Margaret O'ConnorChairperson at Launch Africa Ventures
Margaret brings 30 years of experience pioneering innovation ecosystem development across Africa, Asia, and the US. She currently chairs Launch Africa, the continent’s preeminent seed stage Venture Capital fund, the Investment Committee of the first pan-African Women in Technology early-stage VC fund, Five35 Ventures. She also serves on the board of UK listed investment trust (LON: CHRY) that backs pre-IPO disruptive tech companies.
Prior to this, she was a partner in the Centre for Disruptive Technologies, a Silicon Valley VC-funded entrepreneur, and a founding member of the MasterCard Asia Pacific management team. She started her career breaking gender barriers as a propaganda advisor to the Korean Ministry of Finance in Seoul.