Amaka Okechukwu Opara

Amaka Okechukwu Opara

Private Sector Specialist

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Amaka is an experienced development finance professional. She has a track record in building entrepreneurial ecosystems, working with governments to implement business enabling reforms, and catalyzing private investments and financing to high growth businesses. She has directly managed over $1.4 billion in financing projects and has worked with and advised high growth SMEs, large multinationals, and governments.

Amaka is a global citizen and has worked/lived in London, New York, Washington DC, Nigeria, Spain, Italy, and Latin America. Amaka is particularly passionate about women’s economic empowerment, advancing women in business and in narrowing the gender financing gap for female entrepreneurs. She is passionate about moving the needle in policy in Africa. In 2012 she founded an NGO - afrimind - which curated over 120 thought pieces and over 40 interviews focusing on African solutions that unlock development on the continent.

Amaka is a Fellow with the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance and was a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, she was selected by the WEF to participate at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She sits on the board of several companies and served as the World Bank representative on the board of the Development Bank of Nigeria. She holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She participated in the Stanford University and 500 Startups Ventures Unlocked Program. She is frequently interviewed to discuss her views on attracting foreign investment and Doing Business in Africa.