Advisory Council

Kanini Mutooni, Managing Director, Draper Richards Caplan Foundation

As a Managing Director of the Foundation, Kanini Mutooni plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations, primarily in Europe, Africa, and India, as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach. Kanini currently serves on the board of DRK grantees Kwangu Kwako and People’s Pension Trust.

Kanini Mutooni continues to serve as the Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and was previously MD for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors. Prior to this, 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 currently Board Chair of The Global Innovation Fund, a $250M investment vehicle supported by the UK, US, Canadian, Australian and Swedish Governments. The fund focuses on investing a range of capital for innovations in emerging markets that impact those living on $5 a day and below with a focus on Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, clean energy, and Fintech.

Kanini has worked at the Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London and the 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, the health sector, 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 the $30m AHL Venture Fund. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Capetown’s Bertha Center for Social Innovation.

Council Members

Mahesh Kotecha, President, Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC)

Mahesh is President and founder of Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC), which provides financial advisory services on ratings and capital markets access for emerging markets and other clients.

Raj Kumar, CEO, Devex

Raj is the founding president & editor-in-chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. Devex is committed to ensuring that global development efforts do more good for more people.

Philippe Le Houérou, Former CEO of IFC

Philippe Le Houérou was Chief Executive Officer of IFC from March 2016 to September 2020. Mr. Le Houérou designed and implemented a new strategy aimed at “creating new markets and opportunities” in developing countries.

Carol Pepper, Founder & CEO, Pepper International

Carol Pepper is the Founder and CEO of Pepper International, a highly respected Family Office and Consulting Firm. In 2021, she is delighted to be celebrating her 20th year as the most trusted independent Family Office Advisor on the planet.

Timothy Turner, Former AfDB Group Chief Risk Officer

Tim Turner is currently working for the Trade and Development Bank of Eastern and Southern Africa (TDB) as senior advisor to the President with a focus on financial innovation.

Staci Warden, Executive Director, Global Market Development, Milken Institute

Staci Warden is the executive director of Global Market Development at the Milken Institute, where she leads strategic initiatives on developing capital markets, innovative finance, FinTech for financial inclusion, and access to capital.

Kanini Mutooni, Managing Director, Draper Richards Caplan Foundation

Kanini Mutooni is the managing director of the foundation where she plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations, primarily in Europe, Africa, and India.

Officio Members

Preeti Sinha, Executive Secretary, UNCDF

Ms. Sinha is a globally experienced investment and development banker with a 30-year track record associated with raising and managing institutional public and private development capital.

Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCDF

With over 2 decades of experience in the UN, brings in-depth knowledge of programme and operations at HQ and in the field.

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