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Barbara Kokonya

Barbara Kokonya


Barbara Kokonya is founder and managing director of Very Chic Limited. The company developed out of her passion for merging chic style and practical function in everyday products, which is central to Very Chic’s creative process and identity.

Prior to going into entrepreneurship, Barbara worked in the sports industry for over ten years. She was the first female to hold the position of General Manager at both Cricket Kenya and Kenya Rugby Union. She consulted for the International Cricket Council in the dual position of Host Liaison and Event Coordinator for Kenya and Zimbabwe during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

She has a joint Executive MBA degree from Maastricht School of Management and Eastern and Southern African Management Institute.

Outside work, Barbara is co-founder of a foundation that mentors girls and women through sports.