11th – 12th OCTOBER 2021 | LONDON
Najwa El Iraki
AfricaDev Consulting Ltd
Najwa El Iraki is the Founder & Managing Partner of AfricaDev Consulting Ltd , a business development and advisory firm dedicated to the African continent. She is the Managing Director in Morocco for Opportunity Network, a global business matchmaking platform headquartered in London that connects CEOs worldwide. She is also the General Representative of Lloyd’s of London in North and West Africa.
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 for financial institutions, multinationals and international professional services firms. Najwa structured the project from its inception, contributing to the overall strategy for setting up and developing a regional business and financial centre.
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 and project finance.
Najwa has accumulated 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 (2008), member of both international accountancy and UK tax leading professional institutes (ICAS & ATT). She holds a certificate in leadership management from Harvard Business School (2016) and she is an Alumni of the IVLP – 2019 (International Visitor Leadership Program by the US Government).
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-Sahm Women, Women in Business Network 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 that year – Consultancy Award by the Corporate Vision Magazine based in London. Najwa speaks fluently English, French, Arabic and intermediate Spanish. She is the Ambassador of AFSIC in francophone Africa.