Nuru Mugambi has been instrumental in the Kenyan banking industry’s adoption of progressive practices, particularly in the areas of public engagement, sustainable finance, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Through the Kenya Bankers’ Association’s Sustainable Finance Initiative, she has led the 46 member banks to adopt standards that promote an inclusive, sustainable, and environmentally-conscious growth agenda. Mugambi was inducted in 2015 as an Honorary Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers and is a founder of the Kenya Chapter of Graça Machel’s New Faces/New Voices Pan African network that advocates for women’s economic empowerment. Her goal is to position Kenya as a Center of Excellence for sustainable finance in Africa, leveraging on investments in SMEs, clean energy, and mobile technology. To that end, Mugambi intends to develop policy recommendations on innovative new financial instruments such as green bonds, and to establish a fund – managed through the KBA’s member banks and micro-finance institutions – to finance Kenyan SMEs that are making a socio-environmental contribution to society.


Kenya Bankers’ Association



Areas of Interest

Banking, Energy
  • mugambi

Program Year



Single Nation/Region Program

Country of Origin


Destination Country

United States