Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Fatoumata Ba

Fatoumata is a Senegalese entrepreneur and venture capitalist. She is currently the founder and Executive Chair of Janngo and a Managing partner of Janngo Capital. With a career that has spanned for over a decade, Fatoumata has always been passionate about women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment in Africa, especially by the aid of technology, SMEs growth and also health and education issues. Her adept experience as a venture capitalist has seen her assuming pivotal roles in multinational companies, notable of which was Jumia, an African e-commerce ecosystem dub of Amazon. She is the founder and CEO of Jumia Cote d’Ivoire and also worked as the Managing Director at Jumia Nigeria between 2015 and 2016. She was a part of the Jumia Group Executive Committee (Africa, Paris and Dubai) from 2016 – 2017. Fatoumata is also the Founder and CEO of Jumia Ivory Coast. While at Jumia, she championed the performance of 130+ operations across Africa and has created opportunities for more than 500,000 SMEs across more than 30 countries in Africa.

The business expert in 2018 founded Janngo. Janngo is aim at building, growing, and investing in pan-African digital companies that have proven business models and inclusive social impact. The company also provides support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and contributes to women and youth empowerment through job creation and capacity building. 

Fatoumata sits as the  executive Chair of Janngo and Managing Partner at Janngo Capital, which is the venture capital arm of Janngo.

In recognition of her enterprising wits, Fatoumata was a recipient of the Aenne Burda Award for visionary leadership, optimism and courage. She was also listed as one of Forbes 30 under 30 and Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She serves on the Board of SouthBridge Investment Bank, the Council of Women in Africa and the Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda of the World Economic Forum. She is also on the Board & Investment Committee of Creadev Africa.

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