Aubrey Hruby, Partner

Aubrey is a co-author of the recently published The Next Africa, a comprehensive analysis of the on-going transformation of  this continent and a roadmap for global investors and businesspeople.

Aubrey is a former managing director of the Whitaker Group, an Africa-focused strategy and investment advisory firm that has advised on over $2 billion worth of investments into Africa. Aubrey has consulted extensively in over 20 African countries (including Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa) and regularly engages with senior African policy makers and CEO-level executives. She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to design and implement successful investment and market entry strategies into Africa and has advised the US Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Division.

Aubrey co-founded the Africa Expert Network (AXN), today the most extensive expert network in Africa.

Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a regular contributor on the subject of Emerging markets to the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Radio and Voice America Business among many others.

Aubrey is also an advisor on the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Aubrey holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a MA from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and BAs from the University of Colorado in Economics, Political Science and International Relations.

Franklin Olakunle Amoo, Partner

Franklin led the Strategic Credit Group at Mizuho Securities USA for five years, overseeing the firm’s activities with regards to originating, structuring and trading illiquid and real assets.  At Mizuho, his mandate included originating, structuring and syndicating private capital raising and overseeing the secondary loan and trade claims trading businesses.  Having spent roughly 15 years working for a number of Wall Street firms his expertise has been in structuring and arranging project & asset finance, infrastructure, energy, export credit backed, leasing, securitizations, contract monetization and specialty finance transactions in developed, emerging and frontier markets. Franklin began his career as an analyst in the Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group at Bank of America.

Franklin chairs the Loan Market Association's Task Force on African Secondary Loan Trading, serves on the China Market Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group, and serves on the advisory board of Africa GreenCo. He is the Director of Whitman Group Holdings, a family investment company. Franklin is in service to the boards of the Collegiate School Alumni Executive Council, the Columbia University Young Lions Alumni Council, Prep for Prep and the Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn, chairs the board of the Fort Greene Family Support Group and formerly served as a director on the Executive Board of the United Nation Foundation's Young Professionals. 

Franklin holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a Howard E. Mitchell and Venture Incubation Program Fellow, and a BA in Economics from Columbia University. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Nicolas Martin, Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Nicolas spent six years as a portfolio manager in the private equity group of Ashmore in London, one of the largest specialist investors in emerging markets with over 51 billion USD under management1. Nicolas led and co-led several of the highest IRR investments of the group, in a variety of emerging economies. As head of Africa in the private equity group, Nicolas led Ashmore to its first private equity investment in the continent.

Nicolas spent four years with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) in New York, primarily in the private equity and financial institutions practice. Before that Nicolas  interned with Goldman Sachs in London. Nicolas also worked for a Turkish real estate investment fund and has spent many years advising private equity firms on investments in Emerging Markets.

Nicolas has spent several years earlier in his career re-engineering business processes in a variety of industries with Gemini Consulting and the MAC Group in Europe.

Nicolas was an officer in the French Navy, based in the Pacific. He holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a MS from the top electrical engineering university in France (Supelec). He is a CFA Charterholder as well as a Certified Management Accountant.

Daniel E. Johnson, Principal

Daniel served as Corporate Finance & Economic Strategist at Dry Associates Limited in Nairobi, an investment firm with a near 30 year track record in Kenya, where he advised on matters of investment strategy and economic policy. Daniel led the structuring of a new short-term funding vehicle designed to mitigate the high costs incurred by SMEs in the financing of their day-to-day operations, helping to bring needed stability, growth and competition to the Kenyan private sector.

Daniel has a decade of capital markets experience, including economic development in emerging and frontier economies, where he has engaged with both the private sector and members of the donor community, such as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya, the African Guarantee Fund, UK Department for International Development (DfID) and others.

Daniel co-founded Africa Finance & Advisory Partners (AFAP), a boutique investment advisory firm focused on African markets.

Daniel began his finance career in the Structured Products Group at JP Morgan in New York City and spent time at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, D.C. within the Political Risk & Investment Insurance team. He holds a BA in Economics from Fordham University in New York City and a MA in International Relations and Political Economy from New York University’s Wilf Family Department of Politics.

Peter Bentley, Managing Director Operations

Peter is a chemical engineer and an expert in manufacturing and process industries. He has advised and held positions at a number of private equity funds on acquisitions in the industrial and process industries, particularly in emerging markets.

Peter was most recently with Harbinger in New York, where he was reporting to the CEO. At Harbinger, he has focused on projects in Africa.  Peter has previously advised Polygon Capital Partners in New York and London on chemical and process industries.

Peter previously held several senior positions with the global chemical manufacturer Huntsman, a portfolio company of MatlinPatterson. Peter was seconded by Huntsman to assist MatlinPatterson with the subsequent acquisition of Vantico, and its eventual merger with Huntsman. Peter was Vice President for Global Operations and was the Chief Restructuring Officer for the Vantico business.

Peter has founded and manages Per Astra, a specialist advisory firm that focuses on operational due diligence and environmental assessment, primarily for private equity investors.

Peter started his career with ICI Petrochemicals and  ICI Polyurethanes in process operations and technology.

Peter graduated from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

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