« Our investment approach, in addition to providing value-added capital, is also based on a diversified team by its origins and past experiences. It also relies on innovative investment structures adapted to local markets. »

Its knowledge of the business ecosystem in Mauritania is reflected in the experiences of its founder as a member of the World Bank think tank for the improvement of the business climate, as well as a founding member of the “Club des Entrepreneurs de Mauritanie”, which aims to be a credible interface for the private sector in Mauritania. She has been a facilitator, panelist and advisor in several events intended to promote entrepreneurship in the Sahel and the financing of startups and young companies. 

Its multilingual and multicultural team is a major asset.

Before creating Sahelinvest, Ms. Kamara worked during 11 years as Investment Director with AFIG Funds, a fund management company, headquartered in Dakar, and covering 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ms. Kamara has invested and followed a portfolio of about ten companies with investment sizes between 4 and 14 million dollars in several countries among which Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritania, Chad, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire. Member of the AFIG’s Executive Committee and board directors of several portfolio companies, she has been able to drive momentum in the execution of transactions and portfolio monitoring.

Prior to joining AFIG Funds, she was the Senior Financial Advisor to the CFO of Dakar-based ASECNA, a regional African aviation security institution. Lalya was responsible for sourcing and negotiating ASECNA’s debt financing program (approximately XOF 174 billion, or USD 348 million, for the 2000-2006 period). She also had oversight responsibility for ASECNA’s major financial initiatives and accounting functions.

Prior to ASECNA, she was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen/Ernst and Young in Paris and worked on a number of assignments in a wide range of industries: Media, Information Technology, and Hospitality in France as well as on a number of high-profile transactions in Africa (Senegal, Cameroon, and Algeria).

Ms. Kamara is a Mauritanian national and graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC) in Lille, with a Masters in Corporate Finance.

Before joining Sahelinvest, Mariem Didi Sid’Ahmed, completed a long internship at APM Terminals, a dutch port operator and subsidiary of Maersk, at the Port de l’Amitié of Nouakchott, as Procurement Assistant in the Finance and Purchasing Department. She was in charge of leading the supplier selection process, negotiating, and drafting contracts with key suppliers as well as cash management and expenses.

Mariem Didi acquired several experiences in the financial sector, in particular within the Central Bank of Mauritania as a Risk Management Assistant where she was able to carry out assignments for identification and control of credit risks. She was also in charge, within this same department, of monitoring the application of standards with the Compliance Department, proposing performance monitoring tables and areas for improvement.

She lived, studied and worked in several countries including Mauritania, Senegal, Kuwait, France, and Turkey. She is also perfectly trilingual (French, English, and Arabic) and has professional fluency in Spanish and Turkish.
Graduated from the prestigious Business School, Emlyon Business School, in Major Corporate Finance, Mariem Didi Sid’Ahmed, also obtained a Bachelor degree in Economics and Management from Paris Descartes University. Mariem is a Mauritanian national.

Before joining the Sahelinvest team, Hafsa N’diaye started her career in entrepreneurship. She created, a catering company and launched Jaram, a beverage brand made from local fruits.
Previously, she was an account manager at OPPAFRIKA, a B-to-B relationship management company, where she was responsible for domiciliation (rental of equipped office and seminar rooms), organization of B-to-B meetings and research of business partnerships between foreign companies and Mauritanian companies.
Hafsa N’diaye is also experienced in the field of social economy, she participated in the realization of the “ALMUDOU en Fête” a project of the NGO “ABEPAD.
On her return to Mauritania in 2016 after a long stay abroad (Senegal, France), she worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as an assistant to the Project Manager Small Grant Program (SGP). She was then in charge of database management, planning and project monitoring and reporting.

Hafsa N’diaye graduated from the Higher Institute of Management (ISM) in Dakar, and completed an exchange program at ESDES in Lyon as part of her Masters in Finance.

Dialla Ndiaye started her career at the sales department of Orabank where she supported the account managers and monitored a portfolio of clients (SMEs and SMIs, associations, local authorities). After signing the contracts, she supported the monitoring of the projects (through the feasibility study, the respect of the deadline and the compliance in several areas such as financial, commercial and technical).
As a trainee cashier at Djiké Mutuelle, Dialla was in charge of processing withdrawals, deposits, transfers and other financial transactions.
Dialla obtained a BTS (2-year university degree) in accounting from the International Institute of Communication and Management in Nouakchott.

Segueye Diop holds a two-year university degree (DUT) in Logistics and Transport Management from IUT de Reims, and a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from CNAM Paris.
In 2013, he spent 9 months working and travelling in different parts of Australia. He completed his experience with an internship in Melbourne within the Training center ACAH (Australian College of Agriculture and Horticulture), where he carried out a study on Agro-industry in Australia and Victoria state with an emphasis on cash-flow management.
Following this experience, he joined Ausenco (Australian, Engineering Company) at the Tasiast mining site in Mauritania as part of the 24K Extension Project. As an administrator, Ségueye coordinated the relationship between Ausenco, its client Kinross and the subcontractors. He produced weekly and monthly reports tracing the activity on site including the HSEC data.
Ségueye is very curious and passionate about development issues in Africa and since he returned to Mauritania, he has been developing his own businesses in the Agrobusiness sector.

Bambi Camara is a telecommunication engineer. She graduated from Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar, one of Senegal top engineer school. She obtained a Professional Bachelor’s degree in Networks and Telecommunications, and a Master’s Degree in Network and Telecommunication Systems. She also obtained a bachelor degree, Diplôme supérieur de technologie en Télécommunications et Réseaux.
Prior to joining Sahelinvest, Bambi completed an internship at SONATEL Dakar as a Senior Technician Trainee. She was in charge of the monitoring of the network (U2000 software).
She also conducted several studies during her academic career on the themes of telecommunications including:
• A study on the Design and Implementation of a profiling system for customers of a website
• A thesis on Tools for the creation and management of dynamic and heterogeneous virtual networks (EVE-NG)
• A thesis on Network Supervision with MRTG and CACTI

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