Ali DialloFounder & General Partner
Ali Diallo is an American thought leader, venture builder and visionary focused on Venture Capital, global innovation and mobile data monetization. He leads the international business startup operations of AdVoice, a programmatic Telecom advertising group. He is the former VP of Marketing and Advertising of Quake Marketing, a Manhattan-based ad network and marketing group servicing Fortune 100 companies and a former Advertising Operations Manager at Gannett (NYSE: GCI), the leading US media publisher and owner of USA Today. He is the author of the upcoming book The Blueprint: A Framework for Venture Builders. Notes on Global Innovation, Sustainability and the Platform Economy. He resides in California and in Dubai.
Bachir DiagneGeneral Partner
Bachir is a business angel, economic operator and former banking executive. He co-founded multiple companies including United Labs; Infiniti Financial Services; Qanex Investments, a Dubai-based investment consulting firm; Mobility Energy Solutions, a global provider of green and renewable energy; MXO, an industrial consulting group; and Royal Trading Alliance, a Canadian industrial group that is active in key sectors such as infrastructure, agribusiness, trade finance, Engineering, Procurement & Construction, mining, green energy and technology.
Todd FriedmanGeneral Partner
Based in Miami, Florida, USA, Mark is leveraging his 15 years of international business development experience to build firm partnership and client engagements across the North and South American markets. He has developed extensive relationships and offshore business practices experience through the consulting, trading and sourcing of commodities for a variety of international clients. This has led to a number of principal investment activities including as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Excel Capital Grp. LLC, an alternative finance commodity trading firm focused in the Americas marketplace and Managing Member of Solid Carbon Capital Group, LLC, the lead investor for a US based carbon nanotube manufacturer.
Andrew LampertAdvisor, Investments
Andrew has over 30 years of investment banking and capital markets experience at Bank of Montreal Group in Chicago, Harris Trust and First National Bank of Chicago. He is the former Managing Director of Nesbitt Burns, Bank of New York's investment bank. He currently serves as VP, Strategy at Reewire. Andrew holds an M.B.A. in Marketing & Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from Northwestern University and currently holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Kurt Jr. DavisVenture Partner
Kurt is an AVP with Barclays Investment Bank focusing in the natural resource and energy sectors. He is a seasoned investment professional with demonstrated success in completing complex financial transactions and operational transformations, especially in emerging economies: with Crescimento Inteligente, an investment management and advisory firm in Africa; with Schulze Global Investments, a private equity firm in Africa, Asia and South America; with Kukula Capital, a venture finance firm in Africa; with the African Development Bank; with Swicorp, S.A., a private equity fund manager with US$1.4 billion under management for the MENA region; and Bear Stearns (now part of J.P Morgan Chase), a global investment bank. He is a member of both the New York and Massachusetts State Bar Associations having earned his J.D. in Tax Law and Commercial Law at the University of Virginia’s School of Law. Kurt earned his M.B.A. in Finance & Operations from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Aristos PetersAdvisor, Investments
As a Senior UK Partner at Quorumm Digital Venture Partners, a leading Venture Capitalist firm, Aristos explores and develops business opportunities to help Quorumm build a profitable portfolio of digital marketing companies. Aristos has many years within the digital technology sector. Having got many startups up-and-running and on a strong initial footing, he is in demand as a start-up specialist and mentor to both start-ups and some of London’s tech accelerator programs alike. His main focus for the past six years has been in early stage fundraising, having raised deal finance from £50k to £2m.
Nova SpivackAdvisor, Strategy
Nova Spivack is a Venture Capitalist, technology futurist, serial entrepreneur, and one of the leading voices on the next-generation of search, AI, big data, and the Web. He is the co-Founder and CEO of Bottlenose, a Los Angeles-based company that provides software that discovers emerging trends in high-volume data streams such as social media firehoses; live TV and radio media; and real-time enterprise data such as financial and IT streams. Other companies previously co-founded by Spivack include EarthWeb, Radar Networks, which was acquired by EVRI, The Daily Dot, and Live Matrix, which was acquired by OVGuide in December 2011. Spivack was the first outside investor in Klout, a website and mobile app that measures social influence. Klout was subsequently acquired by Lithium. He is also an investor in other technology startups including Cambrian Genomics, Sensentia, PublishThis, Next IT, and Energy Magnification Corporation.
Dr Ndack KaneVenture Partner
Chris HavilandAdvisor, Ad Tech
Chris is a former ad tech executive at Softcard which was recently acquired by Google. A technologist with 15 years of experience in digital and mobile ventures, he served as Director of Operations at Lyft (acquired by OpenX), Director of Ad Operations at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and Manager at About.com. He is a leading voice in the mobile ad tech field.
John LoiseauAdvisor, Digital Media
Souleymane DialloVenture Partner
Souleymane is the Founder and CEO of Millenium Telecom, a leading mobile broadband operator in emerging markets. He served as Regional Director of Western Union Africa and CEO of Etisat Gabon (Moov Telecom). He is the former Chief Commercial Officer Millicom Senegal (Tigo) and the former Business Manager at APIX, Senegal's state investment authority.