Chairman and CEO, Golden Palm Investments
Born in Ghana, Sangu’s childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sangu graduated from Harvard with highest honors in African Studies and Economics. At Harvard, he co-founded cleanacwa in 2007, which today is working to bring clean water to over 100,000 people in 120 villages in Ghana. Sangu has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Valiant Capital Partners. Convinced that the real needs of communities can best be met through entrepreneurship, in 2008 he founded an investment holding company, Golden Palm Investments (GPI) to fund promising start-ups that can have social impact. GPI has backed startups such as Andela in Nigeria and mPharma in Ghana. Sangu is completing his forthcoming book Seeding Growth: Africa’s Youngest Entrepreneurs, chronicling his journey to 40+ countries across Africa interviewing over 600 young entrepreneurs. Sangu has received several international accolades including being named a 2016 finalist for Africa’s Young CEO of the Year, a 2015 GLG Social Impact Fellow, Africa’s “Young Person of the Year” in 2014, 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow, Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Africa and Euromoney’s “Africa’s Rising Stars.” Sangu trekked Mount Everest in 2013 and summited Kilimanjaro in 2015.