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Meet the Judges

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Audrey Obara

Regional Director, East Africa
Swedfund International AB

Audrey is the Regional Director, East Africa at Swedfund International AB, the development finance institution of the Swedish State. Swedfund’s mission is to fight poverty by investing in sustainable private enterprises.

Audrey is responsible for sourcing and leading transactions, working closely with co-investors and investees to develop and execute long-term strategies that deliver tangible development impact on communities. She is keen to work with innovative and sustainable private sector initiatives to enhance economic development in Africa. She has extensive experience in sustainable finance, investment appraisal, business modelling & valuation, technical accounting, development impact and corporate governance having worked with management and boards of several companies in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Swedfund, Audrey worked as a Senior Manager in the Transaction Advisory team at Deloitte Consulting Limited - East Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) honours degree from the University of Nairobi and has passed the CFA Level II exam.

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Madhuri Mukherjee

Senior Project Manager

Dalberg Global Advisors, Nairobi

Madhuri Mukherjee is a Senior Project Manager in the Nairobi office of Dalberg Global Advisors. Dalberg, her most recent focus has been on gender work – to push towards gender transformative work across sectors and client needs. She has engaged with international non-governmental organizations, foundations, and development finance institutions to work at the intersection of gender and climate, energy, investments, and agriculture. Madhuri serves as the Global Deputy for Dalberg’s Gender Practice area, which includes stewarding the firm’s engagements to be more gender and power aware and transformative as possible. Prior to joining Dalberg, Madhuri was an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse in India where she covered structured credit and loans portfolios spanning East Europe, Middle East & North Africa, and Southeast Asia regions and before that a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Madhuri has also done several short-term engagements for impact investing funds on portfolio due diligence and valuation of investment pipeline in East Africa and India. Madhuri is a former advisory board member of LXME. LXME is the first financial planning and investment platform for women, created and run by women in India. Madhuri holds an MA in International Business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management – Kozhikode, India, and a BA in Economics (Honors) from University of Delhi, India.

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Sarah Ngamau

Managing Director & Partner

Moremi Fund a Kuramo Capital Gender lens initiative 

Sarah leads Moremi Fund, a gender lens fund, financing gender diverse fund managers. Sarah is responsible for the strategy of the fund and identification, due diligence, structuring and execution of transactions as well as monitoring of investments and supporting the fund managers and entrepreneurs funded by them. Previously, Sarah was Managing Director at Creadev International, an evergreen private equity firm with USD $2 Bn under management, wholly owned by the French Mulliez Family. Sarah led the development of Creadev Africa strategy and was responsible for deal sourcing and execution of transactions as well as portfolio management. She represented Creadev in board positions and board committees in the investee companies providing her wealth of knowledge, experience and networks to unlock value for the companies. Before that Sarah was Vice President at Kuramo Capital Management LLC and for 7 years before that Junior partner and Investment Manager at TBL Mirror Fund, a private equity fund investing in East Africa. At TBL she was involved in sourcing, screening and evaluating new investment opportunities on technical, financial and economic viability mainly in the ICT, FMCG and Healthcare sectors. In her position, she represented the fund on Finance and Audit board committees. She also participated on secondment in operational roles at portfolio companies. In addition to her rich background in private equity, Sarah has wide experience in Finance and Audit functions having worked with, a Kenyan state corporation in procuring and distribution of medical supplies, and with a boutique Audit firm. Sarah serves in several boards and investment committees and has been a mentor to several accelerator and innovation hubs designed to incubate and accelerate startups and help entrepreneurs grow their ventures to strong commercial businesses. Sarah received her MBA with a concentration in Strategic Management from University of Nairobi. She holds a BEd in Economics & Accounting (First Class Honors) from University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant. In 2019 she was listed in the Kenyan Business Daily Top 40 under 40.

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