For co-investment and know-how from credible international conservation organisations in Africa.
To help negotiate the local political context and provide necessary financial and logistical support.
To show that targeted private sector investments can pay their way and be a source of pride for Africans.
In conservation and long term investments aimed at positive impact, including eco-tourism initiatives.
Phillip grew up in Jos and is a founder/partner of Amaya Capital, an active investor in businesses in Africa. Amaya is the founding investor of Azura Power, an Africa-focused power generation business, and also in Seven Energy, a gas infrastructure business, where Phillip served as interim Chief Executive until the end of 2016. Mr. Ihenacho was also founder of the London-based investment banking firm Afrinvest (UK) Limited, where he was involved in capital raising and acquisition advisory mandates in Ghana, Nigeria, and Cote d'Ivoire, on behalf of telecommunications companies, oil and gas companies, and financial institutions. Prior to Afrinvest, Phillip worked with McKinsey & Co. in New York, London, Stockholm and Johannesburg. Mr. Ihenacho is on the Africa Council of The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organisations based in the US, and is also a trustee of the Tusk Trust, a UK based, conservation organisation.
Junaid holds a degree in Economics & Business Politics from Cornell College, USA. He worked with Credit Transactions and Investment Company Limited in the petroleum industry on the supply/export of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Base Oils, Aviation Fuel, and Premium Petroleum Spirit (PMS), to Nigeria’s Pipelines & Products Marketing Company/ NNPC. He was also involved in the time charter & operations of a 30,000mt vessel to the Marine Transport Division of NNPC. More recently he worked in telecoms where he ran a VSAT company providing Wide Area Networks (WAN), Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) to corporate organizations nationwide. He currently runs Ceres Recruitment Ltd focusing on the Oil & Gas and Telecoms sectors and a car leasing company providing fleet management services. He has served on the boards of United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), UBA Trustees Limited, First Securities Discount House Ltd (now First Securities Merchant Bank Ltd) and EMTS (Etisalat).
Tunde grew up in Ibadan and is Tropical Forest Conservation Specialist with 25 years’ experience in implementing conservation projects in Nigeria and elsewhere globally. He is working with UNESCO and Nigerian organisations for the World Heritage Site nomination of Cross River National Park. Tunde was a Partner at a consultancy company in the UK called ERM managing the social aspects of EIAs for companies in oil/gas, mining, power and agriculture, for which he developed management systems and resettlement action plans. He helped projects to comply with international environmental and social standards to access international finance. However, his true passion is forest conservation and now he works full-time for the ANI Foundation.
General Olajide is a childhood friend of Philip Ihenacho and grew up in Jos. Jide had a long and successful career in the Nigerian military and rising to the rank of Brigadier General before retirement in Feb 2016. Jide has a BSc in Physics and a Masters’ in Public Administration and Strategic Studies in Defence, Security and Disaster Management from the University of Yaoundé. He has been the recipient of the Forces Services Star, Meritorious Service Star and Distinguished Service Star and Corps Medal of Honour, Field Command Medal as well as the United Nations Medal. Jide Laleye is now Head of Security and Logistics at Azura Power West Africa. Since 2017, he will support the Gashaka Project with activities such as overseeing the re-training of the rangers and their deployment across the park.
Filip grew up in Kano and then obtained his European Baccalaureate at the European School in Culham, Oxfordshire – England. In 1995, Filip graduated at the College of the City of Antwerp, Belgium in Economic Higher Education Management studies. In 1996 - 2000 Filip set up a joint venture in Lagos between himself and an international trading company dealing in chemicals, plastic and steel. He then traded under his own company in the Oil and Gas sector until recently. From 2002 to 2010, Filip was also CEO of a joint venture he setup in Lagos with an international shipyard. With a strong interest in culture, nature and wildlife, Filip has visited just about all the key game and forest reserves in Nigeria. Since April 2018, Filip has been working on the establishment of the Omo Wildlife Sanctuary in Ogun State to protect elephants and other endangered species including chimpanzees, pangolins, red river hogs and forest buffaloes.