Team

Samuel Ndonga

Samuel Ndonga

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Sam co-founded Samawati Capital Partners in early 2018 and brings with him 15+ years of experience in impact investment, commercial and development finance, sustainable private sector development as well as business growth advisory with a focus on manufacturing, trade, agribusiness, renewable energy, hospitality, microfinance, SME finance and technology for financial inclusion within the East and Southern Africa region. Before setting up SCP, Samuel had worked in increasingly senior and cross-functional roles with organizations such as Equity Bank, Fina Bank (now GT Bank), Standard Chartered, Hivos Foundation, Chase Bank Kenya (now SBM Bank), Rafiki Microfinance Bank and the Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund (AATIF) in the East and Southern Africa region. Sam completed a Bachelor of Science in Statistics at the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Business Strategy at IESE Business School and a Master of Business Administration at Strathmore Business School. He is also a board member of the Economics Projects Trust Fund and Act!, both impact-focused non-profits based in Kenya, and is passionate about using appropriate capital to support the growth and development of high growth enterprises in Africa.
Sonja Kazaneza Riedke

Sonja Kazaneza Riedke

Co-Founder and Director Investment Advisory

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.

Cyrill Wanda

Cyrill Wanda

Senior Investment Associate

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 Temba

Jeff Temba

Consulting Lead, Impact Advisory

Jeff is the Consulting Lead for Investment and Impact 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 Zawadi Awich

Senior Investment Analyst

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).

Cathrine Radido

Cathrine Radido

Business Support Executive

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 Mutiso

Christine Mutiso

Investment Analyst

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.

RickyJesse Daudi

RickyJesse Daudi

Investment Analyst

RickyJesse is an Investment Analyst 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.

Annpatliz W Mwihaki

Annpatliz W Mwihaki

Social and Environmental Analyst

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 Otieno

Sean Otieno

Marketing and Communications Analyst

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.

Sheila Imbali

Sheila Imbali

Office Assistant

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.