Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with extensive audit chair experience gained in East Africa, Europe, and the United States. She is currently responsible for the Africa portfolio of DRK, a US foundation that invests in early and growth-stage entrepreneurs that are providing private sector solutions to global problems. She is the former 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.
She 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. 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.