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'Tokunboh Ishmael is the co-founder and managing director of Alitheia Capital, an investment management and advisory firm focused on making private equity investments in businesses with the potential to scale and solve challenges, such as limited access to finance and energy, and food scarcity. ‘Tokunboh has over 20 years’ experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing, technology and new business development in the USA, Europe and Africa. As an investment banker, she advised on mergers and acquisition mandates valuing over $5 billion across the financial, health, oil, gas, technology and media sectors. Her previous roles include country partner for Nigeria at Aureos Capital where she successfully raised capital to complete the first Aureos West Africa Fund, and sourced private equity investments. Prior, she was fund manager of a technology focused venture capital fund, Sussex Place Ventures where she incubated new ventures, and commercialized technological innovations developed in the laboratories of top universities in the UK. Other previous roles include M&A banker at Salomon Smith Barney and managing director of Avante Capital. At Avante, she advised on a number of acquisitions in the oil and gas sector including the acquisition and financing of a government owned refinery, and led the first secondary listing of a Nigerian company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. ‘Tokunboh is an alumnus of London Business School, University of London and Yale University. She is a CFA Charter holder, a member of the CFA Institute, a Yale World Fellow, a member of the board of the African Venture Capital Association, and a panelist on the TV show, Dragons' Den Nigeria. ‘Tokunboh is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.