Joyce-Ann Wainaina

Managing Partner

Nairobi, Kenya

Joyce-Ann Wainaina is the Founder and Managing Partner of Chui Ventures, a Pan-African Seed Fund with a gender-inclusive focus, backing local founders building mass-market solutions. Joyce-Ann is passionate about enabling entrepreneurs in Africa and has been an active investor with a track record across Africa. She was awarded ‘Woman Investor of the Year 2023’ by EAVCA.


Prior to her current role, Joyce-Ann had an extensive career with Citibank for over 30 years where she held senior positions across Africa including Managing Director, Global Network Banking – Sub-Saharan Africa, and CEO of Citi East Africa.


Joyce-Ann supports talent development in Africa; She co-designed the Sapphire Leadership Programme, targeting senior talent mentoring and development in Citi across Emerging Market countries. She also partnered with the Kenya Bankers Association and the Central Bank of Kenya to establish a mentorship program for Women Leaders in the Banking Industry in Kenya. She is a founding Trustee of the JB Wanjui Education Trust focused on providing grants to girls in universities in Kenya.


Joyce-Ann is a Senior Fellow – at Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University. She holds an M.S Financial Economics from the University of London (SOAS) and a B.S Finance from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, USA.