Nuru Mugambi
Nuru Mugambi
Inclusive Sustainable Finance Advisor to the Sustainable Banking and Finance Network (SBFN)

Nuru is a recognized authority in Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment across Africa. Her strategic leadership has been instrumental in bolstering the financial sector's contribution to sustainable economic development on the Continent. Through her initiatives, she has influenced policy formulation in various industries, notably in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, guiding them towards adopting progressive practices such as Sustainable Finance, Gender Diversity and Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. In her native Kenya, Nuru has made significant contributions to national task forces, including the Kenya National Treasury Taskforce on the establishment of the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme; and the Kenya Judiciary Mediation Accreditation Committee. She has also served on committees such as the Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee and as a Commissioner with the Kenya Ethics Commission for Co-Operative Societies.   Among her notable achievements is the establishment and management of the Kenya Green Bond Program, which paved the way for East Africa's first green bond issuance by Acorn Holdings. Additionally, she initiated and oversaw the Kenya Bankers Association's Sustainable Finance Initiative, which has trained over 30,000 bankers on sustainable finance good practice, and facilitated the Inuka SME programs, unlocking millions worth of capital for entrepreneurs.   Nuru's impact extends globally, with her Sustainable Finance capacity building work serving as a model for other countries, including Mongolia and Sri Lanka. She has also helped build capacity in Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia, collaborating with organizations such as the International Trade Center, African Development Bank, WWF, and IFC.   Currently, Nuru serves as an Advisor to the IFC-supported Sustainable Banking and Finance Network (SBFN), assisting central banks, finance ministries, and industry associations in inclusive sustainable finance policymaking. In her voluntary capacity, she advises blue and green economy startups and fintech innovators. Furthermore, Nuru chairs the Angaza Forum, a platform showcasing rising women leaders in Africa's financial sector, and has championed initiatives like the 'Manifesto for African Women in Finance' in collaboration with the African Development Bank Gender Office and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center.   In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Nuru became the youngest female to earn the Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers (FKIB) designation in 2015. She was also honored as an emerging African leader by the Eisenhower Fellowships program and U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016. For a decade, she served as Founding Trustee and Vice Chair of the Graça Machel Trust's New Faces New Voices program in Kenya, advocating for gender parity in leadership roles. For example, she convened Kenya’s first dialogue with the chairpersons of listed companies on gender parity in conjunction with the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The NSE has since witnessed a marked improvement in women appointments to boards.   Currently, she is pursuing graduate studies at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy in Atlanta; her area of interest is Sustainable Finance, Responsible Investment and Financial Inclusion. She has an executive master’s degree with a focus on social innovation from Georgia State University and graduated with honors in business administration from Kennesaw State University.

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