Oliver is the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). His oversight functions include end to end origination, execution of transactions and portfolio management for AFC.
An entrepreneurial engineer with extensive background in engineering, mining and principal investments, Oliver has over 35 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. His experience spans strategic advisory, project development and principal investor. He has successfully directed numerous infrastructure deals in Africa leading teams that have developed and or invested in projects with a total value of c. US$ 40 billion.
He was the project director for the award winning – 2014 Thompson Reuters Project Finance Africa power deal of the year – Cenpower Kpone IPP, a leading a multidisciplinary project team drawn from several institutions that successfully achieved financial close for a US$ 900 million landmark project in Ghana, which won the Africa Investor Infrastructure Investment Awards, “Deal of the Year”. As CIO at AFC, Oliver is leading a rapidly growing mining portfolio for the corporation, with a number of deals completed to date, notably, the development financing for the Alufer Bauxite Mine in Guinea.
As an adviser he has led several mandates advising governments, international corporations, regional economic institutions and DFI’s. In 2004 under the auspices of the World Bank and AfDB, he advised ECOWAS Heads of States on appropriate initiatives and strategies to ensure timely implementation of regional infrastructure projects.
Oliver is a former CEO of TCI Infrastructure Limited (TCII) and the Gambia Ports Authority. He holds an MBA from the University of Wales, he is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer, a Chartered fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts UK and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
He is also a non-executive director of several companies and is the Pioneer Chairman of Africa Infrastructure Development Association (AfIDA) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Africa Centre, a UK registered charitable organisation promoting creativity and innovation in African art, culture, business and entrepreneurship.