Wandia Gichuru is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vivo Activewear, a retail clothing business that was started in 2011. In less than 7 years of operation, Vivo has blossomed into the “go-to” store for stylish yet comfortable, functional and affordable women’s clothing in Kenya. The brand is known for its bright, versatile, colourful and edgy styles. Vivo clothes appeal across the board, and in particular to anyone who enjoys style and is young at heart.
Prior to starting Vivo, Wandia spent over 15 years as international development adviser and held positions with the UK government, the UN and the World Bank. In addition to running Vivo, Wandia is also a certified life coach, an investor on Kenya’s Lion’s Den, a business mentor, and a trustee of the Mbugua Rosemary Foundation as well as the Charles & Rita Field-Marsham Foundation. She is deeply passionate about changing the way Africa is seen and sees itself through strengthening African brands, talent and creativity, and developing partnerships across Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world. She is also passionate about transforming lives through job creation and supporting women in business.