Michelle Essomé

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Michelle Essomé
OccupationBusiness executive
TitleChief Executive Officer of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Michelle Kathryn Essomé (nee Taylor)[1] is an African investment banker and the chief executive officer[2] of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).[3] She is also an ambassador of Build Africa, an international development and education charity based in London, England.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Essomé was born in Cameroon[4] in October, 1968.[5] She has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School,[6] where she was a Robert F. Toigo fellow.[4] She also obtained a BBA in Finance from Howard University[7] in Washington DC.


In September, 2011, Essomé was appointed chief executive officer of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), a pan-African industry body which aims to catalyse, promote and enable private equity and venture capital investment in Africa.[8][9]

Essomé's investment banking career has spanned over 20 years with roles in equities, fixed income and investment management. She was previously a Director at Neuberger Berman[7] and has worked with Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Nomura.[4][6] In early 2007, Essomé joined Lehman Brothers Asset Management.[1]

Essome has worked in the US, UK and France.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Essomé married Guy René Essomé in January 2008. She is step-mother to an adult daughter[1] and mother to a toddler.[9] She is fluent in French.[4]


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  2. ^ "African private equity exits show momentum after 38% increase in 2014". African Business Central. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  3. ^ musajja (2014-04-03). "Private Equity Still Misunderstood in Africa". The Habari Network. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Michelle Essomé". BizNis Africa. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  5. ^ "African Private Equity And Venture Capital Association Limited - Company Profile - Endole". suite.endole.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  6. ^ a b "Michelle Kathryn Essomé (AVCA): "Private Equity has played a leading role in backing companies in Africa" - Leaders League". www.leadersleague.com. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  7. ^ a b "Michelle Kathryn Essome, Director at Neuberger Berman LLC - Relationship Science". relationshipscience.com. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  8. ^ McGregor, Sarah (September 20, 2011). "African Venture Capital Association Appoints Essome as CEO". Bloomberg. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Meet the Boss: Michelle Kathryn Essomé, CEO, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association". How We Made It In Africa. 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2019-07-27.