Samuel NdongaCo-Founder and Managing Director
Sonja Kazaneza RiedkeCo-Founder and Director Investment Advisory
Sonja Kazaneza Riedke
Sonja co-founded Samawati Capital Partners in early 2018 bringing with her professional experience in the impact investment space and strong knowledge on developing countries having lived in Africa and the Middle East for over 15 years.
She previously worked for Deutsche Bank AG managing the investment activities of the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF) in East and Southern Africa. Prior to this, she worked for the regional GIZ project based out of Ghana focusing on establishing Farmer Business Schools.
Sonja completed a Bachelor of Science in International Management at the European School of Business (ESB) and Dublin City University and further completed a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at the University of Bonn.
Emily is a Senior Investment Associate at Samawati Capital Partners. She joined the team in 2021. Her 14 years of work experience span private equity, education, and business advisory. She was previously a Transactor at Cassia Capital Partners, an East Africa-focused private equity firm and subsidiary of Rand Merchant Bank. She was involved in transaction investment advisory on businesses in healthcare, agro-processing, food and beverage, general retail, manufacturing, education, microfinance, pension administration and insurance, oil and gas (downstream), enterprise cloud, transportation, and
telecommunications across East Africa.
Emily holds a Master of Arts degree in International and Development Economics from Hochschule für technik und wirtschaft, Berlin, a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK).
Emily is passionate about allocation of growth capital to businesses across Africa for impact.
Cyrill is a senior investment associate at Samawati Capital Partners. He joined the team in 2018 and has over 10 years of experience in investment and commercial banking.
He previously worked at Chase Bank Kenya, as an assistant manager in group strategy and finance, involved in strategic planning, business analysis, fund raising and capital structuring. Prior to which he worked at Genghis Capital Investment Bank involved in corporate finance, handling mergers and acquisitions, structuring of investment funds, private equity and debt placements, across several sectors in East Africa.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing the second level of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.
Jeff TembaConsulting Lead for Investment and Project Advisory
Emma Zawadi AwichSenior Investment Analyst
Jeff is the Consulting Lead for Investment and Project Advisory at Samawati Capital Partners. He is an experienced business, investment, and development expert and brings with him 10+ years of experience providing strategic business growth advisory and investment readiness support and designing and managing technical assistance programs targeted at SMEs, start-ups and high growth enterprises in various sectors including food and agribusiness, manufacturing, retail and trade, I.T and technology-enabled services, renewable energy and waste sectors.
In addition, Jeff has broad experience in research and consulting in financial inclusion and agricultural value chain development, and has consulted widely with various private, public and development organizations across East Africa including but not limited to institutions such as AGRA, Farm Africa, GIZ, ACELI Africa, KCB Foundation, Hand in Hand International, Global Communities, Heifer International, KCIC, Pangea Trust, among others. He also brings experience and networks engaging with financial institutions including KCB, NCBA, Cooperative, Faulu, KWFT, SMEP, among others. Jeff has engaged with over 400 businesses contributing to their growth in one way or another.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (honours) from Maseno University. He is also a CPA and has a background in banking and finance.
Emma Zawadi Awich
Emma is a senior investment analyst at Samawati Capital Partners. She has been a member of the team since 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Finance from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. During her studies she has shown interest for the health, education and energy sectors having completed internships at the Kenyatta National Hospital, at KAARMIC Education in India (social enterprise focusing on education services for low-income communities) and lastly Safi International AS (a global alliance for clean cook stoves).
In addition, Emma has spent twelve years of her life in Francophone Africa and therefore is fluent in French. With these skills she will be a great asset to the Nairobi team and supports on pipeline origination in West Africa.
She is currently pursuing her professional certification as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Kate is the Business Support Executive at Samawati Capital Partners. She has been a member of the team since April 2021 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development from Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her unique background spans government, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and includes experience in administration management, operations and business development.
Her plans for the immediate future are to get certification as a Project Management Professional.
Christine is an investment analyst at Samawati Capital Partners. She joined the team in September 2019 and is a graduate with a Bachelor of Business Science in Financial Economics from Strathmore University in Nairobi. During the course of her studies, she has shown interest for the finance, economic development, sustainability and environmental projects sectors as well as world economic affairs. She has completed internships in two banks in Nairobi, namely Kenya Women Finance Trust and Absa Kenya Limited.
Annpatliz W MwihakiSocial and Environmental Analyst
Sean OtienoMarketing and Communications Analyst
Annpatliz W Mwihaki
Annpatliz is a Social and Environmental intern (S&E) at Samawati Capital Partners. She has been a member of the team since October 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Kisii University.
She has over 3 years’ experience in environmental and project management with the Council of Governors and other well established institutions whereby her interest in the impact investment space began after undertaking several S&E related courses, including (i) Environmental and Social Safeguards under the World Bank Environmental and Social Framework; (ii) Market-Based Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation by KINSHIP Regional Conservation; and (iii) Environmental and Social Risk Management for the Kenya Devolution Support Programme by the Kenya School of Government and World Bank.
She looks forward to developing her expertise in the area and supporting inclusion of S&E aspects in Samawati’s coverage across the continent.
Sean is the Marketing and Communications Analyst at Samawati Capital Partners. He graduated with First Class Honours from Strathmore University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, majoring in Public Relations. Having previously completed an internship at an upcoming PR agency, Sean’s interests in client and community relations, technical writing, and social media management were ignited and developed.
Moving forward, Sean is keen to develop a deep understanding of macroeconomic trends and analysis, further developing his communication expertise in that area.
Linda YuniaInvestment Research & Analysis Intern
RickyJesse DaudiInvestment Research & Analysis Intern
Linda is an Investment Research & Analysis Intern at Samawati Capital Partners Limited. She has been a member of the team since April 2021 and holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Business Science in Financial Engineering Degree, with a First Class Dissertation in Investment Decision making from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya.
She has demonstrated interest in the investment, healthcare, renewable energy and financial inclusion sectors having prior work experience at Asia Africa Investment & Consulting Partners Africa (a company that is a leader in the African healthcare investment space), I&M Burbidge Capital and The Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
Her demonstration of initiative, quality output and dedication makes her a great asset to the team.
RickyJesse is an Investment Research & Analysis Intern at Samawati Capital Partners. He joined the team in April 2021 and is a graduate from Strathmore University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Science: Financial Economics.
During his studies, he pursued internships at Equity Bank and Impact Research & Development (a local non-governmental organization whose mandate is to design and implement public health programs and research studies that benefit vulnerable populations in Kenya), where he developed a keen interest in development economics and investment analysis.
He also took part in an IMF-sponsored Macroeconomic Diagnostic course, where he learned how to assess countries’ macroeconomic conditions. His significant interest in research and competence in this area have been beneficial to the company, since he provides a great deal of assistance in this area.
Sheila Imbali is an Office Assistant at Samawati Capital. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Office Management at Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). With previous experience at Safi Sana Cleaning Services and Solar Garden, she is equipped for the role not only in hospitality services, but also in administrative services which she has shown interest for.