Wambui ChegeIndependent Chair - Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership at African Development Bank Group
With nearly 25 years of experience, Wambui Chege is a seasoned advisory services professional with experience in international development, private sector development and communications in sub-Saharan Africa, the US and Asia. Wambui is currently the Independent Chair for Making Finance Work for Africa, an independent initiative housed at the Africa Development Bank. She is also a consultant with KPMG East Africa where she worked as head of agribusiness until December 2019.
Passionate about the catalytic role of development finance, Wambui has been involved in some of the most cutting edge financial sector development programmes on the African continent. Between 2014 and 2019, Wambui was Team Leader of the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP), a seven-year US$50 million challenge fund where she led the design and implementation of the fund. Under her leadership, FRP evolved to be a leading fund supporting some of the best innovations in financial inclusion for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Before that, Wambui worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) the private sector arm of the World Bank, where she led the design and implementation of the organization’s first housing finance programs on the continent, aimed at developing mortgage markets. Her other areas of work include SME banking and agrifinance as well as advising governments. Prior to working with IFC in 2006, Wambui worked for nearly eight years as a commodities and financial markets correspondent with Reuters in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
Wambui has a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York and a Bachelor of Commerce from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is an independent Board member of Fairtrade Africa and an advisor to Samata Capital, a venture capital fund focused on gender-lens investing. In her spare time, Wambui enjoys dancing and travelling. She is the founder of agri-beauty company, Kara Sidai Botanials Ltd, a contemporary African-inspired natural and organic skincare company based in Kenya.