Wilmot Allen

Wilmot Allen
Ph.D Candidate, Georgetown University

Dr. Wilmot Allen is an experienced emerging market investor, management consultant, entrepreneur and comparative political economist. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at USIU Africa in Nairobi, where he teaches international business. He also teaches various subjects related to business and entrepreneurship with accelerators and incubators throughout Africa.

Wilmot is Founder of VentureLift Africa, a fintech and curation platform for scaling African startups and SMEs through innovative financing and curated matches with trade and technology partners. He is a Venture Partner with RH Managers, a private equity fund investing in healthcare, based in Johannesburg. Wilmot is also advisor on strategy to the Africa Union Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the development and implementation of a private foundation and investment facility to address Africa’s healthcare needs.

Wilmot recently worked as the Director of East Africa with an U.S. investment firm, CrossBoundary LLC, leading the transaction advisory practice for East Africa from Nairobi. Prior, Wilmot worked with the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC, executing investments totaling over $300million and managing a portfolio of $2.5billion with the private equity and financial institutions groups. At the IFC, he was also Senior Advisor to the CEO on entrepreneurship initiatives in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, in conjunction with the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment at the World Economic Forum.

In other roles, Wilmot worked as a venture capital investor with the Commonwealth Enterprise Fund in Boston, a technology M&A investment banker with JPMorgan H&Q to Silicon Valley and international companies in San Francisco and an IPO and private placement investment banker with Merrill Lynch in New York. Wilmot was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and served on a Global Agenda Council. Wilmot has a PhD from Georgetown University in Comparative Political Economy, an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MPA from Harvard University, and BA from Yale University. Wilmot’s PhD dissertation focused on political and economic influences on the design of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Africa and the Middle East. He is an expert on issues related to Africa investment, trade, sovereign wealth funds, business and regionalization.


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