At Diatom, we believe in the power of the village. Not too long ago we were our brothers' keepers. The whole community was our parent. Everyone participated in our education, in our development, and wellbeing. Our village encouraged us, and supported us. Everyone was everyone's responsibility. This is the profound trust that we have all forgotten - we are our brothers' keepers.
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. Osibo is a Director at Diatom and Partner at Platform Capital Group, where he is responsible for fundraising, social impact strategy, investment, and investor relations. Dr. Osibo has over 14 years of private equity and research experience in deal structuring, investment management, fundraising, market intelligence, non-profit management, and business development. He is passionate about using data-driven insights and investment to scale social impact across the continent.
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.
Power the Village, Change the Narrative