Mr. Magatte DIOP – President & Founder
Mr. Magatte Diop is a banker and an entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience in international finance and management. He is the Chairman of Peacock Investments, a housing and real estate development company in Dakar, building thousands of housing units in Senegal and West Africa. He is the founder of ILICO-SAGEF Group, composed of a life insurance company and a real estate development company, where he served as the Chairman of the group until 2010. Previously, Mr. Diop was the Managing Director of M. R. Beal, an international financial firm which he founded after leaving CitiCorp.
Between 1990 and 1993, Mr. Diop was the Vice President and Regional Director of Citibank/CitiCorp for West and Central Africa. Mr. Magatte Diop supervised the bank’s relationships with more than 200 financial institutions including central banks, development banks, commercial banks and government agencies in the African region. He recently founded a think tank called CERSSEM (Center for Strategic Studies for the Emergence of Senegal) to participate in the formulation of new economic policies for the development of Senegal and is decorated with the Medal of Merit by the Republic of Senegal.
Mr. Diop is the President of the African Chamber of Commerce in New York and is very active in initiatives promoting commerce and investments between the United States and Africa. He is a board member of IntraHealth North Carolina, where he serves as President of the audit and finance committee. Mr. Diop has also served as an Advisory Board member of Dalberg Development Advisors. He has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Stern Business School at New-York University.
Mrs. Assana ALIO – Managing Director
Assana Alio has over six years work experience in public services as well as in business. She holds extensive experience from the African Development Bank, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and U.S Bank.
Assana is a bilingual (French, English) International Affairs professional with proven experience in African development projects, evaluation of social and economic development programming and processes, international business, financial and organizational management.
Ms. Alio is a board member of Diaspora Capital LLP (dCAP), a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused impact investment vehicle which democratizes impact investment by leveraging “citizen capital” from Africans in the diaspora to provide alternative access to finance and management support to SMEs in Africa.
Ms. Alio holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia Southern University in Georgia, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA.
Mr. Ousmane NDIAYE – Senior Consultant
Mr. Ousmane Ndiaye has over 30 years work experience in public services as well as in business. He progressively held influent positions in public administration,
He served as Secretary of the Government of Senegal from 1995 to 2000, Technical Advisor to Prime Minister Responsible for Financial Matters from 1994 to 1995. He was Head of the Department of Taxation of the Commission of the West African Economic Union in 1995 and the Director of taxes and districts and President of the National Accounting Council of Senegal from 1986 to 1990 and General Inspector of State in 2004.
In the private sector, Mr. Ndiaye was the Managing Director of SONADIS, a supply and distribution company in Senegal, from 1984 to 1986, Director of Legal Affairs, Taxation and Litigation at MAERSK Senegal from 2002 to 2003, Auditor of COSENAM, a shipping company, from 1978 to 1984 and Administrator representing the State of Senegal in the board of administrators of BICIS, an investment bank in Senegal, from 1987 to 1990.
Mr. Ndiaye holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Dakar, a degree from the National Tax School of Clermont-Ferrand in France and the Certificate of Integrated Management Program for Foreign Managers from the National School of Administration of Quebec-Canada.
He is an Honorary Citizen of Kansas City in the USA and Commander of the national merit order of Senegal.
Mr. Karim DIOP – Senior Consultant
Mr. Karim Diop is the President of Société d’Aménagement de Gestion et d’Équipements Fonciers (SAGEF) in Senegal. He has over 20 years of experience in construction and housing market of Senegal. He is a leader and expert in managing relations with financial institutions for the regrouping of Real Estate Promoters of the construction market in Senegal. He has extensive experience in the finance and marketing, gained at companies such as Iridium and Citibank.
Mr. Diop holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Bentley University.
Mr. Kwame MARFO – Senior Consultant
Kwame is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Africa Empowerment Fund. He has a decade and half of experience in business (financial services in New York and the City of London), government, civil society and media sectors across four continents. His experiences range from advising a $7 billion diversified industrial conglomerate in India in a $135 million proposition to enter into a new market, to advising an agribusiness in Ghana in raising $25 million to launch a new venture to secure its raw material base. He is the founder of West Africa-focused investment platform, Diaspora Capital LLP, where he chairs the Investment Committee and leads the team in sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, structuring, monitoring investments and providing technical and operational support to portfolio firms. At the Bank of England, he was a member of a select team of four, which led the Bank in advising on the strategy and long-term viability of the business models of a diverse group of firms, with combined assets of $3 trillion and 300,000 employees.
In civil society, Kwame has worked for #StandWithCongo, a global human rights group campaigning for transparency in mining in the Democratic Republic Congo. Kwame is the International Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary, When Elephants Fight, which was Executive Produced and Narrated by Robin Wright (Claire Underwood from House of Cards). He writes a regular column for ZNews Africa and has also written for Business and Financial Times, Citi Business News, Africa at LSE, Modern Ghana, and MyJoyOnline. Kwame is on the Board of the Microfinance Club of New York and Nuku Inc., an Accra-based health and nutritional company working to create malaria-free zones in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He has a BS (Hons) from Binghamton University, an MBA from the Ross School of Business (Michigan) and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Mr. Cheikhou TRAORÉ – Investment Officer
Mr.Traoré is an investment officer with experience in the field of management, finance, business and customer service. Prior to joining PCAG, Mr. Traoré’s worked with Deritz Catering Management in London U.K as an Assistant Operation Manager to develop financial management models for revenue generating and client retention. Previously, Mr. Traoré’s worked as a Financial Analyst at DRS/SFD (Direction de la Règlementation et de la Supervision des Systèmes Financiers Décentralisés) at the Senegalese Ministry of Finance.
Mr. Traoré holds an M.B.A. in International Business from UWIC University (University of Wales Institute Cardiff) in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Aby SANOKHO – Business Development Officer