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Barbara JAMES

Founder and CEO of Henshaw Capital Partners

Barbara is founder and CEO of the first independent pan-African private equity Fund of Funds - Henshaw Capital Partners.

Henshaw promotes private equity and venture capital in Africa as a catalyst for business growth and job creation. Henshaw activities include awareness raising, capacity building, institution building, fund formation and advocacy across the 5 stakeholder groups within the private equity and venture capital ecosystem – entrepreneurs, fund managers, policy makers, investors and service providers.

Henshaw Capital Partners organises the Nigerian National Private Equity Initiative (NNPEI) to raise awareness of private equity and venture capital to grow businesses and create jobs, supported by the Federal Ministry of Finance. Henshaw also organises the Nigerian Renewable Energy Private Equity (NREPE) Initiative to catalyse the formation of renewable energy private equity funds in Nigeria, co-sponsored by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power. Henshaw was also awarded the Nigerian Federal Government Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN!) Award.

Henshaw Fund of Funds seeks to invest in private equity and venture capital funds across Africa. They are vehicles for institutional investors – pension, insurance, endowment and sovereign funds in Africa and internationally, to invest in African private equity, through diversified portfolios of professionally selected funds.

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