Marvin Coleby is a Bahamian builder and lawyer dedicated to developing a free and educated Pan-African society. He has held positions at Dentons, MakerDAO, Syndicate, Consensys, Emerge, UNESCO, various digital banks and DeFi products. Marvin focuses on building digital infrastructure for Africa’s economic development.
Marvin is the CEO of raise.africa, a company that provides equity management services for African startups. The team’s goal is to build a Pan-African stock exchange, and they are backed by Carta, Binance, Launch Africa, 500 Startups, Plug and Play Africa, CRE.VC and Google. Marvin also leads Obsidian Research and African Digital Asset Federation, which are aimed at creating regulatory clarity for digital assets and decentralized finance across Africa. Marvin has a background in academics and securities law, having written papers on topics such as trade, finance, post-colonial literature, cross-border securities, web3, and Pan African development. He holds multiple Honours degrees in Post Colonial Political Science, Law (Common and Civil Law), and has lectured at academic institutions across the world.