Linda Onyango | Chief Executive Officer ( CEO)
Ms Onyango is the C.E.O of the SME Support centre in Kenya whose goal is to scale up the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem by addressing the ecosystem gaps. Until April 2019, she was also the Associate Partner for East Africa for MN Capital Africa Advisors. Ms Onyango is a management and financial consultant with over 11 years’ experience in business advisory, capital raising and market entry support gained from working at the management level for blue chip advisory firms such as KPMG and PWC. In March 2019, she was awarded the "most effective local supporter" by the prestigious Berkeley Middle East Holdings based in Dubai due to her efforts in mobilising capital into Africa.
Ms Onyango’s consulting experience cuts across clients in the public and private sector and across multiple industries with a keen focus on the agricultural and renewable energy sector. She been involved in numerous business consulting assignments in the agriculture sector in East Africa and most notably was instrumental in the successful implementation of one of the largest public sector mergers in the agriculture sector in Kenya that involved the collapse of 10 separate state directorates into one directorate called the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA).
Ms Onyango has also through business advisory supported the roll out, scale and adoption of renewable energy technologies such as solar irrigation, solar refrigeration, biogas technologies and mini-grids in East Africa. As the Lead SME Advisor at Energy 4 Impact & Climate Innovation Centre, Ms Onyango has led the design and implementation of investment readiness programs and business advisory support to over 100 renewable energy and agribusiness entrepreneurs over the last 3 years. Her contribution in the renewable energy & farming nexus in Kenya earned her an award as one of the UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shapers and talents from Kenya in 2017. In 2018 she was further appointed as an SDG Influencer to represent Kenyan SMEs at first Heads of States Partnership for Green Growth Summit in Copenhagen.
Ms Onyango has a Master’s of Business Administration Graduate from Strathmore Business School (Nairobi) in partnership with the IESE Business School (Barcelona). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kenyatta University in Kenya and is also a chartered certified accountant.