Press Release: December 03, 2020
Venia International is the global consulting and investment firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry at the end of the Nineties. Among its partnerships and joint ventures, the firm is committed to the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone project, a business initiative that aims to create a place for development in Nigeria.
The coastal town of Badagry (Lagos State, Nigeria) is the place chosen for the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone, a project whose aim is to develop one of the largest port in Africa. Offering state-of-the-art facilities for all types of containers and cargoes, the area will encompass a power plant, an industrial park, a zone dedicated to varied bulk goods and liquids, and warehousing. The project is overseen by the Nigerian Port Authorities and is being developed through a partnership between private entities. For this purpose, many successful companies in Nigeria have been brought together in a consortium. This project is among Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's initiatives in the port management sector: active in building partnerships and joint ventures in Africa and the Middle East, his firm Venia International played indeed the role of deal maker, broker and representative of a stakeholder' interests in the initiative. Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone is located sixty kilometres from Lagos, and is designed to provide companies with global assets and expertise while conducting local business in the country. It aims to support a strong and sustainable growth in the area, thus accelerating the development of the whole West African country. And it is no coincidence that Venia International took part in it: the global consulting and investment firm - une société de conseils à l'international et d'investissement, as the French would say - is considered a reference point for the African and Middle Eastern markets, where it plays an crucial role in supporting the development of many business projects. Since its establishment, indeed, the firm led by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry has been carrying out a considerable number of successful activities, ranging from the fields of shipping, food and beverage, airport duty free, to those of logistics and port management.
A businessman and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of working experience, Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's professional path includes several roles of responsibility in the fields of import/export, finance, private equity and global consultancy. He was born in Paris in 1971 and, after studying at the Beau-Soleil College (Switzerland), he obtained a French Baccalaureate with an emphasis in Economics. He continued his studies by gaining a Master Degree in International Business (European Business School, Paris), and the Series 7 - NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) brokerage license. He started his career by working at an advertising company in Paris in 1994, and later joined a cosmetics firm in Milan where he managed marketing and sales strategies. He subsequently moved into the field of import/export to serve as a Commercial Attaché & Negotiator. Always in search for new professional challenges, the founder of Venia International entered the commodity trading sector and worked as a partner with a company based in Asia, where he served as spot trader and broker/agent. He was instrumental in the company's increase in turnover, as well as in the development of business contacts and supply sources in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. A further step in his career came in 1999, when Merrill Lynch International Inc. appointed Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry Vice-President & Asset Manager of the Private Banking department in Geneva, in charge of prospecting and managing assets with additional extent in Asia and the MENA region. After some years in the financial sector, he undertook a new professional adventure in the field of private equity, which led to the establishment of the global consulting and investment firm Venia International. With a strong focus on the MENA area, the firm specializes in supporting companies' successful market entry and in the development of business activities in the region.
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