The VC4A Team

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Meet Our Advisors

 

Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca Enonchong

@africatechie – CEO Appstech Software Firm – Cameroon:
Rebecca is the CEO of AppsTech, global provider of enterprise applications with
offices in Washington, D.C., Paris and Douala. She sits on the board of the Salesforce Foundation and ActivSpaces and was recognized as one of the 100 New Global
Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

David van Dijk

David van Dijk

@vc4africamentorMentorship Program – Netherlands:
David manages the VC4A mentorship program. He is also co-founder and Director General of
ABAN, the African Business Angel Network and member of the Impact Investment
Committee of EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels.

Joel Patenaude

Joel Patenaude

Investor & Coach at J2 Partners – United States: Joel has 20 years of experience in a diverse set of business roles. He is a founder of
J2 Partners, Inc., a business consultancy, and acts as representative to
a growing number of African SMEs. ?He has served as a VC4Africa Officer since the spring of 2009 and is involved in the mentoring program.

Greg Snyders<

Greg Snyders

Global Consultant Dalberg – Unites States: Greg manages relationships with partners based in the US and helps lead both product and business
development at VC4Africa. Greg is a development expert and has worked for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, served as an
economic policy advisor to the Government of South Sudan, and led business development opportunities for a mobile health technology startup in Rwanda.

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Tomi Davies

@tomidee – Lagos Angel Network, Nigeria: Tomi is entrepreneur,
writer, speaker, mentor, investor and advocate of technology, education, mobile and Africa. He is CEO of TVCLabs a Technology Business Accelerator based in Lagos
and also sits on the boards of Sproxil, Strika Entertainment, TechnoVision Communications and PeoplePrime. Tomi is co-founder of the
Lagos Angel Network and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).

 

Meet Our Team

 

Ben White

Ben White

@zia505 – Founder, CEO & Community Evangelist
Netherlands, United States
: Ben has been venturing in the African technology and media space since 2003. Involved in multiple startups, Ben is also the
founder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and the
African Business Angel Network (ABAN). Ben is on the board of ActivSpaces and in 2007 he
founded Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A).

Bill Zimmerman

Bill Zimmerman

Founder & CTO – Cameroon, United States, France: Bill is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur with a track record
of building and selling technology-based companies. He’s the co-founder of Cameroon’s leading technology incubator ActivSpaces.
Bill is a founding member of AfriLabs, a network of African technology hubs, and is a
driving force behind VC4A. Bill previously worked for Microsoft and served in the United States Peace Corps.

Arnout Kroezen

Arnout Kroezen

Director of Finance– Netherlands: Arnout heads the financial management of VC4A. Arnout is a financial expert by training, an entrepreneur and
manager. He has run his own trading business on the Dutch stock exchange and acts as a financial controller for his company. He has a keen interest in emerging
markets and the African investment opportunity.

Alina Vinogradova

Alina Vinogradova

Programmes & Partnerships Lead – Netherlands: Alina develops and manages startup support programs run by VC4A as part of
larger donor-funded initiatives, such as Work in Progress! Project and World
Bank’s Pan-African Accelerator. She builds out VC4A’s network of strategic partnerships with various startup ecosystem players and is constantly looking for fit
between organizations, their objectives, and the goals of the VC4A community. MSc in Business Economics, MBA from Amsterdam Business School (UvA). In her corporate
past she spent over 10 years working in various marketing, sales and business development roles.

Thomas van Halen

Thomas van Halen

Pro Services – Netherlands: Entrepreneurship, being part of an inspiring community and driven to make a difference: this explains the match between
VC4Africa and Thomas best. Linking people with the right opportunities is where Thomas gets his energy from. His focus has always been on
entrepreneurship and Africa. As member of the board he manages the Twiga Foundation supporting bright students in Kenya. On a commercial level he invented, established and managed two companies.

Bertil van Vugt

Bertil van Vugt

@brutuzBusiness Development Lead – Netherlands: Bertil is
responsible for business development at VC4Africa, working with partners to improve the services on the VC4A.com platform. He managed the 3-year ‘Inclusive Business
Accelerator’ programme on the side of VC4A. Bertil studied journalism (Ba) and Political Science (Ma) and gained content and technical experience while working in
the African startup and media space since 2006 in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and other countries across the continent.

Hendrik Admiraal

Hendrik Admiraal

Lead Developer – Netherlands: Hendrik is a web developer, designer, former label manager and event organizer from The Netherlands. Previously he
launched event organizations and has worked for 10+ years as a freelance web developer. After exiting his own company he joined several tech start-ups where he
gained valuable insights into their growth and the problems they can encounter.

Mathilde Schmidt-Rhen

Mathilde Schmidt-Rhen

Community & Campaigns Management – Netherlands: Mathilde supports diverse partner programs, conducting online promotional campaigns and manages
the VC4A community platform. She is excited about entrepreneurship and particularly the immense potential of smart technology innovations to impact the diverse
social and economic environments across Africa (and the rest of the world).

Kunle Odusan

Kunle Odusan

Developer – Nigeria: Kunle Odusan is a software developer with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo
University. He loves playing soccer & tennis. He’s excited about how African startups create solutions to challenges Africans face, especially when those
solutions involve software.

David Coleman

David Coleman

Growth Lead – Netherlands: David is a multi-disciplined marketer. He is passionate about customer needs, data-driven consumer insights and value
creation. With over a decade of technology industry experience, David has helped organizations re-engineer, build and execute their commercial strategies. He has
been a mentor, consultant and advisor to numerous African based startups and scale-ups. As the Growth Lead at VC4A David is responsible for improving the
product-market fit of our platform and other commercial offerings.

Melissa Ruggles

Melissa Ruggles

Program Management – Netherlands: Melissa is an all-around Program Manager at VC4A who is actively involved in everything from business
development to program design and implementation to monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and communications. She gets energy and inspiration from working
alongside change-making women and men entrepreneurs across the world.

Abiodun Solomon Developer VC4A

Abiodun Solomon

Software Developer – Nigeria: Abiodun Solomon is a software developer from Nigeria. He loves watching movies, teaching programming and writing
technical articles for fun. He is currently the co-organizer of two tech communities in Ogun State, Nigeria. He is always inspired to solve problems and
challenges related to software. His favourite quote is from Og Mandino that says “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong
enough”.