Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Ayisi Makatiani is the Managing Partner and CEO of Fanisi Capital Ltd, which manages the US$ 75 million Fanisi Venture Capital Fund for investing in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda). This is the first fund of its kind in the region. He is also (since 2005) an adviser to the President of the Republic of Kenya and sits on the boards of Kenya Airways and Ogilvy and Mather (East Africa). Previously, he was also an adviser to the UN Secretary-General (Kofi Annan on ICT) and on the board of Barclays Bank Kenya. Prior to Fanisi, he founded and built Africa Online to become the largest Internet Service Provider across Africa, with operation in 10 countries spanning the whole continent. Makatiani has been featured in the Economist, Fortune Magazine, CNN, NHK, BBC, Financial Times (London) and has been voted several times by his peers as the most respected CEO in East Africa. Makatiani has a BSc from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he also participated in track and field, winning the gold medal in the 1990 NCAA III national American college track and field championships.