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Roberta Annan

Founder, African Fashion Foundation
Roberta Annan

Roberta Annan is a global impact investor of high renown, the founder of a multi- million-euro fund supporting Africa’s creative sector and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

Roberta has a peerless reputation for developing investment opportunities for African entrepreneurs in the creative industries.  Born in Ghana in 1982, she graduated in Biochemistry and Biotechnology in which she also holds a Master's Degree.  She studied in the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. 

She joined the UN Environment Programme for which she is still a Goodwill Ambassador learning the essential skills to become the impact investor, philanthropist and activist for women and young people she is today. In 2012, she founded Roberta Annan Consulting (now Annan Capital Partners), bridging the gap between investors and impact investment opportunities across Africa. 

In 2011, she founded African Fashion Foundation which supports the creative industries, empowers women and the young and brings Africa’s rich culture to the world.  The work is also facilitated by IFFAC – The Impact Fund for African Creatives – of which she is co-founder – an investment vehicle supporting Africa's creative and lifestyle industries which is already backing a number of concerns to the tune of €3 million. 2023 saw the publication of the book, Ghana Orange Economy, showcasing her native land’s finest creative talents and curated by Roberta.

Recently named one of the 100 most influential Africans by New Africa magazine, she was previously proclaimed one of the “20 under 40 Influential Business Leaders in Ghana” (Business World Ghana), the “40 under 40 Influential Business Leader in Consulting,” and the “100 Young Influential Africans.” She is the youngest inductee into the African Leadership Hall of Fame, a member of the Trade and Investment Taskforce Committee for the B-20 (private sector voice of the G20), the British Fashion Trust and The Invest Africa Club. She has been invited to sit on the inaugural Advisory Council of Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London.


Roberta Annan is currently not involved in any sessions.