When I first came to East Africa over fifteen years ago I was shocked by the daily challenges people faced, but also inspired by their determination to become more prosperous.
The region was embracing multi-party politics and companies were looking to grow their businesses. Mobile phones were on the rise. Supermarkets were expanding. A middle class was emerging.
Fast-forward to today and East Africa is rapidly becoming a hub for enterprise and innovation. Government is being replaced by the private sector as the means to create wealth and deliver vital products and services.
This presents huge opportunities for companies, investors, NGOs, and donors to achieve impressive returns – whether financial or social – from a hugely talented and aspirational population.
Building meaningful government relationships can enable these returns to happen faster and at greater scale. It can unlock the potential of a new venture and de-risk the future growth of an established one.
My journey to becoming a government relations professional began in London as a management consultant. In 2009 I moved to Nairobi to coordinate research and study programs for a leading democracy and governance think-tank.
Over the last seven years I have built and run a successful GR team for a global top 20 social enterprise serving over 600,000 rural families across six countries in eastern and southern Africa.
My portfolio has spanned agriculture, health, energy, and finance sectors. I have managed relationships with regulators, ministries, politicians, immigration authorities, and donors.
I have a degree in law from the University of Exeter and a master’s in anthropology from the University of Nairobi. I speak English and Swahili.