Koios Associates is a global network of industry, functional and country/regional experts that combines leading edge knowledge of international best practices with unmatched local knowledge, expertise and contacts. Rather than employing a full-time staff, with the associated direct and overhead costs, Koios assembles project-specific teams that bring
together the exact expertise our clients need. Most members of the Koios network have worked together on previous engagements, and all of them have 10 years or more of relevant experience. Koios has also concluded strategic alliances with other firms to provide complementary industry, functional and geographic expertise.
Charles Krakoff is founder and Managing Partner of Koios Associates, a firm specialized in direct investment, finance and trade in emerging markets. Charles is a recognized trade and investment expert with over 30 years of corporate, financial, and consulting experience. He has served as an advisor to cabinet ministers, investment and trade promotion agencies, financial institutions, private investors and senior corporate executives in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.
Before founding Koios Associates, Charles was Chief of the Office for Africa of the International Trade Centre in Geneva, the technical assistance arm of the World Trade Organization, prior to which he served as Senior Trade and Investment Advisor to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat. Previously he was a Senior Manager with Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, South Africa, and a Senior Associate with Abt Associates, a leading U.S. economic research and consulting firm. He has worked extensively in private equity, development banking and investment promotion. In the early 1990s he set up and directed an investment promotion agency in Hong Kong for the Botswana Government. More recently, Charles served as a senior advisor to one of Africa’s largest private equity funds, identifying and structuring transactions and conducting due diligence on potential investments in telecommunications, media, transport, financial services and IT. He later managed a U.S.-funded trade and investment development program for the Ministry of Industry & Trade in Jordan, and a comprehensive restructuring of the Jordan Investment Board and the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation. Charles also co-founded Africa Business Direct, one of the earliest web-based business information and trade and investment facilitation firms in Africa.
Charles’s skills and interests include:
Foreign direct investment policy, strategy and promotion
Trade development and trade policy
Competitiveness, linkages and value chain development
Special economic zones, free trade zones, industrial parks
Financial analysis, company valuation, investment appraisal, due diligence
Political, economic and market risk analysis
Market evaluation, market entry and expansion strategies
Charles earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College. He has lived in France, Hong Kong, Jordan, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Botswana, Zambia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has done business in over 60 countries.Charles is fluent in written and spoken French and has basic proficiency in Russian.
The Koios Associates network is constantly expanding. Current members include:
Based in Johanesburg, South Africa, Bruce is a commercial and merchant banker with over 30 years of international financial experience, principally in Africa. He is Chairman of Africa Advisory, a firm that provides a wide range of financial strategy advisory services to African and international financial institutions and corporates involved in African trade and investment. Before founding Africa Advisory Bruce managed business development in trade and project finance in Southern Africa for HSBC Equator. Previous responsibilities include Vice President of African trade finance with UBS, Senior Manager for Africa with AMRO Bank, and Deputy General Manager of credit marketing with Banque Internationale pour l’Afrique Occidentale. He began his career with Lonrho, and served as company secretary for several Lonrho financial subsidiaries in Africa. Bruce earned a post graduate diploma with distinction from the Sorbonne. Since 1985 he has been a member of the U.K. Government Advisory Committee for Africa, of which he was appointed Chairman in 1991, and in which capacity he led the first U.K. official mission to the newly-independent Namibia.
Rotimi read Accountancy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant during his working career with Akintola Williams & Co. (Chartered Accountants), now Akintola Williams Deloitte. He has over twenty years working experience spanning Banking, Audit, Consulting, IT and Training, the last of which was at Corporate Development Consultants as the Chief Operating Officer before he co-founded Counterhouse Consultants Limited – a multi-solution consultancy firm of which he is the Chief Executive Officer. Rotimi isan Oracle Functional Consultant and an IT Auditor. He is also a resource person on Oracle training. A widely travelled professional, Rotimi has worked as a Consultant to DFID and the World Bank on Economic Reforms and was until recently a member of The World Bank Investment Climate Program (ICP) team for Nigeria. He is a member of professional bodies such as The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA) consisting Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM); Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT); Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
Pao Li is an SEZ management specialist who has advised numerous government agencies and private corporations on economic zone strategies under World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, and UNIDO projects. She has designed institutional structures, marketing strategies, strategic plans, and feasibility studies for over 30 zones programs around the world. Pao Li began her career with the Penang Development Corporation, a Malaysian state development agency responsible for spearheading the economic development of Penang. In this position, she was responsible for a number of key activities of EPZs and SEZs in Malaysia.