Our team

Okan was established in 2011 by a team with a long experience in strategy, investment and financial advisory in Africa.

Together, Okan members have completed more than 100 projects across the continent, in more than 30 countries, in key sectors driving Africa’s growth.

Coming from the best consulting firms and financial institutions, and boasting a strong experience in Africa, our team is by your side to ensure the success of your projects.

Amaury de Féligonde

Partner

Formerly at McKinsey and AFD (French Development Fund), Amaury supports public and private clients in structuring their African projects.

At Okan, he has advised more than twenty international firms across the continent, in various sectors, from agro-industry to logistics and financial services.

He graduated from Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po).

Thomas Leonard

Partner

Formerly at McKinsey, Thomas has developed a strong know-how in supporting African Governments and performing strategy consulting.

At Okan, he has worked on the financing of a dozen port infrastructure projects, the creation of special economic zones, and the definition of national energy policies in fifteen African countries.

He graduated from Polytechnique and Harvard University (MPA-ID Kennedy School).

Benjamin Romain

Partner

Formerly at McKinsey, PAI Partners and Ardian, Benjamin has developed an expertise in financial advisory and fundraising.

At Okan, he has contributed to more than 30 transactions, in debt and equity, from international lenders, investment funds and private groups.

He graduated from HEC Paris (Master of Science in Management – major in finance).

Hicham Alaoui

Senior Associate

At Okan, Hicham has worked on more than ten financial transactions, notably the financing of port & logistics infrastructure and the fundraising of pan-African investment funds.

Before joining Okan, he had worked in investment banking at UBS Dubai and Jefferies London, as well as ENGIE Global Markets.

He graduated from HEC Paris and Arts et Métiers ParisTech.

Kevan Raffi Khansari

Senior Associate

At Okan, Kevan has worked on a fundraising operation for an African fintech and on the structuring of major logistics and agribusiness projects.

Before joining Okan, he had worked at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union and at Lazard in M&A.

He graduated from ESSEC Business school and Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po).

Maha Khalfi

Associate

At Okan, Maha has worked on the creation of a Pan-African investment fund focusing on hospitality, and the creation of several agro-industrial economic zones in West Africa.

Before joining Okan, she had worked at Enko Capital, a South African investment fund, and at KPMG in deal advisory and financial auditing.

She graduated from ESSEC Business school (Master of Science in Management – major in finance).

Max Navarro-Roch

Associate

At Okan, Max has worked on the financial modeling of logistics, ports and metallurgy projects, along with the creation of a pan-African investment fund specialized in agro-industry.

Before joining Okan, he had worked at Rothschild in Sovereign advisory, in a private debt fund, and in Transaction Services at KPMG.

He graduated from Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po) and HEC Paris.

Ekaterina Kozlova

Associate

At Okan, Ekaterina has worked on the creation of special agro-industrial economic zones and on the financial modelling of the privatization of a flagship hotel in West Africa.

Before joining Okan, she had worked at the World Bank in the Country Credit Risk team, and at Lazard in Sovereign Advisory.

She graduated from Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po) and MGIMO (Moscow).

Hubert Vermeren

Associate

Hubert joined Okan in January 2020.

Before joining Okan, he had worked at Rothschild and Natixis in M&A, and at BNP Paribas in leveraged finance.

He graduated from HEC Paris and Università Bocconi.