Event conference speaker

AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2022

Profile Details

Name: Arjuna Costa

Post: Managing Partner, Flourish Ventures

Categories: Main Session, Speaker

Arjuna Costa is a Managing Partner at Flourish Ventures.  He co-manages Flourish, with a primary focus on venture investing across emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Before Flourish, Arjuna was a partner at Omidyar Network, where he built a global portfolio of early-stage, inclusive fintech companies. Before that, he invested equity and debt in consumer finance companies in emerging markets at The Rohatyn Group, a multi-billion dollar emerging markets investment firm.

In 2003, Arjuna cofounded a $120-million private equity fund focused on the turnaround of distressed commercial banks in Africa. The fund grew out of advising governments on the restructuring and privatization of its banking sector. He designed and implemented some of the earliest trade and investment programs for the US Government after the passage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.

Arjuna began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he spent five years financing power plants and airports globally.

Arjuna earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in computer science from Columbia University.