About Asoko Insight

 

After many years of conducting market research in Sub-Saharan Africa, we understand the need for easier access to high quality corporate data. At Asoko, we leverage technology and in-country sources to achieve just that.

 
Rob Withagen
Managing Director

Rob has a background in emerging market analysis and consultancy with a focus on West Africa. Prior to Asoko, he worked with Oxford Business Group where led research teams in Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Senegal and Algeria. He also consulted corporates and investors on trade and investment in the region. Dublin City University (MSc); Reims Management School (BSc).

Greg Cohen
Executive Director

Greg is an experienced editor and research manager focused on African and Middle Eastern growth markets. Prior to Asoko, Greg worked with Oxford Business Group, Eurasia Group, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation and IHS Global Insight. Georgetown University (MA); University of Michigan (BA)

Jason Alcock
Technology Director

Jason is a widely experienced technologist with a passion for the user experience and in-depth knowledge of business software. South African born he graduated with a Computer Science major from University of Cape Town, and his work has ranged from small start-up to technical leadership at Sage.

Obi Ejimofo
Operations Director

Obi is an experienced technologist and entrepreneur now focused on implementing new business models in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the former managing director of Lamudi Nigeria and previously a senior manager at Thomson Reuters and Philips Electronics, designing and delivering global enterprise programmes. London Business School (MBA); University of Nigeria (BEngr)

 

Asoko's board brings with it a wealth of experience in global data solutions, digital-driven media products and Africa-focused advisory services. The diverse expertise enables Asoko to effectively navigate Africa's information terrain while adhering to the highest standards of data quality and digital media services.

 
Stuart Karle
Director

Stuart is an experienced leader of global news, with expertise in general management, operations and law. He served as COO of Reuters and was General Counsel at The Wall Street Journal. University of Chicago (JD); Columbia University (BA)

Marcus Brauchli
Director

Marcus is the former editor of The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is well known for successful data-driven approaches into digital and mobile media. Columbia University (BA); Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

Jonathan Berman
Director

Jonathan Berman is CEO of J.E. Berman Associates and a fellow of the Milken Institute. Previously, he served as partner and director of the corporate practice at Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm focused on frontier markets. He’s the author of Success in Africa, and writes a regular feature on leadership and global markets for Harvard Business Review.

Rob Withagen
Founder, Director

Rob has a background in emerging market analysis and consultancy with a focus on West Africa. Prior to Asoko, he worked with Oxford Business Group where led research teams in Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Senegal and Algeria. He also consulted corporates and investors on trade and investment in the region. Dublin City University (MSc); Reims Management School (BSc).

Greg Cohen
Founder, Director

Greg is an experienced editor and research manager focused on African and Middle Eastern growth markets. Prior to Asoko, Greg worked with Oxford Business Group, Eurasia Group, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation and IHS Global Insight. Georgetown University (MA); University of Michigan (BA)

Pardon Makumbe
Board Observer

Pardon is a Founding Partner of CRE Venture Capital. He was previously a Principal at EL Rothschild, overseeing various global investments and holdings, including The Economist Group. Earlier on, he worked at Bain & Company in New York, at Emerging Capital Partners in Johannesburg, and at Temasek Holdings in Singapore. Wharton School of Business (MBA); Princeton University (BSE).

Alexandra Novitske
Board Observer

Lexi Novitske serves as Principal Investment Officer at Singularity Investments, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on Africa. Lexi previously managed investments at Nigerian private equity firm Verod Capital Management. Prior to joining Verod, she was focused on investments in financial services at New York-based Sandler O’Neill Asset Management.

 
 
Sasa Vucinic
Advisor

Sasa is the founder and former CEO of Media Development Loan Fund; co-founder of Radio B92; and founder of IndieVoic.es. Law School Graduate from Belgrade University; General Manager Program at Harvard Business School; Private Equity Certificate at HBS.

Turi Munthe
Advisor

Turi is the founder and CEO of Demotix and the founder of Beirut Review and Porto i/o tech hub. He is an advisor to media/tech startups internationally. BA/MA Oxon, PhD-track NYU, Hebrew University, SOAS, LBS Certificate (Portfolio Management)

Pule Taukobong
Advisor

Pule is a Founding Partner of CRE Venture Capital. Previously, he worked for Investec Asset Management (IAM) as an Institutional and Private Client Manager in New York and South Africa. Durban University of Technology (BSc); Kauffman Fellow.

Steven Grin
Advisor

Steven is an entrepenuer and private equity investor with expertise in energy and real estate. He is the co-founder of Emergo Partners and prior was a founding member of Capstone Equities. Columbia University (MA); New York University (BA)

Kal Desai
Advisor

Kal is a qualified accountant from Australia that has extensive senior finance experience across the UK and Middle East, specialising in the media and technolgy fields. Kal was previously the CFO at Zawya and was instrumental in the successful sale and transition of Zawya to Thomson Reuters in 2012.

 

Based across the US, Africa and Europe, Asoko's investors have a thorough understanding of what it takes to collect data in Africa and what international consumers of such data are demanding. Their expertise spans the fields of finance, law, consulting, IT and media.

 

NBM is an investment firm focused on media, journalistic enterprise and digital-driven opportunities in growth markets.

CRE Venture Capital invests in and partners with visionary entrepreneurs in technology-enabled startup companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Emergo Partners is a late-stage accelerator and venture capital firm dedicated to emerging and frontier markets.

J.E. Berman Associates invests in young companies focused on Africa with extensive growth potential. We also advise a small number of Fortune 200 companies and major investors with African interests.

Singularity is a private investment company led by Issam Darwish, Founder, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of IHS Towers. Singularity looks to invest in disruptive early- and growth-stage technology, media and telecoms companies.

What We Offer

Asoko provides superior data on Sub-Saharan African companies, public and private, to help you identify leads, research investment opportunities and monitor corporate developments.

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Our Approach

Asoko collects and constantly updates company information through a variety of frontline data acquisition channels. Before publication, all data goes through a quality assurance process consisting of in-person verification and automated checks. Updates are done on a monthly basis.

Technology

Supported by the latest know-how in data science, we turn raw data into actionable information. New data-driven insights and analytics allow for superior research on African companies.

In-country sources

Our local research analysts, based out of three regional offices, are working with executives and data partners to monitor corporate data from key companies in the region. As we consolidate our footprint in the largest economies, we are also expanding data collection operations to surrounding countries across the continent.

Clients

Our clients include investors, traders, global corporates and African companies looking to identify deals, conduct due diligence, generate commercial leads or report on the region’s dynamic business environment.