William Asiko joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019 as the Managing Director of the Africa Region Office.
William is an experienced, results-oriented leader of international development institutions with both private and public-sector experience. William started his career as an attorney for the Government of Kenya’s external resources department, handling transactions between the Government and international development finance institutions and monitoring the implementation of the obligations placed on the Government. William then moved to the private sector and, in a career spanning nearly 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company, held various positions in several countries including the United States, Kenya, Morocco the United Kingdom and South Africa. In 2007 William was appointed President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation based in Johannesburg, South Africa, managing programs in more than 30 countries across Africa, a position he held for 6 years until May 2013.
William was formerly the Executive Director of GrowAfrica, an innovative agricultural development partnership between the World Economic Forum, the African Union and NEPAD that works to accelerate private sector investment into African agriculture. GrowAfrica currently runs over 40 programs in different value chains across 12 countries in Africa with an ambitious growth plan to take the Grow Africa model across all countries in Africa.
Prior to this, William spent 3.5 years in Tanzania as Chief Executive Officer of The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), a pan African development organization that works with African Governments to remove barriers to greater private sector investment in their countries. ICF ran 75 programs across 21 countries in Africa before completing its mandate in 2016.
William serves on the boards of the Discovery Channel’s foundation the Discovery Learning Alliance in Washington DC and Isha Sesay’s women’s empowerment foundation, W.E. Can Lead in New York, USA. William also previously served on the boards of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa and Rotarians For Family Health & Aids Prevention, Inc. (RFHA) in Atlanta, USA, respectively. In 2010, William was appointed by the President of the Republic of Togo to the International Investment Advisory Council of Togo and in that capacity, advised the Togolese Cabinet on investment and development matters.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, William served 5 years as State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for Kenya and 2 years as a partner in the law firm of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Nairobi, Kenya. William earned a law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1987 and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in the United States in 2005. He is a non-practicing member of the Kenya Bar.