Darshan Chandaria Voted 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan

Group CEO & Shareholder of Chandaria Industries, Darshan Chandaria has been voted the 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan in the 2nd edition of the annual ranking poll led by international PR & rating firm, Avance Media & Jagari Designs.

Darshan Chandaria who was nominated in the Business category for his exploits in the world of business in Kenya & East Africa got this prestigious endorsement after beating competition from other deserving 99 influential young Kenyans from other sectors to cling the reputable title among young Kenyans.

The multiple award-winning entrepreneur, Darshan Chandaria leads the largest privately owned business group in East & Central Africa which deals in Tissue, Paper, Hygiene Products, Real Estate, and Venture Capitalism. He is an alumnus of the Cardiff University and Harvard Business School.

The ranking which was launched in 2016 was won by Comedian & TV Personality Dan Churchill Ndambuki voted as the 2016 Most Influential Young Kenyan.

Following keenly in the ranking are: Comedian, Njugush, Footballer, Victor Wanyama, CEO of TALA, Rose Wanjiku Muturi and Youth Advocate, Raphael Obonyo who were voted among the top 5 most influential young Kenyans.

East Africa Managing Director of TALA, Rose Wanjiku Muturi who got the 4th position also got the nod as the 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan woman during the poll.

Sharing insights about this year’s polls, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media mentioned; the ranking was instituted to highlight the works of young Kenyans who are contributing in diverse ways towards the advancement of development in Kenya and across Africa.

CEO of Jagari Designs, Janerose Gatobu, mentioned that in honour of the victims of the recent Riverside Attack, the list decided to honour them with the 100th position on the list to reflect the sacrifices they made for the country.

Avance Media also runs same initiative in Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ghana & Cameroon in partnership with various organisations and is expected to release a global ranking in 2019.

Below are winners in the various categories:

  1. Business – Darshan Chandaria, Chandaria Industries
  2. Entertainment – Njugush, Comedian
  3. Law & Governance – Scheaffer Okore, Ukweli Party
  4. Leadership & Civil Society – Raphael Obonyo, Youth Advocate
  5. Lifestyle – Natalie Wanjiru Tewa, Vlogger
  6. Media – Larry Madowo, BBC Africa
  7. Personal Development & Academia – Ruth Ambogo, Young Kenyan Women Leaders
  8. Science & Technology – Thogori Karago, LinkedIn ProFinder
  9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Ruth Jepchumba Kilimo, Marakwet Girls Foundation
  10. Sports – Victor Wanyama, Footballer

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans

  1. Darshan Chandaria – Chandaria Industries
  2. Njugush – Comedian
  3. Victor Wanyama – Footballer
  4. Rose Wanjiku Muturi – TALA
  5. Raphael Obonyo – Youth Advocate
  6. Larry Madowo – BBC Africa
  7. Ruth Ambogo – Young Kenyan Women Leaders
  8. Natalie Wanjiru Tewa – Vlogger
  9. David Rudisha – Athlete
  10. Betty Kyallo – K24 TV
  11. Scheaffer Okore – Ukweli Party
  12. Steve Mbogo – Politician
  13. Sharon Mundia – Blogger
  14. Ruth Jepchumba Kilimo – Marakwet Girls Foundation
  15. Thogori Karago – LinkedIn ProFinder
  16. Seth Gor – Comedian
  17. Wawira Njiru – Food4Education
  18. Elizabeth Ntonjira – IBM
  19. Nyashinski – Musician
  20. Amina Rabar – Capital FM
  21. Enos Olik – Video Director
  22. Nice Nailantei Leng’ete – Amref Health Africa
  23. Victoria Nkatha Mutai – Motivational Speaker
  24. David Kyalo – Koncepts & Events Ltd
  25. Trushar Khetia – Tria Group of Companies
  26. Naomi Kasi Mue – General Legal Counsel (Adrian Group)
  27. George Kimani – Comedian
  28. Amy Wanday – African Sports Network
  29. Xtian Dela – Blogger
  30. Hilda Moraa – Pezesha
  31. McDonald Mariga – Footballer
  32. Elizabeth Mang’eni – Ministry of Trade
  33. Linet Masai – Athlete
  34. Peris Bosire – Farmdrive
  35. Rita Kimani – Farmdrive
  36. King Kaka – Musician
  37. Nerima Wako-Ojiwa – Siasia Place
  38. Ng’ania Mellissa – Lawyer
  39. Natalie Robi – Werema – Msichana Empowerment Kuria
  40. Patricia Kihoro – OAP
  41. Timothy Otieno – KTN
  42. Mike Muthiga – Fat Boy Animations
  43. Sam Gikandi – Africa’s Talking
  44. Beatrice Ndungu – Motivational Speaker
  45. Stephen Sang – Governor
  46. Audrey Mbugua – Activist
  47. Shirlene Nafula – Crystal River Products
  48. Sandra Ochola – Tukuka
  49. Danson Muchemi – JamboPay
  50. Winnie Asiti – Activist
  51. Charles Kanyi – MP
  52. Yvonne Mburu – Nexakili
  53. Mumbi Ndungu – Ibua Africa
  54. DJ Mo – OAP
  55. Aaron Cheruiyot – Senator
  56. Bonnie Kim – Motivational Speaker
  57. Makena Onjerika – Writer
  58. Brian Mbunde – Brand Influencer
  59. Douglas Mwangi – Oasis Mathare
  60. Olivia Muiru – B Lab
  61. Ruth Mwanzia – Koola Waters
  62. Linda Kamau – AkiraChix
  63. Joey Muthengi – OAP
  64. Khaligraph Jones – Musician
  65. Natalie Sonia Mukundane – African Youth Commission
  66. John Paul Mwirigi – MP
  67. Fena Gitu – Musician
  68. Meshack Omega Omido – Public Servant
  69. Lucia Musau – Blogger
  70. Adam Maina – Social Media Influencer
  71. Huston Malande – Skyline Design
  72. Abraham Mbuthia – Uza Point
  73. Mercy Chebeni – Senator
  74. Mwalimu Rachel – OAP
  75. Leanne Peris N Kimani – Diner En Blanc Nairobi
  76. Leroy Mwasaru – Greenpact
  77. Victor Matara – Blogger
  78. Antony Nkuubi – Governance Pillar Organization
  79. Anne Kiguta – OAP
  80. Leonida Mutuku – Intelipro
  81. Martin Kiarie – BEAN Interactive
  82. Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor – Athlete
  83. Brenda Wairimu – Actress
  84. Silvia Njoki
  85. Jeff Israel Nthiwa – Destiny Life Coaching
  86. Ekai Nabenyo – Center for Community Development
  87. Elijah Motonei Manangoi – Athlete
  88. Margaret Wambui – Athlete
  89. Grace Sundukwa – y Assembly Member
  90. Paul Kihiko – Wing It Nairobi
  91. Dysmus Kisilu – Solar Freeze
  92. June Syowia – Beiless Group
  93. Octopizzo – Musician
  94. Silas Kiplagat – Athlete
  95. Davidson Ngibuini – OAP
  96. Raymond Karago – Actor
  97. Bedan Karoki Muchiri – Athlete
  98. Rajiv Mehta – Tangerine Investments
  99. Victims of Riverside Attack

The 2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans ranking was conducted by Avance Media & Jagari Designs in partnership with Blue Blazer International, VIPI State, COSDEF Group, 1000 African Voices, CliqAfrica, WatsUp TV, & MyNaijaNaira.com

For More information kindly visit ke.avancemedia.org or email md@avancemedia.org, +233242307379 or +254711725281