For the love of Africa and my social responsibility

Tomi Davies is our welcome guest this week. Tomi discusses his awareness of a strong social responsibility and how he feels this is knitted together with his commercial and technological talents. The President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN), he sits on the board at MBO Capital and TextNigeria. Tomi has outstanding experience building large-scale, technology enabled systems projects in the US, Europe and Africa, which was gained from a variety of executive leadership roles with influential global brands including Ernst & Young, Marks & Spencer, Elf Aquitaine, Sapient and the One Laptop Per Child project.

Tomi’s personal goal is to help "drive the development of Africa through entrepreneurship that is creating social and economic value using technology”.

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Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is an IT Systems Analyst turned Tech Strategy Advisor that has held leadership roles with global brands like Ernst & Young, Marks & Spencer, Elf Aquitaine (now TOTAL), Sapient and the One Laptop Per Child project.

Over the last decade TD has nurtured a growing portfolio of Africa-based tech-enabled early stage ventures as a business angel and sits on the board of MBO Capital (Private Equity) and TextNigeria (Tech).

He is co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).

 TD can be reached at or on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as TomiDee

Produced by Mark Cotton, Twitter.

Podcast links:

Catalysing African Early Stage Investment - article on Medium

ABAN President Tomi Davies on Business Angels in Africa - Article in European Trade Association for business angels, seed funds and early stage market players.

The African Business Angel Network (ABAN) is a Pan-African non-profit association. ABAN was founded in early 2015 to support the development of early stage investor networks across the continent and to grow the cohort of early stage investors excited about the opportunities in Africa. Contact the team at

The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) is a “not for profit” entity set up for the purpose of organising seed funders (“Business Angels”) to invest in start-up businesses. LAN is an association of committed members that provide early-stage seed funding and mentoring for start-up entrepreneurs.

Business Angels expect to earn a healthy return on their investments while supporting the development of the Nigerian economy by strengthening start-ups and helping new small business owners grow.