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Evans Osano

Director, Financial Markets

Evans has a keen interest in how sustainable capital markets can address social and developmental challenges in Africa.  

Evans has over 20 years of global experience in investments, financial markets and development finance. This spans sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa (MENA), North America, Europe and South Asia covering over 30 countries. 

At FSD Africa he leads capital markets development initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa. These include green bond markets and market infrastructure development. He also sits on the board and investment committee of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF).   

Prior to joining FSD Africa, he worked with the IFC/World Bank as Head, Efficient Securities Markets Institutional Development (ESMID) Africa. At the World Bank Group, he participated in Financial Sector Assessment Programs (FSAPs) and provided technical assistance in debt (government and corporate) and equity capital markets and institutional investors in diverse regions.  

Before joining the World Bank Group, he was Chief Investment Officer/Head of Investments at AIG Global Investment Group where he headed the investment team that built and was responsible for US$1 billion assets, including a pan-African total return fund that was a pioneer investor in debt and equity markets across Africa.  At AIG he was instrumental in developing investment process capabilities in equities, fixed income and alternatives.  

Evans holds Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from the Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He also holds two masters level degrees; MBA and MPhil (Development Economics). A global thought leader, he has written op-eds for prestigious publications and facilitated at high-level conferences. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town. 

Evans developed the first Government Bond Market Index in Kenya, a widely followed equity market index and is the co-developer of the concept of M-Akiba to distribute government securities through mobile phones.