Charles Krakoff
Senior Associate at ICA; Managing Partner of Koios Associates LLC

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Qualifications:

  • Columbia University New York, MBA in Finance and International Business Reed College, Portland OR, USA, BA Anthropology

Languages: English (native), French (fluent), Russian & Spanish (basic)

Professional Background:

  • Charles is founder and Managing Partner of Koios Associates, a consulting firm specialized in investment and trade and economic zone development for public and private sector clients in emerging and frontier economies worldwide
  • Over 20 years of experience in investment climate reform, investment and trade policy and promotion, strategy consulting, and financial advisory
  • 5+ years as World Bank Consultant, advising governments and public agencies on policies and strategies – including fiscal and non-fiscal incentives – to attract inward FDI
  • Former Head of Africa Consulting Services, Standard Bank of South Africa
  • Over 10 years of residency and work experience in Southern Africa, including Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Madagascar, Seychelles, and Mozambique

Proven Track Record

  • Led restructuring initiatives in the Namibia Ministry of Works and Transportation, preparing plans and assisting in implementation of the commercialization and spin-off/outsourcing of the Government Garage, the Government Printer, and cleaning and maintenance services
  • Senior Consultant on a World Bank/IFC tax policy review of Namibia, focusing on marginal effective tax rates and incentives in mining, manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, tourism, and small business sectors. Carried out similar assessments in South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, and several other African countries
  • Member of inter-ministerial commission to establish investment incentives policy for Botswana; subsequently established and directed Botswana investment promotion office in Hong Kong
  • Prepared an investment incentives policy for the Cape Town municipality
  • Have assisted investment and trade promotion agencies in more than 20 countries on investor targeting strategies, communication, investment facilitation, organizational assessment and restructuring, and capacity development
  • Investment and Trade Advisor to the COMESA Secretariat, helping develop a harmonized investment code. Also provided advice on regional trade integration to the SADC Secretariat
  • Extensive experience as adviser to corporate clients on market assessment, market entry, direct investment, and sourcing strategies in Africa and other regions
  • Industry expertise: agribusiness, mining, financial services, ICT, media

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