Fred Ogana is the founder and Managing Partner of the East Africa Market Development Associates Ltd, an enterprise development consulting firm that undertakes both short term and long-term implementation projects. He is a business development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working with small and medium sized businesses in service, manufacturing and agribusiness sectors with expertise in setting up farmer-owned rural enterprises across the Eastern Africa region. He formally served as the Country Director of TechnoServe Inc. in Kenya prior to which he jointly founded an export and import company in partnership with a group of Prague based investors with whom they established and ran a successful flower export business. He holds a Honorary Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management from University of South Africa, Pretoria, and a Bachelor of Arts Business Studies and Sociology, from Kenyatta University, Nairobi. He serves on several Boards of regional and global non-profit organizations and social enterprises.
Kevin Kamemba is the Regional Director for Africa for Incofin. He is responsible for coordinating Incofin’s debt and equity portfolio.He has 11 years of experience in Private Equity, Real Estate and Investment Banking. He joined Incofin in 2017 as Private Equity Manager for Africa and sits in the board of Unguka Bank and Finance Trust Bank. Before joining Incofin, Kevin worked as an Investment Director at Ascent Capital a Private Equity Fund focusing on East Africa. He also worked at Centum Investment – the largest listed PE company in Sub Saharan Africa and before that in Dyer and Blair Investment Bank.
Kevin has a BA degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts (CAIA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Anuradha Shetty is the Associate Principal-Investments at Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), Open Society Foundations. Before Joining SEDF, she worked at OPIC as a Senior Investment Officer, Social Enterprise Finance & Program Manager, IFI Program. She has also worked as an Investment Officer, Research Associate, Consultant, Associate Examiner and Hedge Fund Accountant in other institutions.
Brent is the Acting Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and
Institutional Relations at Grameen Foundation. He leads the teams at Grameen tasked with the development, delivery, and funding of innovative solutions to improve the lives of the poor, especially women. In addition to his Grameen duties, Brent serves as CEO for TaroWorks, a social enterprise that Grameen launched to develop mobile tools for field agents working in the offline area of emerging markets. And he also serves on the Boards of Grameen Foundation India, and Grameen Capital India.
Before joining Grameen and TaroWorks, Brent led the international market expansion initiatives for Kopo Kopo, a Nairobi-based fin-tech startup expanding the use of mobile money networks like M-PESA for merchant payments. Prior to working in the emerging markets technology sector, Brent worked at technology firms in a variety of sectors, including identity and information services at TARGUSinfo (acquired by Neustar), web hosting at Digex (acquired by Verizon) and interactive voice response and speech recognition at LogicTree.
Brent lived for four-and-a-half years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and for two years in Mexico City. He speaks proficient Spanish and has visited almost every country in Latin America. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA with Honors from Stanford University.
Anne is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Finebridge Associates Ltd, a leading professional firm in providing Finance and Microfinance consultancy, Accounting, Taxation and Internal Audit services. She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for African Academy of Sciences where she supported the Governing Council on financial and operational matters. She also served as the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer for Jabali Microserve Limited, a credit only financial institution. Anne has also served Faulu Kenya Microfinance Bank in various capacities namely Chief Finance Officer, Transformation Manger and Head of Internal Audit. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd (PWC) where she rose to the position of Senior Associate 1 and later moved on to Exp Momentum Ltd as the Finance and Administration manager. Anne holds a MBA in Finance as well a BCom degree in Finance. She is a Fellow of ACCA (UK) Certificate as well as a CPA (K) certificate holder and a member of ICPAK. She also holds a Executive Certificate in SME Banking – Frankfurtschool – Germany.
Michael is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mitchell Cotts Freight Kenya Limited. He has a strong background in corporate finance and strategy, accounting function management, business performance management and reporting, procurement, business development, operations management and investor relations, cutting across different industries. Prior to joining Mitchell Cotts, Michael worked with East African Breweries Limited, (EABL), where he served in many roles including Group Strategy & Planning Manager, Group Procurement Support Services Manager, EABL International Business Development and Operations Manager. Prior to joining EABL, Michael worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Manager and the service line leader for Finance, Accounting and Operations consulting. He also worked with Deloitte Consulting as a consultant in Strategy & Operations and Farmchem Limited as an Accountant. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in finance and strategy. He holds a Masters of Business and Administration (MBA) in Accounting (with marketing specialisation) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) from the University of Nairobi. Michael is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and has served as a member of the Finance and Strategy Committee of the Institute.
Bernard Mutinda Kivava
Chief Executive Officer
Bernard joined Juhudi as Chief Executive Officer in 2015 bringing more than 15 years of experience in microfinance and project management in East Africa. Prior to Juhudi Kilimo, Bernard held numerous leadership positions, notably at Faulu Kenya as the Head of Business Development and as Chief Executive Officer of Letshego Rwanda Limited. During his tenure at Letshego and Faulu, Bernard played a pivotal role in supporting both companies achieve stunning business growth in a rapidly changing, competitive and demanding business environment. He has an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moi University.