Alumni Advisory Board

Alumni Advisory Board

SEO Africa’s alumni advisory board is made up of some of the top business people in Africa. Our board oversees the sustainability and expansion of our programme.

Sidumiso Sibanda – Managing Director, SEO Africa (SEO 2006)

Sidumiso attended the University of Sheffield in the UK where she earned a dual Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.  In the summer of 2006, Sidumiso obtained her internship at Deutsche Bank in London through SEO. Upon graduation, she chose to work for HSBC within their FX and Money Markets team, before moving into M&A and Debt Advisory at the Rothschild Group and subsequently McQueen, a Consumer, Leisure and Retail specialist in London. Sidumiso has worked closely with SEO London over the last few years, and moved to Ghana in January 2014 to lead SEO Africa.

Edgar Seah – Co-founder & Director, SEO Africa (SEO 2001)

Edgar attended Carnegie Mellon University and obtained a Bachelors degree in Business and Economics. In the summer of 2001, he obtained his internship at Merrill Lynch in New York through SEO. Edgar worked full-time at Merrill Lynch for 7 years, his last role prior to building SEO Africa was as the Head of Mortgage Trading and Co-Head of Mortgage Origination for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Asia. Edgar is currently the Head of the Asia Pacific region at Hedera Hashgraph, a distributed ledger technology company.

Randolph Rodrigues – Head, Investment Banking, Stanbic Bank Ghana, Accra (SEO 2002)

Randolph attended Cornell University, and in 2002, obtained his internship at Credit Suisse in New York through SEO. He worked at Credit Suisse for 2 years in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group followed by 2.5 years at Microsoft in the Corporate Development Group. He then went to Harvard University for his MBA after which he returned to Investment Banking in the Chicago Office of Morgan Stanley. Randolph returned to Ghana in 2011 and is currently the Head of the Investment Banking Division at Stanbic Bank.

Funke Ijaiya-Oladipo – Head of Equity Capital Markets, Stanbic IBTC (Nigeria) (SEO London 2005)

Funke attended University College London, and in 2002 she obtained her internship at Goldman Sachs in London through SEO. She began her career in Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs in London, prior to moving to Stanbic IBTC in Nigeria. In a 12 year career, Funke has completed over 25 transactions in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa including equity capital raising, advising domestic and international companies on local and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructurings and divestments. Funke holds an M.Sc degree in Project & Enterprise Management from University College London, and she earned the right to use the CFA designation in 2015.

Labi Williams – Partner, Kuramo Capital Management (Nigeria) (SEO 1998)

Labi attended Carnegie Mellon University and in 1998 he participated in the SEO programme as an intern at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) in New York. After spending a few years in J.P. Morgan’s Structure Finance team, Labi earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He subsequently worked in Leveraged Finance, Corporate Finance and Structured Finance at Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse before returning to Nigeria with Actis where he was a Principal served on a special secondment working directly for the Chief Investment Officer at Actis across all funds. Labi then moved to Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria, where he was the Head of Client Coverage & Origination for West Africa. Labi is currently a Partner with Kuramo Capital Management, an Africa focused multi asset class investment manager and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee.

Devesh Shah – Board Liaison, International SEO Organizations (SEO 1995)

Devesh Shah serves as a Board Liaison for the International SEO Organizations.He is a renowned investment expert in equity derivatives, risk management and personal finance. Devesh began his career as a fixed income trader at Merill Lynch in 1997. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, where he ran Equity Derivatives Trading, started the first VIX Trading Business on Wall Street. He retired as a Partner of the firm in 2010. He is the co-inventor and patent applicant for CBOE VIX Volatility Index. Mr. Shah holds a Bachelor of Arts, Applied Mathematics in Finance, from Indiana University. He lives with his two children and wife in New York.

John Gadzi – Managing Director at Sentinel Global Partners (UK) Limited (SEO 1999)

John attended the University of Maryland, and following his SEO summer internship in 1999, he began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney. John served as a Manager at Lucent Technologies, Inc., focusing on corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions, prior to obtaining his MBA from Wharton Business School. John subsequently joined Goldman Sachs in New York where he focused on Industrial clients. John moved back to Ghana in 2012 and joined IC Securities as Head of Financial Advisory. John is currently Managing Director at Sentinel Global, a provider of bespoke advisory services, wealth management and small- to mid-cap private equity / fund management.

Chukuka Chukuma – Co-founder & Partner, Racecourse Capital, Lagos (SEO 1996)

Chukuka graduated from Baruch College in New York, and is alumnus of the SEO New York class of 1996. After working at a number of investment banks in New York, including J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Salomon Smith Barney, Chukuka moved back to Nigeria initially at Afrinvest and latterly at Stanbic Bank IBTC. Chukuka joined Stanbic as Head of Debt Solutions, where he set up the Property, Structured Trade, Acquisition & Leverage and Project Finance businesses. Subsequently, he was Head of Investment Banking Coverage for West Africa at Stanbic IBTC, where he originated investment banking business as well as more complex global market products. Chukuka is currently a Co-founder and Partner at Racecourse Capital, an advisory and principal investment firm.

The members of the board all credit their professional success and willingness to give back to their communities to the values imparted to them during their SEO summer experience.

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