Founder, ImpactHER, Board Member, African Union Diaspora Initiative
Efe Ukala is the founder of ImpactHER, an impact driven organization that focuses on bridging the financing gap for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. ImpactHER’s mission is to promote gender equality in Africa through the economic empowerment of women. ImpactHER has trained over 4000 African female entrepreneurs in 34 African countries, on a pro bono basis, on how to run scalable businesses and become investor-ready. ImpactHER’s has helped African women business owners scale their businesses, access new markets, and has connected female-led SMEs to investors worth over $1billion in institutional capital.
Efe is also an experienced investment/private equity lawyer and 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 $300 million directed into Sub Saharan Africa. Currently, she serves as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan where she advises institutional investors. Additionally, Efe served as the 41st Vice President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys NYC.
Efe received her A.B. from the University of Chicago where she was a Jeff Metcalf Fellow and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Efe is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars. She was an elected member of Board of the University of Chicago Black Alumni Association.
Efe is an advocate for financial inclusion for African women and the prosperity of Africa, having been featured in Forbes and spoken at Harvard Business School, the United Nations, Columbia Business School on issues relating to Africa.