Public Markets Investment Team


funmi 3.png

Funmi Akinluyi
Head of Frontier & Africa Listed Equity Investments

Funmi serves as the Lead Portfolio Manager of the Silk African Lions Fund and oversees listed equity investments in sub-Saharan Africa. Funmi started her investment career at Citigroup Nigeria, and has subsequently worked for Stanbic IBTC in portfolio management as well as Orwell International Nigeria where she was the Head of Research and Business Development. Prior to joining Silk Invest, she worked at Northern Trust & Barings Asset Management as a risk consultant. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and Masters Degree in Finance and DIC from Imperial College London. She has also completed an Investment Management Programme with London Business School. Funmi is a Nigerian national and is based in London.


peter pavlov.jpeg

Peter Pavlov
Head of Investment Solutions & Liquid Alternatives

Peter serves as the Head of Investment Solutions and Liquid Alternatives Strategies for Silk Invest and joined the company in 2017. Prior to Silk, Peter held senior positions at OFI Asset Management as a Fund of Funds portfolio manager and analyst over a 12 year tenure at the firm. At OFI, Peter’s focus was primarily on Emerging markets, Commodities and Real assets portfolios. He holds a Master’s degree in European Banking and Finance from the University of Toulouse I and is a CAIA Charter holder. Peter is a French and Bulgarian national and he is based in London.


mohamed  bahaa.png

Mohamed Abdeen
Portfolio Manager, Middle East & North African Equity

Mohamed joined the company in 2009 and serves as a Portfolio Manager in Silk Invest’s MENA equities investment team. Before joining Silk Invest, he worked for Inertia Investment, Deloitte, Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz and the Egyptian American Securities Brokerage. Mohamed is an AIMR CFA charter Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. He graduated with honours from the Ain Shams University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting. Mohamed is an Egyptian National and is based in Cairo.


Hifza Zia
Senior Investment Analyst, Frontier Asia

Hifza is a Senior Investment Analyst covering Frontier Asian equity markets at Silk Invest and joined the firm in 2015. She previously worked at Burj Bank Limited, First National Equities and Lakson Investments Ltd. Hifza holds an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (Karachi) and is also a Junior Associate at the Institute of Bankers Pakistan. Hifza is a Pakistani national and is based in Karachi.


adele gikonyo.png

Adele Gikonyo
Portfolio Manager Sub-Saharan Africa

Adele joined Silk Invest in 2009 as a portfolio analyst and now oversees Sub-Sahran African equity investments as a Portfolio Manager. Before joining Silk Invest, she worked at Renaissance Capital, Berkshire Securities, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. Adele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. She is a Kenyan national and is based in Nairobi.


Carlotta Guffanti
Investment Analyst

Carlotta is an Investment Analyst at Silk Invest, performing research on sub-Saharan African companies and Argentina, supporting the investment management team with portfolio construction analysis and performance evaluation of the funds. Prior to Silk Invest, she worked at the GECX Group and UniCredit Bank. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Institutions and Financial Markets Management from Bocconi University and a Master’s degree in Global Banking and Finance from the European Carlotta is an Italian national and is based in London.