Advisory Board

Team - Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board represents leading professionals in their respective fields who have distinguished themselves in their careers.

They bring both industry depth and strategic knowledge of various sectors driven by global exposure and hands on local experience. 

The Advisory Board acts as a sounding board on the various engagements that we undertake. 

They lend their time, insights, networks and expertise. 

James Kaguchia

James is currently the managing director, Kenya Orient Insurance Limited. James has over 20 years experience in operations management, investments and financial management in East and South Africa. He was previously the Director of Investments at Daykio Group, a family office with diverse interests in finance and real estate sectors. He has also been the Director of Private Equity at Centum Investment Company Limited, where he led the group investment team in acquisition and divestment strategies. James has previously worked for Transcentury Ltd as CEO of Kewberg Cables & Braids Pty Ltd. He has vast Board experience serving in several boards including General Motors East Africa and UAP Insurance among other companies.  

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a CPA(K).

Mwenda M’Marete

Mwenda is currently the Acting Director, Banking Services, National Payments System and Risk Management Department at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). He has served in various capacities at the Bank, including Bank Supervision, Governors’ Office, Internal Audit, Finance, National Debt and Financial Markets.  He also served as the Finance and Administration Manager on secondment to the Ministry of Finance at the Year 2000 (Y2K) National Secretariat overseeing the millennia changeover.  He also in the recent past worked very closely with National Treasury on Debt Management matters.

Mwenda holds an Executive MBA Degree from Management University of Africa, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) Degree from University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK).

 

Diana Gichaga

Founder & Managing partner of private-equity support

Diana is a frontier markets professional providing business and transaction advisory services that focus on investor readiness, investment structuring, capital raising, investor relations and portfolio company support in Sub Saharan Africa. Diana has over 16 years work experience across East Africa, having worked in the capital markets, asset management, private equity and advisory sectors.  She worked as a Business Development Manager, at Britam Asset Managers where she focused on raising capital and structuring investment products for its Private Equity and Real estate segments.

She was the Head of Investor Relations at Fusion Group Africa, a regional Private Equity firm domiciled out of Guernsey, focusing on investments in the SME and Real Estate sector in East Africa. She led the successful fund raising of a first time USD 40M fund. She also set up Fusion Investment Management, a Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated, Africa focused Alternative Assets fund manager in Kenya. 

Prior to that, Diana set up and led the Investor Relations department at the Nairobi Securities Exchange Diana is a non executive director and Chair of the Human Resources, Administration and Nominations (HRAN) committee at Genghis Capital Investment Bank .Diana is an advocate of the high court in Kenya. She passed her CFA Level I exams, has a Bachelor of Laws degree and is currently undertaking her Masters in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge. Diana speaks fluent English and Kiswahili and has a working knowledge of French.