“Actis has a singular focus on growth markets. I don’t know of another firm like it.”
Adiba began her career in commercial and corporate law, providing advice to international banks and multinationals, many of which had subsidiaries in growth markets. This experience triggered her interest in the provision of finance to markets where there was an overwhelming number of opportunities and very little competition. Adiba joined CDC in 1991. She began as an investment manager and in 2000 was made Head of West Africa, setting up CDC’s Nigeria office in the same year. She played a key role in a series of notable Nigerian investments including ‘The Palms’ – the development of Lagos’s first modern shopping mall. When Actis was created in 2004, Adiba joined Actis’ newly-formed Investor Development Group where she developed relationships in and raised funds across the Americas, the Gulf, Asia and Africa. Adiba moved to New York in 2012 to establish the Actis New York office and manage the large network of investors that had grown across the Americas. In May 2019, Adiba moved into the newly created role of Head of Strategic Relationships advising on the formation and management of Actis’ strategic investor relationships globally. As an advocate for inclusion and diversity as a business imperative within Actis, Adiba recently established the Actis Female Network with membership from across geographies, sectors and genders. Adiba was a founding Board Director and Investment Committee member of Capital Alliance Private Equity Limited, Nigeria. She has also contributed extensively to think tanks including the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Privatisation Committee and the Nigerian-South African Business Council. She remains active in African affairs and is a member of the Africa Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA).
Adiba holds a LLB from King's College, London, a BL (Gray's Inn), a BL (Nigeria) and a C Dip Accounting & Finance (ACCA).