Board Chairman Juhudi Kilimo, Managing Partner at East Africa Market Development Associates Ltd, based in Nairobi, Kenya
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.
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.
Board Member Juhudi Kilimo, Associate Director of Portfolio for Acumen Fund East Africa
Patrick Oketa is the Associate Director of Portfolio for Acumen Fund East Africa. He has a wealth of experience in private equity, project financing, project cycle management, and a practical understanding of how resources can best flow to those who need them most. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with various projects and entrepreneurs to deliver practical financial and social value and added innovative solutions to their businesses across Africa. He was the Director of Development Finance at the Uganda Development Bank . Prior to that, he was a Partner at Pearl Capital Partner a fund manager that focuses on investments in the Agribusiness value chain in East and southern Africa. In the past, Patrick was the Chief Investment Officer of the African Agricultural Capital and also worked at the international fund manager Actis where he was responsible for the administration of the $100 million Actis Agribusiness Fund. He began his banking career at the East African Development Bank where he worked for 5 years in Uganda and Kenya in various capacities. Patrick holds an MBA and MA in Banking and Finance as well as an honors degree in Economics.
Lauren Hendricks is the Executive Vice President of Grameen Foundation. At Grameen she leads a global portfolio using technology to create breakthrough solutions in Digital Financial Services for Women, Health Financing and Access, and Digital Innovation for Agriculture. She was previously Executive Director for the Access Africa initiative at CARE, where she led the development of financial inclusion programs and innovative solutions to reach the poorest people in Africa. Lauren also served as Director of the Economic Development Unit for CARE USA, where she provided strategic direction and technical leadership for more than 100 active microfinance and enterprise development programs in 54 countries. Before joining CARE, Lauren was a Program Specialist at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) at the University of Maryland. Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee for MicroVest, a capital management firm investing in microfinance institutions. She also chairs the board of the Access Africa Fund, a specialized investment fund managed by MicroVest, providing debt and equity investments in African microfinance institutions.
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.
Board Member, Chief Executive Officer Juhudi Kilimo
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