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Investment Committee

Meet the Investment Committee Members

Frank Aswani

Frank Aswani

CEO of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance

A unique perspective combining health sciences, an MBA, and a passion for impact investing. Frank brings extensive experience in both the private and social sectors. He is currently the CEO of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance.

Awards & Distinctions: Formerly VP and Director of Strategic Relations at the African Leadership Academy 


Hamdiya Ismalia

General Manager at Venture Capital Trust Fund

A strong, well-rounded investment professional. Hamdiya has expertise in fund structuring, business planning and strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and more. Hamdiya is the General Manager at Venture Capital Trust Fund.

Awards & Distinctions: Aspen Institute Finance Leaders Fellow (2019); member, Aspen Global Leadership Network


Lumka Mlambo

Fund Principal at the SA SME Fund

A “fund of funds” manager with experience in South Africa and London. Lumka has held senior financial roles at Identity Capital Partners and JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is currently a fund principal at the SA SME Fund, which focuses on supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa.

Awards & Distinctions: Member of numerous private sector and non-profit Boards of Directors 


Kanini Mutooni

Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

A demonstrated leader who gets results. Kanini has applied her entrepreneurial mindset to senior-level positions in financial services (including impact investing) and the not-for-profit sector. She is currently Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

Awards & Distinctions: Board advisor for the UN Capital Development Fund; current Board member at MCE Social Capital in the US; former Board Chair of the $250M The Global Innovation Fund

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Mercy Mutua

Head of Access to Finance at Mastercard Foundation

An entrepreneurial financial specialist with experience in deal sourcing, execution, and management. Mercy combines financial analysis skills with a keen investment instinct, resulting in a demonstrated track record. Mercy is currently the Head of Access to Finance at Mastercard Foundation.

Awards & Distinctions: Previously Head of Investment Advisory Services at Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF); former Regional Director for Africa at Capria Ventures