Patricia Amira (Kenya/UK)
Co-Chair, Global Board; Co-Chair UK Board; Chair Kenya Board
Guided by the belief that effective growth occurs when you change yourself, Patricia has carved a stellar and conscientious media career path for over 16 years. Her journey began in Nairobi’s first commercial radio station, Capital FM before she set her sights on the possibilities that lay in television. One daughter and two pilot shows later she became the creator and content driver of the first pan-African produced talk-show format, The Patricia Show, that was broadcast across the African continent, in Europe, Asia and the USA between 2009 and 2012.
She has served on and steered a number of high level plenaries on issues as varied as health, women and girls and building scientific capacity in Africa through to how creatives are shaping the continents future. A few of her esteemed partnerships include the African Leadership Network, World Health Organisation, African Leadership Network, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at Women Deliver 2013, African Academy of Sciences/ Grand Challenges Africa, and UN Women.
Patricia’s work has been feted in both Forbes Africa (Top 40 Most Powerful Media Personalities 2011) and Forbes Afrique (2015), Le Monde (France) and in The New Africans series on Brazilian television. She lends her voice in support and action with a number of initiatives both locally and internationally including being a Signatory and Individual Champion of the Girl Effect’s ‘The Girl Declaration”.
Driven by efforts that employ a more holistic view to social development and cultural identity, in her spare time Patricia is developing avenues in which her creative vision can be more effectively utilised through media storytelling. Believing in the vital role of The Arts in societies, and in leading her daughter by example, Patricia is a painter, curates African soundscapes for digital radio, and also enjoys practicing yoga and exercising her ‘green thumb’ for pleasure.