About Us

About Us

Blakeney’s focus is finding value and growth in the rapidly developing and under-researched markets of Africa and the Middle East. Blakeney has been investing in companies operating in Africa and the Middle East since 1995 and has played a major role in the development of stock markets in the two regions. Over that period, we have built up a deep and strong knowledge base and network of contacts in Africa and the Middle East. Blakeney’s clients are mostly blue-chip institutions: U.S. university endowments, foundations, charities and family offices.

OUR PEOPLE

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OBIORA OGBUNUDE

PARTNER

Obiora has been investing in Africa and the Middle East for over 15 years, a period that spans the emergence of both regions as important frontier markets. He started at Blakeney in 2001 following his graduation from the London Business School (MBA) in 2000. He is also a qualified physician and holds a bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (MB BS) from the University of Benin in Nigeria.

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CASPAR ROMER

PARTNER

Caspar focuses on investments in the Arab world and Africa. After ten years as an emerging markets money manager, first at Hambros Bank and later at F&C, Caspar did an MA in International Relations at Johns Hopkins. He joined Blakeney in 2007 after working at the World Bank in Washington DC where he covered Middle East and North African financial markets. He has a BA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.

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EMMA INGRAM

PARTNER

Emma joined in 2004 from Goldman Sachs where she had been working in its wealth management division for four years. Prior to this Emma read Chemistry and Law at Bristol University. She now oversees trading and operations at Blakeney.

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KARIM JETHA

PARTNER

Karim joined in 2009 after four years with Goldman Sachs where he was an associate in the investment banking division. During his time with Goldman Sachs, he advised leading corporates in both the UK and UAE. Karim holds an MA degree from the University of Cambridge where he read Economics. He looks at opportunities in both Africa and the Middle East.

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KHALIFA BIOBAKU

PARTNER

Khalifa joined in 2010 after three years at Davidson Kempner Partners, where he was an associate in the Event-Driven team based in London. Before that he spent two years as an M&A analyst at Morgan Stanley focusing on industrial engineering and automotive companies. Khalifa has an honours degree in Engineering, Economics & Management from Oxford University and holds an MEng in Civil Engineering. He looks at opportunities in Africa and the Middle East.

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