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SuperReturn Africa
3-5 December 2024
The Westin, Cape Town

Hamdiya Ismaila
Founder & CEO at Savannah Impact Advisory


Hamdiya has over 22 years of experience in Finance and Investments and over 15 years of experience in Venture Capital and Private Equity investing. She is currently the Chief Executive officer of Savannah Impact Advisory (SIA), a Fund Management Company specializing in private equity/venture capital fund structuring, fund management, and impact investing advisory. Savannah is currently Managing the first private sector-led fund of funds in Ghana co-designed and sponsored by Impact Investing Ghana. Prior to SIA, she worked as the General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), a government backed Fund of Funds where she oversees the investments and general operations of the Trust. She also managed the Venture Capital Trust Fund Technical Assistance Facility, which is designed to support emerging fund managers and build the capacity of investee companies.

Ms. Ismaila is a Member of the Governing Council for the Ghana Alternative Exchange (a second-tier listing platform for SMEs on the Ghana Stock Exchange), an Investment Committee member for the Mastercard Africa Growth Fund, a member of the Governing Council of the Star Ghana Foundation and a member of the Gender Lens Advisory Board of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA). She was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing in London.

Ms. Ismaila holds an Executive Certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital from Harvard Business School, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in the City of New York, a BBA (Sum Cum Laude) from Monroe College and an LLB degree from GIMPA Law School.

She is a Fellow of the 2019 Class of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship and a Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Agenda Sessions

  • Africa as the protagonist