Kola is the Managing Director of Babban Gona. He holds the same position at Doreo Partners, an agriculture focused, African impact investing firm. Prior to founding Doreo and Babban Gona, Kola was the Managing Director and CEO of a major subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of Nigeria’s leading agricultural conglomerates, where he raised US$24 million to develop an integrated agricultural trading, production and processing business. Furthermore, he led the development and execution of Notore’s commercial strategy across West and Central Africa, preparing the company to sell one-million tons of fertilizer and establish a modern seed business. Finally, he led the corporate finance organization, raising US$130 Million in equity and restructuring US$360 Million in debt.
Kola brings significant leadership experience in VC, corporate finance, business development, marketing and operations, across four continents with multiple global companies, including GE and Abiomed. Kola holds an MBA (Honors) from Harvard and Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.