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Njeri Rionge - Founder and Director I President & CEO of NRBC Inc.

Njeri Rionge is one of East Africa's most successful serial entrepreneurs, as described by Forbes. Njeri is one of the very few women pioneers in the ICT sector on the African continent. She co-founded internet service provider Wananchi Online that has since been transformed into Wananchi Group Holdings - one of east Africa's leading providers of pay-tv, broadband internet and VoIP services. In 2011 alone the company raised US$57.5 million in growth capital, and to date a total of US$238m from groups of international investors. Following the success of Wananchi Online, Njeri founded Ignite Consulting & Investment Limited in 2006, an executive coaching and skills training business specializing in improving organizational effectiveness. Ignite also has a subsidiary focused on hyper spectral imaging natural resources in Kenya. In 2008 she was asked to oversee the restructuring of Telkom Kenya, a previously state owned corporation soon after the merger with France Telecom, and was instrumental in the retail brand launch of the Orange brand into the country and the iPhone 3G was her super product launch. She is a frequent speaker at MIT, UBC, and Strathmore on Entrepreneurship, Governance and Leadership.

Njeri has also held board positions with Unilever Tea (Brook Bond Kenya), Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya, Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA), Ambulance Air Rescue (AAR) Holdings, Wananchi Nominees Limited and Wananchi Online Ltd now Wananchi Group. She is a current Advisory Committee member of Sports as a Service to Humanity at the Vatican.

A cornerstone to Njeri's success is good corporate governance and creating value and not only profits.

Njeri is now bringing her knowledge and expertise on the African markets to North America and to open up investment banking and capital markets and facilitate investment opportunities on the African Continent. 

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John Hogan - Director, NRBC

John  Hogan  has  worked for  the  United  Nations  for  over  fourteen  years.  He  has  expertise  in  the  areas  of  urban  management,  local  economic  development,  community‐based  strategic  planning  and  local  government  financial  management.  He  has  worked  in  over  100  countries  with  a  wide  range  of  national  governments,  local  authorities, NGOs, and the private sector. Working as  part of the Training and Capacity Building Branch, he  has  overseen  the  developing  of  a  wide  range  of  training materials and programs which are of used by  a  wide  range  of  urban  professionals.

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Ainos Ngadya - ANF Capital, CEO, NRBC Inc. Advisory Board Member

Ainos  Ngadya  is  a  Chartered  Investment  Manager  with  broad  experience  in  all  aspects  of  treasury,  mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and private  equity. He has direct and in depth experience within  commercial  real  estate,  not‐for‐profit,  banking,  and  telecommunication  organizations.  His  deep  knowledge  of  global  treasury  management  comes  from  working  with  US  and  other  multinationals  as  a  banking  practitioner  designing  financing  solutions,  global  cash  pooling,  business  acquisitions,  privatizations and restructuring. Mr. Ngadya has been  engaged by a fast growing NYSE/TSX listed diversified  environmental  services  company  as  the  Head  of  Corporate  Finance,  responsible  for  M&A,  financial  model  development,  and  strategic  initiatives.  Previously  he  was  an  Associate  Vice  President  of  Treasury  for  Brookfield  Asset  Management  serving  more  than  5  Global  Real  Estate  Entities  in  Europe,  APAC and North America.  

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Paige Backman - Aird & Berlis LLP, Partner, NRBC Inc. Advisory Board Member

Paige  Backman  is  a  partner  with  the  firm's  Corporate/Commercial  Group.  Paige  is  also  Chair  of  the  firm’s  Privacy  Team,  Co‐Chair  of  the  Sports  &  Media Team  and  Co‐Chair  of  the Technology Group.   Paige  practises  in  the  area  of  corporate/commercial  law.  She  has  extensive  experience  in  corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt  and equity  financing, divestitures and joint ventures.  Paige  has  led  groups  in  some  of  the  largest  transactions in Canada and extensively counsels both  multinationals  and  domestic  entities  in  corporate  transactions  and  commercial  relationships.  Over  the  years,  Paige  has  developed  expertise  in  privacy,  technology  and  sports‐related  matters  and  is  a  prominent legal practitioner in these fields. 

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Steven French - President, Lifework Leadership, NRBC Inc. Advisory Board Member

Since 2000, Steve has been the President of Lifework  Leadership.  Lifework  is  known  by  executives  for  its  Christian worldview  training and its level of program  excellence.    It  regularly  serves  leaders  from  companies  such  as  Walt  Disney  World,  Darden  Restaurants (including Red Lobster and Olive Garden),  Florida  Hospital,  Orlando  Healthcare,  CNL  Financial  Group and numerous non‐profit organizations. Under  his  leadership,  Lifework  has  grown  from  a  group  of  153 leaders in Orlando to a leadership community of  over  1,900  in  Atlanta,  Cleveland,  Fort  Lauderdale,  Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa Bay.

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Danielle Kayembe - VP Strategy, Business Development & Portfolio Management

Ms. Danielle Kayembe is a seasoned business professional with experience in international consulting and finance in New York and sub‐Saharan Africa. As part of Bank of America's Leveraged Finance team, Ms. Kayembe worked on over $3 billion of transactions for private equity firms and companies in various industries. She later worked for HSBC's General Industrials Group, where she developed $4.5 billion in leveraged acquisition finance opportunities for multi‐national companies in their portfolio.

Following her work at HSBC, Ms. Kayembe has advised firms such as Helios Towers, McCann Global Health,Kingdom Zephyr, and Vodacom in DR Congo. Ms. Kayembe graduated from Stanford University with a BA and MA in Organizations (Graduate School of Business and School of Sociology). She is originally from DR Congo and speaks fluent French.

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Lise Birikundavyi - CFA, General Manager Operations

Lise Birikundavyi has a passion for innovative and sustainable investments in emerging markets,especially in the African continent.She has extensive international experience in deal sourcing, market research and due diligence. Ms. Birikundavyi co‐founded E.M. Genesis, a service provider in the impact investing space that bridges the gap between investors and impactful companies in East Africa. Lise Birikundavyi began her career at Innocap Investment Management (BNP Paribas & National Bank of Canada) before pursuing an MBA at theShanghai Advanced Institute of Finance.

She subsequently went on to provide services tothe Africa Impact Group, a firm that has pioneered impact investing in Sub‐Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Francophone Africa. In 2014 Ms. Birikundavyi worked with Sarona Asset Management Inc., a private equity firm focused on emerging markets and based in Kitchener Ontario

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