Africa Investment Forum

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, announced the appointment of Chinelo Anohu, a highly accomplished international corporate lawyer, as head and senior director of the Africa Investment Forum.

The appointment of Anohu, a member of the London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Board, took effect from 01 September 2019. She also served as Director-General of the National Pension Commission of Nigeria for five years.

With a formidable track record in formulating investment strategies, Anohu brings extensive knowledge of institutional investment practice and experience in attracting new capital, expertise in the development of innovative asset classes, spanning pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and private family wealth funds.

Second Africa Investment Forum

The Bank is set to hold the 2019 edition of the Africa Investment Forum on 11-13 November 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a successful inaugural edition last year that attracted $39 billion in investment interests for bankable deals in Africa.

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The Africa Investment Forum has become Africa’s premier multi-stakeholder transactional platform for leveraging investments from the private sector, African and global financial institutions, global pension funds and sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors.

It also provides an unparalleled platform for engagements with African Heads of State and Governments to discuss, in the Forum’s unique “Investment Board Rooms”, policy, business and investment incentives to close transactions in real-time.

Adesina said: “I am delighted that Chinelo Anohu is joining us as the Head and Senior Director of the Africa Investment Forum. Her can-do-attitude, leadership, hands-on experience in working with global pension funds and institutional investors, and extensive global networks among institutional investors, will significantly position and help the Africa Investment Forum to drive its global agenda to attract more investments to Africa.”

Anohu began her professional career as an attorney with the global oil conglomerate, Chevron, Nigeria. She worked in legal and financial services firms in Nigeria and the UK before joining the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises, the implementation agency for the reform and privatization of state-owned enterprises.

As a consultant assigned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), she helped to restructure and privatise the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, Nicon Hilton Hotel and AfriBank, among several others.

An adept and sound negotiator, she successfully worked with acquiring entities, liaising and managing complex relationships, including with the Nigerian National Assembly and labour organisations.

Under her leadership as Director-General of the Nigerian Pension Commission, the number of contributors rose from 5 million to close to 8 million, while assets under management grew from $19.3 billion to a record $42 billion.

She also introduced innovative micro pension structures that created opportunities for informal sector workers to be included in the contributory pension scheme.

She graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a Master's degree in Computer and Communications Law from the London School of Economics in 2000. She has studied at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and the Insead Business School, France.