The Aventura Team
Dawn co-founded Aventura Investment Partners in 2010 and serves as Managing Partner. She is also closely involved in strategy and operations of Aventura portfolio companies.
Dawn's background includes management roles in venture capital (Fortis Group, Vanenburg Ventures in the Netherlands), investment banking (PaineWebber -- now UBS in New York), and new business development (Reuters - Continental Europe, Middle-East & Africa). She also completed a restructuring and turn-around of Hines Industries, a family-owned engineering and manufacturing firm, where she has served as CEO since 2009.
Dawn completed an MBA at the Wharton School and holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gentiane joined Aventura in 2011 as Manager of Finance and Administration for Aventura's farm machinery services division. She currently works as Investment Manager with focus both on existing portfolio companies and new investment opportunities for Aventura.
Prior to joining Aventura, Gentiane worked for Ecobank in Senegal in Client Services. Following completion of her studies in Switzerland, She also worked for 4 years in Geneva as a Sales Executive for Ortho International, and as a Financial Analyst for Panacom Services in Switzerland,
Gentiane holds a Masters Degree in Business from the Haute Ecole de Gestion Genève in Switzerland.
Fred is Managing Director of Aventura's post-production portfolio company, Les Saveurs du Sud. He brings 35 years of management experience in France and West Africa in different productive industries. Prior to joining Les Saveurs he led ACS Ivory Coast, an IT and automation company, and was country Manager of Apostrophe (member of Paprec group – 2000 people), a paper importer and processor. Fred also successfully grew for 15 years and exited the French fertiliser producer Falienor, one of the largest in France.
Fred holds an MBA from IAE Montpellier in France. He holds a commercial helicopter pilot license and practices wilderness sports (mountaineering, mountain bike, off-road rally).
Moustapha Bao is Managing Director of Aventura’s value chain company for inputs and production, Agrotec. Moustapha brings a long experience as a leader in the agro-industry sector, including Grands Moulins de Dakar, a leader in the grain and feed sector and SEDIMA, where as Director Marketing & Sales, he grew the company’s sales from€3 to €15 Million in 12 years, and subsequentlylaunched a new egg hatching plant for SEDIMA in Mali. He most recently managed the African division of CISSAGRO, a Brazilian distributor of packaged food products.
Moustapha completed a Masters Degree in Business at ESDES, Catholic University of Lyon, France. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from UniversitéLumière in Lyon, France.
Arona is Field Operations Manager of Locaser, Aventura's machinery services portfolio company. Prior to joining Locaser, Arona worked for over 20 years on agricultural production and development. His experience includes 6 years with Agrina Senegal, an agricultural production firm, and ENDA Tier Monde, a development organization.
Arona completed a diploma in General Studies in Dakar.
Sidy is responsible for accounting for Aventura group companies. He is currently administrator at the Centre de Pratique Comptable et Fiscal and has a strong background in corporate accounting, technical audits and operational control systems. Sidy is also an instructor at the University of Dakar Bourguiba.
Sidy completed an Accounting degree at the Ecole Superieur Polytechnique de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.