Margaret O'ConnorChairperson at Launch Africa
Ms Margaret O’Connor brings 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor, MasterCard executive, FT journalist, and government advisor in the US, UK, Asia, Africa, and Europe to her current tech investment management portfolio.
She recently joined the board of Chrysalis Investments Ltd (CHRY:LSE), an Investment Trust focused on pre-IPO tech companies, with £1.28 bn in capital deployed as of October 5, 2021. During 2020, she moved to London from Johannesburg and was appointed to Chair the Launch Africa Venture Fund, a pioneering tech VC fund that made 67 seed stage tech investments across 14 African markets during its first 15 months in operation. Ms. O'Connor also helped to establish a new pan-African women in tech seed stage VC fund, Five35 Ventures, and chairs a Fintech, PayToday. The former Silicon Valley VC-funded MarketingTech entrepreneur and founding member of the MasterCard Asia Pacific management team continues to enjoy pioneering new frontiers in technology and geographic markets.