Fellows Directory

Wale Ayeni

IFC Venture Capital, World Bank

Wale Ayeni leads venture capital investments in Africa on behalf of the IFC, the International Finance Organization—part of the World Bank Group. He has over a decade of global technology experience spanning several roles including venture capital, investment banking, corporate development, and microprocessor and ASIC chip design. Prior to the IFC, Wale led early-stage investments in disruptive startups across various technology sectors for Orange in Silicon Valley, including PayJoy (FinTech), Veniam (mesh networks), and Chain (blockchain), WEVR (virtual reality). He also led transactions on behalf of EchoVC, an early-stage Pan African tech fund, in Hotels.ng and Printivo.

Wale started his finance career with J.P. Morgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco where he successfully executed over $12B worth of closed transactions spanning mergers & acquisitions to IPOs for large-cap technology clients including Facebook, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Intel, AMD, and Shutterfly. Wale started his career as an engineer. At Intel, he was a microprocessor design engineer, where he led critical aspects of Intel's "CSI" chip architecture—the biggest micro-architecture change in Intel's history. He also led aspects of the very first "Snapdragon" chipsets working at Qualcomm Inc.’s chip design center enabling the initial smartphone designs.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Wale has an MBA from Dartmouth College, and his Bachelor’s degree, with distinguished “Red diploma,” from Moscow University. He is a recipient of the top global "100 Rising Stars" award in corporate venture.

Wale enjoys international travel. He has been to over 40 countries and speaks 4 languages fluently. In his free time he enjoys soccer, movies, cars, and mentoring.

As a member of Class 18, Wale served his fellowship at EchoVC Partners under the mentorship of partners Eghosa Omoigui and Amber Fowler.