Andia Laura Chakava - Chairperson: Partnership & Engagement Committee
Andia Laura Chakava is an Investment professional. She is the founding principal of AC Advisory which is a Gender lens consultancy firm focused on promoting gender equality and supporting the economic empowerment of African women by accelerating their entrepreneurial and leadership growth. She is currently the Investment Director at the Graca Machel Trust to lead the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She is also a founding trustee and former 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 thought leader in gender lens investing.
Recognized for expertise in fund development and fund structuring, women economic and social advancement, investment management, business unit management, corporate and investment strategy formulation and implementation, strategic partnership negotiations, coalition and network building; gender lens investing, portfolio management; multi-disciplinary team leadership; program design and management, fundraising, entrepreneur technical assistance, investor relations, research formulation and execution, stakeholder management and Pan African linkages.
Andia is one of the first female fund managers in the region and has been instrumental in the set-up of two fund management companies from scratch in Kenya (Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is also a non-executive director of Sterling Investment Bank and East African Educational Publishers, an investment committee member of OPES LCEF Restart fund and an investment advisory council member of Canada’s Equality Fund.
She has over 18 years’ experience in fund management and over 7 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. In 2014 and 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.