Fiona (Farha) Kirubi is a partner at Gateway Global and head of Fintech and Leadership development for Africa. She is active with Gateway’s Conversion Factory, Digital Strategy & Fintech, Gender Equity; Inclusivity, Real Estate, and Social Responsibility & Impact practices. Her mission is to deliver innovative solutions to communities, institutions and governments. Previously, she worked at Globaleye as an independent investment advisor, where she was responsible for portfolio strategy, asset allocation, investment management and corporate solutions on pensions and insurance. Fiona is a regular speaker and serial entrepreneur having co-founded the first Islamic finance advisory firm in East Africa.
She has experience with tailored trainings on leadership, entrepreneurship and Islamic banking and has been instrumental at developing trainings in Kenya and Malaysia for hundreds of bankers and several board members. She is also a mentor for the start up community and she brings her versatile experience and empathy to offer clients a deep and global outlook in their business decisions. She is listed in the Women in FinTech Powerlist 2017. Fiona is the chairperson for Muslim Women Tech, an NGO focused of developing tech skills for women based in Malaysia and sits on several advisory boards; Datacultr, which is an AI driven risk management technology platform and two charity foundations, Stara Rescue Center and Talent Foundation International in Kenya. She has just signed on to be a regular contributor on the CSR Journal were she will also launch her podcast on emotional intelligence and transformation.
She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and an M.A. in Islamic finance from INCEIF, in addition to her B.B.A. from the American University in Dubai, and a B.A. in finance and management from Richmond University- UK.