Elizabeth Howard is a founding Director and Acting CEO of ACfA. In 2015 she co-founded LelapaFund, an equity crowdfunding platform for diaspora investors focused on East Africa, building a community of 2500+ investors and entrepreneurs. LelapaFund’s regulatory challenges led her to create ACfA and work full time on building a pan-African regulatory framework for crowdfunding. She also founded Women in African Investments, a 260+ peer-to-peer network of investment professionals. Prior to that, she worked in academia and private sector in risk management and financial economics.
Master’s in Economics, Sciences Po Paris
B.Comm in Economics (Honours) University of Cape Town
B.Soc Sci Economics, Politics and Philosophy, University of Cape Town
Certificate of Entrepreneurship, Stanford University GSB
Mouhamadou has Master’s Degree in Public Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, and is currently completing his PhD studies in Public Reforms in Africa. He previously worked as a Legal Advisor to the Minister of Trade and SMEs in Senegal and as a Business Developer for LexAfrica Senegal. He is a polyglot, fluent in Wolof, French, English, German and Arabic.
Tamsin Freemantle has extensive experience working on the continent particularly on capital markets. She has worked with FMDQ Securities Exchange in Nigeria advising on capital markets development and analysing the financial markets infrastructure landscape in Nigeria. She has also recently worked with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as head of sustainability. In addition to this, she has 5 years of experience in retail banking, 10 years of experience in general management and 3 years of professional services experience; these roles were at Nedbank, Allan & Overy LLP and Johannesburg Stock Exchange. She is also currently serving as a director at the South Africa-Nigeria Business Chamber, Just One Lap, a trading & investment education entity and Mbona Private Nature Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Tamsin is passionate about about building the African continent; she has set up her own business focusing on developing Africa’s Capital Markets through strategic advisory.
She studied English, International Relations and Law at the University of Witwatersrand as well as an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business in South Africa.
Tebogo is an accountant by training and holds qualifications from the Witswatersrand University in Financial Accounting and Company Law. She has extensive experience in project accounting and contract management having worked in the engineering and construction industry for over 8 years. She currently works within the development ecosystem on the African continent and has been involved in projects that aim to develop SMEs especially those owned by women. Her passion is assisting entrepreneurs to thrive by participating in efforts that make it easier for small businesses to access funding.
Dennis is a Kenyan student at Sciences Po Paris studying International Development and currently undertaking a traineeship within the Compliance Division of Société Générale.
He previously interned at UN-Habitat and the French Institute for Research in Africa.