Papa is a graduate of Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
He spent the early part of his career at Salomon Brothers and joined JP Morgan’s Emerging Markets Group in 1992. In 2000, Papa served as Special Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs to the President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairman of the Senegalese Presidential Economic and Financial Advisory Council.
He is Founding Partner of AFIG Funds and currently the Chief Executive Officer of the company. Prior to his current position at AFIG, he has worked as Investment Director at Emerging Markets Partnership in Washington (EMP, now ECP) and also held senior responsibilities for IFC’s equity and debt investment activities in capital markets and financial institutions in Africa between 1996 and 2000.
Papa sits on the boards of several African companies and non-profit organizations pertaining to Africa.