areas of Corporate governance, Legal Compliance and Administration, Leadership, Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Company Secretarial Services. She holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from Pune University, India and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, East Africa Law Society as well as the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.