Jane Kionzo (Kenya) is a Professional Accountant and Banker by training and former Deputy Managing Director at Bank of Africa, Kenya. Jane Kilonzo has 26 years of banking experience, cutting across all operations and risk management practices of the bank encompassing Environmental and Social Risks oversight as well as risk management training in several countries in Africa. Over the years, she has strived to high standards of moral and ethical principles in whatever she engaged in.
Ms. Kilonzo’s work and interest on sustainability issues has been twofold; in her professional banking work and on a personal level. Along these lines, she was responsible for the implementation and monitoring of Environmental and Social Risk procedures in the Bank’s Lending Process, involving the Bank’s Group Sustainability Charter centered around 6 commitments to guide its practices. For several years she was involved in the Kenya Bankers’ Association (KBA) CEO Roundtable Forums on Sustainable Finance.
She is passionate about social justice and gender equality and has over the years been actively engaged as a Director in the work of several not-for profit organizations working in the area of social justice and ethical leadership, namely: Carolina for Kibera, an organization working to catalyze positive change in the largest slum in Kenya and largest urban slum in Africa, and alleviate poverty through the pillars of Primary Healthcare, Education & Livelihood, and Empowerment of the girl child living in the informal settlement; Teule Kenya an organization focused on rehabilitating street children and orphans as well as vulnerable children; CBT Africa an Organization committed to mentoring, empowering and mobilizing ethical leaders in Africa. Ms. Kilonzo was also Patron and Founder of the Nawiri Women Network at the bank aimed at gender equality and creating an enabling culture for growth by addressing challenges specific to women.