Prior to co-founding AERF, Olivier was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in Africa. He has over 16 years of experience in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and J.P.Morgan and raised over $25bn of strategic capital for African corporates. He trained a mathematician, turned into an investment banker and now is an economic revolutionary. Olivier believes that Africa is on the verge of entering a great economic revolution.
Fola co-founded Foodpro in 2012, which is now a leading producer of branded cashew nuts in Nigeria and employs over 300 Nigerians, 85% of which are women. Fola also used to moonlight working at KKR as a principal in their Africa team and prior to that as head of M&A at Stanbic IBTC. He has 15 years’ experience in private equity, investment banking and principal investing in Africa, having advised on over $20bn of M&A transactions for African firms. Fola believes in entrepreneurship as a vector for economic empowerment.