Tony Carroll was an early participant in the China-Africa investment space working as the Africa advisor since 1996 to a large family office in Hong Kong. Tony has been working as a commercial lawyer and business consultant in Africa for 35 years. His career has taken him across the length of the continent and into both public and private sector transactions. Tony has built up an extensive network in Africa which is extremely valuable to Acorus and accounts for Tony’s strong deal origination. His sector strengths are in agri-business, health care, construction and mining. The countries where he regards his relationships to be the strongest are Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa and Botswana. In addition to his role at Acorus Tony is also Vice President of Manchester Trade Limited which serves businesses that have a stake in guarding against, reducing, or eliminating government-imposed obstacles to international trade and trade-related transactions in Africa. It has successfully shielded its clients from excessive import duties, costly customs entry procedures, import quotas, and a myriad of other non-tariff barriers to trade and investment flows. Tony is an adjunct professor at School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He has served on the Africa advisory boards at EXIM Bank, OPIC, USTR and was also a congressional nominee to the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.