Karen Serem Waithaka
Investment Principal, Africa

Karen Serem Waithaka joins the Catalyst Fund as Investment Principal, Africa. She leads the end-to-end investment processes and contributes to the hands-on post-investment support of the portfolio. Before this, Karen worked as an Investment Director for an impact-first fund, Global Partnerships Social Venture Fund and as Investment Manager for Safaricom's pilot corporate Venture Fund, Spark Fund. She has also worked in the Private Equity space for TBL Mirror Fund. She brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services sector spanning Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Finance. She is passionate about intentional, tangible and sustainable impact investing and working with early-stage founders in the tech-enabled space within the continent.She holds a Master's Degree in Finance, specialising in Funds Management and a BSc in Actuarial Science.

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