An Exclusive Conversation with Sonal Haria


A serial entrepreneur, Sonal’s love for beauty brands and make-up grew as a bi-product of her initial company, Canvas Media – a digital marketing agency. As an young career-oriented woman, she realized she spent so much time admiring international independent brands but many of which were unavailable in Kenya. An avid supporter of women in business and entrepreneurship, Sonal recognized the need to offer on-the-go women like herself trendy, high-quality and affordable products. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, at the Sauder School of Business, she went on to start a digital agency in Vancouver, after which she moved back to Kenya to co-found Canvas Media. Her strong networks and experience in investor-relations, technology and start-ups have helped her translate and implement the latest digital strategies and technology into African markets. Her “just do it” mindset and strong work ethic has driven her love for building many brands including her own to evolve from start-ups to greatly respected brands in the Sub-Saharan business community.

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