Kanini Mutooni is a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan, a Venture
Philanthropy institution focused on investing in global early stage entrepreneurs creating
impact. She is also a Senior Adviser for Toniic, the global action network for impact
investors with over 300 asset owners representing over $16b in investible wealth. Prior
to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East
Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m, 8 country initiative to attract investment and
increase trade in the East Africa region.
Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in
East Africa, Europe and the United States. She is the immediate former Board Chair of
The Global Innovation Fund, a $250m investment vehicle supported by the UK, US,
Canadian, Australian and Swedish Governments. The fund focused on investing a
range of capital for early stage innovations in emerging markets with a focus on Food
and Agriculture, Healthcare, clean energy and Fintech.
Kanini has worked at Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London
and US, such as Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In
2014 she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for
her exceptional leadership in business and global entrepreneurship. She continues to
provide strategic advisory support to a number of Africa focused impact funds such as
the $100m African Agriculture SME Fund and is an impact adviser for Union Bank
Privee’s (UBP) listed global equity fund. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of
Capetown’s Bertha Center for Social Innovation.