Yemi Keri

Rising Tide Africa

Yemi Keri is the Chief Executive Officer of Heckerbella Limited, a technology business transformation company, and the Consultant responsible for the implementation of the transformation initiatives of the Information Technology Strategy of the National Pension Commission and the implementation of the Biometric Identification, Time & Attendance, and Payroll Automation System (BIPATAS) for over 80,000 Delta State paid Staff and Pensioners. She is also a Partner at Holmen Consulting, an IT Business Consulting firm.

Yemi Keri has over 21 years’ experience in Information and Communications Technology sector at top management levels in both the public and private sectors. She was the Director and Regional Manager, West Africa for SAP Africa and was the pioneer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Edo State Directorate of Information Communications & Technology Agency.

Yemi Keri serves as a mentor to various digitally and technology-enabled start-ups. She is a member of the Lagos Angel Network and co-founder of Rising Tide Africa, a women’s movement initiated with a vision to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class and promote education, cross-border investing and investor-mentoring across Africa.

A multidisciplinary graduate of Accounting (University of Maiduguri), and Masters in Information Technology Project Management from the American InterContinental University, Illinois, Strategic Decision Making for Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School/IESE Business School, Barcelona, Yemi holds membership of several professional bodies including IOD, ICAN, CIBN, CITN and the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS). She also holds various certifications in Risk and Project management and received the Centenary award for the Most Outstanding Public Sector CIO in Nigeria in 2014.

My Sessions

Making sense from the noise: Managing quality investment deal flow

When investing in a business, there are vital signs that tell you something is wrong. But you can only see these “red flags” when conducting your due diligence. There are a lot of signs that could potentially become red flags, but how do you identify the key ones you need to pay attention to and […]


What we look for when we invest

We all agree, starting a business could be expensive, which is why entrepreneurs seek funding from investors. But investors are not your regular lenders, they are smart, skeptical and diligent in reviewing whatever opportunity presented to them. If you decide you want to seek funding from them, how do you draw them in? And how […]