We solve complex social issues faced by emergingmarkets, building the economic foundations for a better society.
About Double Feather Partners
Double Feather Partners (DFP) is an international venture capital firm based out of Japan, with networks spanning across Asia, Africa, and North America.
Founded in 2019, DFP started as a financial advisory firm advising small, medium, and large organisations in public and private sectors in Japan, the Middle East, and Africa.
The company quickly expanded its services to include market research and emerging market penetration and expansion strategies, with a particular focus on Africa and start-ups.
Its growing engagement with African markets and start-up ecosystems led to identifying critical gaps, which DFP seeks to help address via special projects (such as acceleration programs and accelerator support programs) and its investment services (direct investment and investment funds).
DFP’s mission is to helpsolve complex socioeconomic issuesin emerging markets by providing risk capital and management consulting services to impactful projects and ventures.
Maximize economic impact while solving fundamental issues via social impact.
Be a trustworthy change-maker in emerging markets.
Connect resources and stakeholders globally to collectively address fundamental issues in Africa with maximum socioeconomic impact.
Keep Africa on the agenda of our network to keep directing interest and capital towards transformative projects and ventures.
Maintain a professionally and individually diverse team to foster more perspectives and interconnectedness in problem-solving and innovation.
Africa : Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa
Middle East : Israel, Palestine, UAE
Asia Pacific : Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia, Tuvalu
Europe and the United States : USA, France, Germany, UK
Infrastructure (including renewable energy, mobility, urban development), mining, manufacturing, TMT (telecom/ technology), ICT, high-tech, finance (including megabank, local bank, micro finance, insurance, and fintech), food and beverage, healthcare and public health, education, and agriculture
Private and public enterprises, government agencies (including local government agencies), international development agencies, development banks, NGO/NPOs
Not only do our services help interconnect Japan and third countries to emerging markets, but they also specialize as we help address market and ecosystem gaps.
Fund raising guidance
Getting “Investor Ready”
International Expansion advisory (Japan, Africa)
Management consulting advice
Market entry and expansion strategy
International investor relations (language barriers, negotiation, etc.)
Local and international company match-making support
Sourcing of local companies for investment and/or acquisition
Due diligence Negotiation strategy and support
On-demand micro and macro insights
On-demand Industry-specific insights
Special Project Management
Project management support
VC as a Service
Fund structuring and establishment
LP investor care
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
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.
The NINJA Accelerator in Kenya – powered by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with Double Feather Partners, Deloitte Tohmatsu and Kenyan implementation partner GrowthAfrica – is proudly kicking …
Double Feather Partners is constantly seeking to add depth and perspective to its team and services.
EN Our basic requirements are as follows:
1. Not afraid of getting your hands dirty
2. Putting words into action
3. Solutions-oriented (not just identifying problems)
4. Integrity (Reliable and trustworthiness, both personally and professionally)
5. Passion for Africa or Emerging Markets
6. Team Player (check your ego at the door)
Got all 6? Drop us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Double Feather Partners is always looking for new ventures, projects, and business partners.
Send us a message if you are:
An African startup (and please include your pitch deck!)
A Japanese investor seeking to invest in Africa
A Japanese company seeking to expand to the African market
An investor seeking to attract or co-invest with Japanese partners
A project leader seeking to design and implement a high-impact project in Africa
We can help!
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