“If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown to the World the importance of resilient value chains globally and in particular on the African continent. The time to discuss the opportunities of leveraging on innovative technologies to strengthen agricultural value chain and spur economic growth has never been so critical and relevant ! “


Melanie is the CEO and co-founder of Melanin Kapital, a Panafrican investment banking firm based in Kenya, France and Germany, focusing on supporting early-stage companies to become investable. With her team, she provides social impact entrepreneurs with access to financial education, investor-readiness advisory and connections to international investors and business partners. As a French-Congolese private equity professional working in an impact fund manager in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, Mélanie has always endeavoured to leverage on her inter cultural perspective and her financial expertise to contribute to the efforts of economic development on the African continent. She has worked in the impact investment field for the past four years in Africa and in the Middle East, supporting due diligence processes aiming at investing in SMEs, start ups and financial institutions. Over the years working in different impact ventures such as Investisseurs et Partenaire and Finance in Motion, she has particularly developed a deeper knowledge in corporate finance, fundraising and impact assessment. Besides her investment activities, she teaches in business schools and universities. Currently in ESCP Europe she delivers an elective class on impact investing in emerging markets. She offers similar lectures for entrepreneurs in accelerator programs like Bridge for Billions or GIZ-SAIS program. Mélanie holds a Master’ s in Corporate Finance from ESSCA business school, MSc International Sustainability from ESCP Europe and is certified as a Microfinance expert from Frankfurt School of Finance Management.

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