Country: Kenya

Sector: Private Equity

Age: 47

Rosemary is ESG & Impact Manager at Catalyst Principal Partners. She has spearheaded enhanced Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) risk management practices, which have contributed to a robust risk assessment of non-financial parameters that contribute to financial performance through improved governance structures, reduced costs, improved efficiency, and improved stakeholder engagement, among others. 

She has been responsible for monitoring business integrity practices, corporate and legal affairs, compliance management and reporting; as well as, stakeholder relations. In addition, she leads monitoring and support to investment professionals and ensuring that internal policies and procedures, laws, regulations and ethical standards are strictly adhered to by the Fund, Manager and Investee companies. She is Secretary to the Investors Advisory Board and served as Secretary to the Investment Committee.

Her achievements include developing and managing ESG frameworks for two private equity funds, representing USD 300 million in assets under management and more than 10 local and international investors. In addition, she is responsible for incorporating ESG aspects across 12 companies spanning Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical sector, printing and office automation, heavy equipment leasing, agribusiness and financial institutions. Her efforts have resulted in 100 percent wastewater treatment and recycling in some portfolio companies, improved health and safety performance, reduction in loss time injuries, gender considerations, improved governance structures, and prevented sanctions and penalties through strict adherence to compliance policies.

Rosemary previously served as Legal Counsel to United States International University (USIU), where she successfully set up the office of the Legal Counsel; established a Board and Management Council Secretariat; and oversaw the setting up of an Endowment Fund for USIU. She earlier served as Legal Officer at Jubilee Insurance Company Limited and Nairobi Securities Exchange. 

In her spare time, she volunteers as a mentor and coach. She has mentored four ladies through university and into employment. She also serves as special advisor to EGF, an impact fund seeking to raise USD 100 million.

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