Lalya Kamara is a Director at AFIG Funds. In her current role, she is responsible for deal origination and execution, pipeline evaluation and portfolio monitoring. She leverages professional networks to source deals for pipeline consideration and supervises all aspects of due diligence work. She engages regularly with portfolio companies’ senior management to implement strategic initiatives, set performance targets and advise on operational issues. She is also a member of the executive committee.
Prior to AFIG Funds, Lalya was the Senior Financial Advisor to the CFO of Dakar-based ASECNA, a regional African aviation security institution. She was responsible for sourcing and negotiating ASECNA’s debt financing program (approximately 174 billion, or US$348 million, for the 2000-2006 period). She also has oversight responsibility of ASECNA’s major financial initiatives and accounting functions. Prior to ASECNA, Lalya was a Senior Auditor with Ernst and Young in Paris and worked on a number of assignments in a wide range of industries: Media, Information Technology, and Hospitality in France as well as on a number of high-profile energy transactions in Africa (Senegal, Cameroon, and Algeria).
Following business school at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC) in Lille, France, Lalya started her career as a financial analyst in the Credit Department of the Central Bank of Mauritania. Lalya grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Russia. She is a citizen of Mauritania.