Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya 2018 – Influential Women in Kenya

The top 40 under 40 women in Kenya 2018 list is out. The top 40 women awards recognized sportswomen, entrepreneurs, finance professionals, medical practitioners, researchers and academicians, philanthropists, techies, law professionals, and corporate high-fliers. Besides, women who have excelled in male dominated professions were awarded.

Nowadays, women excel in diverse fields including sports, arts, certain professional services, and corporate leadership. Moreover, they continue to venture and shine in male dominated fields such as engineering and aviation. The top 40 under 40 women in Kenya initiative is a great tool that inspires women by recognizing effort and excellence and making them visible.

The Business Daily singled out one common feature among all applicants. They observed that the difficult economic and political terrain witnessed in Kenya in the past few years did not hinder the ambitious and brilliant women from excelling in various economic sectors. This means that women who applied for the top 40 under 40 women in Kenya awards demonstrated mobility and excellence despite the difficulties experienced in the country.

How the Top 40 Under 40 Women Were Selected

As always, the top women in 2018 were picked based on well-known parameters, which the Business Daily Africa has continued to perfect and sharpen over the years. As a result, the list of 40 under 40 women 2018 includes sportswomen, entrepreneurs, finance professionals, medical practitioners, researchers and academicians, philanthropists, techies, law professionals, and corporate high-fliers.

In coming up with the 2018 top 40 women in Kenya, the Business Daily ensured that the list was not just about the most prominent, most influential or best known women in Kenya. They took it further by underpinning their choices in the women’s freshness, integrity, durability in the profession of excellence, and performance.

In the process of selecting the top 40 women in 2018, the candidate’s age was ascertained. In addition, the enterprises they have founded, the complexity and scope of their work, the competitive landscape in their field, and the companies they work for – number of employees or turnover – were interrogated as much as possible.

Notably, women who run or held senior positions in multi-national companies obtained higher scores than those working with local or national firms. The top 40 under 40 women list of 2018 also accorded higher scores to women who stood out in professions that are dominated by men. These include engineering, actuarial science, software engineering, and aviation. Recognizing women in male dominated fields emphasized that it is wrong to put a gender-based ceiling on any dream.

 List of Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya 2018

Top 40 Under 40 Women 2018ProfessionAge
1Lorna OgollaGoogle Cloud Programme Manager29
2Joyce Joyce MbuiPartner, Coulson Harney LLP (Bowmans)32
3Susane NabulindoPaediatric Anaesthesiologist and Lecturer38
4Kathryne MaunduCompany Secretary, Safaricom Plc39
5Urvi PatelPartner, Deloitte35
6Charity WayuaResearch Manager, IBM33
7Maureen KimenyeDirector, National TB, Leprosy, Lung Diseases Programme35
8Thogori KaragoHead of Research & Development, Linkedln Africa29
9Cherotich KiereiniInsight and Customer Strategy Director, Oracle37
10Emily Waita MachariaPublic Affairs Lead, Coca-Cola East and​​ Central Africa Franchise38
11Rehema NdedaMechatronic Engineer, Assistant Lecturer, JKUAT University34
12Pooja BhattCo-founder and Head of Actuary, QuantaRisk30
13Makena OnjerikaAuthor/Lecturer31
14Juliet Obanda MakangaLecturer, Neuropharmacology, Stem Cell Expert33
15Samantha Kiyieyio KipuryManaging Director, Carat Kenya32
16Kunal PatelDirector, Beglin Woods Architects37
17Emma MiloyoPresident, Architectural Association of Kenya33
18Topyster MugaSenior Director Financial Inclusion, Visa36
19Lucy Wanjiru-MutindaEcocycle Founder and CEO38
20Teresa MbagayaInvestment Principal, Omidyar Network31
21Olivia MuiruRegional Director, B Lab33
22Georgine Auma OburaTeacher, Advocate for Deaf Girls’ Rights31
23Wairimu Morine MwangiCEO, Literature Africa Foundation31
24Wangari MungaiExecutive, One Acre Fund28
25Gladys NgetichEngineering Lecturer, UK27
26Caroline Achieng’ OderaFounder, Women In Sustainable Enterprises33
27Brenda KiarieLawyer, Pendekezo Letu35
28Winnie ApiyoEngineer, KenGen31
29Cynthia WandiaFounder, ASTRA31
30Kagure WamunyuSenior Director of Strategy, Bridge International Academies29
31Elizabeth LenjoLecturer, Lawyer and Founder Kikao Law32
32Shirlene NafulaFounder , CEO, Crystal River Products26
33Catherine Kariuki MulikaPartner, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP33
34Dr Fardosa AhmedCEO, Premier Hospital33
35Jackline Kittony AraoMarketing Director, Tetra Pak32
36Caroline Njeri Ng’ang’aFounder, Kituo Cha Maadili33
37Sianto SitawaPhilanthropist, Tourism Coordinator27
38Brenda KokoiDirector, Kenya Power32
39Esther NdetiExecutive Director, East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association32
40Anne Wawira NjiruFounder Food4Education27

 Business Daily Africa, the Nation Media Group’s business newspaper, compiles the list of top 40 under 40 women in Kenya. The first list of top 40 under 40 women in Kenya was published 10 years ago. The Business Daily publishes the list every year as an inspiration for the industrious women in Kenya. According to Business Daily, this has been an inspiring initiative that that shines light on young and progressive women in various segments of the economy.

Since its inception, this roll of honor has brought to light hundreds of women who have delivered the real mantra of the top 40 under 40 women recognition. This is a prove that these Kenyan women were truly the women to be watched. The 2018 awards for top 40 under 40 women the age of 40 received hundreds of applications and eventually judges selected the outstanding 40 women.

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