John Whalen

Executive Committee Member

John Whalen is the CEO and President of Kito, Inc, based in Boston, New York, Seattle and Nairobi.  Kito has three integrated companies helping to invest capital while concurrently bringing capacity building services to seed-stage start-ups in East Africa.  Kito focuses on social enterprises that use data and technology to scale within their respective verticals (having successfully invested in companies in financial services; agriculture, health and education).

Prior to joining Kito, Mr Whalen served as the President of Pact Institute from 2010 to 2016, broadening Pact’s donor base to include foundations and corporations while growing revenues ten-fold over five years. He helped secure a major Rockefeller Foundation grant to invest in starting a Knowledge Management practice that was instrumental in transforming Pact’s use of technology, data and knowledge.

Mr Whalen has an MSFS degree in International Business Diplomacy and International Trade Policy from Georgetown University, Washington, USA.