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Ada Osakwe

Chief Executive Officer | Agrolay Ventures

Ada is an award-winning food entrepreneur and investor. She is Founder, Agrolay Ventures, an investment and advisory firm focusing on early-stage agribusiness companies. The firm has four high-growth investments including Nuli, Nigeria’s fastest-growing farm-to-table restaurant chain that utilizes only locally grown fresh produce.

Ada was the Senior Investment Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture. She was Vice President at Kuramo Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, and from 2005 to 2009 was a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Ada is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. In 2016, she was Entrepreneur of the Year and featured on Choiseul 100 Africa list. She received the ‘Achiever in Agriculture’ Award and in 2014, was on the Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list.

She serves on the Governing Board of the One Acre Fund, a non-profit that serves small-holder farmers in Africa. She is a member of the AfDB Presidential Youth Advisory Group and a mentor on the Future Global Leaders Fellowship.

She received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick, U.K. and BSc in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Hull, U.K.