About Andia Chakava

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Andia Chakava has over 17 years’ experience in fund management and 6 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. She is one of the first female fund managers in the region and has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies from scratch in Kenya (Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director.

Andia Chakava an Investment professional is currently the Investment Director at the Graça Machel Trust to lead the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She is also the founding Chairperson of New Faces New Voices Kenya chapter (women in finance network) and is passionate about facilitating intra Africa investment, investor education and is a thought leader in gender lens investing. She was the lead consultant in a 2017 publication by the Graça Machel Trust on the ‘Growth barriers affecting women entrepreneurs in East Africa.’ 

https://gracamacheltrust.org/2018/06/14/survey-to-explore-growth-barriers-faced-by-female-entrepreneurs-in-east-africa/

She was the youngest female Managing director of a non-family business in Kenya in 2008 at age 30 and one of the first female fund managers in the region. In 2008 and 2009 she was named in East Africa’s Business Daily top 40 under 40, 2014 and 2018 she was nominated most influential woman in Africa financial services category by CEO magazine, in 2014 she was named as one of ’50 people to watch in Africa’ by Africa report and in 2018 was awarded Diversity and Inclusion Business Executive Champion in Kenya by the National Diversity Inclusion Awards and Recognition

Andia Chakava is a non-executive director of Sterling Investment Bank and East African Educational Publishers and a former board member of Echo Network Africa. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance with merit from Cass Business School in London and an honours degree in Economics from York University in Toronto. She enjoys travelling, imparting knowledge and bikram yoga.

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Key Note Speaker.

Experience as a Key note speaker, moderator and panellist in global summits, conferences and assembly for Financial Inclusion,  Women in leadership,Enterprise growth and Gender lens Investment

Author.

Lead author in a ground breaking research, author to published articles and blogs on Gender lens Investment, Financial inclusion, Gender equality, diversity and inclusion  and growth barriers to women entrepreneurs.

Consultant.

Investment strategy formulation and implementation. Gender equality and inclusion expert. Supporting entrepreneurs with investor readiness.