Enko Capital has built up a strong track record investing in Africa

Enko’s team is led by investment and management professionals who have extensive frontier, emerging, and developed market experience over many market cycles. Enko’s presence in southern, central and western Africa significantly augment the firm’s knowledge and network. Enko’s approach is collaborative. All of the teams within the Group share their respective knowledge and expertise. The teams are supported by highly experienced management who guide each strategies outcome using top-down analysis to minimize risk.

Team

Our approach is collaborative, with our team’s sharing knowledge and expertise, supported by our experienced management who guide the outcome using a top-down analysis to minimise risk and maximise success for the benefit of a diversified range of investors and the institutional partners of the strategies.

Investment Team
Management, Operations, Risk and Compliance
Investor Relations

Alain Nkontchou

Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer

Alain Nkontchou

Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer

Alain is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Enko, located in the London office. He is the CIO of Enko’s debt strategies and advises the private equity team on macro-related issues. Alain was previously a Managing Director for Global Macro Trading within the Proprietary Trading Group of Credit-Suisse in London, a group he joined in 2005 from JP Morgan, where he had held the same position since 2002. From 2001 until 2002, Alain was a Portfolio Manager at BlueCrest Capital Management, and prior to that, he spent twelve years with JP Morgan (Chemical Bank). Alain has traded fixed income, currencies, commodities and stock indices over his 30+ years of experience.

Alain is an adviser to Laurent-Perrier, a leading champagne company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, having been a board member there from 1999 to 2009. Alain is also Chairman of the Board for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the largest bank in Africa by geographic footprint and the largest bank in Sub-Saharan Africa by assets. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in Paris and an MSc from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Paris.

Cyrille Nkontchou

Managing Partner

Cyrille Nkontchou

Managing Partner

Cyrille is a Co-founder and Partner of Enko. He spends his time in both the Johannesburg and Abidjan offices. He is responsible for deal origination and processing, fundraising, investor relations and portfolio management of Enko’s private equity strategy. 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.

Abdoulaye Karamoko

Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager

Abdoulaye Karamoko

Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager

Abdoulaye is a Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager of Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy, located in the London office. He is responsible for trading, product structuring, and risk analysis and management. Prior to joining Enko, Abdoulaye was the Head of Africa Trading at HSBC in London from 2018 to 2020, and before that he held the same role at Société Générale from 2014 to 2018. He also spent seven years trading local rates and FX at Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

Abdoulaye holds a MSc in Economics and Statistics from ENSEA.

Stephanie Sanchez Kuong

Portfolio Manager

Stephanie Sanchez Kuong

Portfolio Manager

Stephanie is a Portfolio Manager of the Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy, located in the London office. She contributes to idea generation, quantitative and statistical analysis, and structuring for the fund. Prior to joining Enko, she was an EM rates trader at BNP Paribas in London. Stephanie traded Sub-Saharan Africa FX and rates helping the bank build its SSA franchise. Following that, she proceeded to lead the bank’s trading of South African rand rates, shaping the bank’s footprint in the South African government bond market. She has had exposure to the broad Central Europe, Middle East and African debt universe.

Stephanie holds a MSc. in Mathematical and Computational Finance from the University of Oxford and a Diplome d’Ingenieur in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the ENISMAG in Grenoble.

Toller Hao

Portfolio Manager

Toller Hao

Portfolio Manager

Toller is a Portfolio Manager of the Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy, located in the London office. Toller contributes towards idea generation, structuring, optimisation and trade execution for the fund. Previously, he worked at Citigroup as an EM FX and rates trader specialising in local African markets. Prior to that, Toller spent time as an Emerging Markets Strategist, publishing myriad reports. His expertise lies in frontier fixed income markets, from both a market-making as well as a macro-oriented, economic standpoint.

Toller holds a Masters of Engineering degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Imperial College London, specialising in nanomaterials & optoelectronics.

Sidoine Viagbo

Partner, Co-Head of Private Debt Strategy

Sidoine Viagbo

Partner, Co-Head of Private Debt Strategy

Sidoine is a Partner and a Co-Head of Enko’s private debt strategy, located in the Abidjan office. Sidoine’s experience in the private debt space is extensive. Before joining Enko, he was based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, with Barak Fund Management, from 2018 to 2021, originating structured trade and commodity finance deals in West Africa. Prior to that, from 2013 to 2013, Sidoine was the Head of Group Structured Trade and Commodity Finance for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. From 2011 to 2013, Sidoine was a Director of Structured Trade Finance for BNP Paribas in Paris focusing on energy and commodity finance. Sidoine also held a number of roles at Marsh McLennan, Natixis and Group Fortis in Paris from 2001 to 2011.

Sidoine is a Non-executive director of SUNU Assurances Ghana. He holds an MSc in Business Management from the University of Toulouse, as well as a Masters in Banking and Financial Engineering from Toulouse Business School.

Eric Soubeiga

Principal

Eric Soubeiga

Principal

Eric is Principal at Enko Capital, located in the Johannesburg office. He is responsible for portfolio management of Enko’s private equity strategy. Prior to Enko Capital, Eric was Senior Investment Officer at International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was the Anchor for health and education across Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to IFC, Eric worked in finance between 2005 and 2011 in London where he held roles in Consultancy and Transaction Advisory, Leveraged Finance and latterly Private Equity focusing on investing in UK and European companies in the IT, business services, healthcare, manufacturing, media and telecom sectors.

Eric is also an academic by background. He held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham where he was involved in academic research as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision. His area of expertise is Operations Research and Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence. Eric holds a PhD, MPhil and an MSc in Operations Research from the University of Nottingham, ENSIMAG and USTHB respectively.

Tineyi Kuipa

Senior Investment Officer

Tineyi Kuipa

Senior Investment Officer

Tineyi is a Senior Investment Officer for Enko’s private equity strategy, located in the Johannesburg office. He undertakes deal origination, processing and structuring, documentation and portfolio management. He is a Chartered Accountant and Private Equity professional with over 10 years of international experience. He started his career as an Associate with Deloitte LLP in London where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining KPMG LLP’s London based Private Equity advisory team where he worked on mid-market, pan-European transactions across various industries and sectors.

Tineyi holds a BSc degree from Bristol University’s School of Medical Sciences, a MSc degree from Exeter University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Guillaume Murat

Analyst

Guillaume Murat

Analyst

Guillaume is a private equity Analyst, based in the Johannesburg office. He is responsible for research, company valuations, the execution of investment opportunities, and monitoring the existing portfolio. Prior to joining Enko, Guillaume worked in Private Equity for Emerging Capital Partners in Paris focusing on francophone Africa. He also has experience in Investment Banking.

Guillaume holds a MSc in Strategy & Consulting from EDHEC Business School.

Tendai Sakaike, CAIA

Senior Financial Analyst

Tendai Sakaike, CAIA

Senior Financial Analyst

Tendai is the Head of Equity Research for Enko, located in the Johannesburg office. He has 10 years’ experience working in African listed capital markets and is responsible for managing and overseeing equity research, investment recommendations, and execution across the Enko Group. Tendai also contributes towards the credit analysis of corporate bonds.

Tendai holds an Honours Degree in Business and International Finance from Oxford Brookes University. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charterholder, and a CFA Level III Candidate.

Traore Brahima

Portfolio Manager

Traore Brahima

Portfolio Manager

Brahima is a Portfolio Manager for Enko Capital West Africa (ECWA), located in the Abidjan office. He is responsible for implementing the investment policy, in accordance with regulatory principles. Prior to joining ECWA, Brahima was an assistant analyst at the Conseil Regional de l’Epargne Publique des Marchés Financiers (CREPMF), the financial market regulatory body of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). He also worked at the BCEAO, the Central Bank of West African States, as an assistant financial analyst.

Brahima holds a Diplome d’Etudes Supérieures Bancaires et Financières (DESBF) from the West African Center for training and banking studies (COFEB) located at the headquarters of BCEAO in Dakar, Senegal.

Craig Stanley, CFA

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Craig Stanley, CFA

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Craig is a Partner, Chief Operating Officer with over 23 years of experience, located in the London office. His responsibilities include operations, finance, legal, compliance, marketing/IR for the Enko Group (UK, Mauritius, South Africa, and Côte d’Ivoire). Prior to Enko from 2009-2017 Craig was Managing Director for Terra Partners Group, a global frontier equity manager based in Malta, with offices in Zimbabwe, Serbia, Argentina, and Bangladesh. Before Terra, he was a Director at SCM, a superannuation consultant and investment manager in Sydney, Australia, where he oversaw business development, funds management, operations, and the firm’s investment committee. From 2002 until 2007, Craig was a Regional Director at Allegiance Capital (since acquired by Macquarie) responsible for business development in the southeast U.S. and Latin America, as well as producing external-focused research.

Craig has a BA (magna cum laude) from New York University. Craig studied for a Masters in Japanese at the University of Colorado, Boulder (he is conversant in Japanese). Craig was awarded the CFA charter in 2005.

Stephane Nouni, CFA

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Stephane Nouni, CFA

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Stephane is Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, located in the London Office. His responsibilities include the global oversight of fund portfolio risk, as well as Enko’s compliance systems. Stephane was previously Head of Market Risks Analysis for Société Générale in Paris from 2010 until 2019 where he implemented risk frameworks to qualify and quantify the equity portfolio exposures. He also oversaw a number of investment banking regulatory implementations. From 2009 to 2010, he was a Short-Term Liquidity Analyst for Dexia Bank where he contributed to idea generation and implementation of short-term liquidity strategies.

Stephane holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Centrale School in Nantes, and an MSc in Financial Techniques from ESSEC Business School in Paris. He was awarded the CFA charter in 2017.

Mireille Nkontchou

Deputy CEO, Enko Capital Central Africa

Mireille Nkontchou

Deputy CEO, Enko Capital Central Africa

Aïda Diop

Deputy CEO, Enko Capital West Africa

Aïda Diop

Deputy CEO, Enko Capital West Africa

Aïda is responsible for administrative, financial, operational, and commercial tasks for Enko Capital West Africa (ECWA).

Prior to joining Enko, Aïda was the head of capital markets at Everest Finance in Dakar, Senegal. Aïda also spent time working in Paris, as an assistant trader at Exane Asset Management and as a Middle Office Manager at BNP Paribas Securities Services.

Aïda holds a Master’s degree in banking, finance, and risk management from the university “La Sorbonne” in Paris, France.

Holly Jackson

Director, Compliance

Holly Jackson

Director, Compliance

Holly is a Director of Compliance for Enko, based in the London office. She is responsible for all compliance elements for the Enko Group, including the firm’s relationship with the FCA, regulatory changes and ongoing firm compliance.

Prior to joining Enko, from 2020-2021 Holly was responsible for UK compliance oversight for OTCex Group, a brokerage firm domiciled in France with significant UK operations. From 2016-2019 she was based in Australia as a Compliance Officer for brokerage firm Virtu ITG.

Holly has a BSc. from the University of Melbourne.

Maria Mushuku

Senior Operations Analyst

Maria Mushuku

Senior Operations Analyst

Maria is a Senior Operations Analyst, located in the Johannesburg office. She is responsible for operational and risk management for Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy. Maria focused on trade life cycle management; payments and margins; cash management; and acts as a counterparty and administrator liaison. Prior to joining Enko in 2016, Maria was a Marketing Assistant at Walgary Trading, and prior to that a Research Analyst for Constantine Advisors.

Maria has a Bachelor in Banking and Finance from University of Namibia and a Master’s degree in Finance and Investments from Sheffield Hallam University.

Zizipho Nyewe

Operations Analyst

Zizipho Nyewe

Operations Analyst

Zizipho is an Operations Analyst, located in the Johannesburg office. She is responsible for operational and risk management for Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy. Prior to joining Enko, Zizipho was an Institutional Investment administrator at Sygnia Asset management, and prior to that was a Fund administrator at Curo Fund services.

Zizipho holds a diploma in Accounting and a Btech in Internal Auditing (Cum Laude) from Nelson Mandela University. She also holds a post graduate diploma in risk management from University of South Africa and has been a Golden Key South Africa member since 2019.

Samenther Tsotetsi

Operations Analyst

Samenther Tsotetsi

Operations Analyst

Samenther is an Operations Analyst, located in the Johannesburg office. She is responsible for operational and risk management for Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy. Prior to joining Enko, she was a Middle Office Analyst at JP Morgan in Johannesburg.

Samenther holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management from Milpark Education and is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management from the University of South Africa.

Zikora Enwani

Operations Analyst

Zikora Enwani

Operations Analyst

Zikora is an Operations Analyst, located in the London office. She is responsible for operational and risk management as well as compliance, for Enko’s absolute return Africa debt strategy.

Zikora holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Bristol and a MSc in Energy Engineer from the University of Sheffield.

Knowledge Chindoko

Finance Manager

Knowledge Chindoko

Finance Manager

Knowledge is Financial Manager for Enko’s private equity strategy, located in the Johannesburg office. He is responsible for preparing consolidated financial accounts, cashflow forecasts and investor reporting. Prior to joining Enko in 2018, Knowledge worked as an assistant analyst at Profectus Group specializing in Spend Optimization, Research and Accounts payable.

Knowledge holds a Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree and Accounting Diploma from the University of Johannesburg.

Musawenkosi Hlabangana

Finance Officer

Musawenkosi Hlabangana

Finance Officer

Musa is Finance Officer for Enko’s private equity strategy, located in the Johannesburg office. He is responsible for keeping and interpreting financial records. Prior to joining Enko, Musa worked as Financial Account for Enko Education.

Musa holds a degree in BCom Accounting from Pearson Institute of Higher Education and is in the process of obtaining his charted Accountant qualification with the ACCA.

Fatime Oyohounde

Compliance

Fatime Oyohounde

Compliance

Fatime is a Compliance and Regulatory Officer for Enko Capital West Africa (ECWA), located in the Abidjan office. She is responsible for preparing daily NAV reports, controlling and monitoring operational activities, and reporting to the regulator.

Fatime holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance Accounting and Auditing. She is also undertaking a master’s degree in Audit and Management Control from HETEC, Abidjan.

Gaelle Nana

Administration

Gaelle Nana

Administration

Gaelle is Enko’s Office Administrator in Johannesburg. She joined Enko in 2008 and handles the day-to-day office administrative duties. She assists in the development and implementation of firm policies and procedures; manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, programs and practices within the firm; maintains accounts payable, receivables and monthly billing.

Gaelle holds a B.Tech degree in Banking from the University of Johannesburg

Regine Nguessan

Administration

Regine Nguessan

Administration

Régine is Enko’s office administrator in Abidjan. She is responsible for administrative and accounting tasks for Enko Capital West Africa (ECWA).

Régine holds a Higher Technician’s Certificate in Finance and Accounting from Offoumou Yapo School.

Katherine Cowell

Director, Head of Marketing and Investor Relations

Katherine Cowell

Director, Head of Marketing and Investor Relations

Katherine is the Head of Marketing and Investor Relations, located in the London office. She is responsible for all mission-critical facets of business development, including fund raising, investor relations and marketing.

Katherine is an experienced institutional sales professional, with a network of institutional and private wealth investors throughout the UK, mainland Europe, Australasia and the U.S., developed over the past 23 years. Katherine has specialised professionally in fixed income for over 17 years.

Katherine has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in business, history and law. She is a keen sailor, participating in offshore racing where time allows. She also enjoys ancient history and is currently writing a PhD in Classical History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Nick White

Associate, Business Development

Nick White

Associate, Business Development

Nick is a Business Development Associate for Enko’s debt strategies, located in the London office. His responsibilities include global business development, marketing, database management and investor relations. From 2017 to 2019, Nick was an Analyst for Murano Connect, where he advised hedge funds and private equity firms on their asset raising strategy in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Nick has a BA in Political Science from The University of Birmingham.

Eric Anthony N’Zian

Manager, Investor Relations

Eric Anthony N’Zian

Manager, Investor Relations

Eric is a Manager, Investor Relations for Enko Capital West Africa. Eric has 8 years of experience in the financial sector having begun his career as an account manager for bank insurance products at BNI asset management. In 2017, Eric became the Head of Corporations at BNI Gestion, where he managed the investor relations team. In 2020, Eric joined Sika Finance as a to work on the marketing and investor relations before joining Enko in 2022.

Eric holds a master’s degree in finance.