Charles Field Marsham

Executive Chairman, Panafrican Equipment Group

Charles Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in building businesses in Africa. Charles has 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 businesses in and outside 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 stock broker in Kenya; Panafrican Equipment Group, which he founded in 1996 and Kenya Fluorspar, a fluorspar mine he purchased in 1997 but closed in 2017. These companies employ approximately 400 people with operations in Canada, Dubai, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In January 2020, Charles invested in and became a board member of Slingshot Sports LLC, a world leading brand of kite boarding equipment, headquartered in Hood River, Oregon

Not for Profit Activities

Charles is dedicated to fostering strong communities where he lives and works and is involved with numerous charities and not-for-profit organizations. Charles sat on the boards of The Foundation of the Hospital for Sick Children, Grand Challenges Canada, and the African Medical Research Foundation Canada (AMREF). He was a founding donor and board member of The Next Canada, an entrepreneurship program. Charles is the principal benefactor and chairman of the Kenya Scholar Access Program (KENSAP), an initiative that since 2004 has helped secure full scholarships for more than 215 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.