Ms. Kanini Mutooni, a Kenyan entrepreneur based in Berlin but who’s spent most of her career in the US and UK, was admitted to the Prestigious World Economic Forum’s 2014 Young Global Leaders Community. Kanini Mutooni worked as a chartered accountant in the Risk Management and banking sector before she discovered microfinance during the financial crisis and decided that this truly was the “new good face of banking”.
She then founded myAzimia.org which provides technology and consulting solutions to the Peer to Peer lending sector. She also founded www.inuka.org which is an online microfinance portal dedicated to matching female owned businesses in Africa with social investors in Europe who provide them with loan capital.
Kanini has numerous awards and titles under her belt including: The Barclays Woman of the City Award in 2010; the Shell 2010 UK Woman of the year Award; Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor in 2013; Kenya’s Top 40 Under 40 and many many more. She’s also a member of several boards of companies both in Germany and in the UK.
Three Kenyans were picked — Michael Macharia, Kanini Mutooni and Sara Menker and they are among 19 Africans selected to be part of the annual community this year.
Mr Macharia is best known for his start-up Seven Seas Technologies, a leading provider of technology and business solutions, founded in 2002.
Ms Menker owns Gro Ventures, a data-driven advisory that creates a network of farmers to report farming data and allow banks to lend to them with less risk.
“The Young Global Leaders Community assembles the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders who have proven record of extraordinary achievement and helps them further develop in their leadership journey,” said David Aikman, the MD and head of New Champions at the World Economic Forum. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 900 exceptional young leaders. Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these individuals commit both their time and talent to make the world a better place. They have committed their energy and knowledge to the most critical issues facing humankind. The community is made up of leaders from all walks of life, from every region of the world and every stakeholder group in society.