Scott R. Royster 

Scott R. Royster is Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Maarifa Education. He has had a long career in business with a specific focus on education, private equity and media industries. In 2009, he co-founded Latimer Education, a Washington, DC-based education company that helps traditional colleges and universities expand their market presence through the investment of capital, implementation of world-class operating practices and the development of online academic platforms. Prior to this, Mr. Royster was the CFO of Radio One, Inc., one of the largest media companies in the U.S, where he worked from 1996 until 2007. Within six years of his joining of the company, Mr. Royster grew the business from c. US$10m of EBITDA to over US$100m of EBITDA. Mr. Royster was instrumental in Radio One's 1999 initial public offering as well as in helping the company to raise several billions of dollars of debt and equity capital during his 11-year tenure. Mr. Royster has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Duke University.


Emerging Capital Partners

Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) is the first private equity firm to raise more than US$2 billion for growth capital investing in Africa. Founded in 2000, ECP was one of the first firms dedicated to Africa, which translates into over 60 investments and over 30 exits through seven funds. Today, ECP has more people on the ground than any other firm. More than 70% of its investment professionals, who hail from 10 African countries, operate from 7 local offices. ECP is committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and in 2010 pledged to operate under the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). ECP’s investments are the most diversified of any African PE firm with impact capital in over 40 African countries.

ECP’s investors include a number of leading public and private sector organisations including International Finance Corporation (IFC), CDC Group plc and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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