Our Mission: To launch, manage or invest in businesses that informed by best practices, know-how and partnership meet shareholder expectations and consumer needs.
Our Vision: A modern West Africa where our profitable businesses, know-how and investments contribute to the economic development and wealth creation in the region.
Our Senior Management Team
Charlotte Obidairo is the founder, investor and business development expert of both GWA and its affiliate Coxswain Investment. A serial entrepreneur and business owner, she offers ample experience from a range of sectors. She has worked as an advisor on several hundred projects across Africa and worked in more than 20 countries. She brings significant interest and experience in the retail, health, agriculture and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors and has provided guidance related to sustainable supply of improved products to many private companies. She has conducted several consumer and customer surveys for agricultural and FMCG products incl. pharmaceuticals in Nigeria.
Her carrier includes positions in a Danish law firm, in the Danish Government and with the Danish Foreign service. Subsequently she had an international career at the United Nations in Geneva, at Ted Turners’ United Nations Foundation, as Director in one of the world’s largest American research and reproductive health organizations (FHI360), and as regional director for a private consulting practice in West and Southern Africa. She started her first consulting and advisory services business in South Africa in 2007, followed by a second business in Tunisia in 2009 and a third in Nigeria in 2011. She serves as technical advisor to the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU).
She founded the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) in Nigeria in 2011 and serves as Chairman of the Board for the organization, that since its inception has implemented projects benefiting more than 71,000 children and youth in disadvantaged communities.
Charlotte holds a JD from Universities of Aarhus, Denmark and Poitiers, France and a MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA.
Søren Danielsen is Managing Director of GWA and provides daily oversight of our regional office in Lagos, Nigeria. Søren leads the construction, project management, interim change management and business development.
He brings valuable industrial experience from a range of prominent organizations and has developed a series of products and businesses in Europe notably Balticum, Ukraine and Russia.
Søren excels at developing and implementing strategic solutions for business re-engineering, new product launches, new market entries, business development, marketing and has been acknowledged for this particular skill through numberous board memberships and advisory boards. He has managed and owned business in retail and construction industries in the West and applies and adapts this experience to local companies.
Søren has trained in one of the major steel and metal industry giants in Europe and holds a diploma in marketing and organizational development from International Business Academy (IBA) in Kolding, Denmark.