Andia Laura Chakava is currently an independent investment professional with over 15 years experience in fund management. She has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies in Kenya (Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She was the youngest female Managing director of a non-family business in Kenya in 2008 at the age of 30 and one of the first female fund managers in the region. Ms. Chakava is currently a non-executive director of East Africa Educational Publishers and is the current Kenya Chapter Chair of New Faces New Voices a Pan African Advocacy group promoting women’s economic empowerment founded by Graca Machel with a presence in 17 African countries. In 2014 she was declared the most influential woman in financial services in Africa and in 2018 won the Diar National Inclusion and Diversity Business Executive champion award.
Is a graduate of York University in Toronto where she obtained an honours degree in Economics and she has a Master of Business Administration degree with merit from Cass Business School London.