Barbara Chesire

Managing Director

Barbara has been in the insurance industry for the last 15 years and is a champion for inclusive insurance as a tool for poverty alleviation. An actuarial scientist by training,  Barbara is passionate to see insurance play a role in increasing financial resilience across the continent. She co-founded AB Consultants in 2014 with the aim to build the capacity of the African insurance industry to offer meaningful solutions and to make insurance accessible to those who need it most. She has led inclusive insurance projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zambia and Mozambique, with a focus on market research, human-centered design approach to product development, strategy formulation, regulation and actuarial advisory.

Barbara has pioneered several initiatives within the insurance industry including design of the first Human-Wildlife Conflict Insurance scheme and development of an insurance game, ResilientME! that aims to educate people of all ages about insurance and financial management.

Barbara is pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Global Business at the University of Oxford (Said Business School), UK. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Calgary in Canada minoring in Statistics and Economics. She has a Diploma in Actuarial Techniques and actuarial training from Swedish insurer, Folksam. She has attended various leadership courses including Women in Leadership and Women Directors Leadership Summit offered by Strathmore Business School.  Barbara has volunteered with the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and currently with the International Actuarial Association (IAA) microinsurance taskforce.

Barbara is a member of various professional bodies including The Microinsurance Network, Women Corporate Directors (WCD), The Actuarial Society of Kenya (TASK) and Women on Board Network and has attended several corporate governance trainings. She serves on the boards of Britam General Insurance Kenya, St. Andrews School Turi and Hornbill Development Company.