Mr Noureddin Bongo Valentin - Our Founder
Hailing from Gabon in Central Africa, Noureddin Bongo Valentin has always been drawn to this region (and indeed the entire continent of Africa) from a social, economic and cultural perspective. As such it was naturally where Mr Valentin sought to begin his career.
Having graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Noureddin Bongo Valentin began his professional career at Olam - a leading food and agri-business company at their Libreville headquarters. It is impossible to overstate the potential and strategic importance of the agriculture sector to the African continent. With booming populations, there is a necessity for African nations to increase their yields and export.
Noureddin Bongo Valentin also embarked on his own commercial ventures. This includes, but is not limited to, opening several restaurants in Libreville under the Mayena Foods brand, as well as founding Shanah Investments - an investment firm that also offers consultancy services to businesses looking to invest in the region.
Between 2014-2018, Mr Valentin was also on the board of Ecole Ruban Vert - the premium international school of Libreville. Mr Valentin oversaw the school’s construction and first operational years as Chairman of the Board. In 2018, Mr Valentin resigned from the board owing to other commitments and frequent travel abroad.
Noureddin Bongo Valentin has also served in a pro-bono capacity as Vice-President of the Foundation SBO in Libreville. This charitable foundation seeks to promote initiatives for women and young people in Gabon owing to their vulnerability within local society. Mr Valentin specifically worked closely with the foundation to construct the Maison d’Alice – a guest house providing free, high quality lodging to cancer patients from low income backgrounds.
Mr Valentin is currently developing and incubating start-ups within the medical, pharmaceutical, real estate and technology sectors – among others.
Mayena Foods | www.lifebymayena.com
Ecole Ruban Vert | www.ecolerubanvert.com
Foundation SBO | www.sylviabongoondimba.org
Shanah Investments | www.shanahinvestments.com