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The most reliable community-based urban transportation network in Africa.

Digital platform that connects tractor owners and farmers through a farm equipment sharing application. 

Satellite-based communication services, developing satellite- Inter-satellite optical communication data relay network.

Ready-to-eat meals at an affordable price and distribute it to individuals, retails, and corporate.

An asset-financing creating a proprietary end-to-end origination system enabling access to financial service

Empowering African Scientists and enabling higher scientific research in less time &lower cost

TEAM

Kohei Muto
CEO

Kohei has experience in advising global and local firms on capital raising, acquisition, and investment. He has successfully executed more than 35 deals worth more than 30 billion USD in 5 regions (Asia, US, Europe, Middle East, and Africa) across sectors.
He started his career at Morgan Stanley and later joined Shurook, a private equity investment subdivision of the Office of the Quartet, led by Tony Blaire, covering investments in banking and clean-tech sectors in the Middle East. He graduated from a boarding school in Pennsylvania, US, and graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan. He enjoys traveling and flying planes.

Gayama Yannick
Managing Director

Former director at a global PR agency, Yannick advised multinationals in Stakeholder Engagement in various fields (life sciences, technology, etc.) and currently supports African embassies in investment promotion and and is co-founder the African Commerce Community in Japan (AfCCJ) project. Son of an Ambassador of the Republic of Congo, he was born in the U.S., raised in Ethiopia, Congo and Canada, holds a B.Sc. in Communications, a grad. degree in Game Design (University of Montreal), and a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (University of British Columbia).

Riki Yamauchi
Managing Director

Former Institutional Equity Sales at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. Covered global Hedge Funds and Asset Managers for 7 years and experiened various IPOs and corporate events within the Japanese Market. Riki has also experienced advising local and global startups around Business Development and Investor Relation strategies by leveraging his global institutional investors network. Born and raised in the US and have studied Business and Finance at both University of Toronto and Waseda University.


Ryuichi Shinohara
Managing Director

Ryuichi has over 30 years of experience in the Global Markets business in Tokyo, London, and New York. He commenced his career at the Industrial Bank of Japan in 1988 (now Mizuho), where he acted as the head of the bank’s UST and MBS portfolio. Later, he joined Bank of America (Executive Vice President, Head of Sales & Trading for Non-Yen Bond), Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Managing Director, Head of Non-Yen Bond Sales), and Credit Agricole Securities (Managing Director, Head of Flow Sales). At Credit Agricole, Ryuichi notably spearheaded the expansion of the firm’s Securities Lending and Green Bond businesses.

Nobuko Steinmann
MANAGER

Nobuko holds a Ph. D. in Islamic Studies (University of Tokyo) and offered expert lectures, Arabic language training to the Japanese government and large corporations for over 14 years, while participating in Ministry of Foreign Affairs projects such as “Monitoring the Middle East through SNS” and “Research on The Roles of Major Tribes in North Africa”. She also worked many years as an Arabic media interpreter for major Japanese broadcasters and translated Arabic publications.

Adekunle Oduneye
ASSOCIATE

After earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Lagos University, he started his career as a financial analyst at NSIA Insurance. Prior to joining DFP, he spent his career in the education and healthcare sector, providing STEM education and engaging in community health projects. Based in Canada and Nigeria


Albert Mbithi
ASSOCIATE

He has 10 years of experience as a financial expert in East Africa’s largest banks KCB Bank and Equity Bank. At Equity Bank, he made achievement in the field of Agency Banking by pioneering financial inclusion through use of mobile and POS terminals. He also has experience working at the Kenya National Highways Authority Corporation. He has Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing and Management from the University of Mount Kenya and a Diploma in Business Administration from the British Association of Business Executives. Based in Kenya

Wonder Magoso
ASSOCIATE

Graduated from KwaZulu Natal University. In 2017, studied abroad in Japan with an ABE scholarship and received a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University. Specializes in environmental management and social sciences. Based in South Africa.

Kamil Orbisso Mohamed
Project Manager

Kamil obtained a degree in Global Studies and International Relations from Addis Ababa New Generation University in Ethiopia. He has been working in Djibouti and Japan expert in the fields of international logistics, maritime affairs, and supply chain of multinational corporations. He came to Japan as a Fellow of Awaji Youth Federation and served as an International Relations and Project Officer at Pasona Co., Ltd.


Mio Tsunoda
Analyst

Mio is a licensed pharmacist who graduated from Meiji Pharmaceutical University before participating in a pharmacist programme at the University of Hertfordshire where she was engaged in the Manufacturing and Quality Assurance of Generics at Amoun Pharmaceutical Company in Egypt.After working at the Tanzanian National Trading Company to conduct a sanitation survey, she launched a biomass business to reduce deforestation and improve sanitation, as well as a B2B platform to connect Africa and Japan.

Adaeze Gbufor
Analyst

Adaeze holds a master’s degree in project management, a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, and a diploma in Pharmacy from the International University of Malaya-Wales based in Malaysia. She won the Young Researcher Award in 2019 from FSTEM, with other awards of excellence. She has experience and expertise in project development and promotion of sustainable novel technologies. Her exceptional skills in research analysis, project management and laboratory techniques enabled her participate in a database analysis and software product testing for healthcare App development for Silicon Valley. She also passionately runs a foundation that caters for less-privileged children in Africa.

Christian Geraud
Analyst

Christian holds a bachelor degree from Renmin University in China and a master’s degree in International Development from International University of Japan, Geraud Neema has a diversified professional background that has taken him to several industries. He has been a business and commercial representative in China for Congolese companies; a project manager for Intermines Ltd for which he negotiated and managed the creation of a mining joint venture for gold, cassiterite and coltan in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a consultant on good governance issues and policy advocacy for a Jesuit research center in Kinshasa.


Koshiro Ashizawa
Analyst

Koshiro holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California Santa Barbara. He managed projects for Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia, a charity foundation that promotes and supports basic education in the African continent. He graduated from an American boarding school in Switzerland.  Based in Tokyo, Japan.

Adel Guerram
Analyst

Adel holds an MBA from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. Interested in finance, he is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Algiers 3 and specialized in alternative finance. After 5 years of experience in HR at an Algerian-Lebanese company specialized in metal construction, he joined the Algerian Ministry of Commerce, where he is in charge of controlling public procurements.

Frank Acheampong
Analyst

Frank acquired MBA in Finance at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and BSc. in Business Administration (Marketing) through a joint program between Arctic University of Norway and University of Ghana. He has gained experience in international trade, finance, and business development within commodity trading and banking industries while working at both Itochu Corporation and Access Bank Limited.


Siphosethu Makananda
Analyst

Siphosethu has seven years professional experience in the South African energy sector, specializing in project development research, customer relations, training and facilitation.She studied an MBA at NUCB Graduate School of Management, in Japan. She won the 2021 International Negotiation Challenge alongside a team. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science, from University of Cape Town and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Business School in South Africa.

Takayuki Matsuo
Legal Advisor

Takayuki is a Partner at MM&N (Momo-o, Matsuo &Namba). He has expertise in emerging markets’ legal framework, and has experiences in information/ intelligence related laws (including AI). He is the author of several books and university textbooks, including “AI/HR Technology Related – Legal Practice on Personal Management & Labor Related Information Management”.
He graduated from Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Harvard University Law School, and Pekin University Law School.


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