Meet the Panelists: Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond Investment Opportunity

On the 10 May 2016 at 16:00 BST, the second Homestrings Investor Series webinar for 2016 will be LIVE to feature the Cameroon Cataract Performance bond. Joining us on the panel will be D.Capital – the managers behind the fund and the CEO of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.

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Webinar Participants:


Dr.HenryDr. Henry Nkumbe
Africa Eye Foundation

Dr. Henry Nkumbe is the Acting CEO of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Henry went to medical school in Switzerland and Germany. He graduated from the University of Goettingen in Germany in 1998, where he was awarded the DAAD (Germany Academic Exchange) prize in 1996. During his third year in Medical School, Henry became the founding member of CAMFOMEDICS (Cameroonian Forum for Medical Sciences). Following a stint with GTZ at their German headquarters in Eschborn and WHO in Geneva, he did his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Henry completed the residency in 2002 with distinction and was subsequently awarded the University of Nairobi prize for academic excellence.

In 2002, he joined the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organisation in Geneva (TDR) as a research scientist for two years. During this time, he was involved in the design and monitoring of clinical and community-based research on severe malaria in several African countries, China and Bangladesh. In 2004, he joined CBM and worked in CCBRT Dar es salaam and KCMC/KCCO in Moshi for one year, focusing on paediatric ophthalmology and community eye health. He enrolled on the MSc. CEH course at LSHTM during the 2005/2006 academic year and also took courses in leadership and entrepreneurship while in London.

In September 2006, Henry was assigned to Madagascar by CBM. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Madagascar and the Malagasy Ophthalmological Society, he has been instrumental in the implementation of VISION 2020 at national and district level as well as in the training of eye doctors and middle level ophthalmic personnel. Henry was also key to the establishment of a VISION 2020 link between Leeds NHS Trust and Madagascar. From February 2007 to March 2009, he was member of the ICO/MEACO Advisory Leadership Group (ALG) that subsequently gave birth to the African Ophthalmology Forum (AOF), which he serves as General Secretary.


Christina SankoChristina Sanko
Africa Eye Foundation

Christina has 10+ years of international experience in fundraising and business development within a number of sectors including the NGO, not-for-profit sector, eye health, regeneration and the creative sector. She presents a truly global outlook having worked and lived in numerous countries including Egypt, UAE, Mexico, UK, France and USA. Christina has a strong profile in eye health having work with the leading membership body, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in London.

A recent achievement was the development of a high profile, global advocacy event to mark the World Sight Day in Mexico City to promote WHO’s new Global Action Plan.

In Mexico, Christina was also made responsible for establishing the global fundraising organization Optometry Giving Sight where she developed a strong network of supports from the corporate, educational and professional sector in eye health and launched their first fundraising campaign.

Christina currently works with The Magrabi Foundation and the Africa Eye Foundation as Director of Development & Partnerships where she oversees the development of international partnerships, fundraising and key development projects.

Christina holds an MSc from the University of Salford in the UK. She is Danish of origin and currently lives in Dubai with her husband and two children.


Barbara Kong

Barbara Kong
D. Capital Partners

Barbara is a Senior Investment Principal at D. Capital Partners. She advises foundations and private investors on impact investing in emerging markets. Barbara has extensive experience in designing impact investing strategies and executing investment mandates, from sourcing pipeline and conducting due diligence to structuring investments and monitoring portfolio. In addition, Barbara designs and structures innovative financing solutions for the impact investing and development finance sector. She is currently developing a first-of-its-kind Development Impact Bond (DIB) for the delivery of cataract interventions in Central Africa, through a social enterprise hospital model similar to Aravind. Barbara has also worked on developing HUGinsure, an innovative insurance mechanism aimed at underwriting social impact projects in developing countries. As part of her work on HUGinsure, Barbara has assessed a dozen of organisations in the health sector, including a large vaccination program partnership, a global health impact fund, an NGO distributing health-care to rural African villages, a European HIV monitoring biotech company, and a South African medical technology company.

Prior to joining D. Capital Partners, Barbara was a management consultant in Paris. She worked on numerous engagements for private equity firms, in the sectors of consumer goods, insurance and energy utilities sectors. Her work ranged from corporate strategy to strategic due diligence. Barbara also worked for Veolia Water in China as a project analyst on water treatment plant projects in North China.

Barbara holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris. She is fluent in French and English.

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