EA board of directors

Olamide “Lami” Ajibesin

Lami AJIBESIN has a passion for deals and has spent the last 15 years mastering and executing various aspects of the deal continuum, Including mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure/ Project finance and corporate finance Transactions. Lami’s transaction size experience ranges from $100M to transactions exceeding $5B. She is currently a senior Director in the New York office of Duff & Phelps, LLC and is part of the M&A Transaction Advisory practice

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Lami was in the deal advisory practice of KPMG LLP and was also involved in special projects including assisting in the creation of a restructuring service line.

In the course of her career, Lami has executed over 150 deals for private equity and strategic acquirers in a variety of industries, including energy (E&P/Oil and Gas, Power), manufacturing, financial services, Technology and Consumer Products. She has also advised on a number of multinational and cross-border transactions in EMEA, U.K, and Asia.

Lami received her MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and her B.S. in accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She enjoys fine dining, travel and spending time with her family.

Kenneth Allen

Kenneth is the founder of Azurest Partners. He has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, business strategy and project management His prior experience includes senior roles at Lehman Brothers as well as JP Morgan Chase’s Investment Bank.

At Azurest Partners, Kenneth focuses on client development, managing transactions for companies in Nigeria, Ghana, Trinidad, Jamaica and the United States of America

At Lehman Brothers, Kenneth covered clients in the business services, telecoms / information services, financial technology and the Internet/technology sectors. Client companies included Accenture, ACS (now part of Xerox), EDS, IBM and Perot Systems.

Kenneth has been involved in equity and debt capital raising transactions as well as M&A assignments on behalf of his clients. He has prior transactional experience in Africa, the United States and the Caribbean.

He also served in the Corporate Strategy group at Lehman Brothers and has served as a CAO in the Mortgage Capital division of that company.

At JP Morgan Chase, he was a Global Business Manager, overseeing planning and administration, compliance-related activities, management reporting and special projects for those various groups in the global Corporate & Investment Bank.

Kenneth received a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania Kenneth has a Program Certificate from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria He also has an MBA and a Masters in Education from Stanford University.

Franklin Olakunle Amoo

Franklin Olakunle Amoo is a Partner and Senior Principal at Aristeia Global Advisors, a boutique Merchant Bank and Advisory Firm with a focus on developing markets and emerging industries, as well as a founding Partner of Baylis Emerging Markets, a specialized asset manager focused on investments in frontier and emerging markets. Franklin also acts as the Managing Member of Whitman Group Holdings and Board Director of Amoo Holdings Group, investment holding companies housing the portfolio of companies which he has either founded or in which he has invested.

Prior to co-founding Baylis Funds and joining Aristeia, Franklin led the Strategic Credit Group at Mizuho Securities USA, overseeing the firm’s activities with regards to originating, structuring and trading illiquid and real assets. At Mizuho, Franklin helped establish the CLO, High Yield sales and trading, secondary loan trading, structured finance and asset finance businesses. His mandate included originating, structuring and syndicating private capital raising and overseeing the secondary loan and trade claims trading businesses. Having spent roughly 15 years working for a number of Wall Street firms across roles in proprietary credit trading, principal investments, investment banking, research and institutional sales & trading, Franklin’s expertise has been in structuring and arranging project & asset finance, infrastructure, energy, export credit backed, asset finance, leasing, securitizations, contract monetization and specialty finance transactions in developed, emerging and frontier markets. He has developed recognized expertise in macroeconomic and fundamental credit analysis.

Franklin chairs the Loan Market Association’s Task Force on African Secondary Loan Trading, serves on the China Market Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group, serves on the advisory board of Africa GreenCo and is Director of Whitman Group Holdings, a family investment company. Mr. Amoo is in service to the boards of the Collegiate School Alumni Executive Council, the Columbia University Young Lions Alumni Council, Prep for Prep and the Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn, chairs the board of the Fort Greene Family Support Group and formerly served as a director on the Executive Board of the United Nation Foundation’s Young Professionals.

Franklin is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University as well as an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Howard E. Mitchell and a Venture Incubation Program Fellow.

Gerald Cooper

Gerald Cooper is a partner at Campbell Lutyens and is based in New York. Prior to joining Campbell Lutyens, Gerald spent 12 years at UBS advising on secondary transactions most recently as Global Co-head of Secondary Advisory in the Private Fund Group in New York.

Prior to joining UBS, Gerald worked at Advantage Capital Partners focusing on direct investments in the Midwest and Southeast and before that worked in the corporate finance and equity capital markets team of Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Company in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Gerald has advised on over $17 billion worth of secondary transactions including both LP focused and GP-led mandates.

Charles Harkless

Charles is a co-founder and Managing Director at Satori Consulting, a management consultancy formed in 2002 to provide top talent to enable emerging practice areas and to help optimize strategy execution in enterprise clients. Charles has deep expertise helping clients to define and realize opportunities, to lead and govern critical initiatives and functions, and to navigate change.

He has worked as a management consultant since 1988, with significant experience the in the financial services, technology, and communications sectors at clients such as Goldman Sachs, State Street, Bourse de Paris, Pfizer, AT&T, Verizon and Cisco. Since founding Satori, Charles has been actively involved helping client front office, technology, operations, human resources, finance, compliance and risk organizations improve their “internal consulting” capabilities to be more impactful orchestrators of change. Prior to founding Satori, Charles was a Partner at Accenture. As a senior executive at Accenture, Charles helped establish its Change Management practice in the Communications and High Tech industries and was a member of that practice’s leadership team.

Charles Has served on the Board of Trustees at both Trinity School in New York and west side Montessori school in New York.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Operations Research) from Princeton University

Paula Campbell Roberts

Paula Campbell Roberts joined KKR in 2017 as a Director on the Global Macro and Asset Allocation team. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Roberts was an executive director of Morgan Stanley and the US Consumer Economist. Leading coverage of the consumer sector on the US economics team, she provided in-depth analysis and research on the spending and balance-sheet dynamics of US households, and forecasted key short-term consumer and sector indicators. Prior to that, she was a management consultant leading case teams and advising Fortune 500 companies at Bain & Co.

Paula earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. Currently, Ms. Roberts serves on the boards of The Brearley School, the Anthony Trust Association, and the American Friends of Jamaica. She is also a Compass Charter School Advisory Board member.

Olumide S. Wilkey, CFA, CPWA

Olumide (Miday) Wilkey joined UBS in 2002 and focuses on advising corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and financiers — on financial strategies and techniques suited to their unique circumstances. Miday’s career spans the breadth of the financial services industry. He was a senior merchant banker with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank), and also worked as an equity research analyst and portfolio manager with a focus on domestic U.S. small- and mid- capitalization companies. His early experiences included negotiating trade agreements for General Electric in China, Korea and the Middle East. Beginning in the late 1980s, Miday worked on leveraged buyouts with leading private equity firms, including international and emerging market investments, and served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies. He was Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Key Investors Corporation, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based international private equity firm. Miday became involved in international buyouts while associated with Forstmann Rayfield & Company, an affiliate of New York private equity firm, Forstmann Little & Company.

Miday is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He holds the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and insurance licenses. Miday has completed the CPWA® program through the Investment Management Consultants Association. His academic credentials include an M.B.A from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Miday’s recent and current community service activities include the following roles.

  • Trustee, Community Services Division, Jewish Home Lifecare
  • Trustee, Unitarian Church of All Souls
  • Trustee, Manhattan Country School
  • Chairman Emeritus, Board of Managers, Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA

Born in London, England, and of Nigerian heritage, Miday has lived in metropolitan New York City for over twenty years. He is married and has four children.

Alvin Moonesar

Alvin is a founder and managing director at ama consulting, a management
Consultancy formed in 2014 to provide top talent to manage and optimize the mission, goals and objective of organizations. Alvin has deep expertise helping clients to diagnose, define and realize opportunities, providing support to lead and govern their organizations, as well as strategies and tools to navigate change.

He has worked as a management consultant since 2006, with significant experience in strategic planning, human rerource management, fiscal management, technology deployment and implementation, budget development, fund development, and board
Development. He is an adjunct professor in organizational/human resource graduate level courses.

Alvin spent 16 years with the ymca of greater ny, holding positions from business manager to associate executive director. He has consulted with organizations and provided leadership & training since 2006.

Alvin holds a bachelors and masters degree from brooklyn college – city university of ny. He held various committee memberships and roles: chapter president for ymca professional association, conference member, speaker at nyu asian diversity conference, national trainer for the ymca.

Alvin’s passion for making a difference in the lives of people, through the work he does, made him the ideal candidate to lead the equity alliance.