Funmi Akinluyi


Funmi Akinluyi is the Investment Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at fund managing group Silkinvest Limited. She managed 25% of the total assets of Nigeria’s biggest asset manager IBtC Chartered before moving to the UK. She has in-depth expertise in the African oil & gas sector and worked for one of Africa’s leading research houses in this field. Her previous employers include Citibank Nigeria, Barings Asset Management and northern trust. Funmi holds an Msc in finance from Imperial College. Funmi is Nigerian and has an extensive network of contacts in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Vibrant Africa Continues to Attract

The global economic crisis of 2007–09 left Sub-Saharan countries relatively unscathed. There are a number of reasons for this, but one crucial factor has been the relative lack of integration of the economies of most Sub-Saharan countries with the world economy. This insulated much of the region from the severities of the asset ‘boom’ and ‘bust’ that whiplashed global financial markets in the developed world between 2007 and 2009. There are some positive, rather than neutral, aspects of Africa’s growth potential and the unfolding investment story.

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