Edward Kirathe

Edward Kirathe
11 August 2023

Edward is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acorn Holdings Limited. He has over 25 years’ experience in the Real Estate sector in East Africa. Acorn Holdings is focused on developing and managing quality and affordable rental housing in Kenya, starting with purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), for university and college students.

In October 2019, Edward led Acorn to issue the first Green Housing Bond in Africa which, in January 2020, became the first Green Bond to be listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and then the first Kenya Shilling Bond to list on the International Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Subsequently, in February 2021, he led Acorn to successfully launch the Acorn Student Accommodation D-REIT and I-REIT.

Edward was the Founding Chairman of the REITs Association of Kenya, a role he served in until October 2020. He is actively involved in developing avenues for sustainable investment in affordable housing through the Capital Markets.

Edward has been a guest speaker at several international conferences and events, including for the World Bank, Harvard, the University of Wisconsin, Urban Land Institute, the New York Stock Exchange, and the London Stock Exchange.