Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Aruwa Capital Management, Nigeria
Panellist

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes has 12 years of investment banking, private equity and structured credit experience in developed and emerging markets from global institutions. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Aruwa Capital Management, one of the few woman-owned and led growth equity and gender lens funds in Africa investing into untapped investment opportunities in Nigeria and Ghana in the small to lower mid-market.

 

Prior to starting Aruwa Capital, she spent five years as Managing Partner of Syntaxis Capital Africa, part of a $300 AUM European PE Fund. Prior to co-founding Syntaxis Africa in 2014, Adesuwa was in the M&A & Leveraged Finance teams at J.P. Morgan in London, where she was involved in $5.6 billion worth of transactions across developed and emerging markets. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she worked at TLG Capital as an Investment Professional, involved in PE transactions across Anglophone Africa. She was named as an Agent of Impact in 2019 by Impact Alpha and also as one of the Top 35 Women Moving Africa Forward in 2020, for her commitment to gender equality in private equity and across the society through Aruwa Capital’s investments. Adesuwa started her career at Lehman Brothers and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol. She currently sits on 3 boards in Nigeria and is an advocate for women’s economic empowerment.

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