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Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni is currently the Director for Investment at the USAID funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m, an 8 country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region. Since its launch, the unit has supported the close of over $17m in deals originated in the East African region in agri-business, financial services and ICT.

She is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in both in East Africa, Europe and the United States. She has excellent entrepreneurial credentials; having set up the first UK platform for SME lending that successfully raised $1m in seed capital and was instrumental in helping fund over $50m in debt capital in Eastern and Western Europe.

Kanini has worked at Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London and US such as Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2011 she was recognized as one of the most influential women in the City of London by Barclays Wealth UK and in 2012 she was named one of the most powerful women in Business by the Business Weekly newspaper in Kenya.

Kanini is an Investment Committee Board member of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $250m impact fund with 180 investments across Sub-Saharan Africa and is also the Chair of the Audit and Finance committee for the International HIV Alliance, a 54 country International NGO that focusses on promoting advocacy and treatment of HIV, based in the UK.

In 2014, Kanini was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for her exceptional leadership in business, the health sector and global entrepreneurship.