African Venture Capital Association

REGION: Africa, Global

Nonprofit Organization, Management

AVCA: Delivering African Excellence

At the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), our mission is to promote and catalyse the private equity and venture capital industry in Africa.

AVCA is a member-supported organisation, with members spanning private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors, foundations and endowments, international development finance institutions, professional service firms and academia. This diverse membership is united by a common purpose: to be part of the African growth story.

Our team is drawn from a range of backgrounds that reflect the continent’s diversity. Together with a network of experts and collaborators across Africa and beyond, we represent the voice of the industry in discussions with governments, regulators, lawmakers and the media.

Key to achieving our mission is a focus on excellence. We promote the highest ethical standards in governance and transparency, and seek to enhance the industry’s professionalism through the provision of training to our members. Our regular networking events provide opportunities to share best practice, exchange ideas and uncover new business leads. In addition, we provide ground-breaking insight and thought leadership.

AVCA – delivering African excellence today for a larger, stronger private equity and venture capital industry tomorrow.


Title: CEO

Michelle Essomé


Michelle Kathryn Essomé is Chief Executive Officer at the African Venture Capital Association. She brings 20 years’ worth of investment banking experience covering a wide range of marketing and origination roles in equities, fixed income and investment management with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Lehman Brothers and Nomura, including two years marketing private equity to investment consultants and UK LPs. Michelle has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, where she was a Robert F. Toigo fellow, and a BBA in Finance from Howard University. She has worked in the US, UK and France, and is fluent in French.

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Contact Details

AVCA, The Banking Hall, Cropthorne Court, 26 Maida Vale, London, W9 1RS
United Kingdom
Contact Person:
Sarah Caddy
Public Relations
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