Richard Okello is co-founder and CEO of Sango Capital, an African focused investment company managing a private equity fund that invests directly into both companies and third party private equity funds. Sango capital aims to become the preferred partner in Africa for sophisticated global investors. Prior to founding Sango, Richard was a Principal at Makena Capital Management, a US$15bln private endowment managing assets for sophisticated global institutional clients. At Makena, Richard managed the firm’s global fixed income and active currency management investments, both of which were substantially allocated to emerging markets, led the firm’s Africa investment efforts, oversaw the research forum designed to pursue new investment ideas and was a member of the firm’s investment forum that oversaw all public and private asset class investment decisions. Prior to joining Makena, Richard was a Partner at Bridgewater Associates, a global hedge fund, where he worked for close to 10 years. Mr. Okello graduated from Swarthmore College in 1998 with an A.B in economics with Honors and a minor in public policy in 3 years and earned his MBA from the Lubin school of business at Pace University in 2003 Cum Laude. He currently serves on the board of the Human Horizons Foundation, and the African Leadership Foundation.
Mr Béavogui is Director, Partnership and Resource Mobilization and Senior Advisor to the President, IFAD. Mr Beavogui assumed this post in November 2011. A Guinean national, his 25-year career in development spans three continents and is concentrated on policy and strategy formulation, as well as project and programme management in the area of agricultural and rural development. Mr Béavogui joined IFAD in 2001 as Director for West and Central Africa (WCA). In this capacity, and as a member of IFAD’s Management Team, he was responsible for designing and implementing the loans and grants programme for the WCA region. In addition, Mr. Beavogui contributed to IFAD’s change management process, and in this context, led the formulation of the institution’s first Knowledge Management Strategy.
Prior to joining IFAD, Mr Béavogui spent seven years with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), both at headquarters in New York and in the field, as Regional Co-ordinator. In this role, he was responsible for establishing the organization's first full-fledged regional office in Africa, and for substantially increasing and diversifying UNOPS’ Africa portfolio. Mr Béavogui’s success at UNOPS built upon his nine-year tenure at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where he held a number of positions, both in the field and in Rome, cumulating in his role as Senior Country Program Officer with oversight for several countries. Mr Béavogui started his career working for the Guinean Government’s National Centre for Industrial Maintenance. He left as Director of operations to become Engineer and Technical Director at the UN supported African Regional Centre for Engineering Design and Manufacturing (ARCEDEM) in Nigeria.
Mr Beavogui holds a Masters degree in Engineering with a major in Machine Design and has completed several Executive Management programmes notably at Cambridge University and Harvard’s Kennedy School. He is the recipient of several governmental and institutional honours.
Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the generation that leads the continent over the next 50 years will be the most critical determinant of Africa’s future. In line with this belief, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network. In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.