AFSIC is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa.
Graca Machel Trust
Andia Laura Chakava is an Investment professional. She is currently the Investment Director at the Graca Machel Trust to lead the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She is also the 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. She was the lead consultant in a 2017 publication by the Graca Machel Trust on the ‘Growth barriers affecting women entrepreneurs in East Africa.’
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 a non-executive director of Sterling Investment Bank, East African Educational Publishers and an investment advisory board member of Canada’s Equality Fund.
She has over 16 years’ experience in fund management and 5 years of driving women economic empowerment goals.