After three years spent setting up and leading the East Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association or EAVCA, Nonnie Wanjihia is moving to private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners to take up a senior communications role. She begins as a VP of Investor Relations in November and will continue to be based in Nairobi.
A law graduate from Britain’s Bristol University, Wanjihia was tapped to set up and build the regional industry association in 2013, following a career that included roles at TBL Mirror Fund, Africa Legal Network and Africapractice, a strategic communications consultancy in Nairobi.
During her tenure at EAVCA’s helm, the industry association’s membership has grown from the original seven founding member firms to now number over sixty organizations across East Africa. Along with fulfilling its mandate to advocate for the private equity industry in the region, today the association offers its members a variety of services including investment training, research publications, a newsletter as well as a series of networking events to help the industry expand.
“I’m excited to be joining ECP following 3 great years at EAVCA,” Wanjihia told Africa Capital Digest last week. “It’s been an honour to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Association and lead its efforts in representing the PE industry in the region and raising awareness and promoting the industry.”
EAVCA’s board chair, Eline Blaauboer, thanked her for her “enormous contributions” as to the establishment and growth of the association. The Board is already engaged in the search for Wanjihia’s successor.