Cikü is Associate Investment Officer with IFC’s Disruptive Technologies and Venture Capital team, based in Lagos, Nigeria.
She is an investment professional with extensive experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, passionate about the role that tech startups play in creating productivity and efficiency gains in real sectors and employment opportunities for Africa’s youth, hence promoting economic prosperity for Africa as a region.
In her current role with the IFC’s Disruptive Technologies and Funds Team, Cikü invests in early-stage tech and tech-enabled businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa. The IFC has invested over $1 billion in venture capital in companies across various sectors in frontier markets. In Africa, IFC's portfolio includes Twiga Foods, Kobo360, Africa’s Talking, TradeDepot, TIDE Africa Fund, Partech Ventures, Andela, among others. Prior to the IFC, Ciku was a Manager in the Corporate Finance team at KPMG leading private equity transaction advisory in Eastern Africa.
Notable achievements in Cikü's career include evaluating and executing several complex investment transactions, including deal sourcing, appraisal, execution, deal structuring and negotiations, in-depth portfolio management, and effectively creating value for companies and investors alike.
Her investment track record includes direct and fund investments with ticket sizes ranging between ~$1 - $25mm across seed, growth equity, and funds with strong financial performance.
Ciku has an MBA from Strathmore Business School/IESE (Spain), a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. She is a mentor on Google for Startups Africa, Business Daily's Top 40 under 40 Women (2017) and is really passionate about tech startups in emerging markets.