E-PAPER: Kenya’s women corporate trailblazers to watch

E-PAPER: Kenya's women corporate trailblazers to watch

• The number of women on boards in Kenya has been on the steady increase over the years.

• Kenya is fairing well globally with a diversity of 36 per cent at present, compared to 21 per cent in 2017. In a special edition to mark Women’s History Month, The Boardroom Africa (TBR) has launched a list of 20 African female executives to watch.

Among them are two Kenya women, Kanini Mutooni and Ory Okollo who TBR says are great candidates for non-executive director (NED) roles in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Mutooni is currently the Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan, a venture philanthropy institution investing in global early-stage entrepreneurs deploying capital to create change.

“She was previously EMEA Managing Director for Toniic, the immediate former Board Chair of The Global Innovation Fund and currently chairs the Nomination’s committee at the UK Government’s Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDA),” said the Boardroom.

In 2014, she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Until recently, Okollo was the managing director of Omidyar Network and Luminate Group in Africa.

“Prior to this, she was Google’s policy and strategy manager for Africa and founding member of Ushahidi,” they said.

Okollo also serves on the Board of Directors of several organisations including the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, the East African Breweries Limited, Deloitte Africa, the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Group, and the Adecco Group Foundation and the Harvard Africa Advisory Group.

“She is also the chair of the Stanbic Bank Kenya Foundation. She has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Africa’s most Powerful Women by Forbes Magazine and Time 100’s most influential people in the World,” they added.

The Boardroom works to accelerate the appointment of women on boards and build a growing pipeline of board-ready women.“We believe that women deserve a seat at the table and we know where to find the right candidates to bring to the table,” they said.Gender Equality on boards has been on the steady increase in Kenya over the years.According to the 2020-2021 Board Diversity Report done by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the Kenya Institute of Management(KIM) and the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), Kenya is fairing well globally with a diversity of 36 per cent at present, compared to 21 per cent in 2017.It shows that Kenya has been doing better in terms of global numbers as the […]

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