Ibrahim Sagna is the Head of Financial Advisory for the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), an investment grade multilateral institution (www.africafc.org) with a capital base of over 3billion and a focus on Infrastructure across Africa.
Ibrahim has been serving as a Board Director on the Capital Market Authority of Rwanda, Board Director of XTerra Capital and as Non-Executive Chairman of FirstContinent. With close to two decades’ experience managing private investments and entrepreneurial ventures across Africa and select Emerging Markets, he has been advising many entities regarding their investment management programs. Throughout his career, he has been involved in landmark African transactions such as Celtel International (today Bharti Airtel Africa), Safaricom, PanAfrican Energy (now part of Addax) and Finance Bank Zambia (now part of Atlas Mara).
After some experience at Merrill Lynch in the US and the Central Bank of West Africa, he started his international career with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He joined in 1997 working closely with the Africa Department when H.E. Alassane Ouatarra served as Deputy head of the organization. Ibrahim was among the first employees to join in 1999 the largest (at the time) Africa-focused private equity fund, the AIG African Infrastructure Fund, which was chaired by H.E. Nelson Mandela. The Fund successfully secured over $400 million in commitments for Africa. The Fund was sponsored by Emerging Market Partnerships (EMP), a $6 billion private equity manager. He went on to to join TRG, an Outsourcing focused portfolio company of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and participated in the efforts of attracting both his former employer EMP and AIG as stakeholders in this proposition. TRG went on to create within its first year of operations in Senegal over 200 jobs under Ibrahim’s leadership. Ibrahim was subsequently recognized with the role of Member of the Presidential Investment Council of H.E. Abdoulaye Wade.
Ibrahim returned to a fund management role by establishing Millennium’s Africa Opportunities within the $15 billion London-based multi-strategy alternatives firm, Millennium Global Investments ("Millennium"). Millennium. Ibrahim headed its Africa team and helped deploy over $140 mm into a range of African transactions.
He holds a Bachelor degree and a Master of Finance from Boston College and has been sponsored to management programs both at Harvard Business School and London Business School.