Founder and CEO
Our founder Ashley Bendell is a leading authority across Africa’s capital markets with experience in Public Equity (Research, Sales, Trading), Investment Banking, and Private Equity. He also maintains extensive, personal, and high level relationships across Africa and within the global Emerging Market investment community. Mr. Bendell has built a reputation for his engaging and unique take on developments across Africa and is regularly invited to share his experiences as an event host, moderator, and speaker.
Mr Bendell moved to New York in 2006 with Credit Suisse. Since 2007 he has spearheaded the international expansion of three leading Frontier and African focussed investment banking platforms in the USA; Exotix, Renaissance Capital, and African Alliance. His clients included major mutual, hedge, and private equity funds based in the USA, Europe, and Africa.
He has cultivated strong relationships with governments, stock exchanges, and senior company management in Africa, and has visited the continent on many occasions alongside some of world's largest financial institutions. In addition, Ashley has secured and hosted numerous investor roundtables with Presidents (Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana) and major corporate CEOs.
Ashley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Investment Analysis from Stirling University. He is honored to be a 'council member' of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the world's largest network of thought leaders and practitioners for 1-1 professional learning.