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Ibrahim Sagna
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Ibrahim Sagna serves as the Managing Partner of Century Private Investments (www.centuryprivate.com). Century is the investment manager of Century Capital Holdings, an Africa centric investment holding.

Ibrahim serves as a Senior Advisor to the Government of Rwanda and advises the boards of multiple Africa focused companies and private equity ventures. He most recently served as Chaiman & CEO of Blackthorn Capital Partners. He has over fifteen years’ experience managing private investments and entrepreneurial ventures across Africa and key Emerging Markets. 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 First Bank Zambia.

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, 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.

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MIA Yesterday, AIA Today

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:31 PM

The "Africa attractiveness survey 2013, getting down to business" published by Ernst & Young (E&Y) shows that foreign firms are not the only ones heavily investing in Africa's numerous opportunities. Increasingly, Africans, who were previously Missing In Action (MIA), are now investing in Africa. Investments range from individuals in Africa,...

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Shouldn't You Invest in Bottleneck-Breakers in Africa?

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:35 AM

The legendary "High Financier" Siegmund Warburg used to say "Show me trouble and I'll show you profit." It is a little known fact but, according to a 2010 report from the UN Economic Commission for Africa, only about 30 percent of African roads are paved and, as a consequence, "shipping...

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Waka, Waka, It's Time for Mandarin!

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:10 PM

China is without a doubt here to stay in Africa! China clearly has a plan for Africa. The "sinofication" of Africa is currently taking place through immigration, the assertion of soft power and mass investments and goods. However, in many instances, it is not clear that African countries have a...

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Why Should Africa Erect Another Preferred PE Jurisdiction?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Africa has emerged as the Continent of hope, and in its new course, managed to attract global investors' attention. Hedge funds allocated funds to it significantly last decade and continue to do so. However, capital markets, with one or two exceptions, are as yet undeveloped in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), so...

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Private Recreation of Wealth in Africa

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:54 AM

Following the 2008-2009 global economic crisis, investors have slowly woken to a new dawn, which has presented them with a glimpse of the future. G8 economies have now broadened their group to include the world's 20 major economies; a development mirrored in other leading global policy institutions such as the...

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The Logic of Capitalizing from Regional Economic Integration in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 9:01 AM

The success of one nation depends on the success of its neighbors. It happened in Asia, now we are seeing this in the Eastern African region. The Eastern African region is a region with robust growth leading to a 'New Normal' for Africa. Integration has provided stability. The region and...

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African Pension Funds: The missing Link to African Development?

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 9:16 AM

Today there is much debate on the role of pension funds in economic development. Some believe pensions funds are a beneficial tool for creating a sustainable economic model, but others believe these funds undermine national wealth and social harmony. At the opposite of OECD nations, African countries show very little...

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