Charles Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in building businesses in Africa. Charles acquired a wide array of international business and investment experience, beginning in 1991 when he joined Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, then while living and working in Kenya between 1993 and 2003, and through a number of ventures that led him to found Kestrel Capital Management Capital (KCMC) in 2004, when he returned to Canada. KCMC provides strategic, investment and management consulting services to Charles’ businesses outside of Canada. Charles owns and is chairman of the following businesses: Kestrel Capital, which he founded in 1995 and developed into the leading investment bank and broker in Kenya; Panafrican Group, which he founded in 1996, which has since grown from being the exclusive distributor of Komatsu equipment in Kenya to include distribution rights and operations in five countries across East and West Africa; and Kenya Fluorspar, a fluorspar mine he purchased in 1997 that has since grown to become one of the largest producers in the world. These companies employ approximately 1,000 people with offices in Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Dubai.
Charles is dedicated to fostering strong communities where he lives and works and is involved with numerous charities and not-for-profit organizations. Charles sits on the boards of The Foundation of the Hospital for Sick Children, Grand Challenges Canada, The Canadian Council on Africa, and the African Medical Research Foundation Canada (AMREF). He is a founding donor and on the board of The Next 36 entrepreneurship program. Charles is also the principal benefactor and chairman of the Kenya Scholar Athlete Program (KENSAP), an initiative that since 2004 has helped secure full scholarships for more than 75 Kenyan students at top-tier American universities, including Harvard, Yale, MIT and Princeton. Charles’ dedication to community service led he and his wife, Rita, to create The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation.