Mr Cairnes is the Founder of ManoCap. Manocap is a ManoCap is a private investment firm that has been making debt and equity investments in small and mid-cap enterprises in West Africa for over 8 years. ManoCap currently manages the ManoCap Equity Funds and the George Soros Funds. Mr Cairnes has been living and working in Sierra Leone since 2004, firstly as the private sector consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and since November 2005 in the development and operations of ManoCap. He has worked for Lansdowne Partners, a UK based hedge fund manager focussing on UK equities and as a management consultant for Marakon Associates in London, New York, Amsterdam and Mexico, focused primarily of the financial services sector.
He has an M. Phil in Development Studies from Cambridge University, and a BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

Mr Lawal is currently the Managing Director of Intermediate Equity Partners Limited, a finance and advisory company in Nigeria. He was previously the Executive Director, Corporate and Investment Banking of Sterling Bank Plc before setting up Intermediate Equity Partners Limited. Mr. Lawal has over 30 years’ experience in the Banking industry with insight into key sectors like the Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and other Infrastructural Projects. Mr Lawal is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Columbia University Graduate School of Business and University of Oxford.

She has over a decade experience in the Financial Services Industry.  She currently works for Advanced Research & Intelligence Services. Prior to the aforementioned, she worked with Financial Derivatives Co. Ltd where she provided Finance and Advisory service where she advised clients such as Avis Nigeria and Phase 3 Telecoms. She also organized economic review sessions for clients, including Citibank, Diamond Bank, Access Bank, UBA, Sterling Bank, and Unity Bank. She also organised strategic retreats and management sessions for clients such as Chevron Nigeria, Mouka Foam, MTN, UBA, Custody, Associated Discount House, First Bank, First Trustees, and Fidelity Bank. She also served on the Presidential Sub-Technical Committee, reviewed tariffs and incentives as well as expenditures for the Ministry of Finance. She also worked with First City Monument Bank Plc and Stardust UK Limited. 

She has a MSc Finance and Investment (Distinction)(Queen Mary University of London, UK), BSc Banking & Finance GPA (First Class) Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria and is a Level II Candidate in the CFA Program .

Mrs Olagoke is the Managing Director, Phoenix Mode UK Limited, a business intelligence firm specialising in Due Diligence for organisations, from financial institutions to private investors.

She has over a decade experience in the Finance Services industry in United Kingdom. She has worked with clients, which include Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Barclays Plc (UK), Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. She also worked with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc for a few years prior to her United Kingdom foray. She has a MSc Energy Futures (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) and BSc Geology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria.