Managing Director, Very Chic Limited, Kenya

Barbara Kokonya

Barbara Kokonya is Founder & Managing Director of Very Chic Limited, a promotional merchandise company, and at KoKo by Khakasa™, a lifestyle brand. 

Prior to going into entrepreneurship, Barbara worked in the sports industry for over ten years. She was the first female to hold the position of General Manager at both Cricket Kenya and Kenya Rugby Union. She consulted for the International Cricket Council in the dual position of Host Liaison and Event Coordinator for Kenya and Zimbabwe during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

She has a joint Executive MBA degree from Maastricht School of Management and Eastern and Southern African Management Institute.

Outside work, Barbara is passionate about education, mentorship and empowerment of young men and women across Africa. She currently mentors high school girls under a UK registered Trust called Precious Sisters and also runs the KOKO Accelerator Program, which focuses on empowering artisans grow their handicraft micro-enterprises.