DFS Africa

DFS Africa

DFS Africa is a platform dedicated to connecting projects and businesses in Africa to the right financing sources globally. We help organisations and public authorities to structure their projects and businesses thereby positioning them for both developmental and private financing.

Our platform is unique in the sense that it creates an avenue for public authorities, policy makers, project sponsors, investors, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Private Financial Institutions to discuss best practices and the most efficient ways to scale businesses, structure projects and finance capital projects across Africa.

Our unique positioning at the intersection of project development and financing allows us to use the different initiatives within the DFS Africa platform to achieve our aim of making African businesses and projects more bankable.

The expertise of our team are being specifically directed to facilitating:

Foreign Direct Investments into Africa

Growth of local content / expertise across key sectors

Venture investments into high growth start ups

Founded in 2017, DFS Africa has grown through effective partnerships. DFS Africa forms alliances with Governments, Technical partners, Investors, Regional partners and International organisations to form partnerships that help our organisation secure, develop and operationalise projects, businesses and transactions.

Guiding Principles

Acknowledge that conversations are fundamental to changing situations and when sustained, conversations will drive changes.

Accept that conversations only becomes active if the right stakeholders are engaged.

Be determined to consider all options raised as part of these sustained conversations.

Leverage Institutions with shared interests – DFI’s and Multilateral Institutions.

Think Policies, Long term Strategies and Build institutions.

Design Strategies that spurs stakeholders into action.

Ensure the strategies developed can be easily delivered – Manage the critical gap between strategy design and delivery.

Leverage on local resources and build local content.

Seek the right political will.

Celebrate and shout out successes from the Hilltop.

Our Team

Our principals have a combined 50+ years experience of advising National Governments and Global Multinational Corporations in delivering Socio-economic and sustainable benefits across sectors such as Energy, Infrastructure, Technology and Agriculture.

Kola Karim

Advisory Board Chairman

Olakunle Olaniyi-Edwards

Olakunle Olaniyi-Edwards advises on Corporate Finance transactions. His experience cuts across financial sector, extractive industries and Public Sector financing. His field of expertise hinges on core understandings of Financial theories (Risk, Returns (Expected and Actual), Capital Allocation, Capital Structure, Pricing and Valuation), Financial Markets (Cash/Money, Equity, Debt and Derivatives markets), and Financial products (Cash, Equity, Debt and Derivatives).

His core skills are creating financial models on well researched assumptions and data, analyzing core financial statements, create pro‐forma artifacts, core valuation of companies, transaction origination, stakeholder management and corporate governance advisory.

He’s particularly keen on the social developmental effect of a well functioning market with good price discovery, transparency and deep liquidity pools, and the dent it makes on poverty. He has worked on numerous projects within leading Investment Banks such as HSBC, Barclays Capital and Lloyds Banking Group.

Kunle has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan and attended executive courses in Investments and Capital Markets at Harvard University, USA.

Bankole Eniola

Bankole Eniola is the Director of Project finance for DFS Africa. He has over 12 years’ experience in investment banking and project financing in leading financial services organisations such as HSBC, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Bankole's fields of expertise include Deal Origination and Structuring, Strategic Planning, Risk Analysis, Financial Modelling, Transaction Structuring and Deal Execution. Bankole’s core deliverables over the last decade includes setting up several public‐private partnerships, design of public procurement processes in infrastructure financing, pricing and regulation of infrastructure services; public and private sector performance monitoring and macroeconomic and fiscal performance evaluation.

Bankole is one of the experts on the African Economic Platform (AEP) working on the region's 10-year strategic plan for infrastructural development. He also consults for the African Development Bank (AfDB) and he is a regular contributor to infrastructure financing dialogues on the continent.

Bankole has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, a Masters degree in Infrastructure Financing from University College London and a MBA from Birmingham University.

Olukayode Yemi Afolabi

Olukayode Yemi Afolabi leads DFS Africa’s Private Equity and Impact Investing activities. In his role he curates platforms such as the Deal Room, Deal Portal and Investor Roundtables to fast track the deal making process in Africa. Kayode’s expertise is in Deal Structuring, Raising Capital, Board Governance and Operational Management to turn around financially distressed or undervalued companies and maximize shareholder value.

Prior to co-founding DFS Africa, Kayode worked with leading Investment Banks and FTSE 100 multinationals such as UBS, HSBC, Columbia-Threadneedle and British Telecoms leading large scale revenue-generating and regulatory programs.

Kayode has a bachelor’s degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Ilorin Nigeria and has attended several executive level courses at Harvard University and SAID Business School (University of Oxford) covering subjects such as Project Financing, Investments & Portfolio Analysis and Entrepreneurship.

Kayode’s professional mission is to make a significant and sustainable contribution to socio-economic development in Africa.

Yemi Aladerun

Yemi Aladerun is an architect experienced in delivering a variety of building projects, Yemi brings strong project management skills to the DFS team.

Yemi is a strategic thinker who seeks to drive and integrate Social Corporate Responsibility throughout the business to maximise its impact. She brings to the DFS team a strong ability to build relationships at all levels of the business and with external stakeholders to meet strategic objectives. Yemi also takes responsibility for corporate communications within DFS to promote the profile of the "company behind the brand".

Being passionate about social justice, Yemi champions social value within the DFS team. As an advocate for social mobility, Yemi mentors students and young professionals within the construction industry.

Yemi has a Batchelor of Arts in Architecture (RIBA Part 1), Graduate Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2), Master of Arts Architecture: Thinking Building and Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Architecture (RIBA Part 3) from Kingston University, London .

Adebola Williams

Adebola Williams was recently awarded the ArchBishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship and named by the UN as one of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent, Adebola has been profiled by Forbes and CNN as the man who helped three Presidents win elections consecutively in Africa.

Adebola is one of the most recognisable young leaders on the continent carrying the message of enterprise and leadership to inspire hope and faith from Africa to the world. His work and achievements have been celebrated over the years on several international platforms including CNN, Forbes, CNBC, amongst other platforms.

Adebola is a Mandela Washington Fellow, a member of the African Leadership Network, a British Council global changemaker, he sits on the boards of Africa Business Brain Trust and chairs the Young Entrepreneurs Network board.

He’s been named by Forbes as one of Africa's best entrepreneurs under 30, and recipient of the CNBC Young Business Leader of the Year award.

Zacharia Cassim

Zacharia is a professional financial advisor and an affiliate member of ACCA, the global body for chartered accountants. He holds a Masters in Infrastructure Investment & Finance from University College London (UCL).

Zacharia, a financial modelling expert, has vast experience in valuations, business strategic deal related support, market entry studies and financial modelling. Zacharia previously worked as financial advisor in the KPMG East Africa Deal Advisory Unit. Zacharia has significant country experience in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Sameer Oukaili

Senior Analyst – Energy Investments

Oluwafemi Aiki

Senior Financial Analyst

Gbenga Emuwawon

Senior Technology Lead

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