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Elias Schulze

Executive Chairman & Co-founder at Kana TV

Profile

  • Elias Schulze serves as the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Kana Television; he has spent the last 9 years focused on Africa across various strategy, finance, and operational roles/projects in over 15 African countries. 
  • Kana Television is an Ethiopia focused international entertainment television channel with deep commitment and investment to bring Ethiopian audiences high quality entertainment offerings by employing and growing young talented Ethiopians. 
  • Elias also serves as the Managing Partner and co-founder of The Africa Group LLC, an advisory and venture capital firm, which has stakes in several early stage ventures across Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya. 
  • Previously Elias worked as the Africa CEO for Kaymu, an online marketplace with operations across 17 African countries. Kaymu is part of Africa Internet Group (AIG), a joint-venture between Rocket Internet, MTN, and Tigo Millicom. 
  • Prior to joining Kaymu, Elias worked as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company where he was based in Nigeria and worked throughout Africa with a significant strategy focus. He also worked as an Investment Analyst at Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), a leading Africa-focused private equity firm.
  • Elias holds a BS and a MS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. 
  • Schulze is also a non-executive board member of a family business, Schulze Global Investments, which has been a pioneer of US private equity in frontier markets, including Mongolia, Georgia, and Ethiopia.

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