AFRICA – QED Investors, a global venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services companies, has hired Chidinma (Chid) Iwueke to support domestic and African investments. Chid will have a dual focus on U.S. and international investments.
Chid’s background spans engineering, medicine, entrepreneurship and finance. Prior to joining QED, she was a partner at Microtraction, a pre-seed investment firm with depth in fintech headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.
She was integral in backing and supporting more than 30 startups, structuring support for portfolio companies and expanding the company’s reach across Africa.
“Chid is a wonderful addition to the QED team and we are thrilled to leverage her expertise and knowledge across all of our geographies. She has outstanding verve, passion and business acumen,” said QED Investors M,anaging Partner Nigel Morris.
She was previously an equity research associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch covering the healthcare services sector. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, she was a founding member and head of business development and strategy of a healthcare tech startup.
“I have a passion for building businesses and supporting innovative founders in scaling solutions that solve substantial, everyday problems,” said Chid.
“I see diversity and adversity as the perfect springboard for growth, and I am thrilled to join QED to promote life-changing entrepreneurship to help break down the barriers to financial inclusion, not just across Africa, but on a global scale.”
Chid holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee. She is originally from Nigeria but based in New York City.
Gbenga has spent his career working across fintech and Africa in a variety of roles from product development and growth to marketing and partnerships. Prior to joining QED, he was co-founder of Kanza Ventures, a boutique seed investment and advisory firm focused on fintech in Africa.
Before that, he was product director for SMB growth at Wise (formerly TransferWise), a global cross-border remittance fintech, and the head of strategic Partnerships at Revolut, Europe’s biggest neobank.
In addition, he spent six years at Google in a variety of roles from managing telecom industry partnerships and strategy in Africa to leading Google’s mobile app business and strategy with clients spread across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
He was also product partnerships lead in Europe and Africa where he worked on localizing Google Search in Africa and launched Google Events Search in Germany, the U.K., Spain and France.
“I’m incredibly excited to bring QED to Africa and to bring Africa to QED,” said Gbenga.
“QED has the unparalleled combination of a world-class track record in venture and an unmatched reputation in global fintech. There is a massive opportunity for transformational fintech companies to be built in Africa over the coming years, and QED is the perfect partner to support, advise and mentor the next wave of talented founders.”
Gbenga is completing his Executive MBA at London Business School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.
“He has a deep operator pedigree and he is incredibly connected to the early stage entrepreneurial ecosystem across the continent.”
In September, QED announced it had closed a substantially oversubscribed US$1.05 billion fund, including US$550 million in QED Fund VII for early-stage investments and US$500 million in a new Growth Fund.