Jennifer Mbaluto, 37


Clifford Chance LLP

Jennifer is one of the only two black female partners at the London-headquartered multinational law firm, Clifford Chance LLP.

The law firm is one of the largest in the world both by the number of lawyers on its portfolio as well as by its revenue.

She is, for instance, currently involved in a CSR project that will see the law firm commit £1 million (Sh130 million) per year for five years to residents of Kigali, Rwanda.

She also co-ordinates the firm’s pro bono and community service responsibility activities in Africa.

"Jennifer is involved in advising some of the world's largest businesses and financial investors on cross-border mergers and acquisitions."

As the co-head of the firm’s East Africa practice, Jennifer is involved in advising some of the world’s largest businesses and financial investors on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

“My areas of focus are emerging markets, the telecommunication media and technology sectors.

“I am also responsible for developing and executing the firm’s strategy in East Africa, a key part of which includes maintaining strong relationships with the best law firms across the region,” Jennifer says.

Her greatest success has been steering the firm’s East Africa practice into a multimillion dollar business even without local offices.

“This achievement is particularly ground-breaking in a market where diversity is still a huge challenge,” says the Loreto High School Limuru and University of Nairobi alumnus who also sits on the board of Amref Health Africa, UK, and the leadership committee of the Kenya Society.

She enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures, as well as water sports.

Her ambitions include playing a leading role in ending inequality and injustice in the world, empowering African women to achieve their full potential, and, in the fullness of time, to meet the Obamas.

–Annie Njanja