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Daisy Chesang

Senior Associate – GDI Africa

Daisy Chesang is a Senior Associate on the GDI Africa team. Daisy is an experienced leader with a proven track record in driving impactful multi-stakeholder initiatives and fostering innovation across various sectors, with a key focus on program management and innovation strategies, with an approach to problem-solving in sectors of Entrepreneurship, Startup development, and Creative Initiatives. Within her role as Senior Associate, Daisy specializes in launching and operationalizing initiatives for systemic and scaled change.

Daisy joins GDI Africa supporting the Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) and the Circularity Economy project, contributing to project management, research, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and business development. Her expertise lies in generating ideas for data analysis, drafting work plans, and promoting collaboration.

Before joining GDI Africa, Daisy served as a Creative Pathway Lead at the Global Opportunity Youth Network (Mombasa), spearheading initiatives to empower over 4,000 youths in the creative sector. Notable achievements include fundraising and launching a creative fund of over Euros 600,000 to unlock the creative economy for youth employment, training and providing employment placement for 1200 women and youth in dignified jobs, and fundraising for performance equipment for job opportunities. She also played a pivotal role in leading the development of the Mombasa Film Policy and represented Swahilipot Hub under the UNESCO-Heritopolis Consortium. Daisy’s previous roles include working with Metta Nairobi, leading the implementation of innovative programs such as the CDNA Program by The British Council/FCDO, the IKEA foundation project, and with Pangea Accelerator, where she launched a $300,000 worth of investment opportunity for initiatives intending to scale within the African market under the Scaleup Program 2021.

Daisy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Science from Kenyatta University and has received recognition in the Creative & Innovation Hubs building under the British Council EA. She has also supported research and mapping of different sectors through reports launched under Hivos East Africa, the British Council, and Early Bird Ventures separately. Daisy continues to volunteer, mentor, and support idea developments for startups in Africa.