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Ponmile Osibo

Partner, Platform Capital

Dr. Ponmile Osibo is a Partner at Platform Capital, where he is responsible for investments, fundraising and investor relations. He also oversees the firm’s operations in North and Latin America. Platform Capital is a growth markets focused, sector agnostic, principal investment and advisory firm. Dr. Osibo has over 13 years of private equity and research experience in deal structuring, investment management, fundraising, market intelligence, project management and business development.

Dr. Osibo is also the Chief Investor Relations Officer at Unicorn Group, a pan-African, investment company targeting innovative ideas, start-ups and early stage companies in the technology and technology-enabled sectors across Africa; that have the potential to emerge as unicorns and serves as a Director at Diatom Impact, an impact-focused, investment and research organization committed to being a global change agent through collaborative partnerships with communities, corporations and governments to create solutions that solve entrenched development challenges.

Prior to joining Platform Capital, Dr. Osibo worked at Synergy Capital Managers in Nigeria - an Anglophone West Africa focused SME fund manager - on the successful fundraise for their second fund. He was also involved in the fundraising for five companies, with one of these companies raising the first corporate infrastructure bond in Nigeria in 2017.

Before moving to Synergy Capital, Dr. Osibo was Manager, Research & Training at African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) in London, where he advised African fund managers on their fundraising strategy, investor concerns, and current market dynamics; provided global and African institutional investors with up-to-date insights on industry trends, fund manager and transaction activity; trained pension funds across sub-Saharan Africa on private equity; and led the production of various research reports, providing thought leadership and market intelligence on African private equity industry trends across sectors and regions.

Prior to joining AVCA, Dr. Osibo worked as a Research Fellow at the Global Centre of Excellence in Kumamoto University, Japan.

Dr. Osibo has a PhD. in Chemical Engineering and a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.


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