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Fifty Faces podcast

It was a pleasure to be on the Fifty Faces podcast hosted by Aoifinn Devitt. We discussed why women need to be allocating capital, what impact investing means in the African context, why women need role models and the landscape for women in Africa as capital allocators and entrepreneurs. I also touched on why I was crazy enough to launch Aruwa Capital Management at just 29 years old because you can’t be what you can’t see!

Harvard Business School 2022 Africa Business conference

It was an honour and pleasure to speak at the 24th Annual Africa Business Conference hosted by HBS Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School that took place in Boston. The theme of this year's conference was "Reimagining the Road Ahead" and I spoke on a panel on how to close the financing gaps for SMEs in Africa within the changing global environment. It was a panel representing all the different suppliers of capital including the role the government has to play in bridging the funding gap. I spoke about how the SME funding gap can be closed through innovative private equity funding models and also spoke about how closing the gender funding gap remains an attractive investing opportunity.

Ventures Africa IWM feature

It was such a pleasure and honour to be featured by one of the leading publications, Ventures Africa and speak about my journey so far, the biases women face and how Aruwa Capital Management is bridging the SME and female funding gap in West Africa.

Vanguard Nigeria IWD 2022, 22 Women that have Broken the Bias

The Vanguard’s women team carefully curated in commemoration of the 2022 IWD, a list of 22 lady bosses who have quietly but consistently, continually and tirelessly pursued their passions and vocations, while remaining a beacon of hope and sustainability for the next generation to follow. It was an honour to be featured amongst so many amazing women in Nigeria.

Business Africa Online Top 30 Inspiring Women in Africa

It was great to be highlighted by Business Africa Online as one one of the Top 30 Inspiring Women in Africa breaking the bias. It was great for our work at Aruwa Capital Management to be highlighted.

UK Nigeria Tech Summit

It was great to speak at the UK Nigeria Tech Summit today about representation and accessibility for women in investment and why we need more women as capital allocators.

BusinessDay Top 50 Inspirational Women In Nigeria

Its such an honour to be listed as one of the 50 Inspiring Nigerian Women by BusinessDay as part of International Womens Month and sharing space with so many incredible women and changemakers in Nigeria that I admire.

IWD panel hosted by The Good Company

It was a pleasure to participate on on a panel discussion discussing how gender lens investing, philanthropy, venture capital and policy can help to break the bias and close gender gaps in society for women.

Microtraction Women in Tech IWD feature

It was great to be featured by Microtraction, with the local VC fund manager highlighting me as one of the Women in Tech breaking the bias in the ecosystem.

One Young World 2022 nomination

It’s such an incredible honour to have been nominated for the Entrepreneur of The Year 2022 Award by One Young World. One Young World is a global network of ambitious young leaders dedicated to sustainable social impact and effecting real change in various industries, solving problems and taking on the world’s major challenges. Their commitment to recognizing and promoting the revolutionary work of young entrepreneurs around the world is truly remarkable and I am delighted to have been nominated alongside such incredible entrepreneurs from all over the world who are making a huge difference and inspiring others with their leadership.

100 Women in Finance Nigeria at British High Commissioner residence

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria Ben Llewellyn-Jones kindly hosted 100 Women in Finance Nigeria at his residence in Ikoyi for a networking breakfast to mark the end of Amanda Pullinger CEO of 100 Women In Finance’s trip to Nigeria. Mrs. Bola Adesola the Chairman of Ecobank Nigeria delivered the keynote address about the purpose and effectiveness of peer networks such as 100WF. The event also had in attendance a lot of the female CEOs and CIOs from Nigeria’s pension fund industry who can play a pivotal role to ensure better gender balance within private equity

100 Women in Finance Nigeria at GAIA Africa

It was a pleasure to host a power lunch at GAIA AFRICA for 20 senior women in finance in Nigeria where we continued our discussions on building a more diverse finance industry and developing the next generation of women leaders in finance through 100 Women In Finance in Nigeria. We had several immersive conversations centered on the need to promote and boost the visibility of women in Nigerian financial institutions. The percentage of senior women occupying high-level roles within the Nigerian finance industry today is far higher than in the developed markets and other emerging markets, but many of these women are not known. This is one key challenge myself and my colleagues in the 100 Women In Finance working group in Nigeria, to provide women in finance a platform to be visible, network, boost retention of junior women in the industry and close the existing gender gap across all levels of the finance industry.

100 Women in Finance Nigeria Capital Club event

It was a pleasure hosting the Global CEO of 100 Women In Finance Amanda Pullinger to a cocktail reception at the Capital Club in Victoria Island, Lagos - the first of a series of events marking the exploration of a launch of 100WF in Nigeria this week. During the event, I moderated a panel discussion with Elizabeth Uwaifo Partner & Founder at ASAFO & CO., NkemdilimUwajeBegho, Board Member of Stanbic IBTC and Olaitan Martins Group Executive, Corporate Banking First Bank of Nigeria Ltd. as they shared their experiences as women occupying top positions in the finance industry. We were delighted to also have in attendance, top female CEO’s of Banks, Capital Allocators, and CFO’s including Bola Adesola, the Chairwoman of Ecobank Nigeria Bolaji Balogun CEO & MD of Chapel Hill Denham, Tokunboh Ishmael, CFA Managing Partner Alitheia Capital, KunleElebute Senior Partner at KPMG, Cecilia Akintomide, Dr Ola Brown amongst others.

100 Women in Finance Nigeria pre launch

I am excited to host Amanda Pullinger, the Global CEO of 100 Women In Finance this week in Lagos as one of the members of the 100 Women in Finance Nigeria working group helping to establish Nigeria as one of the 100WF global locations. I’ve been a member of 100 Women in Finance for a while now and have benefitted so much from the access to global capital allocators, peer networking, multiple educational resources, and various speaking engagements. It's lonely at times as a senior woman in finance and organizations like 100WF make the journey so much smoother for women across all levels in finance.

20 Minute Leaders

It was a pleasure to talk to Michael Matias an active angel and VC investor in the US on the 20 Minute Leaders podcast which showcases thought leaders from around the world, with an audience of primarily entrepreneurs from Stanford University. We spoke about several interesting topics including the VC boom in Africa today, my passion about closing the gender funding gap, the persona I bring to investee companies who are aiming to improve gender diversity in their companies and some of the challenges female entrepreneurs face once they have raised that first round of capital.

2021 Meaningful Business 100 Forum

Adesuwa was invited by Meaningful Business to speak at the inaugural MB100 Forum, sponsored by EY. She spoke about what Aruwa Capital looks for in its investments to ensure positive social impact whilst generating strong financial returns. She spoke alongside global impact investors.

Investor Education Webinar

Adesuwa hosted Aruwa Capital Management first webinar as part of our investor education series titled “How to Enhance and Diversify your Investment Portfolio whilst making social impact”. With inflation at 16% in Nigeria and options for investment in fixed income yielding less than 7% on average, its important for investors to know the alternative investment options available in Venture Capital and Private Equity in Africa that have potential for attractive long term returns and positive social impact.

Private Equity Support SME Financing Business Clinic

Adesuwa was invited by Private Equity Support in Kenya to talk through Gender Lens investing and how SMEs can access this asset class during the 'Financing the growth strategy – Private capital options available and the engagement process' session during the Business Clinic.

Business Day Woman’s Hub

Adesuwa was featured by Businessday Nigeria as the cover story for the global Women’s Hub magazine where she shared her journey so far, why she set up Aruwa Capital and her definition of success.

Adesuwa is recognised as one of the top 100 leaders globally combining profit and purpose

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes is recognized as one of this year’s MB100, an award celebrating leaders combining profit and purpose to help achieve the United Nations global Sustainable Development Goals. She was honoured amongst so many men and women in leading global organizations such as Marisa Drew of Credit Suisse, Alisée de Tonnac of Seedstars, Eunice Sampson of Dangote Industries Limited, James Mwangi of Equity Holdings Group, Kate Brandt of Google, Lena Pripp-Kovac of IKEA, Michael Dean of AgFunder and so many more. The award is led by Meaningful Business and sponsored by EY.

Women In Energy Network

Adesuwa was invited by the Women in Energy Network in Nigeria to give a masterclass on private equity and venture capital and how to diversify your investment portfolio whilst making impact

Interview by Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) for CLUED-iN

Adesuwa is interviewed by Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) for their publication CLUED-iN. This month’s edition is focused on what’s needed to support women founders and narrow the gender funding gap. Her interview is titled “Creating More tables, not just seats at the table: Narrowing the gender funding gap by investing in women capital allocators”.

Going Gobal Summit 2021

Adesuwa was invited to speak at the Going Global Summit hosted by Business Africa Online and Afrigrants Foundation. She spoke on a panel about Raising Global Capital alongside industry leaders Akintoye Akindele, Lydia Idem and Sherif Nessim.

Women Founders Network Podcast

Adesuwa was a guest on the podcast to discuss why it is critical for women to be capital allocators, the value of having women-led companies, and the importance of having access to capital when starting a company.

100 Women in Finance: Jumpstart a career in Finance

Adesuwa had the opportunity to speak to students from all over the world. As part of the 100WF Jumpstart program, She had the honour and privilege to talk to college students who are thinking about getting into private equity as a career.

Imperial College Business School speaks to Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Imperial College Africa Business Club, speak to Adesuwa about the challenges of founding a Private Equity firm as a black woman, key learnings from the perspective of a first-time fund raiser, the investment landscape in Africa and the potential for success in the region.

Power Africa Off Grid Energy Investor Pitch Competition

Adesuwa was one of the investor judges for the Power Africa Off Grid Energy Investor Pitch competition. This competition was mainly focused on women led off-grid clean energy companies and it was great to see so many amazing women led companies providing innovative solar solutions in off grid areas.

TTI Global Impact Awards 2021

The Oscars of global impact and sustainability space, the Top Tier Impact Global Impact Awards. The event is organized to recognize and amplify the most impactful entrepreneurs who are building a better planet every day, Adesuwa participated as the Diversity & Inclusion Judge.

PEWIN – Private Equity Women Investor Network Nigeria’s PE and VC Investor Dinner

As a member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network, (PEWIN), Adesuwa co-hosted a dinner for PEWIN members in Lagos with PEWIN Steering Committee member Joanne (Jo) Yoo at the Capital Club.

Shifting Capital Podcast

Adesuwa was invited as a guest on the first episode of Shifting Capital podcast hosted by Jessica Espinoza, where sheshared insights on her experience as one of the pioneer women-owned and -led growthequity and gender lens funds on the African continent, success stories from the AruwaCapital portfolio to close the finance gap for women in Africa – and as a result – closegender gaps across our societies.