- Founder, Africa 2.0 Foundation, South Africa
Mamadou is Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital, a leading Investment and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems. He was previously Managing Director with GE Africa. In this role, Mamadou led a regional Capital Markets (Sales and Project Finance) team across Sub-Saharan Africa supporting GE’s industrial business growth with sales’ funding and investment solutions. Before joining GE, Mamadou worked at IFC (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) in the Infrastructure Department mostly in charge of private sector investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies sector covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he worked at Fortis Group (now BNP Paribas) in Paris within the Investment Banking Team focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, Government Advisory, Privatizations and Project Finance mostly in Infrastructure covering Africa. His work included investment transactions, sector restructuring, advisory assignments in Power, Water and Telecommunications sector. He started his professional career with KPMG Audit France as an audit consultant. Over the last 15 years, he has worked on advisory assignments and various investment transactions in more than 26 African countries driving growth on the continent and leading a total value of transactions exceeding US$30 billion. More recently, he contributed to various publications on infrastructure, telecommunications, media and fin-tech. He has committed his passion for Africa since early age, as he started his first NGO at the age of 19, (Afrique Tandem) mobilizing more than a hundred African students across Europe to enable skills and knowledge transfer into the continent through concrete uplifting projects and linkages programs. After completing high school at Lycee Louis Le Grand in Paris, he graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC B usiness School, in France) with a Master of Science in Management. He completed the Executive Training Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Public Private Partnerships. Mamadou speaks 6 languages fluently (French, English, Spanish, German and two African languages) and loves Art, Philosophy, Music and History books. Mamadou was ranked among the top 100 most influential people in Africa in 2012 by New African Business Magazine. In 2013, BRICS Business Magazine identified him among to 25 Faces of the New Africa. In addition, in 2014, Mamadou was considered by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa. In 2015 in Davos, he received a distinction as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0 Foundation, an initiative-driven advocacy group that brings together emerging leaders representing African countries and the Diaspora, who share a common vision of the continent’s future (www.africa2point0.org).