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Head of Venture

Lwazi Wali

Lwazi Wali is responsible for sourcing, selecting and qualifying the startups that join our Scale program.

She is a 2019 Obama Africa Leader and two-time early-stage tech founder, who is passionate about building products that sit at the intersection of economic science, impact and technology. Lwazi started her career in the US at one of the top three aerospace and future tech manufacturers in the world, where she led trans-continental campaigns and managed a portfolio size of USD $3bn. She brings several years of international and Pan-African experience in impact investing and innovative finance and was the first African to graduate from the prestigious IIX Global (Impact Investment Exchange) Impact Institute in Singapore in 2016. She later founded IIX Global’s South Africa Chapter, mobilizing both private and public sector commitments to structure Africa’s first Women’s Livelihood Impact Bond. In 2018, she founded HerHQ - Africa’s first digital, social, capital market democratizing access to knowledge, capital and markets for Pan-African female founders of colour.

Lwazi is obsessed with all things startups and is an eternal optimist! She is also an aspiring yogi, relentless pro-African futurist and women’s rights activist.


"It always seems impossible, until its done." – Nelson Mandela

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