Stella Kilonzo is the Founder of Astute Capital, an advisory company specializing in capital markets development, strategic policy, research & regulatory advice and infrastructure finance.
Kilonzo is a Senior Advisor, Policy and Regulatory, for Africa Exchange Holding, a private sector partnership that seeks to transform Africa’s capital markets and that launched the East Africa Exchange, a commodity exchange in Rwanda.
Kilonzo currently serves on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Global Financial System that explores how to build a more stable global economic system.
Kilonzo serves on the Boards as Non‐Executive Director of the following publicly listed companies: Athi River Mining Ltd, Liberty Holdings Kenya Ltd and UBA Capital.
Kilonzo is the former Chief Executive Officer, Capital Markets Authority Kenya where she implemented various key reforms thus igniting vibrancy in the Kenyan and East African capital markets and creating an enabling environment for capital raising and investment.
Kilonzo was the Chairperson of the East African Securities Regulators (EASRA) from 2008 to 2010.
Kilonzo has previously worked for FINRA in USA, the largest independent regulator and PwC Kenya in Corporate Finance Advisory.
Kilonzo has served as Non-Executive Director in several boards notably Kenya’s National Economic and Social Council of Kenya (NESC), Kenya’s top advisory body to the Government; Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board and the WEF Global Agenda Council on Banking and Capital Markets.
Kilonzo is a Fellow of Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa and Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Kilonzo has an MBA, Corporate Finance, Loyola University Chicago and First Class Honors Bachelor of Commerce, Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is a CPA.
Kilonzo has received recognition as follows:
– 2012 International Alliance for Women 2012 World of Difference 100 Award
– 2010 Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) decorated by the President of Kenya for contributing to national economic development and being a role model for the youth
– 2011 Forbes 20 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa
– 100 most influential people in Africa (New African June 2011)
– 2011 Crans Montana Forum New Leader for Tomorrow