Ms. Karimi Kinoti, Head of African Division, Christain Aid.

Ms. Karimi Kinoti, Head of African Division, Christain Aid.

Karimi Kinoti heads the Africa Division at Christian Aid, one of the largest British NGOs, with a presence in 15 African countries. She has vast experience in the international development sector and a keen interest in promoting sustainable models that lift people out of poverty. Under her leadership Christian Aid is involved in innovative approaches to healthcare, climate change resilience, renewable energy, and agribusiness, including working with thousands of farmers and selected Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on access to markets and value chain development. Karimi is actively involved in business model innovation, especially of social enterprises. She has been an entrepreneur and believes that the private sector is a key driver of Africa’s development. She is torchbearer for the Women in Enterprise pillar at Timeless Women of Wonder. Karimi’s interest in development extends to leadership and governance. She has previously been actively involved in conflict resolution and peacebuilding in several African countries, including as founding director of a faith-based organisation. Karimi holds a BA degree in Political Science and German from the University of Nairobi, an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA, and is currently completing her MBA at Strathmore Business School. She is married with two children.