Developing Leaders

Virginie Fernandez, Human Resources Director, LVMH

Virginie Fernandez is the Human Resources Director of Moët Hennessy for Latin America, Africa & Middle East and is the LVMH Group HR Coordinator for Latin America & Africa. She is Spanish, raised in France and has been based in Brazil for the past 15 years.

 Virginie has a double background in Business and Human Resources. She is graduated from a French Business School, ESSEC, and holds a Human Resources Master from Sorbonne University. She has been constantly reading and developing herself in the field of personal and organizational development with key interest topics being the ones assuming human being as infinite possibilities that should be developed, like Coaching, U-Theory, Design thinking, etc.

 She started her career in the Insurance sector, at AGF (now Allianz Group) coordinating international studies and development projects in Norther Africa, Near East and Gulf countries. She participated to the startup of AGF Bank in France, and went to Brazil to support the development of AGF Allianz in Latin America. In 2004, she joined LVMH Group, specifically at Moët Hennessy, moment when her career shifted to Human Resources management.

 Since 2006 she has been travelling extensively to Africa, to support development of Moët Hennessy in key African countries, and is thrilled by all talents she has met so far.


Freddy West, Investment Consultant- Human Capital, CDC Group

Freddy has founded, grown and led organisations in Europe and Africa.

Most recently Freddy co-founded an education & talent development company here in Kenya.  Before that she built an e-commerce company in the UK.   

Prior to this Freddy ran a Kenyan technology company and chaired AVP, a global NGO focused on education & talent development. 

Freddy began her career in media and marketing at WPP, Scangroup's parent company.

She is currently working with CDC, the UK's development finance institute.  

She is also an advisor to and investor in Nova Academies, Spire Education and ADMI (Africa Digital Media Institute).

Freddy holds a BA from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Christopher Kirigua, Executive Director & Regional Head of Public Sector, Standard Chartered Bank

Christopher is the Executive Director and Head of the Public Sector for the Corporate and Institutional Business at Standard Chartered Bank. He is responsible for originating, arranging, advising and structuring funding solutions for State-owned Enterprises (“SOE”) and Governments. He has led various product teams, syndicate banks, law firms and external consultants to provide transformational solutions to his clients.

Since joining the East Africa Corporate and Institutional Clients business in 2011, Chris has been responsible for some headline transactions and has significantly grown the Government & SOE business by 500% in 5 years. He has led the largest syndicate in Kenya and his transactions have won a number of global awards.

Prior to his current role, Christopher was the Head of Strategy and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer for Africa, where he also achieved a number of key milestones including opening the branch in Angola. Christopher was also the Head of Change Management for Africa Operations, where he drove the implementation of the core banking system in Africa. He has experience in multiple geographies including Kenya, United States, United Arab Emirates, India, Ethiopia and 8 other Africa markets.

In the 12 years with the Standard Chartered Bank, Chris has consistently been a member of the Bank’s high potential staff, which is sponsored by the Group Chief Executive. This is a group of a select number of highly talented individuals, who the bank has identified for key leadership positions.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago, USA.