The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the M-Pesa Foundation are the co-conveners of the Forum.

M-PESA Foundation is an independent development charitable trust established to innovatively invest in interventions that improve the social and economic status of Kenyans. Since its establishment in 2010, the Foundation has invested in large scale health, environmental conservation, education and integrated water projects. The M-PESA Foundation focuses on areas of greatest need and impact while being responsive to each unique need. We make large scale grants to partner organizations in order to create lasting positive changes in the lives of Kenyans. Our approaches are holistic, employing different but relevant strategies to deliver results.

Established in 2002, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is the world's largest independent philanthropy that focuses specifically on improving children's lives. CIFF supports bold ideas for children to survive and thrive today and in the future. With offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi and New Delhi, CIFF works with a range of partners seeking to transform the lives of children and adolescents. Visit for more information.

Les Baillie - Executive Director - M-Pesa Foundation

Les Baillie, Executive Director, M-PESA Foundation

Les Baillie is the Executive Director M-PESA Foundation. Les is honored to be part of transforming lives agenda in Kenya. For the last 15 years he has worked in both the commercial and philanthropic sectors in Kenya and uses his experience of both worlds to provide long lasting, sustainable, transformative and truly exciting projects which will greatly enhance the lives of Kenyans.

Faustina Fynn-Nyame
Faustina Fynn-Nyame is our Executive Director for Africa, leading the development and execution of our strategy across Africa and strengthening and scaling up our partnerships and impact. Prior to CIFF, Faustina was previously the Director of the Women’s Health Project at PSI, leading PSI’s safe abortion portfolio in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before PSI, she was the Country Director of Marie Stopes Kenya, founded Marie Stopes Ghana, and held the position of Nurse Manager at the Diana Princess of Wales Centre for Reproductive Medicine.