Nathalie Gabala

Regional Director Africa for the Foundation Mastercard

Nathalie was Partner and Managing Director Africa for Equator Capital Partners based in Abidjan. Equator Capital Partners is one of the pioneer financial inclusion-focused fund managers which manages the family of ShoreCap funds with investments in Asia and Africa. Nathalie has deep expertise in SME, micro-financing and fin-tech institutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Nathalie chose to join Equator Capital Partners in 2013 largely due to its social impact focus. Nathalie grew up in Côte d’Ivoire and has a Masters of Management in Strategy and a Minor in Finance from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris in France. She also studied at the Université Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan where she completed a Master's degree in Accounting and Financial Technical Sciences. She began her career in a trading room at Credit Lyonnais in Paris, before returning to Côte d’Ivoire in 1996. She spent four years working for Citibank, first in her home country, then as Head of Treasury in Cameroon. Over the next ten years, Nathalie held various roles with Standard Chartered Bank Group, living and working in a number of African countries. She was head of global markets in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire before assuming responsibility for all countries in which the bank had customers but no physical presence. Her last role was as Regional Head in South Africa where she led the development organization portfolio strategy for the bank. Nathalie has experience in philanthropic organizations and currently sits on the board of Pact Inc., a global NGO with a presence in over 40 countries where she can leverage her African knowledge and commercial mindset. Nathalie is an experienced leader with a deep understanding of cultural nuances of various countries and has had to adapt her style of leadership accordingly. As a mother of four, she is passionate about the youth in Africa and wants to unlock their creativity, dynamism and resilience. She has a positive and energetic style with strong relationship skills.