African Professionals Investment Club is one of African Professionals of Australia Ltd Special Interest Groups. African Professionals of Australia Ltd is a Not-for-Profit company with A.C.N 147889389. The objective of the club is to build long term wealth for the club members by investing in Assets that can deliver attractive risk adjusted returns by leveraging the power of numbers. The investment philosophy document is not a legal binding document, but it is expected to be rectified by all the Club members prior to implementation. Shares management or investment agreement is the legal doc that shall be developed and submitted to ASIC during the Club registration with the government entity.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The Club is a collective of members who share a common vision of achieving financial, human, social, and intellectual capital of the club. All members of the Club shall commit to support each other in ensuring that the investment objectives of individual members and the Club are achieved.

MISSION:

To support club members in learning about how to invest, while collectively taking
part in investment opportunities and generating returns.

Depending on the fundamentals of the Club Investment strategy that will be developed later, the Club intention is to:

  1. Provide oversight for different Special Purpose Vehicles performance, setup by members of the club to raise capital that will be used to invest in or purchase an asset, stock, bonds, and other securities.
  2. Develop an organised structure that will aid the capacity of the club to be able to raise funds when the time arises.
  3. Invest the assets of the Club in special projects, stocks, bonds, and other securities (“securities”) for the education and benefit of members.
  4. Establish relationships which promote the development of the individual members and the group.
  5. Establish mechanisms which protect the interests of all members.
  6. Act as a lobby group to promote business investment and trade between Australia and Africa.

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APA Investment Club Management Team

Chairman

Tommy Adebayo work as the Health Safety Environment and Quality Manager for Total Marine Technology, a leading subsea equipment designer, manufacturer, and operator in Australia and Southeast Asia. He has more than 16 years loss prevention experience in the oil and subsea operations across the following countries- Australia, Russia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brunei.

Tommy is also the Director of governance and investors relations at Mantlevest. At Mantlevest, he is responsible for developing and leading client acquisition, client relationship management, and helping to drive the company’s capital raising efforts.

He also over a decade of governance experience in relation to starting and running a not-for-profit organisation in Australia. He founded the African Professionals of Australia Ltd.

Tommy has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Ilorin, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

Vice Chairman

Simba Marekera is the Head of Investment Solutions at Brightlight Group. He leads Brightlight’s work in designing and managing impact investment portfolios with and on behalf of institutional investors, government entities and non-profit organisations, foundations and family offices that are looking to allocate capital in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals with the goal of transforming lives.

He specialises in innovative financing and blended finance across a variety of private markets asset classes including infrastructure, real estate, private equity and credit/private debt both in developed and developing markets.

Prior to that, He spent 6 years managing Christian Super’s alternatives, fixed income and Impact Investment portfolios where he helped to commit close $150 million to Impact Investments. He is the co-Founder of Ignition
Impact.

General Secretary

Olatunji Pariola is a Financial Services Executive at one of South Africa’s big 4 banks, headquartered in Johannesburg. He currently works as the Head of Strategy & Communications for the bank’s Wealth cluster, reporting to the cluster’s Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officers.

Olatunji’s professional career spans across the financial services and management consulting industries where he held roles within Standard Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture Management Consulting (Australia), Deloitte Consulting (Australia) and Chevron (Australia) through Ajilon Australia, now known as Modis. Olatunji’s broad areas of expertise are: Strategy; Communications; Business Transformation; and Change Management. Olatunji is also engaged in various entrepreneurial activities.

Olatunji is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds the qualifications, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Olatunji also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Curtin University in Western Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Head of Strategies Planning

Cynthia Musafili Wright is an experienced visionary executive with over a decade of senior leadership experience in the Social Care industry. Cynthia has led diverse teams to achieve success in achieving world-class quality standards.

Cynthia is a full-time property developer, investor, and strategist, she works with those that wish to create long-term wealth and security through property investment in Africa and Australia. Cynthia is knowledgeable in identifying high-yielding properties and development projects that generate lucrative returns on investment, she provides unique opportunities with exciting financial rewards for her investment partners.

Cynthia is an Organisational strategist, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, Aged Care Clinical Global Consultant, Published Author, Speaker, NLP Certified Coach in Mindset & Leadership, Philanthropist, and 2020 Hancock Prospecting – Momentum Visionary Woman of the year Award Recipient.

Cynthia is the Auspire Australia Day Ambassador, Female Wave of Change Australia Ambassador, and the NextGen Ambassador – Leading Aged Care Services Australia Western Australia Council.

Treasurer/Auditor

Melvin Hachuma is a qualified accountant, a member of CPA. He also holds an MBA and a Master’s in Business Law degree. In addition to his work experience in Australia, Melvin worked in England, USA, and South Africa, in diverse capacities including Business Analyst, Auditor, Banker, and Accountant.

He has worked in several organizations including Remington, Abbey National Bank, Harmony Gold, Straits Resources, and American Mineral Fields. Furthermore, Melvin has extensively traveled around the world as part of his work.

He has a strong passion in community work and service; as a result, he sits on several not-for-profit organizations Board Committees in Australia and abroad.

General Counsel

Blessing Agada is a legal professional who was admitted as a Solicitor in two common law jurisdictions (the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia and the Supreme Court of Nigeria, West Africa).

Blessing works as a Legal practitioner in a Specialised Law Firm. He has worked as a legal officer/ In-House Solicitor for a leading Commercial Bank and several stints within government institutions and ASX and NSE listed companies.

His focus areas include Business Law, Energy and Resource Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Property Law, Corporate Governance, Banking Law, International Business and Project Management, Business development in emerging markets.

He is a member of the Queensland Law Society (QLS), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Queensland African Community Council, and Australia-Africa Business Council. He is the current President of the Nigerian Community Association in Queensland. Blessing seats on the Board of several private and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas.

Investment Adviser – Committee Member

Cornelius Itotoh is an Operations Manager with one of the global mining companies leading the exploration and geoscience operations team for the Iron ore business in Western Australia. He has built a career spanning over 20 years in the mineral resources, consultancy, hydrogeology, and banking sectors by effectively utilising organisational resources to deliver business outcomes in a competitive and rapidly evolving marketplace. Starting his career as a geologist, he has achieved exceptional project management for safe outcomes maximising value for shareholders. He has led the delivery of a wide range of high value multimillion dollar and innovative projects in iron ore, hydrogeology, environmental geology, banking and marketing across three continents with BHP, Alchemy Resources, MWH Global UK, Valleyfield Environmental UK, Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority and NNB International Bank, Nigeria.

Cornelius recently completed his MBA at the University of Western Australia (2019). He also has an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Liverpool, UK and a BSc in Geology from Delta State University, Nigeria. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Investment Adviser – Committee Member

Dr. Peter Shola Oyewopo is a general practitioner and owner of a family medical practice in the Perth hills since 2004.

He served as the chairperson of the Nigerian Association of Western Australia ( NAWA) from 2017 to 2019, cofounder and chairperson of the Genesis Forum (an association of Nigerian doctors in Western Australia) from 2010 to 2021 and was awarded the African Australian of the year 2020 by the Organisation of African Communities of Western Australia (OACWA) as a community pillar.

He is very passionate about community participation, development and empowerment.

Investment Adviser – Committee Member

Moses Kasunia Sei migrated to Australia in 2004 having spent over a decade in the Refugee camps in Uganda. He holds a Master of Science in Minerals and Energy Economics, Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Geology specialising in Mineral exploration all attained from Curtin University in Western Australia between 2006 to 2017.

His professional work experience which spans over 12 years in the minerals resource sector was driven by a bottom-up personal development strategy that has resulted in a diversity of skillsets, work environments, and exposure to working with different mineral commodities and resource sector companies. This professional and personal development strategy has enabled him to gain insight into the facets of the mineral resource sector.

Moses’s ambition is to become a mineral resource sector analyst driven by a wealth of knowledge and professional experience and optimised equitable benefit of mineral resources to human development. This quest is the driving factor that has made him to join the management team of the African Professional of Australia Investment Club.

Investment Adviser – Committee Member

Sedo Akpey is a Pan Africanist who believes with the right leadership, mindset and attitudinal change the African can take their rightful spot on the world stage. He therefore works and collaborates with others towards achieving this.

With a BSc. in Physics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and MSc. in Information Security and Intelligence Edith Cowan University, Sedo is Telecommunications Engineer with a strong background in Optical Networks.

He has developed technical capabilities in Backhaul, Distribution, Local and Access fiber Network Implementation with its associated Civil work, Equipment Installations and Commissioning. He has worked for some multinationals like Huawei and Fujitsu. While at Huawei he worked with clients including MTN Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, Glo Ghana and the Presidency of Ghana. While at Fujitsu he worked with clients including Qantas and the Department of Health.

He is currently the Operations Manager for Telefik Communications and the Director of Ezoe Communications Pty Ltd.

Investment Adviser – Committee Member

Russel Sisipenzi is a data analytics professional working at BHP, based in Perth. He has experience working in data analytics both as a Data Analyst and Data Engineer. His experience spans across working for large corporations such as National Australia Bank, as well as working for fast-growth startups such as Culture Amp. Prior to working in Technology, Russell previously worked as a Financial Analyst for J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Merril Lynch focusing on asset and wealth management.

Russell graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters Degree in Information Systems. Prior to this qualification, he studied Business Administration with a focus on Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology based in upstate New York.