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Richard Okello

Co-Founding Partner

Richard is a Co-Founder and Partner at Sango Capital. Prior to co-founding Sango, Richard, was a Principal at Makena Capital, a large private endowment. At Makena, he managed portfolios with substantial emerging markets exposure, and was a member of Makena's 20-person investment forum that reviewed and critiqued hundreds of investment opportunities and ultimately invested over US$15 billion into over 300 funds and co-investments across all major public and private asset classes globally. He also led the firm’s investment research forum designed to anticipate and explore new geographies, investment themes and tactical asset allocation strategies. Prior to working at Makena, Richard was a Partner at Bridgewater Associates, a US$150 billion global hedge fund. His responsibilities at Bridgewater included building and refining investment ideas as part of the research department, portfolio construction, building the research-oriented client advisory team and managing a client business unit.

 

Richard was educated in Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, receiving an MBA Hons. from Pace University and a BA (Honors Program) Economics & Public Policy from Swarthmore College. He attended the UWC of the Atlantic in Wales on scholarship. He sits on several fund advisory boards, portfolio company boards as well as the boards of the African Leadership Foundation and Human Horizons Foundation.