Hamdiya Ismaila

General Manager @ Venture Capital Trust Fund

Hamdiya Ismaila has over 18 years’ experience in SME Finance and Investment. She has over 10 years’ experience in Venture Capital /Private Equity (VC/PE) Fund Structuring. She has supported PE/VC Ecosystem development through education and influencing policy and regulatory outcomes of the industry in Ghana.

She is currently the General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), where she oversees the Investments and general operations of the Trust. She reviews the Private Placement Memoranda (PPM) of prospective Fund Managers, conducts due diligence and presents to the Trustees of the Fund recommendations for investments. The Trust Fund has invested in six local Funds through which the VC/PE industry has been spurred in Ghana.

Prior to joining VCTF, she worked with the Ministry for Private Sector Development, where she led in the provision of Business Advisory Services, financing arrangements, enterprise support services, skills development, entrepreneurship training, and promotional workshops for MSMEs.

She is an Angel Investor and was instrumental in the design of the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN). She is also a Director of the Ghana Angel Fund and a Founder of t he Lady Angel Net work – who invests with a gender lens. She is currently leading the efforts in the development of impact investing as an asset class in Ghana working closely with the GIMPA Centre for Impact Investing and other stakeholders. She manages the Venture Capital Trust Fund Technical Assistance Facility, which is designed to build the capacity of investee companies of the Trust Fund.

Ms. Ismaila Holds an Executive Certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital from Harvard Business School, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in the City of New York, BBA (Honours) from Monroe College and an LLB degree from the GIMPA Law School.