William Asiko is the Executive Director of Grow Africa. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Grow Africa is a partnership between the African Union (AU), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) which works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments
Prior to that William was the Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) an international organization based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 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 nearly 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 was recently invited to join the board of W.E. Can Lead in Atlanta, USA. W.E. Can Lead 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 boards of Rotarians for Family Health & Aids Prevention, in Atlanta, USA and the Discovery Channel’s foundation, the Discovery Learning Alliance in Washington DC respectively. 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.