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Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes is a seasoned investment professional and CEO with over 14 years of experience in investment banking and private equity across various sectors. As the Founder and Managing Partner of Aruwa Capital Management, she leads one of the few women-owned and led private equity funds in Africa, focusing on untapped investment opportunities in West Africa’s small to lower mid-market. Adesuwa is a pioneering advocate for gender diversity, using her fund as a case study to highlight the business case for investing in women as fund managers and entrepreneurs.
Launching her fund at the age of 29, Adesuwa is one of the youngest female private equity fund managers in Africa. Her commitment to women’s empowerment extends beyond finance, as she actively engages in public speaking on topics related to finance, business, and social impact. Recognized as one of the 100 young African leaders aged 40 and under, Adesuwa’s contributions have been pivotal to Africa’s economic development. Her journey serves as an inspiration to young women, demonstrating the transformative potential of determination and innovation in breaking down barriers.