Through the DFS Africa conferences, roundtable session, roadshows, and opinion polls, we facilitate conversations and generate actions that will create a funnel for development finance into Africa. The objective of the conversations that we drive is to promote best practices and ensure that both developmental and private finance is extended to the key sectors of the African economy.

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



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



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



and determined to consider all options raised during the conversations.



rigour to analytics and deduce the intelligence required to drive courageous to implementation of conversations



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



Policies, Long-term Strategies and Build institutions.



Strategies that spurs stakeholders into action.



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



on local resources and build local content.



political will to implement bold ideas.

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.

Zacharia Cassim

Senior Financial Engineer

Sameer Oukaili

Senior Analyst – Energy Investments

Oluwafemi Aiki

Senior Financial Analyst

Gbenga Emuwawon

Senior Technology Lead

Adebola Williams

Head of Public Relations

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