"Rosalind made such an impactful impression that we invited her to speak not once but twice. Her breadth of experience combined with her desire to use every interaction to learn more, means she is able to skilfully use her voice to provoke thoughts and actions that enable her audience to see how they can tangibly contribute to their company's ESG agenda. That is why I'm excited to see the impact her voice will have in bringing African solutions to Africa ESG opportunities and risks."
Executive Director, Finance - Diageo
“Thank you so much Rosalind for an amazing ESG Masterclass. I particularly enjoyed the company-specific simulation sessions.
I also found the real-life examples you shared from your own experience and from the industry very relevant and interesting. The class was engaging.
The feedback from the board as well as management has been very positive. We are all now geared up to build on this awesome foundation.”
Non-Executive Director - Vanguard Assurance Company Limited
“Rosalind’s curiosity about our organisation and thorough preparation built a foundation for an inspiring, thought-provoking, and energising discussion amongst global Corporate Relations function. Drawing on her wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as her good humour and authenticity, Rosalind easily built connections with our attendees, not an easy feat over zoom, and brought examples of ESG best practice to our group that were relevant and motivating. The feedback received from our global team for Rosalind’s session was outstanding and a true highlight of the three-day conference for many.”
Global Corporate Relations Director - Diageo
“Rosalind is one big name we are not in a hurry to forget when we tell our story about our ESG transformation journey especially our quest to building ESG competent board. She did an amazing job in designing a capacity building program tailored to the desired specifics capturing the interest of our board-member audience and helping to resolve some draw-back myths around ESG incorporation as part of board mandate. The delivery of the program was fantastic and highly professional. We are grateful for the support and would continue to leverage Rosalind’s rare expertise in this field to continue to drive our sustainability agenda.”
Head of Sustainability - Verod Capital Management Ltd
"Rosalind is an exceptionally gifted business, external affairs and ESG leader at both the executive and non-executive director levels. She has a unique ability to provide strategic insights grounded in a deep understanding of working in emerging economies. She is very effective at balancing multiple interests while leading discussions of complex issues. She is especially skilled at both developing innovative solutions - and delivering those solutions to grow business opportunities and manage risks."
Sandy Stash, Independent Non-Executive Director at Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation, Former Executive Vice President at Tullow Oil plc
"We engaged Rosalind Kainyah and her team at Kina Advisory to develop and deliver a Corporate Diplomacy Masterclass to the Actis Energy Infrastructure team and 3 of our energy platform companies. Rosalind and her team produced, tailored and delivered a Masterclass which was well received by all participants, highly relevant and gave much food for thought. One key highlight was the use of real-life examples that they shared, including a case study that enabled us to think through our own business realities and challenges. The guiding principles and management framework demonstrated the importance of understanding our operating context and environment much earlier in our investment process. Critical to Actis and our portfolio companies is actionable learning, and Kina’s masterclass provided a sound and robust basis for putting in place a stakeholder management strategy and process that would measurably improve our external relationships critical to the success of our businesses. Finally, working with the Kina team was pleasure, as they were extremely responsive, and they provide a value for money product. "
Lisa Pinsley, Partner, Head of Middle East & Africa Energy
"Rosalind has supported Lekela as an Advisor and her great insights on ESG risks are a testament to her deep knowledge and understanding of the African continent. She works to the highest integrity standards and is committed to promoting responsible business across the continent. Rosalind is passionate about her work and is truly inspirational. She is also committed to mentoring and supporting others in their careers and in particular shines a light for up and coming African female talent through her leadership and genuine compassion for others."
Jennifer Boca, Head of Responsible Investment
"I have known and worked with Rosalind for nearly 10 years. I love her insights, honesty and integrity. She has great networks and relationships across Africa and beyond, and is someone I trust completely for advice."
David Lawrie, Chief Operating Officer at Right to Dream, and former Vice President West Africa at Tullow Oil plc
"Rosalind is an incredibly talented professional with strong leadership and clear vision. She has successfully led complex External Affairs and Sustainability organizations with multiple players at diversified cultural settings. She forms relationships with diverse persons in various environments with ease, and makes positive things happen by creating win-win scenarios. Rosalind’s strength is in enabling results and creating cohesion, all while exemplifying technical, organizational and personal excellence. Rosalind is an extremely effective manager and executive demonstrating integrity and passion in everything she does."
Pamela Uwakwe, Department of Justice (Ireland), Former Group Socio-Economic Investment Manager
Tullow Oil plc
"Kina, led by Rosalind Kainyah, and CDC have collaborated on delivery on an Environmental, Social and Business Integrity (ES&BI) Masterclass for board level professionals since 2017 and delivered the course on 8 occasions to date including in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Lagos, Mumbai and Nairobi for its portfolio. Over 200 investment and board professionals have now attended the course.
CDC sees the Board-level training delivered by Kina as the culmination of a broader learning journey and workshop programme. The programme is principally focussed on the practical implementation of operational ESG considerations in emerging market PE funds and portfolio companies including on climate consideration, gender value chain approaches, E&S management systems and effective human resource approaches. Board-level oversight training, focussed on skills and risk management structures, is a useful and necessary complement, helping boards refine how to set the tone on ESG and business integrity from the top down. This objective was the genesis of the Kina collaboration with CDC.
The module delivered by Kina has received strong feedback, not least as a consequence of the personal and practical experiences brought by the team. In terms of impact, participants have spoken of increased awareness and confidence on how boards might set the tone on ESG matters and in some cases, creation of new committees (or adapting existing ones) to ensure that enhanced sustainability focus is included within remit of board oversight."
Guy Alexander, ESG Director
British International Investment (formerly CDC Group)
"Rosalind Kainyah has proven herself adept in both event coordination and, above all, helping and challenging her clients to engage in meaningful dialogue on complex matters with a broad spectrum of stakeholders."
James Nicholson, Head of Corporate Responsibility
"Rosalind Kainyah is a joy to work with. Her expertise and experience in the area of corporate social investment is unquestionable. With her guidance, not only did we develop a CSI strategy that ensures that our projects that are sustainable because they align with the company's business drivers, but also, the implementation is done is accordance with international best practices. You work with Rosalind and her team and you learn so much, because they handhold without creating dependency. Truly they are one of the most professional teams I have had the privilege of working with. I will recommend them without any hesitation whatsoever."
Phyllis Woode Nartey, Head, Group Communications and Synergies
Enterprise Group Limited
"Endeavor Energy has worked with Rosalind and Kina Advisory on numerous projects in a variety of capacities and we have been consistently impressed with not only the results delivered but also the level of professionalism from Rosalind and her team. As an international company doing business in Ghana, it is extremely important for us to work with advisors who not only understand our needs, but who also have the deep local experience and relationships that Rosalind and Kina Advisory have. I know we can always count on Rosalind and Kina Advisory to get the job done right and on time."
Steve Jernigan, Managing Director
Endeavour Energy Holdings LLC
"Rosalind was one of my best supervisors ever. She not only expected the best from me, but was also an inspiring leader. Rosalind illustrated a genuine example of leadership, compassion, and integrity. Although I no longer work for Rosalind, I consider her to be a wonderful career mentor."
Sakinda Skinner, Washington DC
Director of Litigation and Advocacy, Neighbourhood Legal Services Program
"KINA came to the assignment – the development of a flagship corporate social investment programme - with an impressive depth of knowledge and experience. They willingly used the results of research they had conducted previously which saved us time and money in executing the assignment. They were prompt, very professional and gave real value for money"
Fiifi Enchill, Social Performance Manager
Tullow Ghana Limited
"Rosalind is an exceptional and a one-of-a-kind mentor. Over the years, her message has been the same - use sustainability to drive value and create successful businesses.
She has conveyed decades of dedication, excellence, and resolute as the CEO of Kina Advisory and board member of several exceptional organisations across various sectors.
She carved her own path and remained focused. She is a great leader to emulate, her tenacious skills are infectious and her needle-sharp focus is admirable.
Rosalind has been an intentional mentor, which is testament to her character. With Rosalind as a mentor, you can expect clear-cut direction, strategic guidance and a character building experience."
Founder and CEO of Kendake Honey
"My mentorship program with Rosalind Kainyah started while preparing for a career transition to an executive role. My main objective was to gain clarity on the next phase of my career. Though I wanted a new challenge, I was unsure how to proceed.
Rosalind is an inspiration, and her guidance has been invaluable. Every piece of advice she gives is GOLD, and every session with her is a mind shift. In a short time, she helped increase my level of self-awareness, identify areas for improvement, and repositioned my thinking, unveiling new strengths in the process. Her guidance has given me visibility and significance in my workplace, as I am well equipped to navigate my blind spots. She challenges me to step out of my comfort zone and confidently do things differently. Rosalind has truly positioned me for the next phase of my professional journey, and I now have more clarity on my next course of action.
As a mentor, she is a true professional, open, willing, honest, and ready to put in the work to bring out the best in YOU. Her warmth, encouragement, and depth of experience are all qualities I have learned from. Her willingness to share during our regular conversations has helped me grow immensely, both personally and professionally. The best part of our mentoring relationship is the gift of an advocate and friend, which I will cherish for a lifetime. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to reposition themselves and thrive.
Thank you, Rosalind."
Environmental, Social and Governance Manager - African Capital Alliance