Adiba Ighodaro began her career in commercial and corporate law, providing advice to international banks and multinationals, many of which had subsidiaries in the emerging markets. This experience triggered her interest in the provision of finance in to markets where there was an overwhelming number of opportunities and very little competition.

Adiba made the decision to join CDC in 1991. She began as an investment manager and in 2000 was made Head of West Africa, setting up CDC’s Nigeria office in the same year. She played a key role in a series of notable Nigerian investments including Starcomms, Diamond Bank, UAC Nigeria and ‘The Palms’ – the development of Lagos’s first modern shopping mall.

When Actis was created in 2004, Adiba transferred to the other side of the business and joined the Investor Development Group. As part of this team, Adiba has developed relationships and raised funds from across North America, the Gulf and Asia. Today, Adiba is responsible for leading and coordinating fundraising and investor relations primarily across North America.

Adiba was a founding Board Director and Investment Committee member of Capital Alliance Private Equity Limited, Nigeria. She has also contributed extensively to think-tanks including the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Privatisation Committee and the Nigerian-South African Business Council. Adiba holds an LLB from King’s College, London, a BL (Gray’s Inn) and a C Dip Accounting & Finance (ACCA).