Dr. Akintoye Akindele

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

Dr. Akintoye Akindele is an investor, entrepreneur, lecturer and philanthropist. He is the Founder of Synergy Capital Managers and Advisers and was Managing Partner of Synergy Capital Managers up until November 30th 2019. Dr. Akindele’s family office, Platform Capital, is a growth markets focused, sector agnostic, principal investment firm. Platform Capital deploys patient, value accretive capital alongside international and local value investors to create champion businesses with the ability for regional scale. It has 15+ investments in multiple sectors across the world. Dr. Akindele is also a faculty member at the University of Lagos Business School, lecturing on finance and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Akindele is passionate about the development and growth of entrepreneurs in Africa. He is a frequent speaker at leading business schools, conferences and seminars on investing in Africa, private investment in Africa and the role of entrepreneurship in Africa’s evolution. He supports and donates to various institutions that provide grants to entrepreneurs.

Dr. Ponmile Osibo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Osibo has over 13 years’ experience in research and private equity. Formerly with Synergy Capital Managers , he focused on fundraising & investor relations, Dr. Osibo is also a former Manager of Research with the African Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Dr. Anna Bethune

DIRECTOR OF IMPACT & RESEARCH

Dr. Bethune is a researcher, designer, and non-profit leader. She has research and practical expertise in youth development, design-thinking, microfinance, gender equity, and non-profit management. She received her Doctorate and Masters degrees from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. In 2010, Anna graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.Past research projects include girls in STEM, microfinance in Uganda, gender and poverty in Barbados, and youth civic innovation.