Bolaji Balogun is Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham, Nigeria’s leading independent investment banking firm and Chief Investment Officer of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund. He has over thirty years of experience in investment banking, investment management and mobile telecommunications. Chapel Hill Denham is one of Nigeria’s leading investment management firms and the leading alternatives investment manager with funds in infrastructure, Real Estate and SMEs.
He spent eleven years with FCMB Group, in investment banking and securities trading, leaving in January 2001. From April 1993 to January 2001, he was Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at CSL Stockbrokers Limited. Bolaji was Executive Director at FCMB Capital Markets from January 1996.
Bolaji left FCMB Capital Markets in January 2001, to become co-founder and Director at Econet Wireless Nigeria, now Airtel Nigeria. He led the capital raising and license bid auction process for Econet Wireless Nigeria’s USD285 million GSM license. He was Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in October 2001. The USD1.67 billion sale of Econet Wireless to Celtel in 2005 remains Nigeria’s single largest successfully exited private investment. Bolaji left mobile communications and returned to investment banking when he founded Chapel Hill in 2005.
Bolaji is Chairman, Lafarge Africa, Vice Chairman of Endeavor Nigeria, a Director at Trustfund Pension, one of Nigeria’s largest pension fund managers, and SME NG, a Nigerian impact investment platform, investing in Nigerian women and youth-owned SMEs. He was formerly Chairman on Nahco FTZ Limited, a former Director of Nahco Avaince Plc and NASD Plc. He was appointed to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Africa Advisory Board in September 2009.Bolaji is an Economics (Honours) graduate of the London School of Economics, University of London.
Chapel Hill Denham has a simple and powerful model focused on investment banking and investment management. Chapel Hill Denham Advisory is Nigeria and Africa’s leading independent investment bank. Chapel Hill Denham Management is Nigeria’s leading alternative asset manager. Our funds are focused on areas accretive to Africa’s and Nigeria’s economic development targeting sectors such as Infrastructure, Energy and Renewables, Real Estate, SMEs, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Education.
The growing size and prosperity of the middle classes across Nigeria offer an incredible reward to those managers that can address the needs of institutional clients and retail investors in the country. The investment industry is a natural beneficiary of the increasing growth in wealth and savings among the middle classes across many emerging markets. A consistent focus on under-served segments which have had limited access to capital can lead to significant gains in economic development and impact. Historically, there has been a lack of an investment culture in Nigeria and across Africa, but even a small shift can present significant opportunities given the scale of Nigeria’s population.