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.
Sunbird Business Services Limited
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE, Cofounder & Managing Director of Sunbird Business Services Limited. Michael is a successful entrepreneur with over 15 years business experience in multiple sectors, including business services and retail. He is also committed to creating wider social impact in education through innovation in finance. Michael cofounded Sunbird Africa, leading providers of flexible workspace, fit out and facilities management. Responding to to client demand and the market opportunity, Sunbird, recently rebranded its flexible workspace offering to Kofisi, dedicated to being Africa’s top provider of inspirational workspaces. Sunbird is operational in over six African countries Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and Nigeria. Kofisi has office centres in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.
In 2009, he set up an investment office to manage Sir Rod Alridge’s portfolio of investments in business services companies, expanding its fundraising, corporate structuring and investing capabilities. Sir Rod Aldridge is founder of Capita Plc, Europe’s largest service outsourcing company with 64,000 staff and a FTSE listed. Michael also worked at Kroll Inc, launching its Corporate Finance team to provide advisory services such as deal origination work for leading support services businesses, industrial and private equity clients.
As a trustee of The Aldridge Foundation, Michael has worked directly with the Government of the United Kingdom, primarily with the Department for Education.
Michael qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen from the ICAEW in 2003 and holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University, obtained in 2002. He is passionate about family, wellness, and creating systems to support entrepreneurship globally.