Sanyade Okoli

Sanyade Okoli is the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha African Advisory Limited (“Alpha African”, formerly Travant Capital), based in Lagos, Nigeria. She has over 25 years of experience that spans financial advisory; private equity; corporate, commercial and management finance; and auditing. She joined Travant Capital as one of the founding Directors in 2007 and was a key member of the team that raised and partially deployed a US$107m private equity fund.

Sanyade has led numerous advisory transactions in areas such as mergers & acquisitions, capital restructuring and strategic advisory. Before Alpha African, She was Head of Finance & Strategy at Ocean and Oil Holdings, a Nigerian investment holding company. Before moving to Nigeria in 2006, Sanyade spent six years at British Telecom in the UK where she held various management and commercial finance positions and was on the company’s High Potential list for most of the time she was there.

Sanyade holds an MA in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen (UK). She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales and is currently the Contact Member of the Institute in Nigeria. Sanyade is also a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

She sits on the boards of Dorman Long Engineering Limited (a portfolio company) and Misa Nigeria Limited and is an analyst on Arise TV’s Global Business Report show. She is the founder of Just as I Am Blog where she shares inspirational and enlightening posts on faith, parenting and life in general.