Martin MbayaMartin Mbaya



Occupational Information

Job Title: Founder

Professional History

Martin is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of EnAdIn, short for Endowment Advisor Innovator Ltd., a Kenya-based start-up offering services and advice in finance, education, and technology. He has also helped to start the Utawala Applied Research Institute - a legacy organization resulting from a 2013-2014 Ford Foundation grant to Strathmore University in support of devolution efforts in Kenya; and, Nairobi Capital Inc. – an investor-backed financial services and real estate firm based in the U.S. with operations in Kenya.

He started an MIT-based initiative facilitating MIT student-led entrepreneurship efforts globally and which has continued since 2000.  Martin is also a Trustee of the Alliance High School Endowment Fund; an Advisor to the African Management Initiative; an adjunct lecturer at Strathmore Law School; and a member of the East African chapter of Africa 2.0, which is focused on entrepreneurship.

Previously Martin spent over a decade working in the US and Kenya, focused on technology, research, and financial services.


Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT
Masters of Public Policy degree with a concentration in International Trade and Finance from Harvard


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.