Mezuo O.Nwuneli

Mezuo O.Nwuneli

Managing Partner, Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Limited

Role 

Mezuo is the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Limited

Background

  • Mezou has a 22-year career in a broad spectrum of finance related roles in private equity, investment banking and corporate finance.
  • Over the past nine years, Mezuo has worked extensively within the agribusiness sector in West Africa and across a broad range of crop value chains.
  • He has also previously worked in the financial services, oil & gas, and telecommunications sector.
  • In 2010, Mezuo co-founded Sahel Capital, a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the agribusiness sector.
  • Sahel Capital is the fund manager for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria, a US$66 million private equity fund focused on SME agribusiness opportunities in Nigeria.

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Harvard Business School
  • B.Sc. In Industrial Management, with a minor in information Systems, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Selected experience and achievement

  1. Mezuo started his career with the corporate finance team of the Sabre Group in Dallas in 1995, and then worked in J.P. Morgan & Co’s mergers and acquisitions group in New York.
  2. He was previously a Partner at AFIG Funds, a private equity firm covering 28 countries in West and Central Africa
  3. Mezuo has worked in leadership positions at SecTrust (now Afrinvest), Ocean & Oil Holdings, and MTS First Wireless.
  4. He is the Co-Founder/Chairman of AACE Foods, an ago-processing company based in Ogun State, Nigeria.
  5. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of BusinessDay Newspapers, and on the boards of L&Z Integrated Farms, Crest Agro Products, Coscharis Farms, Housessories, and First World Communities.
  6. Mezuo is a 2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow