Africa

AVCA appoints Dorothy Kelso as director, head of strategy and research

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) has appointed Dr Dorothy Kelso as director, head of strategy and research.

Kelso, a Ghanaian native, joins AVCA with 15 years of research, strategy and private equity experience gained at organisations including EY, Coller Capital, IE Consulting, the IMF and Incisive Media.
 
Most recently, Kelso was an associate director in the private equity strategic market intelligence team at EY in London, and a core member of the EY team who worked with AVCA to produce the annual AVCA and EY African Private Equity Exits Study.
 
Prior to EY, Kelso spent five years heading up the research team at Coller Capital, a global private equity secondaries firm, and before that worked for a boutique private equity strategy consulting firm that advised clients on all aspects of the industry including fundraising and deal execution.
 
She will be responsible for driving AVCA’s critical industry research agenda, for the benefit of both AVCA members and the private equity and venture capital industry in Africa.
 
Kelso, says: “I’m very pleased to be joining the AVCA team at a time when AVCA and the industry are experiencing such strong momentum. The global focus on Africa as the ‘last frontier’ is placing even greater importance on AVCA’s work as an independent and in-depth voice and provider of information on the private investment landscape in Africa. I look forward to applying my insight and experience to support expanding this even further.”  

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