BOARD OF ADVISORS

 

Michael Norton OBE

Michael Norton, OBE is the Founder of CIVA and serves as its Director. Mr. Norton founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, the UK’s leading provider of information and training to charities. He founded YouthBank UK in 1998 and incubated the Otesha Project UK, FoodCycle, MyBnk and other social ventures in the UK and India. He co-founded Changemakers in 1994 and served as its Executive Chairman until 2001. He was a Co-Founder of Buzzbnk and served as its Chairman. He is a well-recognised expert in fundraising, author and serial social entrepreneur. He serves as the Chairman of the Board at Trillion Fund Limited. In 2013, he won the prestigious Award “Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy”. In 2014, he was honoured with the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at The Charity Awards.

Bimpe Nkontchou

Bimpe Nkontchou oversees client relationship management at W8 Advisory, as well as providing in-house legal, tax and real estate advisory support for clients.  She is a dually qualified lawyer, with over 30 years’ collective experience in England & Wales and in Nigeria respectively.  She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and qualified as a Solicitor in the UK in 1997.

She was previously founder and managing partner of Addie & Co. Solicitors in London, with a specialist private client department, which advised affluent African entrepreneurs on asset and wealth management issues for 16 years. She is a qualified Trust & Estate Adviser, an accredited Family Business Adviser and also holds a diploma in International Trust Management. She recently became a Member of the English Bar and a member of the Honourable Order of the Middle Temple.

Her work includes advising affluent African business owners on important issues surrounding asset and wealth management and family business succession planning.  She offers essential advice on the value of sound corporate and family governance to support the growth and continuity of the founding owner’s vision and legacy.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Christelle Kupa

Christelle is the founder of Uhusiano Capital, which is boutique financial advisory firm, based in London (FCA-regulated) with a specialisation in Impact Investment and Blended/Hybrid Investment solutions.  As a multi-lingual financial professional with over 15 years of experience in investment banking, alternative investments and development finance, she is well-experienced in impact investment on the African market that contribute to sustainable solutions for growing the local economy. She is FCA-regulated professional with a degree in business and finance.

Kenneth Legesi

Kenneth is a Manager at Deloitte, in the Strategy & Innovation practice, mainly providing advisory services for infrastructure and capital projects. He has over fourteen years’ experience in infrastructure and capital projects and real estate sectors including advisory services across the infrastructure and capital projects lifecycle for Lenders, Governments, Investors and Operators including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects across different geographies and sectors. Kenneth provides insightful and relevant technical and financial advice for infrastructure and capital projects and real estate for both corporate and project financed mandates. This includes preparing feasibility studies, undertaking due diligence, supporting the procurement process and preparing transaction materials, developing contract documentation, gaining successful financial close and supporting operations of infrastructure assets.
Kenneth has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering with Business Management from Imperial College London and he has completed the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Program.