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We aim to leverage our shared networks, experiences and resources to increase awareness of business opportunities and economic issues on the continent.

OBN membership is open to Saïd Business School post-graduate degree programme students, Executive Education participants and University of Oxford alumni interested in Africa.

Africa OBN Committee

Co-Chair: Hangwi Muambadzi
Co-Chair: Michael Railton
Treasurer:  Kareem Edwards
Careers: Tau Chimanga
Workshops: Mike Ogutu
Trek: Dennis Muchira
Conference: Tochi Okoronkwo and Deborah Owhin
External Relations: Alex Price
Communications: Avril Perry 

Our Team




Hangwi Muambadzi


Hangwi is Co-Chair of the Africa OBN. Post completion of her Business Science (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, Hangwi joined the corporate finance team of global investment bank, Deutsche Bank. She later transitioned into a role on the deal-making team of a social venture capital fund, which sought to fund the ‘missing middle’ and help develop socially conscious early-stage ventures across South Africa. Beyond that, she is a trustee at Sumbandila, an educational scholarship trust; a founding member of YPAN, a youth-driven social development initiative and a South African ambassador for One Young World. Hangwi intends to return to South Africa post her MBA, to continue in the pursuit of collaboratively raising Africa to stand on the shoulders of giants, primarily through establishing a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem.



Michael Railton 


As Co-Chair of the Africa OBN, Michael is passionate about empowering the people of Africa to unlock and retain its potential. Prior to the MBA, Michael studied a Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town and subsequently worked as a consultant for leading financial services firms across Africa and London such as Investec, Barclays and Lloyds of London. Post-MBA, Michael is looking to contribute to the building of businesses in Africa through Strategic Advisory and Private Equity.



Tau Chimanga


Tau is currently studying for an MBA at the Saïd Business School. He has a background in the Banking and Finance Industry and prior to starting his MBA he worked for one of Africa's largest financial services company. He has worked in the risk management of many finance deals across Africa. Tau is interested in starting and managing an Africa focused impact fund. He is also interested in FinTech and is currently working on a FinTech start-up with an Oxford Saïd alumnus.

Tau holds a Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics and Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Statistics. After the MBA, he intends to focus on developing and funding business ideas in Africa.



Kareem Edwards


Prior to Oxford, Kareem spent five years with oil and gas multinational BG Group PLC in a variety of roles. These include production operations, production optimization, and capital projects in countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and Australia.  Most recently, as a Process Engineering Consultant on a special operations task force, he worked on BG Group’s US $20bn QCLNG project in Queensland, Australia. Prior to this he spent two and a half years in Trinidad and Tobago with a strong focus on natural gas production operations while managing the design and execution of several brownfield projects. 

Kareem holds an Honours’ degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from The University of the West Indies and is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and most recently served as the Vice Curator of the Port-of-Spain hub. Kareem is particularly interested in stimulating the organic growth and development of African business ventures. After the MBA, he is interested in investments and business development of major capital projects in the renewable and non-renewable energy sector.




Avril Perry


Avril is currently an MBA and a Saïd Foundation Scholar at Oxford Saïd. Prior to joining the Class of 2016, she spent three years in Ethiopia and Liberia developing strategic communications, strategies, and action plans for the United Nations, NGOs, and the FMCG acquisition of London-based private equity firm 54 Capital. Previously, Avril worked as E-commerce Manager and Buyer for upscale French brand A.P.C. in her native New York, and coordinating marketing and product training for software giant Salesforce in San Francisco. Her post-MBA plans include increasing investment to African entrepreneurs and combining her private and developing sector experience to launch a for-profit enterprise for job creation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Avril has a Master of Science in International Management for the Middle East and North Africa from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Pre-Medical Sciences from Fordham University in New York.





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