Minneh Kane

Independent Board Member

Minneh Kane has extensive experience and expertise in international development and in working in African and Asian countries having worked as a lawyer for the World Bank Group for over 26 years. At the World Bank, Ms. Kane provided legal support on projects in several countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa and travelled to them extensively in the course of her work.  Among other things, Ms. Kane was responsible for monitoring the application of World Bank Group policies (including environment and social safeguards and governance issues) for these projects, which included power projects in Africa and Asia.

Ms. Kane was a Task Team Leader for legal and judicial reform projects in several Asian and African countries. In this capacity, she dealt with the particular challenges of the regulatory environment for projects. She is familiar with the specific challenges of Africa both from having worked there and having grown up in Kenya.

Ms. Kane is a past Director of Root Capital, a company which seeks to improve the lives of rural farmers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia by supplying agricultural businesses with financial capital and training to help them grow.  She currently serves on the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission of Arlington County.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Kane worked as a trial lawyer at the Law firm of Hamilton, Harrison, and Matthews in Nairobi. She then worked at the Public Law Institute in Nairobi, where she led the public interest litigation efforts and supervised a legal aid clinic.

Ms. Kane is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a barrister-at-law of Grays Inn, London and was called to the Kenyan Bar in 1982. She holds a first law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Diploma in French Law from the Universite de Paris.  In addition to English, Ms. Kane speaks French, Swahili and Kikuyu.