Advisory Board

Kina’s Advisory Board is made up of people who have worked successfully over many decades in some of the most challenging environments in Africa.  They lend the significant weight and substance of their insights, experience, expertise and connections to the value of Kina’s services to its clients:

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Aidan Heavey

Aidan is the founder and CEO of Tullow Oil Plc Africa’s leading independent oil exploration and production company.

Aidan’s entrepreneurial skills were recognised in 2005 with the Ernst & Young (Ireland) Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2011, he received the Business & Finance (Ireland), Business Person of the Year Award.

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Oliver Andrews

Oliver Andrews is the Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).

In this capacity, he oversees end to end origination and execution of transactions. An entrepreneurial engineer and transport economist with an extensive background in engineering, transport and project finance, he has over 30 years’ experience in the various infrastructure sectors and 20 years as an infrastructure project developer, financier and strategic adviser. Oliver is also Chairman of the Africa Centre.

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Bimpe Nkontchou

Based in London, Bimpe runs a specialist advisory practice providing services to international investors doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as to African companies and entrepreneurs with concerns in Africa and Europe.

She is a lawyer qualified both in England & Wales and in Nigeria, with over 25 years’ experience practising in both jurisdictions. Bimpe has also hosted and organised seminars and workshops promoting the continent of Africa as an investment destination and is Vice Chair of the Africa Centre.

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Mike Peckham

Mike Peckham is the Managing Director of PSA Training and Development. He has almost 20 years experience as an executive and team coach, supporting senior teams and individuals to achieving amazing things. His clients include blue chip companies, De Beers, Virgin Money, Starbucks, BSB Sky, EDF, Total Exploration and Production, Tullow Oil, and North Caspian Operating Company (Kazakhstan).

Mike has established major programmes of culture change with clients including Ford Motor Company, United Biscuits, Allied Distillers Ltd, Golden Wonder, Jaguar Cars Ltd, Cable & Wireless, H.J.Heinz, Trebor Bassett, PepsiCo, Pizza Hut, Cable and Wireless, Nestle, and Avery Dennison. He also has an active interest in supporting public and third sector organisation and has worked with the executive teams of City and Islington College, Solihull Metropolitan Council, Save the Children, Asthma UK, Action for Children, The Zoological Society of London.

He helped to establish the National Centre for the Oral Tradition (NACOT) a centre specialising in public speaking and narrative leadership and until 2014 was Chair of the charity. In addition, he is a regular contributor to conferences and workshops for the Directory of Social Change; was editor and contributor to the Association of Management Education and Development’s journal ‘Organisations & People’; and is an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ with the Business School at The University of South Wales.

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Merene Botsio Benyah

Merene Benyah is a Senior Partner of JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, Ghana. The Law Firm has been involved in major legal transactions such as the merger between Total and Mobil Oil; AngloGold and Ashanti Goldfields; and the listing of Golden Star Resources Limited and Tullow Oil Plc on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Merene is a Lawyer by profession and a member of the International Bar Association; the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn; the Commonwealth Lawyers Association among others, and a Notary Public. Merene has considerable experience in all fields of corporate and commercial practice, including Oil and Gas/Petroleum and Mining law, both in the international arena and in Ghana. She has advised major international companies, financial institutions and organizations investing and operating in Ghana including Tullow Oil Plc, Exxon Mobil Corporation, BP International Ltd and Delta Airlines.

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What we are up to & News

04|04|2018

Key to investment success in developing countries

Published in the The New Model Corporate Affairs Director’, Managing Director Rosalind Kainyah discusses understanding the socio-economic environment and creating the right conversations as key to success in investing in new markets in developing countries and the role of the Corporate Affairs Director. Click here to read the full article.

29|03|2018

Ghanaian women empowered in business

Empowering women in business is a key aspect of the fifth sustainable development goals. The 2018 Mastercard Index of Women’s Entrepreneurship (MIWE) names Ghana as having the highest percentage of female business owners at 46.4%.

It is encouraging to read about businesses led by women that also consider environmental sustainability, such as the collaboration between Redavia, a German rental solar company, implementing a solar farm for the Ghanaian hospitality group Linda Dor.

27|03|2018

Congratulations to the Young CEO of the Year

Kina Advisory congratulates Dr Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL for winning the Young CEO of the Year award at the 2018 Africa CEO Forum. Amy is a role model for young and old, men and women alike https://t.co/stvCAA5FEr.

19|12|2017

Commemorating Harvard Kennedy School’s Professor Calestous Juma

We at Kina are shocked by the passing of Kenya’s and Harvard Kennedy School’s Professor Calestous Juma. It’s hard to believe that the boundless energy with which he engaged the world through all media on innovation and international development is gone forever. Our last such interaction followed his piece on the limits of leapfrogging for Africa’s development. Inspired by the thought piece, I gave a perspective from the business angle, to which Calestous further responded to me privately.

We are fortunate at Kina to count one of his former students as one of our team. Like the millions of others in Africa and the world who loved his brain and followed his work, we all claim a piece of Calestous, but we can’t claim to understand the grief of those who were closest to him. We can only offer our heartfelt sympathies and continue to build on and implement some of the ideas he shared to help shape Africa’s development.

05|12|2017

Rosalind shares insights on Africa’s hidden figures with This is Africa

Managing Director, Rosalind Kainyah shares her insights on how big business can play a role in bringing the ‘hidden figures’ in Africa’s informal economy into the formal. Click here to view article.