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Temitope Lawani

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners

Mr. Lawani, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios and has 25 years of principal investment experience. He is also co-CEO and a director of Helios Fairfax Partners. Prior to forming Helios, he was a Principal in the San Francisco and London offices of TPG Capital, a leading global investment firm managing private equity, venture capital, credit and real estate investment funds. At TPG Mr. Lawani had a lead role in the execution of several significant leveraged buyout and venture capital investments, including the acquisitions of Burger King Corp., Debenhams plc., J. Crew Group, and Scottish & Newcastle Retail. He began his career as a Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development Analyst at the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lawani serves on the Boards of Directors of Helios Towers, Vivo Energy, Axxela, ZOLA Electric, OVH Energy and Mall for Africa. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and The END Fund, a leader in the global health movement to tackle neglected tropical diseases. Mr. Lawani is a member of the MIT Corporation (Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s board of trustees), the MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, and has previously served on the Overseers’ Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Mr. Lawani received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (with a Minor in Economics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in Yoruba, a widely spoken West African language.