Yvonne Wanja Michuki commonly known as Wanja Michuki is a certified coach, a writer, speaker and a private wealth management consultant.
We take a look at her long career spanning across different industries.
Here’s her story as told by wok.
Early Life & Education
Wanja was born and raised in Kangema, a settlement in Muranga County, Kenya. When she came of age she attended Bryn Mawr College between 1992 -1996, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She later joined Columbia University – Business School in 2000 and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance in the year 2002.
A look at Wanja’s linked in page and you can see a long illustrious career in the corporate world.
Her first job was a Corporate Analyst at Barclays Merchant Finance Limited between 1997 – 1999. She was then promoted to Research Manager – Barclays Trust Investment Services Limited, a position she served until 2000.
While a student in the US, she had a brief stint as a summer associate at Meryll Lynch. In 2003, she founded The Highland Tea Company LLC, which was based in New York. She ran the company for over five years until 2008.
In 2009, she was appointed as a Trade, Investment and Multilateral Diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and was based majorly in London, England until 2014.
In January 2015, Wanja founded Be Bold Consultancy & Advisory Ltd – an independent financial consulting and executive coaching firm that seeks to help families avoid the tragedy of falling apart and potentially wasting family capital because of inter-personal conflicts related to identities, power, and wealth in the succession process. She remains the company’s Managing Director to date.
In 2020, Ms. Michuki was tapped by the London-based fair standards lobby, the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), to lead teams in Kenya, Malawi, and Rwanda to spearhead reforms targeted at improving livelihoods for smallholder farmers and workers.
Between June 2020 – October 2020, she was appointed member of the National Steering Committee on the Implementation of Reforms in Kenya under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives.
In a gazette notice dating May 13, 2022, Wanja was appointed as board member of the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) board. She held the position until March 2023 when she resigned citing personal reasons.
“I write to inform you that I have chosen to resign from the board of directors of AFC for personal reasons, effective immediately…it was an honour to serve on the Board of directors of the corporation. Thank you for the opportunity and I wish the ministry and the corporation all the best,” part of her statement read.
Wanja is not married and has no kids of her own. When she is not busy working and speaking against sexual abuse, Wanja loves to do yoga and meditate.