Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Strategic Investments, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer web services and digital media-based investment opportunities. Omoigui also drove ICap's investment focus on next generation semantic technologies, smart data and the realtime web. Eghosa was personally responsible for (developing supporting theses for and) sourcing investment opportunities in various companies including AdMob, Jaiku, Powerset, Facebook, LinkedIn, Teracent and Pandora.
Prior to this role, Omoigui was Chief of Staff to the President of Intel Capital (the largest global tech corporate VC), and, before that, Chief of Staff for Intel’s Treasury organization, helping oversee an $18B cash platform. Omoigui attended UPenn Law School and Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Investments led in US and India include: GraphScience (acquired), Stipple (acquired), Frid.ge (acquired), Retailigence, Betaworks, Sense Networks (acquired), Voxify (acquired), SmartZip, Yatra, BuzzInTown (acquired), Vriti, Cerebra & MediaSpike.
Investments led in Africa include: Hotels.ng and Printivo.
Olutosin Oni is a Principal, Investments and Portfolio Management at EchoVC Partners. Prior to joining EchoVC, Tosin co-founded a number of startups including a boutique financial advisory firm in which he helped develop strategy and advised clients, and a securities trading platform. He was previously Head, Structured Products at FBN Capital Limited, a role in which he managed the launch of the Structuring desk and led the development of the desk’s risk management and performance management frameworks. While at FBN Capital, Tosin set up the firm’s structured products vehicle through which the company managed over N100 billion in assets. He also led the setup of FBN Capital’s Market Making desk.
Tosin graduated from Imperial College, London with an MSc. in Computing Science and an MEng. in Chemical Engineering. He has also worked at UBA Capital (now United Capital Plc) where he worked on transactions raising over US$1 billion in debt capital, and Quality Capital Management, a UK based systematic global macro hedge fund.
Associate Principal & Regional Head, East Africa
Tsendai is an Associate Principal & Regional Head, East Africa at EchoVC. Prior to joining EchoVC, Tsendai worked at TPG covering Africa private equity. His responsibilities included conducting due diligence on potential investment opportunities, leading deal execution, and monitoring portfolio companies.
Previously he worked at Emerging Capital Partners, an Africa-focused private equity fund based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to Emerging Capital Partners, Tsendai was an Associate at H.I.G. Capital in Boston, where he completed growth private equity transactions in the technology space. Tsendai began his career at The Blackstone Group as an Analyst with the technology M&A team in Boston.
Tsendai graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
Senior Counsel, Legal, Compliance & Corporate Development
Damilola Thompson is Senior Counsel, Legal, Compliance and Corporate Development of EchoVC Partners, and has over 10 years of legal experience. Prior to this, she worked for a top-tier law firm in Lagos, Nigeria for 4 years, with core competencies in Corporate, Venture Capital and Private Equity transactions. During this period, she drove seed/early-stage financing transactions for startups, and represented African and international investors. In her years of legal practice, she has gained experience and acted as a legal adviser to a number of companies involved in Microfinance, Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Mobile money sectors.
Ms. Thompson is passionate about startups and venture financing, and providing early-stage companies with much needed mentorship required for scaling. She has a graduate degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is on track to obtaining an LL.M in Business Law from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also completed various post-graduate courses including the Kauffman Fellows Academy’s course on Venture Capital. She is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom (CIArb UK), a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) and a part of the leadership team of the SingularityU Lagos Chapter. She provides mentorship to a number of startups and is a mentor with the Unreasonable Institute, Nigeria.
Taiwo Kamson Ketiku
Vice President, Investments
Taiwo is a VP, Investments at EchoVC Partners and has over 10 years’ experience as a Finance professional in Investment Research and Investment Banking.
Prior to joining EchoVC, Taiwo worked at United Capital Plc for 6 years as an Investment Banker. Her focus was mainly on M&A Advisory and Capital Markets. In that role, she successfully launched and registered a Naira and Dollar (US$10M) fund for the asset management subsidiary of United Capital.
Whilst at United Capital, Taiwo was involved in the structuring of SME funds and other funds that are in the pipeline. She has also raised over US$1 billion in debt and equity for various corporates, facilitated M&A transactions such as the acquisition of the drink businesses of a listed consumer goods company, mergers of power companies, etc. Taiwo’s sector coverage for transactions include Banking, Insurance, Hospitality, FMCGs, Telecoms, Agriculture, Power and Oil &Gas in Nigeria and SSA.
Taiwo graduated from the University of Aberdeen Scotland with an MSc. in Finance and Investment Management and a BSc. (Hons.) in Banking and Finance from Covenant University in Ogun State, Nigeria.
Director, Platform & Portfolio Operations
Deji Sasegbon is Director, Platform & Portfolio Operations at EchoVC. With close to 10 years of experience building and deploying innovative technology in industries ranging from Energy, FMCGs, Legal, to Transport, Deji has coupled his love for novel technology with strong technical expertise and operational experience.
Prior to joining EchoVC, Deji worked as a Production Engineer in Total Exploration & Production Nigeria where he developed a first of its kind remote monitoring and collaboration centre geared towards increasing the operational efficiency of a $1B asset. While at Total, he built and implemented key metrics used to analyse oil and gas production, safety, and asset maintenance. Deji has also worked in Utilities, Oil Field Services, a top-tier Legal publication firm, and co-founded a number of startups.
Deji graduated with a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.
Head of Incubation & Product Development
Eunice is Head of Incubation & Product Development at EchoVC Partners. Prior to joining EchoVC, Eunice worked on five different startups in varying stages, from conception to acquisition and combines a deep love of technology and design with a solid business and operations background. She has co-founded three startups: Flavorize (a food recommendation engine), MetricMesh (a cross-device, real-time behavioral advertising platform) and Studio Archcraft (an independent video game development studio). She was formerly the head of Network Development at Massive Inc, the in-game advertising market leader which was acquired by Microsoft and Manager of Corporate Development at Tagged, a pioneer in the social discovery space. Eunice graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and a BS in Information Systems. She has also worked at JP Morgan Partners and Merrill Lynch.
Associate, Investments & Portfolio Operations
Fisayo is an Associate, Investments and Portfolio Operations at EchoVC Partners. Prior to joining EchoVC, Fisayo worked in the investment banking team at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited, a leading indigenous full service investment banking franchise in Nigeria. At Afrinvest, he worked on transactions across various sectors including Banking, Insurance, FMCGs, Agriculture, and Real Estate amongst others. Particularly, Fisayo was a core member of the firm's Start-up/Technology advisory business, where he advised start-ups and entrepreneurs on potential capital raising options as well as growth strategy. His role covered emerging sectors including Financial Technology (Peer-to-Peer Lending, Securities Brokerage and Asset Management), Media Content Creation and Distribution, etc.
Prior to that, Fisayo worked at CAO Partners Limited as a business analyst, where he assisted in the restructuring of an HNI portfolio, positioning the portfolio for superior performance during the gradual recovery from the devastating economic recession.
Analyst, Investments & Portfolio Operations
Tito is an Analyst, Investments and Portfolio Operations at EchoVC Partners. Prior to joining EchoVC, Tito worked at the Asset and Resource Management (ARM) Company as an analyst in their investment fund.
Prior to that, Tito worked in the investment banking team at Crasner Capital, a boutique investment bank in London. At Crasner Capital, he worked on emerging market transactions across various sectors including Banking, Insurance, FMCGs, and Agriculture.
Tito holds a Masters in Biochemical Engineering from the University College London.
Senior Analyst, Research & Portfolio Operations
Aima is a Senior Analyst, Research and Portfolio Management at EchoVC. Prior to joining EchoVC, Aima worked at Singularity Investments for almost 2 years as an associate on startup investments within the Telecommunications, Media and Technology space, where she sourced investment opportunities, managed portfolio companies and Research.
Prior to this role, she was an entrepreneurship agent of change at Draper University and is part of the leadership team for Singularity University’s Lagos Chapter.
Before that role, she worked as a Tax associate at Ernst & Young (EY) for 2 years where she worked on Tax knowledge management, Tax advisory, and Tax compliance.
She holds a degree from Bangor University, Wales, a certificate of completion of the Kauffman Fellow’s Academy’s course on Venture Capital, currently in pursuit of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst certification (CAIA).
Analyst, Investments & Portfolio Operations
Saeed is an Analyst, Investments and Portfolio Operations at EchoVC Partners.
Prior to joining EchoVC, Saeed worked at Sahel Capital as an analyst in their investment fund. Before Sahel, Saeed worked on the investment team at Verod Capital, a West Africa-focused private equity fund manager. At Verod Capital, he worked on emerging market transactions across various sectors including Education, Pharmaceuticals, FMCGs and alternative energy.
Saeed holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Huddersfield.
Corporate Attorney, Legal, Compliance and Corporate Development
Usman is Corporate Attorney, Legal, Compliance and Corporate Development at EchoVC and has 4 years of legal experience as a commercial solicitor with core competencies in Corporate, Finance, Intellectual Property and Technology.
Prior to joining EchoVC, he worked in a top-tier law firm in Lagos as a member of teams that advised local and international clients that include Uber, Samsung, Honeywell, LafargeHolcim, LADOL, AITEO, FBN UK, Stanbic IBTC, IntelliFin, CSCS, NMRC and NSIF. He also worked as a legal counsel advising startups in Grace Lake Partners investment portfolio, including JCDecaux Nigeria, Dr. Express and Express Pharmacy.
He is passionate about technology and the African tech ecosystem. He co-founded a G2C tech-startup that is building compliance automation solutions to aid the ease of doing business in African markets. He has a graduate degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a post-graduate certification in copyright from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School. He is called to the Nigerian Bar.
Analyst, Investments & Portfolio Operations
Prior to joining EchoVC, Adeola worked at Citibank as a Management Associate in the top talent program for the Sub-Saharan Africa region with rotations in Corporate & Investment Banking as a junior Transactor and as an Analyst in the bank’s Risk Division. Prior to joining Citibank, Adeola interned with Merrill Lynch and Guaranty Trust Bank’s Upstream Oil & Gas and Corporate Finance Divisions.
Adeola joined EchoVC in July 2017 and supports entrepreneurs in the pre and post-funding stages. Adeola also conducts market research, evaluates technology products, identifies gaps in the market and participates in events that help build the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in tech.
Adeola holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Masters in Finance from Loughborough University.