Edward Kirathe
Immediate Past Chairperson

Chief Executive Officer - Acorn Holdings Limited

Mr. Kirathe has vast experience in the real estate industry and has managed the delivery and overseen the development of some of the most iconic and landmark developments built in East Africa between 2005 and 2020 such us the Regional head office of Coca Cola East and Central Africa (Nairobi), Deloitte East Africa head office, Equity Center and Nakawa Business Park (Kampala). In October 2019, he led Acorn to issue the first Green Housing Bond in Africa which, in January 2020, became the first Kenya Shilling Bond to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). 

Mr. Kirathe is a Registered Architect with over 25 years’ experience in Real Estate development. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree (honors) from the Jomo Kenyatta University, is a member of the Association for Project Management (UK) and the Architectural Association of Kenya. He is the Founder and CEO of Acorn Holdings Limited, a Company focused on developing and managing high quality and affordable rental accommodation in Kenya, starting with purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), for university and college students. Mr. Kirathe is also the immediate past Chairman of the REITs Association of Kenya and is actively involved in developing avenues for sustainable finance for affordable housing through the Capital Markets.