Ismael works at ESPartners’ West Africa office in Abidjan. Ismael joined ESPartners in 2013. As an entrepreneur himself, his ambition is to serve entrepreneurs to foster durable impact and prosperity across West Africa and beyond.
Since joining in 2013, Ismael covered several sectors of the Ivorian economy, including agri-business, communication. He has also worked for the growth of entrepreneurship and private sector development in Cote d’Ivoire.
In his client work, Ismael has coordinated a national study on the private sector growth opportunity in Cote d’Ivoire alongside CGECI, the Ivorian private sector APEX organization. In 2014, He managed the SME Champions Awards, a continent-wide business competition held at Dakar. Since 2014 Ismael has trained and supported over 100 entrepreneurs across West Africa.
Prior to joining ESPartners, Ismael co-founded his own line of branded shoes, Espadrille SPACI where he also serves as General Manager.
Ismael has earned a Masters degree in Management from Université Félix Houphouet Boigny and a BA in Economics and Management from the same university.
Ismael is fluent in French and proficient in English.
Areas of expertise:
- Survey design and implementation
- Business plan competitions
- Entrepreneur screening and sourcing