Emilian Popa | Principal
Digital Growth Africa Middle East | Mauritius

Emilian Popa, Principal, Digital Growth Africa Middle East

Emilian is an investment professional with DiGAME (Digital Growth Africa Middle East), a Middle East and Africa focused subsidiary of Zouk Capital. DiGAME makes growth stage equity investments in companies with proven digital strategies and visibility on revenues, with the ultimate goal of supporting a number of companies which breakout to become regional and potentially global champions.
Emilian has 16 years’ experience in web entrepreneurship and management consulting. Over the past 5 years, Emilian has been focused on building and accelerating winning eCommerce companies in Africa.
Most recently, Emilian has been CEO at Groupon South Africa, one of South Africa’s leading ecommerce platforms. Prior to Groupon South Africa, he has been involved in building some of the fastest growing ecommerce companies in the world: lamoda.ru (Russia),wimdu.com (Germany & China), zando.co.za (South Africa), jumia.com (Nigeria) and jabong.com (India).Part IV
Highlights of his career have been: launching Jumia Nigeria in 3 weeks after arriving in Lagos, launching Zando in 6 weeks after arriving in Cape Town, successfully building a ‘group buying’ venture in South Africa and exited to Groupon, and building and managing an incubator team based in Cape Town with 3 ecommerce ventures covering fashion (style36), home (5rooms) and baby (kinderelo), funded by Naspers.
Emilian has extensive experience working in Angola, Gabon, Cameroun, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco and Algeria. Emilian has a track record of building fast and sustainable businesses, with success stories showing customer satisfaction scores increasing 10x in a year, through best in class customer service, operations and last mile logistics.
Emilian began his career at Ernst & Young where he spent 7 years advising clients across various industries and geographies on buildingand improving their business processes, cost savings and revenue assurance, training financial and operation teams on control environment and risk management.
Emilian holds an MBA Columbia Business School and London Business School.


Seamless ME 2018 day 2 @ 15:30

INVESTOR PANEL: The secret sauce: what it takes to secure funding

  •     Validating the market opportunity 
  •     Commercial traction: demonstrating your commitment and execution capability  
  •     Engaging your potential investor and maximising synergies 
  •     Recognising the X factor 

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