Facelist Awards 5 years of celebrating Pan-African excellence

2014 Young African Committed to Excellence

Sangu Delle

Entrepreneurship in Africa

"My father founded the African Commission of Health and Human Rights in the late-‘80s, and I grew up with civil war refugees from Sierra Leone and Liberia. I vividly remember torture victims that we would host in our house, like Throble Suah, who had been beaten mercilessly for writing against Charles Taylor. I remember an older woman who shared how she was viciously raped by a rebel young enough to be her grandson. Our home served as a refuge for these survivors of violence. From a young age, I knew my life would be committed to serving my continent, and I started a number of non-profits focused on humanitarian and development work. However in 2007, during a community meeting in Agyementi where I was conducting a needs-based assessment, I asked one of the villagers, “What is the single greatest thing I can do for your community?” Expecting him to say, “Build a hospital,” or, “Build a school.” I was stunned by his response: “Jobs,” he said. “We want jobs.” This statement inspired a shift in my philosophy on how best to aid communities in need, marking a departure from “band aid” charity work to more sustainable solutions focused on business and the private sector. Coupled with my full embrace of the entrepreneurial spirit, I founded Golden Palm Investments Ghana Limited (GPI) to invest in start-ups and help build world class companies in Africa that can generate great returns but also have social impact. Through GPI, I believe we can do well and do good." Sangu Dell

Share This:

Sangu Delle is a passionate Pan-Africanist who has traveled to about 40 African countries. He is co-founder of Golden Palm Investments, a holding company that invests in early stage venture and growth financing across Africa with a strong bias for Real Estate, health care, agribusiness, and technology. GPI has backed startups, such as Solo Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Zamsolar in Zambia. He is also the co-founder of cleanacwa, a non-profit working to provide access to clean water in Ghana’s underdeveloped regions. Sangu, who previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Valiant Capital Partners, is a 2014 TED Global Fellow and was also featured in Forbes as one of Africa’s “Top 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs.” In 2012, the Huffington Post named Sangu “an intriguing African to watch out for” and Fortnight Journal named him “one of the promising leaders of the millennial generation.” He was also featured in TIME magazine’s Tomorrow25 as one of 25 future world leaders.