Victoria Sabula is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AECF. She provides 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 the Alliance for a Green Revolution’s (AGRA) General Counsel and Corporation Secretary, providing strategic oversight on legal advisory, compliance, risk management and governance for AGRA’s programmatic activities across sub-Saharan Africa. During her time at AGRA, she actively managed the transition of the AECF from a project within AGRA to an independent subsidiary, a process that bequeathed her intimate knowledge into the operations of the AECF.
Starting her career with KCB Bank Group, she has extensive experience structuring and negotiating corporate finance transactions, drafting and negotiating 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 Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nazarene University.
Victoria is passionate about innovative finance and believes in its potential 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, Human Resource, Information & Communication Technologies, 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 Programme (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, Renewable Energy, and Climate Technology sectors, as well as other development related programmes.
Sally joined AECF from Business Partners International Kenya Limited (BPI), where she was the Country Manager for 14 years. Previously she worked 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 to bear her 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 for supporting entrepreneurs in emerging markets and a deep desire to be part of the change that brings increased development to the underserved in Africa, through sustainable financial and advisory support.
Titus Wambua is the Head of Internal Audit at the AECF. He is responsible for providing guidance on internal controls, processes and practice. He also brings a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management and governance processes. Titus has a rich experience working with private and public organisations 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.
Caroline is the Sector Team Lead – Renewable Energy and Climate Technologies. She has more than 18 years’ experience in project management and implementation in the Renewable Energy, Water and Sanitation, Gender and Governance sectors.
Previously, she had worked at Tetra Tech (Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility Programme) as the Demand Led Facility Lead and Country Manager for Kenya, Somalia and Ghana. Before that, she worked as a Senior Technical Advisor at RTI- Power Africa Off-grid Programme, Regional Programme Manager at Energy 4 Impact, Programme Manager at the Rainforest Alliance and Sector Leader Renewable Energy, at SNV-Netherlands Development Organization.
Her expertise is in decentralized clean energy access, strategy development, programme design and implementation, and policy advocacy. In the last 12 years, she has been on the frontlines providing strategic leadership to Renewable Energy Programmes, working with governments, private companies and renewable energy associations to advance access to decentralized clean energy solutions for cooking and electrification in 10 countries.
Caroline has a deep belief in the role of markets in accelerating access to clean energy and over the years has worked on different models to catalyse market approaches and private sector delivery of off-grid energy access solutions.
She holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, both from Moi University.
Enoch Rono is the Head of Finance. He has 19 years’ experience in financial management and audit – including experience in the development and implementation of financial management systems, writing policies and procedures, implementation of sound internal controls, risk management frameworks, customization and implementation of robust ERP software. Enoch has also managed major donors and various tax exposures such as corporate and emolument taxes.
Prior to the AECF, Enoch worked at Health Strat Limited as Head of Finance where he customised and deployed an effective and efficient ERP system (Microsoft Dynamics Navision) across the company and played a significant role in the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide risk management framework.
Before this, Enoch had served as a Senior Finance Officer at Transparency International – Kenya, Regional Senior Finance and Administration Officer at International Gorilla Conservation Programme (AWF, FFI, WWF), Rwanda, Financial Accountant at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS), Solidarity Center, Kenya and as an Audit Associate at Kimani Kerrets & Co., Kenya.
Enoch holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Double major in Accounting, Business Administration & Management) from Daystar University and an MBA (Strategic Management) from Strathmore University Business School (SBS). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
Fiona Lukwago is the Enterprise Development Lead. She is a private sector development and agribusiness specialist with 15 years’ professional experience in leading inclusive agribusiness and development programs, coupled with provision of business advisory.
In her current role at The AECF, she provides solutions that engineer profitability and business growth for AECF’s 100+ investee businesses in Africa (agribusiness and renewable energy). She works with these businesses to address the systemic constraints in innovation, business growth, capital raising, and social impact generation among rural low-income household. Before establishing AECF’s capacity building Unit, Fiona was the Sector Team Lead for agribusiness, responsible for programme development and overall management of AECF’s agribusiness programs across Africa.
Prior to joining AECF, Fiona worked with Kilimo Trust as an Assistant Director and also led two Programs that focused on building the capacity of the private sector, small-holder farmers, and key stakeholders to participate in profitable regional trade within East Africa.
Fiona holds an MBA in agribusiness from Wageningen University—Netherlands and the Royal Agricultural University in the UK, and a BSc in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University, Uganda. She is a certified Financial Modelling and Valuation Analyst (CFI) and a certified Business Coach and Trainer (John Maxwell and Insights Discovery). She is also an M4P and value chain development practitioner.
Her unique combination of capabilities is a result of her vast experience in value chain development, program and portfolio management, provision of business advisory services, facilitation of regional trade and inclusive financing, and leadership.
Sebastian Wanjala is the Programme Lead – Agribusiness. He has over 18 years’ experience in the design and implementation of projects in development and post conflict environments, with a large chunk of his career being spent in advisory services, spanning the dairy, horticulture, and crop sector.
Prior to joining The AECF, he worked at the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation where he served as the Kenya Country Program Manager for the Euro 36 million Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT) programme. Before that, Sebastian worked with various international development organizations including Research Triangle International, World Relief Canada and ACDI/VOCA. He also completed short term and long-term assignments in the US, Southern, West and North Africa, and Asia.
He started his career as an engineer, providing services to farmers, cooperatives, agribusiness, and government in various fields including power engineering, irrigation, water management and in productivity enhancement approaches. It dawned on him that for agriculture to thrive, private sector investment must be blended with public funding to maximize opportunities inherent in competitive market systems. This realization informed the radical change from focus on pure technology solutions to seeking economic and business solutions in agriculture.
He firmly believes that a combination of innovation forms and market system approaches is the key to sustained economic growth – with an eye on purposeful private and public investment in agriculture.
Sebastian holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Imperial College London Business School majoring in economics and strategy for business. He also holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Agricultural Engineering from the Egerton University and is a registered engineer.