From: Lagos, Nigeria
Career: Product Development Manager, Nigerian-German Chemicals
Funmilayo graduated with First Class Honors as runner-up for Best Corporate Finance Student from Ashesi University in Ghana. Prior to being awarded the ALB fellowship, Funmilayo exhibited and honed her professional skills and abilities by holding various prestigious positions in top firms in West Africa and South America.
She is an active volunteer and her substantial community involvement includes road construction and nature conservation projects. Having volunteered in poor villages, orphanages, a school for special children and with refugees, she plans to develop a business idea that will address some of the social and business concerns these groups face during her MBA.
Upon successful completion of her Master’s degree, Funmilayo plans to tap into her professional and academic experience to provide business consulting services that will help small businesses in Africa grow from small to large sized corporations. She also plans to further her academic conquests by entering into a Ph.D. program and imparting her knowledge and experience to Africa’s youth by taking up a teaching and mentoring positions in the future.
From: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Career: Business Development Manager, GG.S. Telecom, Africa
A native of Sierra Leone, Andrew Tarazid-Tarawali moved between secondary schools in both Freetown and Cape Coast, Ghana due to the political instability in his home country. He eventually completed both his sixth form education in Sierra Leone before joining Ashesi University, Accra, graduating in 2005 with an Honors Degree in Business Administration.
After nine months in his first job as a relationship manager with CAL Bank Limited in Ghana, Andrew returned to post-conflict Sierra Leone to serve as the country treasurer at Ecobank, one of the largest independent regional banks in Africa. At Ecobank, Andrew played a crucial role in not only growing the bank’s customer base but also in initiating the development of the local interbank market. In 2010, Andrew took up a very different challenge when he joined G.S Telecom Africa a Vodacom Group company as their Country and Business Manager for Sierra Leone and Liberia with the mandate to spearhead the company’s entry into these territories. Today Andrew has successfully completed the registration and licensing of the company in Sierra Leone, the setting up of an office and is close to completing the technical infrastructure that would deliver high quality and reliable internet and data solutions for business corporations and international organizations in Sierra Leone.
Andrew’s dream is to start an Investment and Financial Services Firm that would develop instruments aimed at addressing the economic and financial needs of individuals and enterprises in the informal sector which he believes mainstream banking has failed to address and is crucial to national development.