Steve is currently pursuing an MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to starting the programme Steve worked for five years at FreshMinds serving clients in a range of sectors, in particular the financial services. During this time he worked with a range of British-based banks and conducted commercial due diligence for some of the world’s leading private equity firms. He has also helped to develop the Nairobi-based programmes of an international educational charity called Schools Without Borders and most recently, worked across Nigeria with Adam Smith International, providing consulting services to small businesses. Steve holds a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Mobolaji is a qualified chartered accountant currently on Cambridge Judge Business School’s MBA programme. Prior to commencing the MBA, he was Head of Finance and Performance Management for the Africa Division of United Bank of Africa; he was responsible for coordinating the Finance operation of the Bank in over 19 African countries (excluding Nigeria). He joined UBA after spending three years in the Audit and Risk Advisory Division of KPMG. His work experience also includes a brief stint with the Nigerian Army. He currently sits on the Board of Premium Green Limited (an investment firm based in Nigeria).
Queen is currently a Gates-Cambridge Scholar and PhD candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, focusing her research on the social dynamics of investment behaviour in frontier markets. Prior to attending Cambridge, Queen was in the Young Professional’s Program, serving as Chief of Staff/Special Assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Infrastructure and Private Sector Development in the African Development Bank (AfDB). While at the AfDB she was also an Investment Officer in the Private Sector Department, originating transactions in manufacturing, agribusiness and private equity. Prior to joining the AfDB, Queen was a management associate with Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank. She is a graduate of Penn State University and received her Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a concentration in International Trade and Finance; she also obtained a Master in Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation from Cambridge Judge Business School.
Namukale Chintu is a PhD candidate in International Business and Strategy at Cambridge Judge Business School. Her research focuses on the internationalisation of firms from emerging markets in frontier economies. She is also currently course coordinator in Management Practice for the business school’s Executive MBA programme. Previously, Namukale has worked with the United Nations Development Program in coordinating programmes of UN agencies at the country level. Prior to commencing the PhD programme at Cambridge Judge Business School she worked in financial services – securitisation with Morgan Stanley Global Capital Markets, equity derivatives with Lehman Brothers Equity Capital Markets and structured products with Nomura Equity Capital Markets. Namukale holds two MScs in Financial Economics and Management Research from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Economics from the University of Zambia as a Bank of Zambia Scholar.
Bobak Tavangar is completing his MPhil in Management at Cambridge Judge Business School with a research focus on “Business Model and Product Innovation in China’s IT sector”. Bobak’s professional experience lies at the intersection of technology, energy policy, and finance having worked at Microsoft, the United States Senate, his own energy efficiency start-up. His newest company, Mabogo Partners, is in the midst of recalibrating the financial valuation process for firms coming from emerging markets.
Nkiruka Chiemelu grew up in Enugu, Nigeria, and holds a degree in International Relations and Economic History from Brown University in the United States. She has previously worked in business and risk analysis consulting and marketing in Sub-Saharan and China. While living in Los Angeles, California, she became a co-founder/producer of an independent online media company, Nahum17 Productions, which creates faith-based youth-oriented media. Nkiruka is currently studying an MPhil in Development Studies at University of Cambridge, examining industrial policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
Kwaku was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, and recently completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and French at Yale University. He is currently pursuing an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and plans to pursue a career in law after that. He previously interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ghana and the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, advocating for a change in US foreign policy to Africa. His interests include peace and security, development and foreign policy particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Francesco Spagnolo holds a degree in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy. He has several years of experience in the energy sector, having worked as regulatory affairs manager for a multinational power and gas company in Europe and Russia. His latter experience as carbon origination manager and consultant gave him a thorough understanding of the challenges of emerging markets in the energy and environmental sector, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Francesco is currently reading for an MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Reinhard Hoell holds a Bachelor degree in Biology and Economics from the University of St Andrews, Scotland as well as a Master of Reasearch in life science from the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm). He has several years of experience in the financial sector, having worked for Commerzbank, Lehman Brothers and Standard Bank of South Africa. Working as a portfolio manager at Standard Bank, his experience lies in the financial markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, the wider emerging markets as well as the South African banking sector. Reinhard is a CFA charterholder and is currently reading for an MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Mara-Tafadzwa, born in Zimbabwe, holds a masters degree in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University, UK. She has previously worked in both manufacturing and engineering consultancies in the UK and in international development as consultant in Kenya. Mara is currently reading for an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at University of Cambridge. Her masters thesis will examine the sustainability of development interventions in Africa.
Imoh Ilevbare is a PhD candidate in Strategic Technology Management at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. In addition to his on-going research, he is working in collaboration with Dux Diligens, a business management and technology consulting company headquartered in Mexico, to develop systematic technology and innovation planning solutions. Prior to his time at Cambridge, he interned at Schlumberger, Procter & Gamble, helped in running his family-owned agribusiness in Nigeria, and subsequently went on to work with the Nigeria Bottling Company. He graduated from the University of Ibadan with first class honours in Mechanical Engineering and is trained as a project manager.
Yakhara Sembene is currently reading for the Master of Finance degree at the University of Cambridge. She has several years of experience in investment banking gained mainly at Goldman Sachs and Lazard. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Smith College.
Sela Motshwane has a varied academic background of Plant Sciences, Archaeology and Enterprisers. Her African Archaeology postgraduate course followed by a ceritificate in Enterprisers from Cambridge Judge Business School inspired her to have a business start-up in fashion made by African designers and women cooperatives in South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Congo. She enjoys communicating with multiple stakeholders, promoting African business and turning the conversation from Aid to Trade. Recently she coordinated Botswana’s first showcasing for London Fashion Week February 2012, with the country coming 8th out of 19 countries showcasing.