Team

Our team is made up of professionals with outstanding track records and rich global and regional experience. Our team is supported by our Advisors, who provide us with additional operational and strategic insights. Our Advisors have all held leading positions in major corporations and public agencies worldwide, and are integral to our success.

Richmond Agbesi

Richmond Agbesi is Head of Finance and Administration for Serengeti. He is based in Accra, Ghana.

Since joining the firm in 2008, Richmond has been responsible for developing and managing compliance and reporting functions. His ongoing responsibilities include tax planning, financial reporting, managing the firm’s IT platform, and assisting in various aspects of due diligence. Prior to joining Serengeti, Richmond was an Audit Manager with Andah & Andah Chartered Accountants, a well-known Ghanaian firm of Chartered Certified Accountants. At Andah & Andah he led and participated in teams that undertook various assignments in leading Ghanaian companies including, Western Telesystems (now Airtel), Labadi Beach Hotel, Super Paper Products Company Ltd., Centre Properties Limited, Computer Frontiers International (Gh) Limited and Tri-Star Insurance Services.

Richmond obtained a BSc from the University of Ghana, Legon, is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK, and holds a Securities Industry Certificate from the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Iris Asaase

Iris Asaase is a Senior Associate at Serengeti Capital. Iris joined the team in June 2011, and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Iris is responsible for performing due diligence and financial analyses on mandates and potential principal investments.

Prior to joining Serengeti, Iris worked with EDF Energy as a Data Analyst and also in administrative roles at Coventry University.

Iris holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Ghana, a Ghana Stock Exchange Securities Certificate, and an MSc in Investment Management from Coventry University.

Flavia Abane Ayolka

Flavia is an Analyst at Serengeti Capital. Flavia joined the team in June 2017, and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Flavia’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti include assisting with macroeconomic research, preparing investor documents, and participating in due diligence for advisory mandates.

Flavia holds a BSc in Management Studies from the University of Cape Coast, and a Ghana Securities Industry Certificate from the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Erica Bosumprah

Erica Bosumprah is an Analyst at Serengeti Capital Markets. She joined the team in July 2017.

Erica’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti include preparing research reports, processing client requests and ensuring the smooth clearance and settlement of executed trades.

Erica holds a BSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Ghana.

Yasmin Evans-Totoe

Yasmin is an Analyst at Serengeti Capital. Yasmin joined the team in November 2017, and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Yasmin’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti include industry research, quantitative analysis, and investment memoranda preparations.

Prior to joining Serengeti Capital, Yasmin spent one year with the Research Department of Databank Group in Accra.

Yasmin holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Macalester College, Minnesota.

Edem Gbedemah

Edem Gbedemah is the Chief Executive Officer of Serengeti Asset Management. Edem joined the team in October 2016.

Edem has over eight years of experience in international asset management, portfolio analysis, and tax mitigation. Prior to joining Serengeti Asset Management, Edem worked as a Wealth Manager at deVere Group, where he managed offshore investments for retail and corporate clients. Edem oversees Serengeti Asset Management’s pension and non-pension business lines and also manages key client portfolios.

Edem holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon, and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, UK.

Francis Kalitsi

Francis Kalitsi is a Founding and Managing Partner of Serengeti Capital, and is based in Accra, Ghana. Prior to founding Serengeti Capital, Francis spent two years with Renaissance Capital in a variety of positions including Head of its Real Estate Private Equity business in Africa and as a Director of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking in West Africa. Before joining Renaissance Capital, from 2001 to 2007, Francis was an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC where he managed key client relationships, negotiated and executed several principal equity investments for the IFC in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Before leaving the IFC, Francis was the New Business Coordinator for South Asia in its Global Financial Markets Department.

Francis began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1992 and later joined Marriott International’s Development Finance Group in Bethesda, MD. In that role he was part of the team that crafted and executed the Corporation’s growth strategy, which included introducing new lodging brands, multiple acquisitions of international hotel companies, and divestitures. Francis holds a BSc from Boston University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, where he was a Merit Scholar.

Mawuena Klomanyi

Mawuena Klomanyi is the Head of the Brokerage Department at Serengeti Capital Markets. She joined the team in November 2015.

Mawuena is a Licensed Securities Trader with over a decade of experience in stock trading and investment advisory services in Ghana. At Serengeti, she is responsible for ensuring the timely execution of clients’ orders and strict adherence to industry regulations and directives.

Mawuena holds an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration School of Business and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cape Coast.

Kofi Labi

Kofi is an Analyst at Serengeti Capital. Kofi joined the team in May 2018, and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Kofi’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti include industry research, quantitative analysis, and investment memoranda preparations. Kofi also supports the Sales and Export team for one of Serengeti’s principal investments, Kete Krachi Timber Recovery Ltd.

Prior to joining Serengeti Capital, Kofi spent two years in the Asset Management department of a private equity investment firm, Anchor Loans, in Calabasas, California.

Kofi holds a BA in Physics from Whittier College, California.

Tanya Malhotra

Tanya Malhotra is a Director at Serengeti Capital. She joined the team in May 2013.

Tanya has over a decade of investment and management consulting experience in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Serengeti, Tanya worked for Ernst & Young where she provided strategic advisory services in the Financial, Real Estate, Agriculture, FMCG and Oil & Gas sectors. Before EY, she worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Global Markets and Investment Banking divisions, and at Citigroup in the Global Wealth Management division. Her responsibilities included advising clients on market entry through mergers and acquisitions, PPP strategies, debt and equity capital raising, conducting due diligence and building valuation models.

Tanya holds a BSc. Cum Laude in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, New York and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Isaac Oteng-Poku

Isaac Oteng-Poku is an Administrative Officer at Serengeti Asset Management. Isaac joined the team in September 2015.

Isaac’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti Asset Management include managing client investment records and preparing portfolio reports. Prior to assuming the role of Administrative Officer, Isaac was a Research Analyst at NewWorld Securities.

Isaac holds a BSc in Business Administration from Central University, Ghana.

Harrison Owusu

Harrison Owusu is the Head of Finance and Administration at Serengeti Capital Markets. Harrison joined the team in June 2017.

Harrison’s responsibilities include performing administrative tasks and preparing financial reports. Prior to joining Serengeti, Harrison was an Audit Manager with AKUS Chartered Accountants and a Tax Consultant and Accountant for a number of Kumasi based firms.

Harrison holds an HND in Accounting from the Kumasi Technical University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, and is a holder of a Securities Industry Certificate from the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Wole Oyeleye

Wole Oyeleye is a Director at Serengeti. He joined the team in June 2014, and is based in Accra.

Wole has over a decade of experience in financial services and management consulting in the United States, United Kingdom and West Africa, and has worked on commercial lending, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, valuation and corporate strategy for companies at various growth stages. As a founder and principal consultant at Nuovox Consulting, Wole led corporate finance engagements with clients across different geographies and industries, executing growth investment in companies and providing business intelligence in support of critical management decision making. Wole started his career at Ecobank, Nigeria, where he spent six years in a variety of roles.

Wole Oyeleye holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MSc in Economics from the University of Lagos, and a BSc in Economics from Lagos State University.

Elkin Pianim

Elkin Pianim founded the predecessor entity to Serengeti, Resource Africa in 2006. Elkin is a Partner of Serengeti Capital, and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Elkin has over a decade of Africa experience, both in principal and advisory roles, and has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in areas as diverse as finance, infrastructure, manufacturing and extractive industries. Prior to that, Elkin was an experienced media entrepreneur, in the US, as a principal in a US$40M buyout of 2 TV stations, and in the UK, founding a weekly newspaper later sold to the Mirror Group.

Elkin began his career as an investment banker at Rothschild, Inc., in New York, and later joined Fox Television Stations, where he was responsible for financial reporting and acquisitions. Elkin holds a BA from Vassar College and a MBA from London Business School.

Phoebe Prah

Phoebe is an Analyst at Serengeti Capital. She joined the team in November 2018 and is based in Accra, Ghana.

Phoebe’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti include assisting with macroeconomic research, performing quantitative analysis, preparing investment memoranda, and supporting execution on the full range of advisory transactions.

Prior to joining Serengeti Capital, Phoebe spent a year with the Global Treasury Management & Global Trade Finance division at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank in New York.

Phoebe holds a BA in Economics, Entrepreneurship, & African Studies from Tufts University, Boston and a certificate in Business French from the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

William Tettey

William Tettey is the Chief Accountant at Serengeti Asset Management. William joined the team in March 2015.

William’s primary responsibilities at Serengeti include performing accounting and administrative tasks. Before joining Serengeti, William spent 9 years with Top Industries Limited as a Senior Accountant in Accra, Tema, and Kumasi.

William is a member of the Association of Certified Tax Accountants, UK and the Chartered Institute of Certified Tax Accountants, Ghana.