Kanini Mutooni is a UK Chartered accountant and Harvard Kennedy School Alumnus with experience at Director and board level at Merrill Lynch Bank of America, KPMG, Ernst and Young and Kleinwort Benson Private Bank. She has over 20years experience in Wealth Management, Institutional Fund Management and Private Equity Fund Administration across 3 continents.
Kanini’s core investment experience has mostly focused on agriculture value chains within East and Central Africa through positions in fund advisory and investment committees for continental impact funds within the mid and small-cap sectors. She is an Investment Committee member for the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) a $260m Impact fund focused on clean energy and agri-technology sub-sectors. AECF was an early stage investor in Mkopa and Mobisol Gmbh, both companies have since then raised over $30m in Series A and B funding rounds. She is also the Chair of the finance committee of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF) a $225m impact fund focused on impact investment in emerging market commercial innovations that help solve social problems. GIF is an equity co-investor in the first global conditional cash transfer business with Reed Hoffman (Linkedin founder).
Kanini previously served as an independent director for Shelter Afrique, a development finance institution with $1bn in capital that provides direct project financing for residential real estate across 43 African countries. Kanini has an MBA from Cass Business School, City University London and was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 for her contribution to business. She was named as one of the most influential business women in East Africa by the Business Week magazine in 2013 and in 2010 was nominated as a ‘Woman of the City Future Leader’ in the Barclays Wealth ‘Women in the City’ initiative.