Steven Otto


Steven is a dedicated member of our advisory board. He is an entrepreneur with deep experience in trade, retail and production. In the 1990s, he served as CEO of a medium-sized Dutch flooring materials company, which he grew to become the industry’s market leader.

He co-founded the East African operation of Jacana Partners (then known as InReturn Capital) in 2008, setting up the Fund and inaugurating operations in Kenya. Jacarna Partners is an African private equity firm that invests in small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and delivers sustainable financial and social returns.

In 1989 Steven holds a masters degree in Political Science, majoring in International Relations, through the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

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