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Alice Oyaro

Alice Oyaro

Independent consultant
Category: Economic Empowerment

Alice Oyaro, an independent consultant, is a seasoned development professional working at the intersection of leadership, business, and global development.

She is recognized as a transformative leader who gets teams inspired to positively work together towards a common vision. Alice is a systems thinker, facilitator, coach, trainer, connector, energiser, and critical friend. She is committed to helping individuals and organizations achieve their potential by walking the growth journey with them, assisting them in leveraging their strengths and maximising effectiveness.

Alice has 15+ years’ leadership experience gained with private sector, non-profits, and governments including strategic management, project management, institutional strengthening and capacity development, international development, finance, business development, gender equality & social inclusion, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

She has held senior strategic roles with international organizations in Africa including ActionAid, Country Director for Diakonia Sweden in Kenya, leading Australian Aid’s (AusAID) development program in Sub-Saharan Africa, and as Head of Aga Khan Foundation’s Civil Society & Organizational Strengthening, and Gender Equality in East Africa.

An active supporter and advisor to numerous organizations, she has also served on multiple boards in the region including the East Africa Philanthropy Network, Viwango (independent standard setting and certification organisation for Civil Society Organisations in Kenya), and Legal Resources Foundation Trust where she chairs the Finance & Audit Committee.

Alice is an entrepreneur in the energy sector and is passionate about enterprise development in the region. She draws on her skills, experience, and networks to train SMEs across various disciplines.

Alice is a strong voice in the fields of leadership, diversity, equity & Inclusion, shared value, and partnerships for sustainable development. She is a speaker and writer, with various published articles on these topics in the Daily Nation and Business Daily Africa newspapers.

She is a member of How Women Lead, a network of over 10,000 women dedicated to promoting diverse women’s voices and propelling their leadership forward.

Alice holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Management Science) and MA International studies from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is also an Accredited Partnership Broker by the Partnership Brokers Association – the international professional body for those managing and developing collaboration processes.

She is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School Adaptive Leadership for Africa program and the Strathmore Business School Women in Executive Leadership League. She is also a Certified Executive Coach (AOEC).

A recipient of many accolades, Alice was awarded the Australia Day Achievement medallion 2016 – the highest global level of recognition by the Australian Government for outstanding performance, and the Australasian Evaluation Society Award for Excellence in Evaluation.