Rosalind Kainyah

Strategic Advisor on Sustainability & Managing Director of Kina Advisory

  • Non-Executive Director of discoverIE Plc, BTE Renewables, Lekela Power and Gem Diamonds Limited
  • Vice Chair & Trustee of the African Gifted Foundation
  • Recognised as a 2021 Women Who Make A Difference by the International Women’s Forum
  • Nominated as one of the Women to Watch by the Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE Board Report 2019
  • Appointed MBE for Services to Corporate Responsibility for the Benefit of Young People in Africa
  • Nominated as one of Britain’s Most Influential People of African and Caribbean Heritage on the 2008 Power List
  • Former Vice President of External Affairs for Tullow Oil & Former President of De Beers Inc (USA)

When Rosalind Kainyah is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Simplifying Sustainability for Businesses
‘It Takes A Village’…. The Critical Role of SMEs in Achieving Sustainability
Sustainability – A Value Driver for Successful Business
Sustainability Reporting and Disclosure – A Plethora of Spaghetti Soup Standards?
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion – The Skin or the Substance?
Should Companies Engage on Sensitive Issues and if so What, Why and How?

A leading expert on sustainability, risk management and governance, Rosalind Kainyah MBE is a highly respected strategic advisor and the Managing Director of Kina Advisory. With 30 years of experience in international, legal, executive, senior management and board-level positions, Rosalind has made it her mission to see that companies have positive socioeconomic impacts on the countries in which they operate. Encouraging increased awareness of sustainability and responsible business, Rosalind is now available to hire as a sustainability speaker to share her detailed expertise on the subject.

After completing studies in Law at the University of London and UCL, Rosalind began her now illustrious career as an Environmental Law and Policy Consultant for organisations such as the United Nations Environmental Programme, the Imperial College Centre for Environmental Technology and Oxford University Environmental Change Unit. Progressing in her career, Rosalind went on to work as an Environmental Lawyer for Anglo American and as a Senior Consultant in Environmental Law for Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Building on her astute knowledge of environmental law, Rosalind diversified to become a Corporate Lawyer for Linklaters, with whom she worked for three years advising clients on a range of corporate transactions. In 2002, Rosalind joined De Beers as a Corporate & Commercial Lawyer, before becoming the Executive Director of Corporate Communications and then President of De Beers Inc, the De Beers Group representative company in the USA.

In 2009, Rosalind became the Vice President of External Affairs for Tullow Oil, responsible for designing, staffing and managing the external affairs and corporate social responsibility global function of Tullow Oil. In 2013, Rosalind became the Founder of Kina Advisory, and today continues her work as the Managing Director of the company, leading sustainability consultancy that is focused on companies operating emerging markets. She regularly advises Board Directors and Senior Executives on their roles in leading and driving sustainability agendas within their organisations.

Rosalind also has a portfolio of non-executive director roles. She is on the boards of discoverIE Plc, BTE Renewables, Lekela Power, Gem Diamonds Limited and CalBank plc (Ghana). She also acts as a Senior Advisor to Actis LLP, a Board Member for Results for Developments and the Vice Chair and Trustee of the African Gifted Foundation. Such hard work and commitment throughout her career saw Rosalind honoured with the appointment of MBE, for Services to Corporate Responsibility for the Benefit of Young People in Africa.

Nominated as one of the Women to Watch by the Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE Board Report in 2019 and recognised as a 2021 Women Who Make A Difference by the International Women’s Forum, there is no questioning the prominence of Rosalind Kainyah MBE.

Highly regarded as an authority on sustainability, governance, law and risk management, Rosalind is booked time and time again to detail her expertise on the critical role of SMEs in achieving sustainability, diversity, equality, inclusion and how sustainability is a value driver for a successful business. Also nominated as one of Britain’s Most Influential People of African and Caribbean Heritage on the 2008 Power List. Rosalind is also a Member of the Bar of England and Wales at Gray’s Inn and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Rosalind Kainyah is a preeminent sustainability speaker who shouldn’t be missed.

Official Testimonials

Rosalind Kainyah is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Rosalind’s curiosity about our organisation and thorough preparation built a foundation for an inspiring, thought-provoking, and energising discussion amongst global Corporate Relations function.  Drawing on  her wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as her good humour and authenticity, Rosalind easily built connections with our attendees, not an easy feat over zoom, and brought examples of ESG best practice to our group that were relevant and motivating.  The feedback received from our global team for Rosalind’s session was outstanding and a true highlight of the three-day conference for many.”

Dan, Global Corporate Relations Director, Diageo

“Rosalind is one big name we are not in a hurry to forget when we tell our story about our ESG transformation journey, especially our quest to build an ESG competent board. She did an amazing job in designing a capacity-building program tailored to the desired specifics capturing the interest of our board-member audience and helping to resolve some draw-back myths around ESG incorporation as part of the board mandate. The delivery of the program was fantastic and highly professional. We are grateful for the support and would continue to leverage Rosalind’s rare expertise in this field to continue to drive our sustainability agenda”

Chigozie, Head of Sustainability, Verod Capital Management Ltd

“Rosalind is an exceptionally gifted business, external affairs and ESG leader at both the executive and non-executive director levels. She has a unique ability to provide strategic insights grounded in a deep understanding of working in emerging economies. She is very effective at balancing multiple interests while leading discussions of complex issues. She is especially skilled at both developing innovative solutions – and delivering those solutions to grow business opportunities and manage risks.”

Sandy, Independent Non-Executive Director, Diversified Gas & Oil Corporation

To enquire about Rosalind Kainyah for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@sustainability-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.