Victoria Sabula joins The AECF as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide leadership and guidance in the implementation of The AECF strategy that seeks to enhance a prosperous and enterprising rural Africa.
Prior to joining The AECF, Victoria served as AGRA’s General Counsel and Corporation Secretary providing strategic oversight on legal advisory, compliance, risk management and governance for AGRA’s programmatic activities across sub-Sahara Africa. During her time at AGRA she actively managed the transition of The AECF from a project within AGRA to an independent subsidiary. Due to her involvement in the transition she has intimate knowledge of the operations of The AECF.
Starting her career with KCB Bank Group, she has extensive experience structuring and negotiating corporate finance transactions, drafting and negotiation of complex contractual agreements, and advising on governance and multi-country regulatory compliance matters. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) Degree from Moi University, a post Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law, a diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management, and a Masters in Business Administration from Nazarene University.
Victoria is passionate about innovative finance and believes in the potential it has to transform the lives of Africa’s rural communities.
Peter Ngigi is the Director of Operations at the AECF where he provides leadership and oversight of core functions including Finance, HR, ICT, Procurement and Grants Compliance Management. A visionary leader with exceptional management skills, Peter has a knack for directing company operations to maximise operational and financial efficiencies. For over 15 years, he has supported companies to unlock their potential having worked with multi-donor funded, development programmes in East and Southern Africa.
Prior to joining The AECF, he served as Regional Director at Global Communities (formerly CHF International) where he managed an evolving portfolio of donor funded programmes. He has also held various leadership positions at the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), International Gorilla Conservation program (IGCP) and Association of Christian Resource Organisations Serving Sudan (ACROSS).
He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Project Management from Maastricht School of Management, Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting & Business Administration from Daystar University and a Higher National Diploma in Human Resources Management.
Peter is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K), Certified Public Secretary (CPS) and a Certified Human Resource Practitioner (CHRP-K). He is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
Additionally, Peter serves as a member of the Finance & Human Resource Committee at the IHRM, Kenya board.
Sally Gitonga is the Director of the Investments Portfolio overseeing AECF’s programme portfolio in Agribusiness and Renewable Energy and Climate Technology sectors, and other development related programmes.
Sally joined AECF from Business Partners International K Limited (BPI) where she was the Country Manager for 14 years. Previously she was at the Commercial Bank of Africa (now NCBA) as the Head of Business Banking Services supporting SMEs and earlier in Corporate Banking.
With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, she brings extensive knowledge and skills in private equity, banking operations, risk analysis, corporate lending, SME focused lending, and leadership. Sally also has wide knowledge of various sectors gained through her work with different businesses in her career. She particularly understands the needs of small and medium enterprises, having supported them through the provision of funding as well as technical assistance and advisory services throughout her career.
She holds an MBA from United States International University – Africa and a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Sociology from the University of Nairobi.
Sally has a passion to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets and a deep desire to be part of the change that brings increased development to the underserved in Africa, through financial and advisory support and in a sustainable way
Titus Wambua is the Head of Internal Audit at The AECF, responsible for providing guidance on internal controls, processes and practice. He also helps bring a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management and governance processes. Titus has a rich experience working with private and public organizations both locally and internationally.
Prior to joining The AECF, Titus worked with Land O’Lakes International Development where he served as Internal Audit Manager responsible for programmes in Africa and Asia. He has also held various leadership positions at Jhpiego Corporation and Ernst & Young Eastern Africa.
Titus is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Accounting & Finance) from Moi University.
Ashley Olson Onyango joins AECF as Sector Team Lead – Agribusiness. Ashley comes to AECF with a strong private sector background and relevant financial and agriculture sector development experience across sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining The AECF, Ashley was a Senior Program Manager for Financial Inclusion with MasterCard Foundation, where she managed several cross-regional programs addressing the challenges of agricultural and rural finance and supporting the development and deployment of digital finance infrastructure and solutions. She was critical in managing the Foundation’s US $50M challenge fund - The Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) - leading competition process improvements and shaping the portfolio to maximise the impact of the Fund. Ashley is well versed in the challenges of rural financing and the catalytic role digital finance and the private sector play in transforming rural economies.
Earlier in Ashley’s career, she designed and implemented a multi-million dollar lending portfolio with Root Capital, successfully diversifying the organization’s lending portfolio to include private sector SMEs in domestic food crop value chains across sub-Saharan Africa, which was also later rolled out in Latin America as well. Ashley has also spent time as an independent consultant, working with key players in the industry, including Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) and AgriExperience, among others.
Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain.
Martin Rogena Ocharo, is the ICT Manager at The AECF responsible for all ICT infrastructure and enterprise systems.
Prior to The AECF, Martin worked at KickStart International a social enterprise with its business operations spread across Africa and fundraising unit in the United States of America. He was instrumental in setting up the ICT infrastructure, global virtual private network, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, Client Relationship Management (CRM) system and Performance Management system. As part of ensuring operational efficiency, Martin championed the development of several customized integrated business support systems as well as business intelligence tools. He brings on board 16 years’ of technical expertise and knowledge of the ICT industry. He is passionate about ICT and continually keeps abreast with the new emerging technologies, policies, standards and procedures that guide the industry.
Martin holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in management of Information systems (IMIS UK), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.
Shadrack Kirui is the Head of Human Resources & Administration at The AECF. He has over 13 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional in the entire HR value chain including but not limited to areas of HR strategy development, Talent Management, HR service delivery, Reward and Recognition and Employee Engagement.
He joins us from Bonfide Group where he was the Group Human Resources Advisor covering operations in Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda. Prior to this he served as the Corporate Human Resources Manager for Amref Health Africa; Bridge International Academies as a HR Business Partner; Trocaire as the Regional HR Officer for the Horn & East Africa region and Sidian Bank in various capacities.
Shadrack holds a Masters of Business Administration – Strategic Management from Moi University, Bachelor of Commerce Human Resources from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, and Higher National Diploma in HRM from Kenya Polytechnic. He is a registered member of the Institute of Human Resources Management (IHRMK) and Society for HRM and Nairobi HR INGO Round Table. He is a recipient of the Employer Brand Awards in 2016 in Mauritius and was a nominee in 2017.
Additionally, Shadrack is a board member of the Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU) and sits in the HR and Sustainability Committees respectively.
Mercy Mutua is the Head, Investments Advisory Services (IAS). She is responsible for overseeing and leading the development of AECF Investments Advisory strategy implementation, sourcing and originating investment opportunities for both Advisory and Investment Readiness & Facilitation support as well as overseeing the delivery of impactful customer outcomes.
As an experienced international financial specialist with over 15 years in the industry, Mercy has a well-established track record in corporate finance, impact and gender investing supporting the growth of sustainable businesses across both developed and emerging markets.
She joins AECF from Capria Ventures LLC (Capria), Africa where she was the Regional Director & Investment Manager. Prior to this, she served as the Business Development Manager and Investment Manager for DOB Services B.V (DOB Equity), East Africa; Head of Business Affairs Wood Family Trust (WFT), Africa and Senior Investment Officer Business Partners International (K) Limited.
Mercy holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from University of Warwick, UK. She is a certified mediator.