Efe Ukala is the founder of ImpactHER, an impact driven organization that focuses on bridging the financing gap for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa through investor readiness training, mentorship, market access, and other support. ImpactHER has supported over 35,000 African female entrepreneurs in 52 African countries, on a pro bono basis.
Efe helped developed gender-smart policies that were adopted by some African Presidents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, in 2021, she was invited by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Africa Development Bank, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to suggest and provide advice on policies that would improve African women’s economic status. In 2019, Efe was appointed to serve as a committee member on the African Union’s African Diaspora Health Initiative Steering Committee. Additionally, Efe served as the 41st Vice President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys NYC.
Efe also designed and created the Africa curriculum for Google’s Women Will initiative (entrepreneurship and workplace training modules) which is currently being used to train over 10,000 women across Sub-saharan Africa. Launched in Sub-saharan Africa in 2019, Women Will is a Google initiative to create economic opportunity for women everywhere, so that they can grow and succeed.
Also, as an investment/private equity lawyer, Efe has extensive experience in private and public investments arising out of frontier markets, inclusive of Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. She has advised on investment worth over $15 billion in the U.S. market and over $1.3 billion directed into Sub-Saharan Africa (in both funds of funds and direct investment strategies). Previously, she served as lead counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at a private equity firm focused on investing into Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she serves as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan where she advises institutional investors.