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.

Karen Basiye, M-Pesa Foundation

Karen K. Basiye, Executive Director, M-PESA Foundation

Karen Basiye is a keen Sustainable Business Leader with over 15 years’ experience. Over the years she has worked at the National Environment Management Authority and Safaricom where she developed competencies in Leadership, Governance, Strategic Thinking, Sustainability Reporting (both Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Social Policy, Corporate Environmental Management, Environmental Management Systems including ISO certification and Environmental policies, Environment Risk Management, Environmental Compliance Assessment, Energy and Climate change policies, Strategies for Sustainable Development, Integrated Product Policies, Sustainable Consumption and Production and integration of Sustainable Development Goals into company strategies as well as Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Social Investment.

Leah Kibe, CIFF
Leah is a development finance specialist with experience in
international development, public and private sector
development in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Passionate about
the catalytic role of development finance, Leah has been involved
in strategic programme ideation, leveraging financing models and
performance effectiveness of some of the most transformative
development programmes to expand promising social impact
investments across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond sustainably.