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AfricaDev Consulting Ltd, All Africa
Najwa El Iraki is the Founder & Managing Partner of AfricaDev Consulting Ltd, a business development and financial advisory firm. She is also the Managing Director in Morocco for Opportunity Network, a global fintech matchmaking platform headquartered in London that connects CEOs worldwide for business opportunities.
Prior to this, she was the Head of Business Development at Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), a public-private held organization dedicated to positioning Casablanca (Morocco) as a regional financial center and a premier gateway into African markets. Najwa structured the project from its inception, contributing to the overall strategy for building a regional business and financial centre, advising institutional prospective investors and attracting 130 international companies.
Previously, she was Senior Manager within Mazars’ Financial Services Group in London. She was responsible for a team providing business advisory work and financial/tax planning across the banking, insurance and funds sectors. A role she took on after working within both large international investment banks (Lehman Brothers/Nomura) within their EMEA equity derivative business and a big four firm (KPMG London) advising financial institutions and corporates in various consulting areas including tax, corporate finance and restructuring.
Najwa has accumulated close to 15 years’ experience and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and Finance from leading French and British business schools (Kedge Business School & Aston Business School). She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, member of both international accountancy and UK tax leading professional institutes (ICAS & ATT). She holds a certificate in leadership management from Harvard Business School.
She is also actively involved either as a co-founder or a member in a number of business associations and networks in Africa (CasaExpats, Africa Expert Network, Al-SahmWomen etc.)
Najwa was named among the 60 most influential women in Africa in 2016 by “New African Woman Magazine” as well as Financial Advisor North Africa of the Year – Consultancy Award by the Corporate Vision Magazine based in London.