The 2nd Annual Education Innovation Africa focuses on facilitating innovative partnerships that build sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub Saharan Africa.

Alternative education models such as informal private schools, online learning platforms, skills-based programmes and alternative delivery models are contributing to the reach of education across Africa. However, sustainable finance and investment are required to increase the efficacy, reach and impact of these programmes. Under this year’s theme ’Delivering Impact’, the event will unite key education leaders at Ministries, Educators, Programmes and Edtech companies, together with Capital Providers at PE, VC, Impact, Development Banks and Corporate Programmes to find new partnerships and models that will provide sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. 
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Mark DeSario

Investbridge Capital - UAE
Mark DeSario is IBC’s Chief Executive Officer. He is an American national who has spent the majority of his career in the financial services industry, including 17 years in global asset and wealth management industry. Mr. DeSario is a certified public accountant, having served with Deloitte & Touch prior to joining Merrill Lynch Asset Management.

During his tenure with Merrill Lynch, Mr. DeSario held various positions in the Asset Management and Global Private Bank Divisions including that of Senior Vice President, International Business Development, where he spearheaded the building of local asset management companies in markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil and Japan.

As a senior executive of Merrill’s Private Bank, Mr. DeSario was responsible for the firm’s international wealth management platform, including the firm’s private equity and separate account investment activities.

In 2007 Mr. DeSario relocated to the UAE to join Landmark Properties, a regional leader in Real Estate transactions, and developed the strategies for their expansion in the UAE and the Region whilst establishing Landmark Advisory, a Real Estate research based consultancy. He ultimately moved to LRIM Investment Management (IBC’s parent company) as CEO and has lead its growth in private equity and syndication activities in a variety of sectors, including petrochemicals, education, hospitality and real estate.

Mr. DeSario is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton where he received his degree in accounting and finance.