Joan Chahenza, 36

Director, Energy Access Financial Advisory

Africa Minigrid Developers Association
My Story

Joan discovered her passion for renewable energy finance and immediately moved from traditional finance and accounting.

“I have invested heavily in the last nine years in growing my profession and being the best in my area of expertise. I am glad that the hard work and toil have been recognised at the continental and global stage.”

The wife and mother of two has a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a second Master’s in Energy Policy at the University of Sussex.

She is also a certified expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Public Private Partnership Professional, Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the International Association of Energy Economists, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, and Association of Women Accountants of Kenya. “I have extensive experience in grid-tied power and have been involved in project structuring and contract negotiations of major renewable energy projects in Kenya. I was previously the chief financial analyst at KenGen and before that senior audit associate at KPMG Kenya.”

"I have invested heavily in the last nine years in growing my profession and being the best in my area of expertise. I am glad that the hard work and toil have been recognised at the continental and global stage."

“I am a 2021 Africa Power and Energy Elite, a 2020 Future Energy Leader at the World Energy Council, a Young African Leader Initiative, YALI, Power Africa, Women in Africa Power 2019 fellow, a mentor for the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, GWNET, and fellow of the Open Africa 2020 programme.”

Joan is also a board member of OFGEN, a leading commercial and industrial energy service provider in East Africa, a board member of the Energy Society of Kenya, and an adviser for the Private Finance Advisory Network.

“I love the transformative work that I undertake that contributes to the achievement of the seventh sustainable development goal of ensuring universal energy access to all by 2030. I thrive in problem-solving and creating pathways and structures that will provide sustainable financial solutions that will enhance the achievement of SDG seven goal.”

Joan has a strong belief in destiny and that God has given us unique gifts and talents to effect change in this world.

Karen Muriuki