Nathalie Gabala

Regional Head, West, Central, and North Africa

With experience working in multi-cultural environments and leading teams across geographies, Nathalie works closely with the country teams for Senegal and Ghana. Most recently, 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. 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 grew up in Côte d’Ivoire and has a Master’s degree of Management in Strategy with 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 Finance.