Private Equity / Team

Enko Africa Private Equity Fund (EAPEF) is a private equity fund established for the purpose of investing in growth companies in Africa across a broad range of economic sectors. It successfully reached a US$48.25 million first closing in April 2014 and is currently fundraising for its final close in 2015.

CYRILLE NKONTCHOU

Cyrille is Co-founding Partner of Enko Capital Managers (“ECM”), management company of the Enko Africa Private Equity Fund. He is responsible for deal origination and processing, fundraising, investor relations and portfolio management of EAPEF. Prior to starting the firm, Cyrille was Managing Director and Founder of LiquidAfrica Holdings Limited, a pan-African investment bank specializing in capital raising and trading in all African markets. Before starting LiquidAfrica in 2000, he was the head of Sub-Saharan research at Merrill Lynch & Co. in London, where he was ranked in the Financial Mail 1999 Analyst Survey as one of the best research analysts on the continent. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Cyrille was a manager at Accenture in Paris, specializing in financial markets. Cyrille was nominated as Young Global Leader 2006 by the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA in Economics from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

RALPH GILCHRIST

Ralph is Co-founding Partner of Enko Capital Managers (“ECM”). He is responsible for deal origination and processing, investment negotiation and documentation, investor relations and portfolio management of EAPEF. He has been involved in investment in Africa for over 27 years, firstly with the Commonwealth Development Corporation, and more recently with private equity houses based in southern Africa. He was CEO of the Comafin Investment Fund, which invested throughout sub-Saharan Africa, was a member of Sasfin Bank’s private equity team focused on mid-cap transactions in South Africa and lead African Alliance’s private equity business investing in mid-cap companies in sub-Saharan Africa. Ralph holds an MA in Law from Cambridge University and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a qualified Barrister.

CLAUDE AYO

Claude is Vice President at ECM. He is in charge of finance, investments assessment and monitoring. Claude has more than twenty years of experience in audit, corporate finance, investments management, venture capital and private equity. He holds a CPA degree and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

TINEYI KUIPA

Tineyi is an Investment Associate at ECM. He undertakes deal origination, processing and structuring, documentation and portfolio management. He is a Chartered Accountant and Private Equity professional with over 8 years of international experience. He started his career as an Associate with Deloitte LLP in London where he trained and qualified as a CA working in the real estate sector before joining KPMG LLP’s London based Private Equity practice where he worked on mid-market, pan-European transactions across various industries and sectors. Tineyi holds a bachelor’s degree from Bristol University’s School of Medical Sciences, a Master’s degree from Exeter University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.