Jennifer Riria – Microfinancier whose mission is to transform women’s lives

Listen Dr. Jennifer Riria was the long serving chief executive officer of Kenya Women Finance Trust and now group CEO of Kenya Women Holdings. Through 27 years of leadership and still counting, she has transformed what was a failing women’s microfinance organisation into one of Africa’s leading microfinanciers, while changing the lives of numerous women […]

Jacinta Mwatela

Listen Jacinta Mwatela had an exceptional career as a banker. She worked at the Central Bank of Kenya from 1977 and ultimately rose to the rank of Deputy Governor in May 2005. She also served at the Kenya Tourism Board as acting chief executive officer. Throughout her career, Mwatela has been vocal and uncompromising on […]

Ingrid Munro

Listen After a career in housing, Ingrid Munro, a Swedish architect and urban planner, retired and founded Jamii Bora, a microfinance trust. A former UN-Habitat worker, Munro previously worked with the Swedish government in the Bureau of Housing Research before moving to Nairobi. As a housing expert with the United Nations, Munro pressed for decent […]

Agnes Odhiambo

Listen Agnes Odhiambo is the first Controller of Budget, a constitutional office she took up in August 2011 after emerging as the best candidate out of 157 applicants. This is not her only first. She was the first female student at the University of Nairobi to graduate with a first class honours in her area […]

Nasim Devji

Listen In 2001, Nasim Devji became Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Group, making her the first, and, to date, the only woman to occupy such a position in the country. Under her leadership, DTB Group has grown to become one of the fastest-growing banks. Her journey to the […]

Nyambura Koigi

Listen During Dr Nyambura Koigi’s tenure as managing director, the Kenya Post Office Savings Bank invested heavily in educating young people about savings and encouraging them to take the first steps towards financial independence. Koigi headed Postbank, as it is commonly referred to, between 2005 and 2015. She began her journey to becoming one of […]

Mary Okelo

Listen For Dr. Mary Okelo, the nickname ‘Mrs. Barclays’ was well-deserved. Over the years she distinguished herself in the banking world through a series of firsts. She is recognised today as the woman who made it possible for other women in Kenya and in Africa to be granted access to banking facilities, thus enabling them […]

Joyce-Anne Wainaina

Listen Over a period of nearly 25 years, Joyce-Ann Muthoni Wainaina climbed steadily up the corporate ladder from the position of an intern to that of Chief Executive Officer. In July 2014, she was appointed CEO of Citibank Kenya and East Africa, and became the first Kenyan to hold that position since the company’s entry […]