Andia Laura Chakava is an Investment professional. She is thefounding 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 global thought leader in gender lens investing.She is the founding principal of AC Advisory and is currently the Investment Director at the Graca Machel Trust to lead the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She was the lead consultant in a 2017 publication by the Graca Machel Trust on the“Growth barriers affecting women entrepreneurs in East Africa.”
Andia is one of the first female fund managers in the region and has been instrumental in the setup of two fund management companies from inception in Kenya (Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is a non-executive director of Sterling Investment Bank, East African Educational Publishers and a former board member of Echo Network Africa.
She has over 17 years’ experience in fund management and over 7 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. In 2014and 2018 she was named Africa’s most influential woman in financial services by CEO magazine and in 2018 won the National Diar Inclusion and Diversity Business Executive champion award in Kenya. In 2019 she was named as a ‘woman to watch’ by Forbes magazine in 2020.
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.