Impact Rooms

About Us

Our Team

A highly experienced and diverse team across specialisms, gender, age and geography, who each share a deep passion and knowledge for Africa

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OLIVER BLANTERN

Founder & CEO
UK

DR. ALEX CAHANA

Chief Information Officer
USA

INONGE MARGARET IMASIKU

Head of Local Partnerships
Zambia

BARRY PALTE

Chair & Chief Investment Officer
Australia

OLIVER KRANTZ

Chief Technology Officer
RSA

RUSSEL AYUGI

Head of Business Development
Kenya

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CAROL MUCHEMI

Co-Head of Cortex
Kenya

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CHRISTINE BAKER

Chief Financial Officer
Switzerland

CLAIRE MATUKA

Co-Head of Cortex
Kenya

BEDIE MORAN

Venture Development Director
USA

LAUREN CASCIO

Data Advisor
Puerta Rico

EMELIA ASANTE YEBOAH

Company Assistant
Ghana

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Our Story

Impact Rooms was founded on a simple mission – to provide African start-ups with the skills, knowledge and access to capital required to succeed. 

Having watched Africa’s investment, technology and impact market explode over the last 5 -years, Impact Rooms’ Founder – Oliver Blantern – recognised that exponential market growth will come with new challenges, expectations and 

Our Values

Accessibility

Detail

Inclusivity

Impact

Innovation

Collaboration

Service Disclaimer

Impact Rooms provides company guidance for growth consulting, C-suite advice and company strategy, strategic landscape assessment, competitive analysis, legal and regulatory assessment and guidance, intellectual property evaluation, and other essential and valuable advice and guidance based upon the team’s decades-worth of combined expertise. Impact Rooms does not provide investment advice, financial advice or engage investors beyond startup introductions, nor does it take responsibility for, nor guarantee against losses, nor promise success. We aim to give the best guidance we can, given transparency and under conditions of uncertainty. We advise only private companies, not publicly traded, and work within the regulatory principles of each of the countries in which our clients do business, seeking legal expertise in each of those jurisdictions.

OLIVER BLANTERN

Founder & CEO
UK

Oliver founded Impact Rooms with a clear vision - to unlock African entrepreneurship for the rest of the world. The creativity, passion, resilience and initiative that personifies Africa are the same characteristics that inspire Oliver to drive this vision. Having worked with Africa across various sectors, geographies and roles since the beginning of his career, Oliver has been exposed to the ideas of many great leaders, thinkers and innovators across the continent. With this knowledge and fuelled by an obsession for people, purpose and innovation, he believes it is the time for African ventures to shine on a world stage.

DR. ALEX CAHANA

Business Development
USA

Dr. Alex Cahana is our “intellectual anarchist” at Impact Rooms. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Alex uniquely combines medical, digital and financial deep knowledge. Consulting multiple private and public companies, international organizations, governments and investment funds in the US, EU, UN and Africa, Alex offers big picture, cross-disciplinary advice, assesses high-yield ventures and designs scalable decentralized economies. He believes that in the digital world, especially in emerging markets, owning your data is key to wealth inclusion, production and independence.

INONGE MARGRET IMASIKU

Business Development
Zambia

Inonge Margaret Imasiku brings a broad experience of over 8 years in banking, finance and digital innovation experience. Having worked across roles, sector and countries in Africa, she has a unique understanding of the challenges and solutions to developing a successful startup on the continent. Inonge has also worked in leadership roles across many African startups including CEO of FinTech, eCobba, and also in other sectors including AgriTech and EduTech. Inonge has developed a strong network in the entrepreneurship and investment circles across the continent, to utilize in her time with Impact Rooms.

BARRY PALTE

Chairperson & Chief Investment Officer
Australia

Barry Palte is a global investment expert with a primary focus on sustainable investing and achieving positive social and private investment outcomes. Barry served as Global Chairman of the International Association of Investment Bankers – recently renamed Orion International Advisors - his global relationships provide access to unique investment opportunities which combine exceptional investment returns with tightly managed risk, all while focusing on delivering social outcomes explicitly mapped to sustainable development goals.

OLIVER KRANTZ

Operations & Technology
RSA

Oliver has been involved in payment services for over 25 years, joining one of the first Fintech Advisory firms in London in 2010. As a technology expert Oliver has held several CTO/ CIO positions in global corporates as well as startup companies and in the last decade has performed dozens of technical and operational due diligence projects across Africa, Middle-East and South East Asia. Living in Johannesburg, he is passionate about financial inclusion in Africa and has consulted to payments and micro-finance company across the continent. Managing his own consulting business, he also runs an import/ export business and is co-founder of a raw pet food manufacturer.

RUSSEL AYUGI

Business Development
Kenya

Russel brings an expert understanding of Africa’s technology ecosystem. With a passion for innovation, development, and impact, his prior experience in global communication, research at the United Nations, and managing the Tech in Africa publication, has given him a unique birds-eye-view of Africa’s rapidly changing entrepreneurship landscape. Responsible for business development, Russel manages the relationships between companies, investors and partners at Impact Rooms.

CAROL MUCHEMI

Data
Kenya

Carol is a Data Scientist with experience in analysis and Machine Learning development. Carol has specialized in the implementing Machine Learning technologies across products in finance and healthcare industries. Over the years, Carol has worked in African startups and is particularly passionate about creating high value impact to companies. With the mission of Impact Rooms, Carol is particularly excited to ensure that startups are matched correctly with potential investors for their ventures that continues to solve global problems.

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CHRISTINE BAKER

Finance
Switzerland

Christine joins Impact Rooms with over 20 years of finance experience. She’s held leadership positions in some of the City’s top investment banks, where she brought a macro perspective to asset allocation strategies. In 2015, she decided to devote her skills and experience to mobilizing funds around initiatives that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She is passionate about taking impact mainstream and, in particular, about helping Africa to develop the ecosystem it needs to support a path towards sustainable and inclusive growth. Her collaborative network on the continent includes start-ups, SMEs, public and private sector funds, policy makers and DFIs.

CLAIRE MATUKA

Kenya

Claire is a statistician, data scientist and AI enthusiast. Over the course of her education and career, she has acquired hands-on experience in the implementation of various AI and Data Science techniques to benefit businesses. She is also passionate about mentoring the youth on AI.

BEDIE MORAN

Data & Finance
US

Bedie is devoted to developing transformative solutions to improve the quality of our lives in emerging economies. He relies on his diverse background of working both in small innovative enterprises and large international organizations to incite change using emerging digital technologies. Starting his career in Wall St working in capital markets and treasury, then moving his focus to operations and technology in a top 5 management consulting firm, provides partners with comprehensive executive support for emerging projects. He has worked extensively in the US, EU, the Middle East, and Africa, working alongside clientele to realize sustainable growth and success.

LAUREN CASCIO

Data Advisor
Puerta Rico

Lauren is the founder of aKinned, a US-based seed fund backing health-tech in Africa. Prior to her recent move into venture capital, she co-founded abartysHealth, a growth stage health-tech company, where she ran product, data, and development for almost 7 years. She is a proven angel investor and an active tech ecosystem builder, successfully advising and mentoring dozens of companies from the idea stage and go-to-market, through fundraising.