TechCrunch is headed to Lagos to host our second Startup Battlefield Africa competition on December 11th. Last year, we held our first Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi where startups from across the Sub-Saharan continent highlighted how technology is optimizing supply chains, increasing access to education, strengthening farmer’s revenues, and so much more.
Tahira Dosani, managing director of Accion Venture Lab will be one of the judge who will grill the startups after their pitches.
Tahira Dosani is the managing director of Accion Venture Lab, a seed-stage impact investing initiative focused on fintech for inclusion. Venture Lab provides capital and support to early-stage startups that leverage innovation to increase access to and quality of financial services for underserved consumers globally. Tahira works with the fund’s portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational expertise that accelerates their growth trajectories and enables stronger performance. Additionally, she supports investment decisions, manages portfolio relationships and drives the strategy and growth of Venture Lab.
Tahira previously led strategic projects at LeapFrog Investments, a specialist emerging market private equity impact fund focused on financial services. Prior to that, she worked as director of Strategy at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Based in Dubai, she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in telecoms, technology and infrastructure in South and Central Asia. She also worked at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, where she was head of Corporate Strategy and helped launch the country’s first mobile money platform. Tahira began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. Tahira holds an MBA from INSEAD and BAs in International Relations, Computer Science, and Education from Brown University.