MEET THE EXPERTS DEDICATED TO BRING THE ENTREPRENEURS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

CORE TEAM AFRICA FUNDED:

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Saskia Reus-Makkink Founder and CEO, comes with 15 years corporate strategy experience. Saskia worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Strategy Department of Canon Europe. With her pragmatic, hands-on approach she inspires entrepreneurs to the next level and delivers tangible results, while working on closing the pioneering gap by providing tailor-made support for donors and investors with interest in supporting innovative entrepreneurs in emerging economies. She provided feedback on business plans to more than 250 innovative and disruptive entrepreneurs in Africa across all sectors. Saskia Reus-Makkink has university degrees in Communication, Organization & Strategy and Development Studies. 



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Vincent Kouwenhoven supports the Africa Funded team. He is founder and managing director of eVentures since 2000, a revolving private VC-Fund, managed as a networked partnership. He is a former director of KPMG Nolan Norton, as well as KPN Telecoms executive (KPN Strategy and Marketing Director). Vincent Kouwenhoven holds a PhD in Business Administration and combines a track record in digital media investing with a passion for supporting sustainable development. In 2010 eVentures initiated eVentures Africa Fund (a dedicated fund for digital media investing in sub-saharan Africa), in 2012 eVentures launched Greensafaris (dedicated to sustainable tourism investing). eVentures and Greensafaris are headquartered in The Netherlands. eVA Fund has offices in Nairobi and Capetown.



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Christiaan Quellhorst supports the Africa Funded team with in depth and practical knowledge based on many years of corporate experience. He comes with over 25 years of experience in running international organizations, served at the director level at various multinationals and was the former Vice President of Canon Netherlands responsible for the operational part of the company. Currently he works as an entrepreneur and focuses on providing advice and interim management in the field of services, business strategy and operational excellence. He is chairman of the board for the Association of Services Management International Netherlands (AFSMI) and organizes service innovation conferences, research and workshops.



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Miguel Heilbron manages content development and outreach. With multiple years of experience in Africa’s startup investment spaces he is keen to highlight the progress made by innovative African startups. His experience in incubation and acceleration of startups and social initiatives is very diverse. Originally trained as a development economist and engineer he worked for various organisations and companies as a consultant, writer, researcher, concept developer and trainer. He has over 15 years of experience in sustainability, social innovation and international development issues in projects in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.



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Mark Bouman is an all-rounder with more than ten years of experience as a project coordinator, advisor and trainer at a non-profit consultant in Amsterdam. In this position he has been responsible for writing the consultant’s project proposals and obtained the necessary funding, primarily from local, national and European public funds. As advisor and trainer Mark also coached and supported its client base of social entrepreneurs in developing the hands on skills for successful fundraising and project management. Organisation development, finance, accounting and marketing (at MBA level) are his main areas of expertise; coordination skills, a helicopter view and a structured, problem solving mind set his major competences.



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Patricia Safo is the Chief Executive Officer for JCS in Ghana, and our partner to support entrepreneurs in Western Africa. She has extensive experience in financial markets and derivatives, thorough product development and risk management in both investment banking and investment management roles. Patricia has over 20 years of core and relevant business experience of working in Ghana and abroad. She has managed and developed a number of start-ups into growth firms. Patricia holds a BSc. Degree in IT & Economics and a Masters Degree in Financial Management.

We work with sector/market experts we provide customized support to entrepreneurs and active involvement of partners and sector experts providing input to validate and scale business models. Providing dealflow, TA and co-investments