AFSIC is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa.
Arnaud Ventura is the founder of acacia.ac. Before foundind acacia.ac Arnaud Ventura was the founder & CEO of Baobab Group from 2006 to 2019 and prior to this he built PlaNet Finance from 1998 to 2006.
Arnaud Ventura founded Baobab Group (formerly MicroCred), the leading digital microfinance group focusing on serving micro and small businesses in Africa and China. Baobab’s mission is to unleash the potential of its clients offering them simple and easy to use financial services. Founded in 2005 as MicroCred, today Baobab has disbursed in 2018 over 1 billion EURO of loans both digitally and through a network of over 1000 branches and points of service. Baobab has next to 1 million client and 4000 employees operating mostly in Africa (Burkina Faso, DRC, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe) and China.
Prior to the creation of Baobab, Arnaud Ventura cofounded PlaNet Finance (now Positive PlaNet) one of the leading International Non Profit in the field of international development and microfinance and the Positive Economy Forum, one of the largest forum in Europe focusing on Social Business.
Arnaud was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) in 2013. Arnaud was nominated French American Young Leader in 2005. Arnaud is also cofounder of the France China Foundation http://www.francechinafoundation.org/
Before co-founding PlaNet Finance, Arnaud worked for BNP Paribas in France and Argentina and participated in the creation of two leading Internet providers in France and Thailand (Club-Internet & Internet Thaïland).
Arnaud speaks English, Spanish and French fluently. He was born in Antibes in the South of France on April 1973.