Aisha is an experienced global finance and capital markets executive with a track record in strategic business
development and deal execution with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Standard Chartered Bank, World Bank, and Rand Merchant Bank. Aisha has provided advice to CEOs seeking to leverage public/private capital markets in their growth objectives across consumer products, non-Rx pharmaceuticals, banks and financial institutions, infrastructure, and oil and gas. She has built multi-jurisdictional businesses within large international corporations as well as scaled two businesses as a mission-driven entrepreneur.
Aisha is truly a global citizen and has worked/lived in New York, London, South Africa, Nigeria, and Central and
South America. Her transaction experience is both broad and deep reflecting her ability to navigate cultures and
regulatory jurisdictions with a keen focus on effective execution. Aisha has worked on over $130 billion in M&A,
private equity financings, IPOs, and public capital market transactions. Notable deals include: $113 billion spin-off
of Philip Morris International from Altria Group; $9 billion Multi-tranche Fixed and Floating Rate Bond Offering for
GlaxoSmithKline; and $387 million sale of The Topps Company to The Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn
Aisha has led multi-product regional teams to deliver excellence to medium and large corporations with significant
operations in emerging markets. She led the coverage team at Morgan Stanley in building their Africa (ex-South
Africa) investment banking franchise as well as the West Africa investment banking business for South African
banking conglomerate, First Rand Group. In her role as the general manager and head of investment banking at Rand Merchant Bank, Aisha was responsible for the P&L of the Real Estate, Infrastructure Services, Corporate Finance, Loan Solutions, Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance, and Resource Finance businesses. Across her portfolio of business units, Aisha led the team to profitability, a swing from the previous year’s loss-making position. Given her focus on strategically changing the manner in which clients are serviced, Aisha re-designed and led the transformation of the way the bank segments client groups with a view to optimizing balance sheet allocation and resources to the highest potential customers. Under her leadership, the return on assets of her $1 billion loan book was over 3.5% on a return on invested capital in excess of 40%.
Aisha is a dedicated chief executive with a “lead from the front” mentality and the ability to inspire and motivate
teams to surpass management targets and their own personal expectations. She is also passionate about the
advancement of women in business, which led her to executive produce a video series called African HERstory, where she interviewed successful female African executives to highlight their impact on the continent’s development. The insights gleaned from these conversations about igniting confidence in working women led to Aisha’s recent entrepreneurial pursuit – Bossy Cosmetics, a digitally native beauty brand that targets ambitious working women. In the 18 months since its founding, Aisha has redefined the way beauty companies address professional women and has been featured in Refinery 29, Essence Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BET Networks, Fashionista Magazine, Hola USA, and PopSugar.
Aishetu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, a Master of Business Administration degree from
the Harvard Business School, she participated in the Leaders in Development Program at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, and was a Fellow in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University. She is
frequently interviewed to discuss her views on attracting foreign investment in Africa and was slated to teach a class at Stanford University called Doing Business in Africa: Experience from the Front Lines.