Programme Director, Invest in Africa
IIA’s visions is to creating ‘thriving African economies’, by connecting corporates to credible local African SMEs and giving those SMEs better access to skills, markets and finance. The impact and success of IIA’s work is measured by the number of jobs created, improvement in competiveness and new linkages to contracts and finance. IIA’s work unites leading companies, across sectors, pooling needs and resources to create solutions that are more timely, impactful and cost efficient than acting alone. In 2014 IIA launched West Africa’s first online, cross-sector business portal, The African Partner Pool (APP) to connect validated local SMEs to corporates, the tenders in their supply chains as well as the skills and finance needed to raise standards. In 2015 IIA received funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) & FMO to deliver a three year business skills training and mentoring programme for high growth potential SMEs.