Nnena is a principal in the Investment Adviser’s team and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments in Africa. Ms. Nkongho has 16 years of experience in identifying, building and capturing value for (and on behalf of) corporates and funds.
Immediately prior to DiGAME, Nnena was an early employee and Global Head of Business Development at SOLO Phone Nigeria, a venture-funded, Nigerian mobile device and content ecosystem. Prior to that, she was a consultant, working with African enterprises on mandates that included: corporate strategy, new market entry and funding growth investments—including serving as the Interim Head of Strategy & Business Development for Etisalat Nigeria (now 9mobile).
Nnena has extensive experience with public and private market investment opportunities and has focused on the Sub-Saharan African region for almost 10 years. She was an Analyst and member of the founding team at Nubuke Investments and was responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing investments in the telecom, media and technology sectors.
Before joining the Nubuke team, Nnena spent four years at Merrill Lynch on the equity arbitrage desk. She began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in Hong Kong and the Financial Institutions Group (Insurance) in New York.
Nnena has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Princeton University.
Emilian is a principal in the Investment Adviser's team and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments in Africa. Based in Abu Dhabi, Emilian has 16 years of experience in web entrepreneurship and management consulting. Prior to DiGAME, Emilian has been focused on building and accelerating winning eCommerce companies in Africa and other emerging markets, including Groupon South Africa, lamoda.ru (Russia), wimdu.com (Germany & China), zando.co.za (South Africa), jumia.com (Nigeria) and jabong.com (India).
Emilian has extensive experience working in Angola, Gabon, Cameroun, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco and Algeria.
Emilian began his career at Ernst & Young where he spent 7 years advising clients across various industries and geographies on building and improving their business processes, cost savings and revenue assurance, training financial and operation teams on control environment and risk management.
Emilian holds an MBA Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Founder and CEO of Zouk, Samer is the CIO of its subsidiary DiGAME and has 27 years of professional experience across growth equity investment, investment banking and technology and has built a substantive professional network throughout Africa and Middle East.
Throughout his career, he has successfully invested in multiple growth technology businesses and has played a key role as steward of value creation within the investment lifecycle. At Zouk, Samer has successfully invested in multiple growth and online businesses in the Middle East & Africa, including a leading developer of solar PV power plants based in Abu Dhabi, a Tanzanian company which sells distributed solar generation for homes leveraging mobile payments and Europe’s leading online supplier of pet food.
Prior to Zouk, Samer was at JP Morgan where he led a number of private equity and M&A transactions as part of the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice; including the launch of an emerging market mobile fund and managing several wireless deals including a consortium for 3G licenses in South Africa. At JP Morgan, he also led the Middle East Global Markets business, managing several multi-billion dollar financing deals for governments and corporates -- building strong institutional investor relations at the most senior levels in the region.
Early in his career, Samer spent seven years designing and managing the development of air traffic control computer and telecom systems both directly, and as a consultant, at Martin Lockheed, AT&T, Hughes Aircraft and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
He is an active in civic and community affairs and sits on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management, International Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Centre and is a Middle Eastern fellowship of the Aspen Institute.
Samer holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic and a M.S. in Management and Finance from MIT.
Norris joined Zouk’s Investor Relations team in 2015 where she leads Zouk’s ongoing fundraising efforts and engagements with investors. She draws on over 10 years of experience in Institutional Sales.
Norris previously worked at Height Securities, a research broker-dealer focused on regulatory, macroeconomic, and geopolitical risk research, where she was a Vice President on the Institutional Sales team. Prior to Height Securities, she was a Sales Associate at FBR Capital Markets.
Norris holds a BA from Princeton University where she majored in Political Science.
Salman Hamid is the COO of DiGAME’s Investment Adviser team. Currently based in Abu Dhabi, he has 7+ years’ experience in investment operations, investment advisory and compliance in the banking and financial sectors.
Before joining DiGAME, Salman was working as a Middle Office Analyst at Abu Dhabi Investment Council, one of the world’s foremost Sovereign Wealth Funds. He was responsible for managing the middle office processes and functions of the Global Special Situations department. He successfully implemented and integrated a management information system along with other several operationally pivotal reporting systems.
Salman also worked as a Senior Associate at CITCO Fund Services in Toronto, Canada. At CITCO he managed a team responsible for providing complete trade lifecycle operational analytics to some of the world’s most respected asset managers, investment banks and institutional clients. Salman has also worked as a relationship manager at Royal Bank of Canada, where he managed a portfolio of high net worth individuals and provided them with complex credit and investment instruments.
Salman holds a BA in Finance from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Richard has been working in private equity and accountancy in London over the past 18 years and is the CFO/COO of Zouk and of its subsidiary DiGAME.
Richard has been running the finance, banking and operations at Zouk since 2007, managing five of Zouk’s funds, having dealt with over 40 investee companies and their subsidiaries from across Asia, Middle East, Africa, America and Europe.
Richard joined Zouk from Ernst & Young, where he was a Director in the investment management division and was responsible for the Zouk account. Prior to Ernst and Young, Richard gained most of his deal experience at an Anglo-German private equity house, where he was responsible for deal sourcing, evaluation and execution and at KPMG Financial Services Advisory, where he focused on pricing and valuation. Richard is a KPMG London-trained, qualified ACA (ICAEW) and is also a qualified treasurer (ACT).
Richard served with distinction in the Republic of Singapore’s Air Force where he was a top Airman.
Gerhard has been working in investment management in London over the past 13 years and is the finance manager and compliance officer of Zouk Capital and of its subsidiary DiGAME.
Gerhard has assisted in the finance, banking and operations at Zouk since 2013. Prior to that, he worked as the Financial Controller and Compliance Officer at a London-based Hedge Fund.
Gerhard trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in South Africa before moving with Deloitte to London in 2015 where he worked in their technical accounting group.
Gerhard graduated within the top 10 of his class studying accounting and finance, receiving his B.Com from the University of Pretoria.