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

Investment Director
USA

INONGE MARGARET IMASIKU

Head of Local Partnerships
Zambia

CHRISTINE BAKER

Finance Director
Switzerland

BEDIE MORAN

Venture Development Director
USA

RUSSEL AYUGI

Market Associate
Kenya

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OLIVER KRANTZ

Operations & Technology Director
RSA

DR. SAMANTHA NAZARETH

Health Sector Lead
USA

PETER BALL

Legal Counsel - IP
USA

EMELIA ASANTE YEBOAH

Company Assistant
Ghana

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KRATI DWIVEDI

Intern Analyst
UK

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DR. DAVID KOEPSELL

Legal Counsel
Mexico

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 in a notoriously difficult market. 

With increasing support for start-ups at the earliest stages of their journey from Incubators, there still remained an overwhelming need for support during the most difficult time in a  companies growth cycle, from post-revenue to maturity (it is not called the “Valley of Death” for no reason).   

Enter, Impact Rooms. We are a group of experts from around the world, who have come together to form an expert team, pulled together by a shared the same shared mission and passion for African entrepreneurship and impact.  

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.

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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.

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.

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.

DR. SAMANTHA NAZARETH

Strategy
USA

Dr. Samantha Nazareth is invested in moving medicine forward by implementing emerging technologies to treat people in inclusive and holistic ways globally. Samantha combines her clinical experience in multiple healthcare settings locally and internationally with her involvement in the digital health space to strategically advise early stage startups on funding, product market fit and go-to-market design. An avid traveller, Samantha has practiced medicine in East Africa over a decade ago and continues to return to the area.

PETER BALL

Legal - IP
USA

Peter Ball has over 30 years’ experience across technology, legal and commercial roles from the top of industry and successful start-ups. Also currently Chief Operating Officer at North Shore Therapeutics. He is a member of the Maryland Bar and a registered Patent Attorney. Prior to his startup experience at North Shore, Consensys Health and Liminal Innovation, Pete led Software and Information Technology commercialization teams at Mayo Clinic Ventures and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.

DR. DAVID KOEPSELL

Legal
Mexico

Dr. Koepsell has been a NYS admitted attorney for 25 years, and a prolific educator, philosopher, and author of over 100 peer reviewed articles and chapters, and a half dozen books on ethics, ontology, and legal philosophy. He also found time to be a startup co-founder (EncrypGen.com) and general counsel. Most of his work focuses on the nature of rights to property and expressions, and his book Who Owns You? (Wiley 2009) made arguments adopted by the highest courts in overturning gene patents, a fight he took part in both philosophically and legally through drafting amicus briefs.