Mr. Akim Daouda is an investment professional with two decades of experience in driving large-scale social and economic development projects and initiatives across the African continent. As the Chief Executive Officer of Fonds Gabonais D’Investissements Stratégiques, the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Gabon, he oversees the execution of the Fund’s strategy, supporting the government’s plan towards energy transition and biodiversity promotion and protection, including leading the world’s first and largest ever carbon credits issuance by a sovereign.
Prior to this role, Mr. Daouda was Chief Investment Officer, managing the fund’s portfolio of $1.9 billion assets. Currently, Mr. Daouda sits on the Africa network advisory board of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), which was created to help unlock investment and support engagement with African financial institutions.
He also sits on the board of several corporate entities, including as the Chairman of the board of Union Gabonaise de Banque, a subsidiary of Morocco’s Attijariwafabank and Gabon’s second largest bank.
He holds a double MSc in International Finance from Westminster University, London, and Skema Business School, Sophia Antipolis, Mr. Daouda is a recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders award and the Tutu Fellowship Programme. He is also a member of the Harvard University Center for African Studies Leadership Council and an Advisory Board Member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.