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 2018||Profession||Age|
|1||Lorna Ogolla||Google Cloud Programme Manager||29|
|2||Joyce Joyce Mbui||Partner, Coulson Harney LLP (Bowmans)||32|
|3||Susane Nabulindo||Paediatric Anaesthesiologist and Lecturer||38|
|4||Kathryne Maundu||Company Secretary, Safaricom Plc||39|
|5||Urvi Patel||Partner, Deloitte||35|
|6||Charity Wayua||Research Manager, IBM||33|
|7||Maureen Kimenye||Director, National TB, Leprosy, Lung Diseases Programme||35|
|8||Thogori Karago||Head of Research & Development, Linkedln Africa||29|
|9||Cherotich Kiereini||Insight and Customer Strategy Director, Oracle||37|
|10||Emily Waita Macharia||Public Affairs Lead, Coca-Cola East and Central Africa Franchise||38|
|11||Rehema Ndeda||Mechatronic Engineer, Assistant Lecturer, JKUAT University||34|
|12||Pooja Bhatt||Co-founder and Head of Actuary, QuantaRisk||30|
|14||Juliet Obanda Makanga||Lecturer, Neuropharmacology, Stem Cell Expert||33|
|15||Samantha Kiyieyio Kipury||Managing Director, Carat Kenya||32|
|16||Kunal Patel||Director, Beglin Woods Architects||37|
|17||Emma Miloyo||President, Architectural Association of Kenya||33|
|18||Topyster Muga||Senior Director Financial Inclusion, Visa||36|
|19||Lucy Wanjiru-Mutinda||Ecocycle Founder and CEO||38|
|20||Teresa Mbagaya||Investment Principal, Omidyar Network||31|
|21||Olivia Muiru||Regional Director, B Lab||33|
|22||Georgine Auma Obura||Teacher, Advocate for Deaf Girls’ Rights||31|
|23||Wairimu Morine Mwangi||CEO, Literature Africa Foundation||31|
|24||Wangari Mungai||Executive, One Acre Fund||28|
|25||Gladys Ngetich||Engineering Lecturer, UK||27|
|26||Caroline Achieng’ Odera||Founder, Women In Sustainable Enterprises||33|
|27||Brenda Kiarie||Lawyer, Pendekezo Letu||35|
|28||Winnie Apiyo||Engineer, KenGen||31|
|29||Cynthia Wandia||Founder, ASTRA||31|
|30||Kagure Wamunyu||Senior Director of Strategy, Bridge International Academies||29|
|31||Elizabeth Lenjo||Lecturer, Lawyer and Founder Kikao Law||32|
|32||Shirlene Nafula||Founder , CEO, Crystal River Products||26|
|33||Catherine Kariuki Mulika||Partner, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP||33|
|34||Dr Fardosa Ahmed||CEO, Premier Hospital||33|
|35||Jackline Kittony Arao||Marketing Director, Tetra Pak||32|
|36||Caroline Njeri Ng’ang’a||Founder, Kituo Cha Maadili||33|
|37||Sianto Sitawa||Philanthropist, Tourism Coordinator||27|
|38||Brenda Kokoi||Director, Kenya Power||32|
|39||Esther Ndeti||Executive Director, East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association||32|
|40||Anne Wawira Njiru||Founder Food4Education||27|
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.