Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Adesuwa Okunbo RhodesFounder & Managing Partner

Adesuwa is the Founder and Managing Partner of Aruwa Capital Management. Prior to founding Aruwa, she was the Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Syntaxis Capital Africa, a provider of growth capital to SMEs in Nigeria and across Sub Saharan Africa. Syntaxis Africa was part of Syntaxis Capital, a private equity fund active in other emerging markets with $300 million in AUM from global institutional investors.

Prior to co-founding Syntaxis Africa in 2014, Adesuwa was in the Leveraged Finance and M&A teams at J.P. Morgan in London, where she was involved in $5.6 billion worth of transactions across emerging markets including Nigeria.

Prior to J.P. Morgan, Adesuwa worked in Africa-focused PE fund, TLG Capital as an Investment Professional, involved in transactions across Anglophone Africa. She was named as an Agent of Impact in 2019 by Impact Alpha and named as one of the Top 35 Women Moving Africa Forward in 2020 for her commitment to gender equality in private equity and across the society through Aruwa Capital’s investments.

She currently sits on a number of boards in Nigeria across hospitality, healthcare and agriculture sectors. She started her career at Lehman Brothers and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol.