About Us

Today, Africa contains 53 independent and sovereign countries, most of which still have the borders drawn during the colonial era. Through our proven expertise and strong relationships, we have been part of the change process by helping to erase these colonial barriers through trade, finance, economic integration and prosperity.

Our principals understand the close specific relationship between government and business and how government regulations can favour or hamper your business venture in Africa. When advising on a venture in a specific country, we will examine the country-specific regulatory environments in order to be able to best guide you through the process.

Our People

Founder, Chairman and CEO

Paulo Gomes

Paulo Gomes is a global business leader, active environmentalist and a key political actor in Guinea Bissau.
He has an acute knowledge of the politics and policies of Africa that he developed through his political engagement, support to several governments and as an Executive Director of the World Bank.
He has also founded the firm Paulo Gomes and Partners is the natural outcome of years advising governments and businesses on strategic investments as well as years on serving on boards of firms such as AFIG, Asky Airlines and Ecobank.
A founder of the South East Asia-Africa Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Advisory Board his business reach touched all continents and interests, Paulo is also a senior advisor to PIL Group.
Paulo holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from ILERI, Paris and a Masters Degree from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Managing Partner

Kahwa Douoguih

Kahwa Douoguih is an entrepreneur and economist committed to creating and growing global business opportunities.

Kahwa has a broad scope of international experience in Africa and the Americas in the areas of technology, mining, economics and finance at both public and private sector institutions including the Africa Finance Corporation and the IMF.

Kahwa holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, a MS in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines and a BA from Stanford University.

Managing Partner

Ope Babalola

Ope Babalola is an entrepreneur and adviser to small businesses, large corporates and government institutions.

He is an accountant and project manager with a background in banking, and experience across the United Kingdom, United States and across the African continent with institutions such as Google Foundation, Cadbury and Ecobank Group.

He is currently a director at ServLed Africa, a groundbreaking business accelerator/incubator based in Ghana.

He holds a BS in Accounting, PG Dip in Management, and is a UK Chartered Management Accountant.