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SuperReturn Africa
5 - 7 December 2022
Cape Town

Runa Alam
Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Development Partners International (DPI)


Runa Alam is the co-founder and CEO of Development Partners International (“DPI”).

Runa has more than 35 years of private equity, emerging market management and investment banking experience. She has invested in Africa for 22 years. She serves on the Boards of many African companies. She has contributed to the development of private equity in Africa as a former Chair of AVCA (the African Private Equity Association), Chair of the AVCA Sustainability Committee, and a Vice Chair and Africa Council Member of GPCA (previously EMPEA).    Ms. Alam is also on the board of CARE, and on a Future Challenge Committee of the World Economic Forum on “Investing with the UN SDGs.”

Ms. Alam has contributed to efforts in education and development through her written and pro bono work. She sat on the advisory committees at Princeton and Yale Universities and was formerly an Advisory Council member of MIDA (Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure), NASP-USAID Investment Partnership, and USAID’s Private Sector Partners Committee.

Ms. Alam started her career on Wall Street working for Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. She is a development economist and is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. She is a Harry S. Truman Congressional Scholar.

Agenda Sessions

  • Showcasing the best practices in the GP/LP dynamic throughout fundraising and beyond