Your partner in Africa

We help you grow your business, investment or portfolio in the world’s most happening continent.

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What we do

At Foster Lewis, we are passionate about African business and investment. Our mission is to promote Sub-Saharan Africa as a viable and attractive destination for productive investment. We work to enhance financial services and the business environment across the region, ensure that projects and enterprises are investment ready and guide investors from deal origination to execution.

Our services

For investors


Investment research

We conduct feasibility studies and deal origination across the continent, map the opportunities by sector and country and provide bespoke guidance on the investment process.


Due diligence

If you already have a target in mind, our team of professionals will conduct thorough commercial, legal and financial due diligence so you are fully informed as you complete your investment.


Performance reporting

If you are already invested in Africa and want independent advice on performance or an options appraisal on your forward or exit strategy we offer a full bespoke service.

For enterprises


Investment readiness

We offer a comprehensive service to ensure you are investment-ready: polishing business plans, preparing information memoranda, business valuations and more.



From bespoke strategic and operational reviews to consultancies on the business environment and inward investment policy and strategy for governments and development partners.


Corporate training

Our team of professionals are also highly effective trainers. We deliver cutting edge, practical courses on raising business finance, governance and compliance and risk management.

Who we are

Foster Lewis is proud to be partnered with Imani Development International Ltd and This enables us to bring unparalleled local insight and international experience in financial services, African business and investment promotion.


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Imani Development

Imani Development is an economic and development consultancy that facilitates economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world. Imani advises policy makers, governments, development agencies, international organisations, and the private sector.

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Meet the team


Ian Foster

Managing Director

Ian is a financial services and inward investment specialist with significant experience across Africa and in the UK. He is co-founder of Foster Lewis and


John McGrath


John is highly experienced in trade, private sector development and project management across Africa. He is Managing Director of Imani (Malawi) and a non-exec director at CDH Investment Bank.


Abena Lewis

Governance & Legal

Abena is a qualified lawyer and specialist in governance and financial services law. She has extensive experience in UK private equity and co-founded Foster Lewis and


Robert Merriam

Finance Director

Rob is a specialist in international organisations, managing small teams and has 21 years working in SME management and financial accounts, including 7 years field experience in Africa.


Andy Simpson


Andy has a proven track record in senior management positions with international companies across multi-site and multi-discipline teams. He is Managing Director of Imani International.


Andrew Parker


Andrew is a private sector development economist specialising in inclusive business, export development and industry collaboration. He has extensive experience working across Africa.

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We’d love to hear from you to explore how we can help you grow your business, investment or portfolio in Africa. Simply complete the form, email us directly or give us a call and we will be in touch promptly.

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