Judith Aidoo-Saltus is Chief Executive of Caswell Capital Partners, LLC, (“Caswell”), a financial advisory firm specializing in African capital markets and investments (www.caswellcapital.com), and CEO of its US affiliate Caswell Communications, Inc. (“CasCom”), a private investment company. Since 2003, Judith has directed nearly $220 million in investment capital through a hedge fund that she co-manages to provide senior and mezzanine debt for small and medium sized companies. Her investment focus includes financial services; real estate, with a particular interest in affordable housing; media, franchises and intellectual property; and, increasingly, agriculture and agro-processing.
Judith, a licensed member of the New York law bar, began her career as an investment banker in 1987 with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she specialized in structured finance. In 1991, she started her own firm to advise institutions like the World Bank and IFC, and more recently the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (www.gsgii.org) on raising patient investment capital to help African countries achieve their UN Social Development Goals. Judith has also regularly advised African sovereign governments, including Ghana, Zambia and Uganda, on the development of their local capital markets; as well as pan-regional organizations like the Regional African Satellite Communications Organization based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and, separately, the Preferential Trade Area Bank for Trade and Development (now TDB Group) based in Nairobi, Kenya on raising hundreds of millions of dollars respectively on the international capital markets. For the latter, Ms. Aidoo-Saltus developed and managed an innovative securitization program that raised $500 million to refinance dollar-denominated trade loans of large exporters in 22 eastern and southern African countries. This deal was historic in its structure and it received the highest possible short-term credit rating from Standard & Poor’s (A1+) and Fitch Investor Service (F1+), a regional first at the time.
Judith Aidoo-Saltus graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from Rutgers College in 1984 and received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1987. She is an avid photographer, traveler, reader, and writer (see her latest article on impact investing in culture at https://www.creativityculturecapital.org/field-notes-from-an-african-investor/)