The Team

Imara Africa Consulting leverages a strong network of experts in development policy, with over five decades of combined experience in research and consultancy in different African regions.

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Lead Economist

Barbara Barungi

Barbara has over 20 years’ experience as an economist and development policy practitioner in Africa.

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Chartered Accountant

Richard Okon

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in aviation banking financial advisory services, including private equity and PPPs.

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Economist

Olugbenga Adesida

Olugbenga has over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and economic policy.

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Barbara Barungi

Lead Economist
Founder, Imara Africa Consulting
M.Phil. International Finance (Glasgow University, UK)
Diploma Developmental Policy (Glasgow University, UK)
BA Economics and Sociology (Makerere University, Uganda)

Barbara has over 20 years’ experience as an economist and development policy practitioner in Africa. Career highlights include:

Barbara has visited and worked in at least 25 African countries and has lived in Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda.

Olugbenga Adesida

Economist
PhD (London School of Economics)
MA Economics (City College of New York)
BA Economics (City College of New York)

Olugbenga has over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and economic policy. He is partner and co-founder of a business development firm, Ihaba, and leads the incubation of the mobile app and games development company, Bonako. He serves as a board member for the Africa Leadership Institute (South Africa), The Pedro Pires Leadership Institute (Cape Verde) and The Jose Maria Neves Foundation for Governance (Cape Verde).

Career highlights include:

Olugbenga has visited over half of the African countries and has lived in Nigeria, USA, Cote d’Ivoire and Cape Verde.

Richard Okon

Chartered Accountant
MBA (University of Navarra, Spain)
ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants, Nigeria)
BSC Accounting (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in aviation banking financial advisory services, including private equity and PPPs. He is the Chief Executive Office of Halkon Investment Limited. Halkon provides advisory services on mergers and acquisitions and mobilising finance for oil and gas sector investments and IPP projects. He is also Director of Pilot Finance Company Limited and Raerope Capital Limited (UK), providing input into overall strategic direction of both companies.

Career highlights include:

Richard lives in Nigeria.

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