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Thelma Ekiyor

Thelma Ekiyor

Founder & CEO, Afrigrants
Biography

Ms. Thelma Ekiyor has over 19 years experience working in the development sector, as an impact investor, donor, philanthropic advisor, non-profit practitioner, social entrepreneur. She has experience working in 22 African countries. Ms. Ekiyor is the Managing Partner SME.NG – Nigeria’s Impact Investment Platform, which has set up two impact funds for women entrepreneurs. She is the Co-Founder/Chairperson of Afrigrants Resources and also served as its pioneering CEO.  At Afrigrants, she led the establishment of “Market Women’s Quick Cash” – A financial inclusion solution to provide micro-loans to women in disadvantaged communities. She also led the conceptualization of “The Ebi Fund” – an impact fund for women entrepreneurs. Ms. Ekiyor is also is Founder & Co-Convener of The Funding Space – a mentoring and access to finance platform for social entrepreneurs in Africa. Prior to establishing Afrigrants, Ms. Ekiyor was the pioneer CEO of TY Danjuma Foundation, and grew an endowment of $100 million. Ms. Ekiyor holds an MBA (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) from Imperial College London, UK; a Law Degree (LLB Honours) from University of Buckingham UK. She is also a Fellow of Stanford University, USA. Ms. Ekiyor serves as Strategic Policy Adviser to UN Women Nigeria. She is currently a Board Member on ALL ON, the renewable energy impact fund in West Africa established by Shell. She has also served on the Boards of acclaimed organisations.

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