Ben Peterson

Senior Partner, AHL Venture Partners


Mr. Peterson heads AHL’s Nairobi office, managing AHL’s team of investment professionals, overseeing all new investment opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa, and providing post-investment support to portfolio companies. Previously, Ben served as Co-Founder and CEO of Newsana Incorporated and Co-Founder and Executive Director of JHR (Journalists for Human Rights). Ben continues to serve as Chair Emeritus of JHR’s Board of Directors.

Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE). Ben has received many awards for his work, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship, the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award and was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.