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Founder and Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners

Charles L. Sidman, MBA, PhD, is Founder and Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners, LLC, an innovative early-stage venture fund based in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, but operating globally. He is a founding member of the American Angel Capital Association (ACA), past president of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), a frequent advocate for, contributor to and speaker on financial, entrepreneurship, policy and ethical issues in Washington, D.C. and beyond, an enthusiastic member of and participant at NACO, EBAN, GBAN and numerous other professional organizations and networks, and a 2018 Special Recognition Honoree of EBAN. He invests in and supports early-stage companies throughout the world using Angel investing, Venture Capital, Crowdfunding and the public markets. Dr. Sidman retired as Professor of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology from the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, where he also served for many years as Professor of Management in the College of Business and in the university-wide Honors Scholars Program. His education includes a PhD in Immunology from Harvard University, an MBA specializing in Management from the University of Cincinnati, and sabbatical study in Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also an ATP-licensed pilot and Certificated Flight Instructor, and a former Commissioned Officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Africa Strategy Adviser for Aberystwyth University, University of Strathclyde; University of East Anglia; and currently he is the African Regional Adviser for the University of London, the Africa Adviser for Lancaster University and the Africa director for Zurich Elite Business School Switzerland.

FOUNDER Flexy-Learn (, a one-stop online shop for distance learning provision for Africa. He is Principal Consultant of Envirofly Consulting UK ( and Founder of Lancaster International, an international outreach school/programme focused on supporting primary and secondary schools in Africa (

CREATOR of one of the most comprehensive and UK CPD certified suite of online career programme in Africa, the Career Enhancement Programme Online (CEPO) –

BOARD MEMBER Member of the Board of Directors of the largest and most reputable Think-Tank organization in Africa, the Africa Technology Policy Studies Network, ATPS, headquartered in Nairobi Kenya.

AUTHOR of two literary books (a novel and an anthology of poetry) and a practical career transformation book titled ‘The Graduate Code’. He is a poet and a multi-award-winning film producer for his recent feature-length movie DRY.