Tackling the housing deficit in West Africa & giving the African diaspora better ways to invest in their home countries.
Bob Hornsby is co-founder and CFO of American Homebuilders of West Africa (africa-housing.com), a US-based firm providing high quality affordable housing and housing finance platforms to members of the West Africa diaspora and to the regional West Africa market. Bob has more than two decades of experience in West Africa, where he served in the Peace Corps as a public health volunteer, and later managed an import business focused on fair trade products from the region. He has led financial strategy for AHWA since 2014, securing over $1.7M in startup financing and guiding the company to cash flow positive status by the first half of 2017, with average annual revenue growth over 100% since 2015. He contributes a particular blend of entrepreneurial experience, financial and strategic planning acumen, and knowledge of the macroeconomic and cultural landscape in West Africa. Since 1991 he has built and led teams as a business development and project management executive in a variety of entrepreneurial settings. From 2000 to 2004 he was President and co-founder of technology services company Slingshot Solutions. He subsequently directed new business unit development for Overseas Strategic Consulting before co-founding AHWA. Bob holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in African Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He received a BA in Economics at Davidson College, with a focus on Economic Development. He has worked in residential construction from pouring concrete to framing and roofing, and is a principal investor in his own rental property portfolio in the US. Robert lives in Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.