Nuru Mugambi

Nuru has contributed to the shaping of the banking industry in Kenya. As director of public affairs and lead on Sustainable Finance at Kenya Bankers Association, she has spearheaded strategic initiatives aimed at reinforcing the industry’s role of being a core driver of Kenya’s sustainable economic development. Her contributions towards policy formulation have led the industry towards adopting numerous progressive practices, particularly in Sustainable Finance, Gender Diversity and Consumer Protection. According to the Dutch and German development banks, the Sustainable Finance Initiative that Nuru champions leads in Africa. Most recently, she designedand convened the Kenya Green Bond Program which established a green bond market in the country and facilitated the first certified green bond in East and Central Africa, which was issued by Acorn Holdings. She also designed the industry’s Inuka SME Program which has supported more than 3 thousand entrepreneurs through capacity building to enable them to access bank finance.
In 2015,Nuru became the youngest female to earn the Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers (FKIB) designation for industry excellence and leadership. And in 2016 she was recognized by the Eisenhower Fellowships program and U.S. President Barack Obama as an emerging African leader.
Nuru serves on the National Treasury Taskforce on SME Finance that is working to establish the country’s first national SME Credit Guarantee Fund. She is alsothe Chair of the Eisenhower Fellowships Kenya Chapter and a Founding Trustee of Graca Machel Trust’s New Faces New Voices Women in Finance network. As a gender advocate, Nuru created the Leading Women in Banking and Finance initiative by KBA which supports more than 200 women in senior positions.
She previously served on the statutory Judiciary Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Prior to Kenya Bankers Association, Nuru was Barclays Kenya head of corporate affairs and investor relations, and earlier was senior manager of communications for Georgia-Pacific Corp., a Fortune 100 company based in Atlanta, Ga. that employs 30,000 people worldwide.
She graduated with honours in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University (Ga.); and has an Executive MBA degree in Strategy from Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Muthoni Kamere

Secretary and Trustee, New Faces New Voices Lawyer and Corporate Governance Consultant

Muthoni is lawyer and corporate governance consultant at Kamere and Co. Advocates and Founder of Soari Associates, a professional services firm providing corporate governance, company secretarial, compliance support and advisory services. She has over 15 years’ experience in various sectors including development finance, financial services, mining and manufacturing and hospitality. She managed the legal function and was chief compliance officer at a Nairobi Securities Exchange listed mining and manufacturing company charged with overseeing the group’s legal, regulatory and governance affairs in Eastern Africa. Prior to that, she managed the company secretarial services division at Daly & Figgis Advocates (now known as Daly & Inamdar Advocates). She spent several years as the Assistant Company Secretary and Data Protection Officer at CDC Group Plc in London and held positions within the corporate secretariats of several private and public listed companies in the United Kingdom. She also spent several years as an analyst at Euroclear Bank in Belgium.

Muthoni is a Founding Trustee and Secretary of New Faces New Voices with responsibility for advising and providing support on legal and corporate governance matters, programme management, capacity building and forming strategic partnerships. She champions the Leadership and Diversity Series on behalf of NFNV in partnership with the Nairobi Securities Exchange. She is a founding member and Chair of ICSA: The Governance Institute (Kenya Branch). Muthoni is a UK qualified Chartered Governance Professional and Chartered Secretary and holds a Master of Laws in Banking and Finance Law and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from University College London and the University of Hull respectively.

Makena Mworia

Makena Mworia
Director, Client Services
Kenya Climate Innovation Center

Makena holds two Master degrees –a Master’s in Business Administration, an MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Economics. She has built over 13 years’ professional experience inthe Financial Services and Development sectors acrossAfrica and Europe. In addition, she has played advisory roles in strategic planning and implementation for Global and Pan African women organizations; She has also spearheaded catalytic development efforts promoting economic empowerment and executed catalytic initiatives that entail effective coordination and partnership building with several global actors as well as stakeholders in public, private, and not for profit sectors.

Kamuzu Banda

Kamuzu Banda is the Chief Operations Officer at Tim-Sky Media Services Limited – a Public Relations (PR) and digital marketing company operating in East Africa. Kamuzu is very experienced in developing and executing communication strategies and plans, team management as well as client relations.
Prior to venturing in to PR, Kamuzu spent eight years in the mainstream media both in Kenya and the UK working in the newsroom at the Nation newspapers in Kenya and BBC Look North in Leeds, UK.

Kamuzu holds BA in Cultural Studies, Communication & Media from Trinity & All Saints College (University of Leeds) in the UK and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Corporate Communications at Daystar University.
He is is an elected Council Member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK).

Kamuzu is a founding Trustee of the New Faces New Voices – Kenya Chapter, a Pan-African organisations started by H.E. Graca Machel focusing on the expanding the role and participation of women in the financial sector.

Andia Laura Chakava

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.

Valentine Njoroge

An African daughter of feminism

Valentine Njoroge is the founder and CEO of dadasphere Media Ltd, an innovative and exploratory platform for African women to be seen and to be heard. Dadasphere exists to empower and free women through sharing our lived experience.

Who is Valentine Njoroge?

Valentine grew up in Nairobi, and later studied in London and went on to get 2 degrees in the State University of New York, at Buffalo.

On return to Nairobi in 2004, she joined new and exciting radio stations and became a voice of feminism and curated and produced her own radio shows.

In 2007 she created and wrote “The Last Round” an open and frank weekly column in The Star newspaper about female sexuality and relationships. She very soon became the most read female columnist in East Africa. Valentine challenged societal norms, and traditional practices; she prompted discussions on what is the African Man, and the roles and behaviors of all society’s members in the intricate world of sex and relationships.

Realizing from an early age that sex, freedom and finance are inextricably linked, Valentine went on to create Kenya’s first women’s newspaper, called Valentine’s Weekly, in 2013. The paper tackled money and finance and sought to empower women inbusiness ownership and autonomy. It was during this endeavor that she joined the New Faces New Voices board of trustees and has served since.

In 2016 she curated TEDxLavingtonWomen in Nairobi, coordinating with TED International for a special global event in 70 countries across the world. Her event was sold out with 10 inspiring Kenyan speakers.
Valentine was also invited to join the founding members of The Graca Machel Women in Media Network, of which she remains an active member.

In 2017 dadasphere Media was created as a platform for African women to share their stories. To date 11 multi speaker events have been curated in Nairobi and dadasphere talks are available on YouTube and Showmax, having reached over 2 million viewers.
Recently dadasphere Media has launched 2 shows – The Loop and Unplugged – in conjunction with Mediamax on the K24 TV channel. Valentine is the presenter on The Loop and executive producer on both shows.
Valentine remains passionate about the economic empowerment and full self-expression of African women; believing that theirs is the voice that this continent has been waiting for.