Raised in Kenya, Namibia and Somalia, Laila Macharia is an active Angel Investor based in Nairobi. The current Vice Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, she also serves as a non-executive director at the Barclays Bank of Kenya as well as at Centum.
Admitted to practise law in New York and Kenya, Dr. Macharia holds a B.A. in Planning & Public Policy from the University of Oregon, a JD and LL.M from Cornell University and a doctorate from Stanford University, all in the United States. Broadly, Dr. Macharia’s interests are entrepreneurship, market development and institutional reform. She has written several publications in this area.
Dr. Macharia was honoured in 2010 as a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Institute and in 2012, was named one of the Top 20 Women to Watch in Africa by the Times of London.