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Helios appoints lead for venture capital strategy

Helios Investment Partners has appointed Wale Ayeni to head its venture capital strategy and launch Helios Digital Ventures.

Ayeni was until recently at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where he was head of venture capital investments across Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. 

Prior to joining the IFC, Ayeni led venture capital investments in Silicon Valley for Orange, the French telecoms company. He started his career as a microprocessor design engineer with Intel Corp. and later Qualcomm, before moving to JP Morgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco.

Helios Digital Ventures will support founders at the early-growth stage to build long-lasting businesses using technology to rethink and deliver impact to the mass-market, focusing on large addressable market segments including education, food security, financial services, healthcare, and sustainability.

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