Meet the Kenyan entrepreneur who built an $800 million asset management firm

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments

Kenyan-born Edwin Dande is the Founder of Cytonn Investments, an alternative investment management and real estate company, with offices in Nairobi and the DC Metro area.

Cytonn, which was founded in 2014 and has more than $800 million in assets under management, is primarily focused on offering alternative investment solutions to global institutional investors, individual high net-worth investors, local institutional investors and diaspora investors interested in the East African region. Its investment solutions are based on four main products: real estate, structured solutions, private equity and advisory.

Dande, 40, holds an MBA from Wharton and had stints at Lehman Brothers and Bank Of America before returning to Kenya in 2011 where he took up the position as CEO of Britam Asset Managers, a subsidiary company of Britam Holdings, a publicly-listed insurance and financial services firm in Kenya.

In 2014, Dande and a few colleagues at Britam, branched out to establish Cytonn.

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