Baafour Otu-Boateng MBA (2012), Green Templeton College
Baafour is an Investment Manager at Investisseurs & Partenaires
(I&P) responsible for the Ghana office and portfolio. I&P is a family of impact funds fully dedicated to SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last 15 years, I&P has invested in more than 60 SMEs located in 15 African countries across a range of sectors including microfinance, agribusiness, health, and services. In this capacity he serves as board director at a number of companies including VRS Africa
, a fast-growing leasing service company with operations across 3 African countries, PEG Ghana
, the leading pay-as-you-go financing company in West Africa, and Eden Tree Limited
, a pioneering produce distribution agribusiness in Ghana.
He is also a member of the World Vision Ghana
Advisory Council and is the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Ambassador for Ghana.
Baafour, a Chevening Scholar and Said Business School Bursary Fund Scholarship Award-winner, began his career at UBS Investment Bank in New York as an analyst in the Global Consumer Products & Retail group focused on M&A transactions, debt and equity financings. Before he came to Oxford, he studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from Williams College, USA and also worked for a while as a volunteer consultant and project manager at TechnoServe Ghana, responsible for overseeing a national program focused on enterprise development for SMEs.
For Baafour, Oxford represented a compelling merger of journey and destination and this was a major factor in why he chose to attend. At the time, he was not completely certain about his career path and needed a challenging environment that would offer the intellectual and collegiate platform necessary to equip him for whatever complex decisions and issues he would face in whatever line of work he would find himself in later on. He was attracted to the enduring Oxford values of critical thinking, generosity among peers, and focus on impact.