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Ada Osakwe

Ada Osakwe

Ada Osakwe is a Nigerian economist, entrepreneur and corporate executive and founder of Agrolay Ventures, an agribusiness investment company based in Nigeria, which invests in African agricultural food-related companies.

Background information

Full Name: Ada Osakwe

Born: 2 September 1981

Birth place: Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Alma mater: University of Hull, University of Warwick, Kellogg School of Management

Famous as: Business executive

Years active: 1990 – present

Title: Managing Director & CEO, Agrolay Ventures

Religion: Christian

Ada Osakwe

Biographical and educational history

Ada Osakwe was born in Nigeria on 2 September 1981. She attended secondary school in Lagos for her A-Level education and graduated from the University of Hull, in the United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Her Master of Science in Economics and Finance was obtained from the University of Warwick, also in the UK.

She also holds a Master of Business Administration, obtained from the Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois in the United States.

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Ada Osakwe

Professional career

Ada Osakwe first worked as an investment banker with BNP Paribas at their London office.

She then worked as a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank (AfDB), mainly in the area of infrastructure finance, serving in that capacity for four years. She was based in Tunis.

Later, Ada Osakwe served as vice-president at Kuramo Capital Management, a private equity company based in New York City.

From November 2012 until May 2015, Ada Osakwe was the Senior Investment Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina.

After her work with the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture, Osakwe founded Agrolay Ventures. She also founded Nuli Juice, a restaurant chain in Nigeria.

In 2017, Ada Osakwe was appointed to the board of One Acre Fund, a Kenya-based financial and educational non-government organisation that serves small-scale farmers in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Ada Osakwe

Ada Osakwe Other Activities

The entrepreneur who feels Nigeria has left small business to navigate COVID-19 alone.

Ada Osakwe becomes first African to give a speech at the convocation ceremony of Kellogg School of Management.

Ada Osakwe

Awards and recognitions

In December 2014, Ada was named among the “Twenty Youngest Power Women in Africa 2014”, by Forbes Magazine.

Groves Gift in Economics by the University of Hall 2003

Achiever in Agriculture at Nigeria Agriculture Awards 2015

Young Global Leader at Woman Economic Forum 2016


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