Najwa El Iraki is the founder & CEO of AfricaDev Consulting Ltd, a business development, strategy and financial advisory firm dedicated to support international companies in their African expansion success. She is also the Managing Director & official representative inMorocco for Opportunity Network , a global fintech matchmaking platform that connects CEOs worldwide for business opportunities. She is the co-founder and chairman of CasaExpats, an exclusive business and social network dedicated to a select community of qualified expatriates and other senior executives inMorocco.
Prior to this, she was the head of business development at Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), a public-private held organization dedicated to positioning Casablanca as a regional financial center and a premier gateway into African markets for multinational corporations, financial institutions and professional service firms. Najwa structured the project from its inception, contributing to the overall strategy for building a regional business and financial centre, advising institutional prospective investors and attracting close to 130 international companies.
Previously, she was Senior Manager within Mazars’ Financial Services Group in London. She was responsible for a team providing business advisory work and financial strategic planning across the banking, insurance and funds sectors. A role she took on after working within both large international investment banks (Lehman Brothers/Nomura) within their EMEA equity derivative business and a big four firm (KPMG London) advising financial institutions and corporates in various consulting areas including tax, corporate finance and restructuring.
Najwa has accumulated close to 15 years’ experience and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and Finance from leading French and British business schools (Kedge Business School & Aston Business School). She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, member of both international accountancy and UK tax leading professional institutes (ICAS & ATT). She is also a member of the Africa Expert Network and theMoroccan Association of finance andmanagement.
She has a leadership programme certificate fromHarvard Business School. Najwa was named among the 60 most influential women in Africa in 2016 by “New African Woman Magazine" as well as Financial Advisor North Africa of the Year 2016 – Consultancy Award by the Corporate VisionMagazine based in London.