Ahovi Kponou - Non Executive Director
Mr. Kponou is a private equity, hedge fund and investment banking expert with extensive experience in sell-side advisory and buy-side investing in developed, emerging and frontier markets.
Mr. Kponou is a former Chief Investment Officer at Tengen Family Office and Coronation Capital Limited. Prior to joining Coronation Capital, he was a Strategic Consultant at PanAfrican Investment Company, a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused private equity firm. Earlier in his career, he also worked in Cape Town, South Africa with Southern Asset Management (now part of MMI Holdings, the South African life insurer) and as an associate at Oak Hill Partners, a NY-based private equity firm. As a public markets investor, Mr. Kponu pursued the launch of Outpost Partners, a hedge fund focused on public equity opportunities in emerging and frontier markets including Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Central Asia and Latin America.
Before Outpost, he was a Partner at Para Advisors LLC, a $1B+ AUM special situations hedge fund focused on catalyst-driven investment opportunities across the capital structure. Within the investment banking space, Mr. Kponou was an Associate in Morgan Stanley & Co.’s M&A and high yield capital markets groups and he began his career as a Financial Analyst in the Goldman Sachs M&A department.
Mr. Kponou holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a concentration in Finance and International Business and he has an MS in Engineering-Economic Systems and a BA in Quantitative Economics also from Stanford University.