Ben Zwinkels grew up in agricultural family in the West of the Netherlands and has more than forty years of experience in banking and business development in Africa. After horticultural secondary education and working at the family horticulture business, Ben studied Accountancy and Business Administration in the evening hours for more than 7 years. After working for Stork Industries, Ben first went to live in Africa during the seventies and worked for cooperative banking in Cameroon and promoting SME’s in Tunisia. While living in Cameroon Ben fell in love with the continent. In 1982 Ben started his carrier at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and developed a great experience in finance while travelling to 62 countries during more than 30 years of employment for FMO. Ben realised for FMO many investment transactions in more than 40 banks and 35 investments funds.
While working for FMO, Ben became an authority of Private Equity in Africa and initiated the African Venture Capital Association as also the reviving of the NABC (Netherlands Africa Business Council). After retiring from FMO, Ben Chairman of the Board of AfricInvest and continued his respective Board Memberships within the Group Bank of Africa and the Group First Afriland Group. These two groups cover banking activities in more than 25 African countries. Ben combines these board positions with further Board Memberships in some Private Equity Funds in Vietnam and Mauritius. In his capacity of Chairman of the Board for AfricInvest, Ben remains active in the financial sector of Africa. Finally Ben’s motto has always been: Your limitation lies in your imagination!