Mr William Asiko

Grow Africa is an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), NEPAD and the African Union (AU). Grow Africa works to mobilize private sector investment in agriculture and to accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments on the continent.

Prior to this role William was the CEO of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) an international organization that works with African Governments to help improve the enabling environment for business and commerce in their countries. 

Until his appointment as CEO of ICF in May 2013, William was the President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.    His career with The Coca-Cola Company spanned almost 20 years in varying roles of increasing responsibility starting in 1995 as in house corporate attorney in his home country, Kenya and included tours of duty in the United States, Morocco, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

William is on the board of W.E. Can Lead, based in Atlanta, GA which is CNN’s Isha Sesay’s charitable foundation whose mission is to empower Africa’s adolescent girls, unlock their leadership potential and set them on a path towards changing their lives and communities.  William also currently serves on the board of and the Discovery Channel’s foundation, the Discovery Learning Alliance in Washington DC and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. In 2010 William was appointed by the President of the Republic of Togo to the International Investment Advisory Council of Togo and in that capacity, advises the Togolese Cabinet on investment and development matters.

William has previously served on the boards of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, The Coca-Cola Juice Company of Kenya, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt and The Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Barcelona, Spain.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, William served 5 years as State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for Kenya and 2 years as a partner in the law firm of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Nairobi, Kenya. William was educated in Kenya, where he earned a law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1987 and in the United States, where he graduated with an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 2005.  He is a non-practicing member of the Kenya Bar.

Position: 
Executive Director of Grow Africa