Kina Team

Insight, Expertise, Connections and Reach

Through the professional experience and focus of our core team and associates, Kina has a deep understanding of the drivers of corporate sustainability and knowledge of the evolving political, economic, and social issues that influence governments, regulators, and communities in deciding which investors and projects to approve and support. Our prior experience of working within multinational companies – from projects right through to board level – means that we know what it takes to develop and implement some of the highest sustainability standards and to be leaders in sustainability.

As a collective, we have worked in a variety of sectors, providing practical solutions to the complex and rapidly evolving environmental, social and governance issues companies face when investing and operating in Africa. Through our professional and personal commitment to the continent, we have built strong relationships within an unparalleled network of stakeholders covering international investors, African corporates, governments, regulators and policy makers, multilaterals, NGOs and civil society organisations, academic institutions and opinion leaders in countries across Africa.

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Rosalind Kainyah MBE

Founder & Managing Director

Rosalind Kainyah MBE is a trusted advisor to global companies on responsible business investment and partnerships in Africa and a range of sustainability issues including environmental, social and governance performance; identifying and managing human rights risks; developing and implementing social investment strategies; and building meaningful stakeholder relationships. The overall objective of her advice and support is to ensure that businesses and other organisations contribute to sustainable social and economic development in the countries in which they operate. She has decades of experience in corporate and environmental law, government relations, political risk management and sustainability.

As an environmental lawyer for almost a decade from the early 1990s, Rosalind advised international organisations and governments on environmental policy and legislation. She went on to be a corporate lawyer at the international law firm, Linklaters, and a corporate and commercial lawyer and Executive Director in De Beers Group. Prior to founding Kina Advisory in 2013, she was Vice President, External Affairs and CSR at Tullow Oil plc.

Over the span of her career, Rosalind has worked with and on projects for multinational companies, international organisations, local African businesses, and public sector agencies across Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, North & South America, Asia, and the South Pacific. As a result, she has a wide network of contacts and relationships covering companies, governments, multilateral organisations, Non-Government organisations, academia, members of the diplomatic corps and other influencers.

Rosalind is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. She is a Non-Executive Director of CAL Bank Limited, Ghana; Vice Chairperson of the Africa Gifted Foundation; Founding President of the Ghana chapter of International Women’s Forum; and on the Advisory Boards of The Boardroom Africa and Invest in Africa. Rosalind has been a Non-Executive Director of Aker Energy and of the GEMS Africa.

In 2014 Rosalind was awarded an MBE for services to CSR for the benefit of youth in Africa. In 2019 she was selected as one of the top 50 leading female professionals by Cranfield University and in 2016 named by Forbes Afrique Magazine as one of the 100 influential women on the African continent. She was selected as one of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage by The Power List in 2008.

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Reshma Shah

Partner and Senior Associate

Reshma, Partner and Senior Associate, has over twenty years’ experience on a broad and rare combination of expertise spanning Business Strategy & Performance, Risk Management, Finance, Tax and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG). In the last fifteen years, her work has focused on the Extractives and Infrastructure Sector primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Reshma is also the Founder and CEO of Intestrat Services Limited, a strategic partner of Kina Advisory Limited.

Reshma brings practical experience of working in highly complex operating environments having led and worked on areas such as M&A; contract and legislation negotiations with Governments; litigation and arbitration; new country due-diligence and set-up; developing, implementing and managing strategy, risk and performance management standards and processes; managing cross-functional infrastructure projects; Government, Public and External Affairs; Social Performance; Local Content and Capacity Building; Land Acquisition; Water Resources; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) studies; Security and Conflict Management; and Social Economic Investments including strategic partnerships. Her work to date has been at both corporate and operational levels with experience ranging from Board and Senior Leadership to working with communities on the frontline. Some of the corporates she has worked for include KPMG UK, Shell, BP, Tullow Oil Plc as well as some small to mid-cap organisations.

She has built best-in-class ESG & Risk Management capability within highly complex operating environments and, as a result, delivered long-term strategic business benefits through embedding ESG, risk and assurance frameworks and operating models into organisational practices. She is known for driving change at top levels of Government, civil society, community and partners, with an outstanding track record of engaging stakeholders and progressing in an organised manner, complex and large-value projects and contracts in politically and socially-sensitive environments; achieving efficiencies and cost control whilst driving the business and ESG agenda.

Reshma holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Manchester in the UK and an Executive MBA from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. She is also a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor.

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Yvonne Twum-Barima Strategy and Operations Manager | Kina Advisory

Yvonne Twum-Barima

Strategy & Operations Manager

Yvonne is an experienced business analyst with over 20 years’ experience in the United Kingdom and United States within the Finance and Health industries, skilled in developing information to enhance business opportunities. She has spent the last seventeen years working within the financial sector analysing data to provide business insights that support strategic decision-making.

Yvonne brings a wealth of experience as a business partner, building relationships with key stakeholders, applying analytical and problem-solving skills to engage stakeholders and pinning down their requirements to provide business and performance management solutions. She has held several roles at Nationwide Building Society, Abbey and Lloyd’s Banking Group in the UK and Cedar Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Yvonne has a Masters in Systems Analysis and Design from City University in London and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics with Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

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Helen Stickler

Research Assistant, Sustainability

Helen Stickler is a Research Assistant at Kina Advisory where she helps ensure that Kina Advisory is at the cutting-edge of current and critical developments in the Sustainability space. Helen is a recent graduate with a background in research and work experience in three African countries.

Helen recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a first-class degree in History, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Helen has experience of grassroots organisations and has worked for NGOs in Uganda, South Africa and Malawi where she assisted organisations in their professionalisation and development. Helen developed an extensive understanding of community engagement and ground-level realities during her time working for grassroots NGOs

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William Norrell

Research Assistant

Will Norrell is a Research Assistant at Kina Advisory. He has worked in a variety of different roles from marketing to business development, often with a focus on growing start-up businesses. He is interested in helping businesses adopt ESG principles and practices to improve both their long-term success and their broader contribution to society. His areas of in-depth study include finance, investing, marketing, and technology.

Will recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a Bachelor of the Arts in History and is nearing completion of a Master of the Sciences in International Business. Will is also working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.

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Elizabeth-Mary Ekuwa Arthur

Strategy Assistant

Elizabeth is a Strategy Assistant with almost two years’ experience with Kina. She provides research and extensive administrative support at KINA to ensure the smooth running of its operations.

Elizabeth graduated among the top of her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration cohort from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in 2017. Her areas of in-depth study and practical excellence includes marketing, logistics, accounting and finance, and human resource.

Her experience in administration from diverse fields and research is central to achieving KINA’s objectives for businesses operating in Africa.

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