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Prior to AFIG Funds, Papa was Co-Founder and Investment Director at Emerging Markets Partnership in Washington (EMP, now ECP). He was one of three partners to raise and manage the USD 407 million AIG African Infrastructure Fund, which when launched in 2000, was the largest ever pan-African Fund. Before EMP, he worked in IFC’s investment department covering financial institutions in Africa between 1996 and 2000 and helped launch several landmark funds in Africa. Papa spent the early part of his career on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers and later joined JP Morgan’s Emerging Markets Group in 1992. In 1994, he launched JP Morgan’s securities trading in Africa and the Middle East.
In 2000, Papa was named Special Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs to the President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairman of the Senegalese Presidential Economic & Financial Advisory Council. In the same year, he launched MIDROC BVI, a direct investment vehicle for Sheikh Mohammed Al-Amoudi, a lead investor in the AIG African Infrastructure Fund.
He holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of Business, an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and a B.A. in economics from Harvard College. In 2004, he was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum of Davos and then as one of the ‘’Frontier 100 CEOs’’ of the Initiative for Global Development in 2009.
Prior to AFIG Funds, Patrice headed PromoCapital Haiti S.A., a transnational investment firm, where he led several investment banking transactions. Patrice began his Wall Street career in 1993 in JP Morgan’s Latin America M&A Group before joining the bank’s Emerging Markets Sales & Trading Group where he co-managed the Credit Derivatives Desk and became the head of the Finance Desk, a USD 7 billion portfolio of debt securities.
Patrice was appointed to the Finance and Risk Committee of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) as an independent member in 2021. GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries. GPE delivers funds and supporting solutions to build strong and resilient education systems for the benefit of children, especially girls, in lower-income countries.
Patrice is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a joint MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the School of Arts and Sciences in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Lauder Institute Global MBA program. He graduated from Harvard College in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences.
Prior to joining AFIG Funds in 2013, Kelechi was at Argentil Capital Partners where he originated and executed infrastructure transactions. Prior to Argentil, he worked with the Infrastructure and Natural Resources Group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and at ARM Investment Managers (with ~USD 2bn AUM), both in Nigeria. He serves on the boards of directors of 5 African companies, including FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd (Nigeria), NEM Insurance Plc (Nigeria), AXIS Pensions Group (Ghana).
Kelechi holds a Bachelor’s in Human Physiology from the University of Ibadan, and an M.B.A. from Lagos Business School. He is a Nigerian citizen.
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