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Carole Wainaina

Chief Operating Officer at Africa50 Infrastructure Fund


Carole Wainaina is the Chief Operating Officer of Africa 50, a newly formed, innovative public/private financial institution, based in Casablanca, whose purpose is to invest in infrastructure throughout Africa. She brings to her new position more than two decades of corporate, government and NGO leadership experience, including having served as the United Nation’s Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources from 2014 to 2017.

Ms. Wainaina was the Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Royal Phillips in the Netherlands from 2011 to 2014. Previously she worked at the Coca-Cola Company as Group Human Resources Director, Europe, as well as in management positions in Turkey, United States, United Kingdom and Kenya as well as President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. She started her career as a management consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Kenya Wildlife Service.

A native of Kenya, Ms. Wainaina earned a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

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