12-14 June 2023
Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill
Funke has over two decades experience in private equity focused on African markets. For over 12 years, she has specialized in real estate as investment lead for several landmark development and value add projects, valued over $550million, in commercial office, retail and hospitality sectors. The projects include Heritage Place, flagship building, and first LEED certified commercial green building in Lagos; Jabi Lake Mall, dominant destination retail mall in Abuja; Douala Grand Mall, first destination mall in Central Africa; and the $125m hospitality platform investing in African business hotels. Funke’s role spans deal origination through exit and includes a broader oversight role on some Actis West African activities. More recently, she is leading the Africa strategy for yielding core real estate. Funke is also a member of the Actis Macro Forum and has served on Inclusion and Diversity Committee at Actis. Prior to joining Actis in 2007, Funke gained six years private equity experience spanning origination, investment structuring and asset management at African Capital Alliance, a leading Nigerian private equity firm where she also helped in establishing its real estate fund. Funke started her career at Arthur Andersen (Now KPMG Professional Services), is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School. With prior her experience in assurance and business advisory, she has rounded skills to add value at both strategic and operational levels to management and project teams in attaining set business objectives. She is also an experienced board director having served on various boards over the past two decades. She is currently a director in ENEO, the Cameroon based electricity utility and sits on the Advisory Board of the Nova Westmont Institute of Tourism and Hospitality. Funke is also a member of the Actis Macro Forum which is a global grouping that reviews macro trends.