Founder | Chairman | Owner of APO Group
Franco-Gabonese self-made entrepreneur Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is the Founder, chairman and 100% owner of APO Group. Nicolas created APO Group on his own in 2007 while he was a journalist for online Gabonese media Gabonews and Deputy President of the Panafrican Press Organization in France (APPA - Association de la Presse Panafricaine).
During his time as CEO at APO Group, Nicolas has been growing the company as well as serving and advising hundreds of multinational companies investing and doing business in Africa.
In December 2018, Nicolas stepped down as CEO of APO Group and appointed Lionel Reina to take over the role. Lionel is the former CEO for Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe at Orange Business Services, the B2B division of French Telecom giant Orange. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Orange Business Saudi Arabia, and Middle East Director in the Gulf region for Accenture.
As Chairman, Nicolas is now focusing on delivering high-level counsel for APO Group clients and developing his investment fund dedicated to Africa.
Nicolas is a member of the Advisory Board of the African Energy Chamber (AEC), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), the premier hotel investment conference in Africa. He is also member of the Advisory Board of the EurAfrican Forum, an action-oriented platform that aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa.
He was a speaker at the Bloomberg Africa Business Media Innovators forum 2019, at the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) 2019, and he is a moderator at all the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF and FIHA) events.
Prior to founding APO Group in 2007, Nicolas served successively as Deputy-Director of the French regional daily newspaper Le Petit Journal, Director of FNSEA farmer's Union in Tarn-et-Garonne (France), parliamentary assistant at the French parliament (Assemblée France), correspondent in Europe of the Gabonese press agency, Gabonews, and Deputy-President of the Panafrican Press Association in France (APPA).
Pompigne-Mognard speaks English and French. He studied law at the Université de Lille (France). He is married with three children and lives in Lisbon, Portugal.