Mr. Onyechinaedu Igwe is an Associate Partner of MNCAA and Managing Director of Africa Asia Foreign Investment and Development Associates (AAFIDA), a market entry and business development company bridging Asia and Africa for SME's. Mr. Igwe graduated from the University of Nottingham, England in Economics and then qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross and Co in Manchester, UK.
Mr. Igwe then joined Cargill Inc., the US commodity trading and food processing giant, in their London office covering EMEA, including operational and financial audit roles across Europe and financial management roles in Nigeria, Malawi and Kenya. Mr. Igwe moved to Singapore in 1992, where his functions included product controller for Petroleum Trading Division and Rubber Trading as well as leading IT projects in two countries. Between 1998-2000, Mr. Igwe set up and managed the Credit Risk Department of Cargill Asia Pacific during the Asian Crisis.
Mr. Igwe returned to London to join a hedge fund at the end of 2000 and was part of the leadership team investing in distressed debt and financial restructurings, principally European High Yield Bonds. Mr. Igwe led transactions involving a range of telecom and industrial assets, taking a 'hands on' operational approach in these investments to drive value to investors. Mr. Igwe was also responsible for sourcing, executing and exiting, investment opportunities in Africa, which included banking, telecom and agricultural assets. During this time, Mr. Igwe was a regulated investment manager under the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Mr. Igwe returned to Singapore in 2012 to pursue Africa/Asia focused business interests and in 2013, set up AAFIDA to assist African and Asian SME's in their expansion plans in these two regions.