Ismael Wagane Diouf

Founder, Medina Islamic Finance, Nairobi

Ismael Wagane Diouf is the Founder and President of Medina Islamic Finance.

Prior to forming Medina Islamic Finance, Wagane spent a 15-year career in the Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry with a focus on the Microfinance Industry and Real Estate Industries in Africa.
As the Fund Manager of Africap Microfinance Fund, Wagane Diouf has led investments and participated in the Governance of Africa’s leading Microfinance Banks such as Equity Bank, Banco Socremo, Access Bank Madagascar, Wizzit Bank and many others.

Wagane Diouf has been at the forefront of the Digital revolution in financial services in Africa with the establishment of Fintech. Fintech was a shared IT and payment platform and technical assistance facility for Microfinance in Africa. Fintech was funded by the Gates Foundation and the European Investment Bank.
Prior to embracing a career in Venture Capital and Private Equity, He spent 14 years in the Information Technology Industry in Europe and the United States. Wagane played a leadership role in firms such as Attachmate Corp, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Per-Se Technologies, Best Doctors and Singlesignon.com.
During the past year, Wagane Diouf has lead Private Equity investments at Shelter Afrique, a leasing housing Development Bank focused in Housing in Africa.

Wagane Is fluent in English and French. He has a working command of Portuguese and Spanish.

Current Board seats include: Wizzit International, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Tanzania Mortgage Refinancing Facility.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Finance form Ecole Superieure de Gestion (Paris) and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.