Ms. Pauline Nkatha Laibon is Meru County’s Director of External Partnerships and Affairs in the Governor’s office. She has 10 years’ experience in partnership building, fundraising and event management. In her position, Pauline serves in the Meru Vision 2040 delivery Secretariat for the next three years appointed and gazetted by Meru County Governor H.E. Hon. Kiraitu Murungi as part of the team to deliver Meru Vision 2040.
Prior this, she coordinated the process of developing the Meru Twaweza Program for the County First Lady and the Meru Economic and Social Council as the secretary to the management steering committee of the Council chaired by Amb. Francis Muthaura. She also served in the steering committee of the 1st successful Mt. Kenya Mountain Running championship held in Meru County in February 2020 to raise funds to construct a Cancer Center in the County.
Prior to joining the County Government, Pauline was the Resource Mobilization and Partnership manager for KANCO (formerly known as the Kenya Aids NGO’s Consortium), a membership health NGO established in the early 1990s in Kenya with operations in the Eastern Africa Region with a focus on health advocacy and or implementing health programs.
Before joining KANCO in August 2016, Pauline worked at USIU-Africa as the Internship coordinator under the School of Science and Technology; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and in the Admissions Department as a Financial Aid Assistant. During her time at the university, she was also part of the Graduation Committee, in addition to being a member of the team who handled the inauguration event of the current Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Zeleza.
Gladwell Mbugua is the Human Resources Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Advisory Business in the East Africa region. Gladwell’s experience spans over ten years with specialization in talent management strategy, human resource, business partnership, reward management, organization design, performance management and change management.
Over the course of her career, she has supported Human Resources functions at a senior level in top-tier organizations both in the East and West Africa markets. Her experience includes Human Resource management at Africa Development Bank in Abidjan, KPMG East Africa, British American Tobacco, Andela, Equity Bank, among others.
Gladwell graduated from USIU-Africa in 2020 with a Masters of Business Administration. Her career objective is to be a global transformative human resource leader who builds organizational capabilities for delivering sustainable innovation and value creation for all stakeholders.
Dr. Donald Manyala is a Parliamentary Researcher and Policy Analyst at the Parliament of Kenya, supporting information needs of Members of Parliament and its staff. Donald specializes in policy analysis and generation of evidence based research to aid decision making and legislation.
In addition to his role as a Parliamentary Researcher, Donald also serves in the Board of Trustees for the Parliamentary Service Commission Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme as a Trustee. Prior to his current role, he worked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as a Research and Data Analyst in the Boundaries Department.
Donald holds a PhD in Leadership & Governance from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He holds a Master in Business Administration (Strategic Management) and a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management from the United States International University - Africa (USIU-Africa). He is also an alumnus of the 42nd cohort of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
Dr. Manyala has served in USIU-Africa’s Alumni Association Board as the Treasurer and Executive Committee Member. During his time as a student at USIU-Africa, he served as the Vice-Chairperson of the Student Affairs Council (SAC).
Dr. Manyala has published several publications, including “Moderating Effect of Public Participation on the Relationship between Political and Economic Relations and Service Delivery in County governments of Kenya” and “Contributions of Administrative and Fiscal Relations on Service Delivery in County Governments of Kenya". Other future publications that he has on the way include a book documenting the use of evidence in decision making in African Parliaments.
John Musunga is the Managing Director of Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL). He joined KBL on the 1st of March 2021 from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) where his last position was that of Vaccines Market Leader responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe. John has worked in senior local, regional and global roles including being the Managing Director GSK Kenya & East Africa and also as the global Head of Supranationals for GSK’s Global Vaccines based in Belgium. He began his career as a sales representative and progressed into sales and marketing leadership roles in East Africa and South Africa.
Mr. Musunga has considerable strategic and leadership experience and repeatedly led his teams to exceed business targets, increase market footprint and grow market share. During his time in GSK East Africa, he more than quadrupling the size of business and also substantially grew jobs and employment. Outside the organization he worked, John has held a number of external positions including three years as a Non-Executive Director on the Kenya Vision 2030 Board, Chaired the Kenya HIV/Aids Business Council Board and was a past Chairman of the Kenya Association of Pharmaceuticals among others.
John is passionate about driving business results through the power of strong teams and works to create an environment where people can be at their best. He takes pride in acting as a coach and mentor to spot and develop talent and is proud of the many who he interacted with who have made successes of their careers and businesses.
John graduated in 2008 with an MBA in Marketing from USIU-Africa.
Dr. Caroline Wanjiru Karugu is Nyeri’s Deputy Governor, with over 15 years’ experience in the regional capital markets and financial services industry. She holds an MBA and DBA USIU-Africa.
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Dr. Caroline Wanjiru Karugu is Nyeri’s Deputy Governor, hailing from Nyaribo, Kiganjo-Mathari Ward in Nyeri Town Constituency. Dr. Karugu has over 15 years’ experience in the regional capital markets and financial services industry, holding various leadership positions in various organizations.
Prior to becoming Deputy Governor, Dr. Karugu was the Chief Executive of Jabali Microserve Ltd, a commercial subsidiary of Jitegemee Trust, an organization dealing with Social Investments. Before this appointment, she served as Britam Group’s Senior Investor Relations Manager.
Before joining Britam in October 2013, Dr. Karugu worked for the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) as the Investor Relations and Communications Manager. At the NSE, she was the pioneering Country Manager of the Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI), an East African securities training organization with the mandate of deepening knowledge within the capital markets participants.
She was also in charge of external affairs and government relations for the East African Stock Exchanges Association (EASEA). While working at the NSE, Caroline participated in the listing of several companies, rights issues, bond offers and private placement projects.
While working as the Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager of the Kenya Union and Saving Cooperatives (KUSCCO), Carol made outstanding contributions to the Kenyan Cooperative movement where she spearheaded efforts of organizing young people to form SACCOs.
In 2010, she won the prestigious World Young Credit Union Professionals (WYCUP) award sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) in the United States. This global award is given to the top 5 individuals who have made significant contributions to their credit union system and have the potential to make a global impact.
Dr. Karugu has also served in various leadership capacities across various organizations, in board and ambassadorial roles. She was among the private sector professionals appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to take up a board position in the Geothermal Development Company where she chaired the Board Technical and Strategy Committees and had spearheaded the restructuring of the State Corporation. In March 2020, Dr. Karugu was elected as the Chair of the Deputy Governors’ Forum and in November 2020, appointed Kenya Goodwill ambassador for Palliative care by Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA).
Dr. Karugu holds a Bachelor of Commerce Double Major Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Daystar University and a Global Executive MBA (Strategy) from USIU-Africa in partnership with the Frankfurt School of Finance in Germany. She also holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree in Finance from USIU-Africa in collaboration with the Columbia Business School in New York.
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Fred Murimi is the Managing Director of Centum Capital Partners Limited (CCAP), a private equity fund, managing a peak of US$250 million of private equity funds for its parent company, Centum Investment Company PLC, East Africa’s largest quoted investment company with over 36,000 shareholders and total assets of over US$ 600 million.
Fred has served in the position of Managing Director since July 2015, in which he has been responsible for the management of Centum’s private equity investments across financial services, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), manufacturing, education, agribusiness and energy. He has driven the value creation and value realization activities in Centum’s private portfolio, which has seen the portfolio deliver a gross US$ IRR of over 20%. CCAP has also been the most active private equity fund manager in the region having achieved 5 exits in the last 5 years alone, in line with Centum’s vision to be Africa’s foremost investment channel.
In his capacity as the head of Centum’s private equity business, he sits on the board of several companies including Almasi Beverages Limited, Longhorn Publishers Limited, Isuzu East Africa Limited and NAS Servair Limited. He has previously served on the boards of Platcorp Holdings, Genafrica Limited and Kenya Wine Agencies Limited and served as Centum’s Group Corporate Affairs Director & Company Secretary from January 2013 until June 2015.
Fred has over 10 years’ experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Centum, he worked in investment banking with Dyer & Blair Investment Bank and later with Renaissance Capital (Kenya Limited) as Vice President. Fred has also worked as a regulator with the Capital Markets Authority.
He is passionate about developing the investment industry in East Africa and has previously served on the board of the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks (KASIB) and on the Board Finance sub-committee of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). He is a certified trainer of the NSE Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI) and has most recently been appointed as a member of the capital markets law review panel by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to review the capital markets legal framework to ensure its robustness in supporting a functioning financial market.
Fred holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL. B) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from USIU–Africa and is qualified in Kenya as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and as a Certified Public Secretary (CPS). He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). In 2014, he was awarded Certified Secretary of the Year in the Champions-of-Governance (COG) Awards by ICPSK and is a 2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.
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Tony Gatheca is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Transcend Media Group (TMG), one of the leading full service integrated marketing, advertising and communication agencies in Kenya with a regional presence in 6 East African countries.
TMG is affiliated globally to McCann Worldgroup headquartered in New York and Mullen Lowe Group headquartered in London. An enthusiastic marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry; Tony has expertise in both Above the Line (ATL) and Below the Line (BTL) campaigns encompassing strategy, creative, media buying, public relations and digital marketing.
Tony has a Global Executive MBA in Strategic Management from USIU-Africa, in collaboration with SolBridge International School of Business, South Korea, having graduated in 2013 and an undergraduate degree in B.COM, Marketing and Business Administration from Daystar University in 1998.
He served as Chairman of the Marketing Society of Kenya (2015-2017) where he instituted far-reaching policy reforms, forged new partnerships and restored credibility within the industry. He has sat in the boards of Kenya Audience Research Foundation (KARF), Advertising Standards Board, Super Brands Council and AIESEC. He is also a member of the Advertising Practitioners Association (APA) and Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK).
Dedicated to youth empowerment, Tony served as a judge and mentor in the inaugural 254 Youth Entrepreneurship Awards in 2019. With a passion of growing teams and dreams throughout the course of his career, Tony has developed award-winning advertising campaigns, engaging the youth.
True to brand, TMG conceptualized and implemented the Trust Condoms rebrand – “Kuwa True”, and the NYS rebrand – “True to self, True to Country”, that both won best rebrand and re-launch, at the MSK Gala 2012 and 2014, respectively.
‘Truth Well Told’, the driving mantra behind the success – Tony believes in producing ‘Work that Works’ and delivers on the brand promise to consumers.
Previously employed in various Media Houses over the course of a decade, including Nation Media Group; Tony was part of the pioneering commercial team of the broadcasting division that launched NTV and Nation Radio in the year 2000. Tony then joined McCann Erickson in 2002, where he learnt the ropes of agency business before returning to work in media for Radio Africa Group - KISS FM and Classic FM as an agency sales manager.
After leading the sales and marketing team at Capital FM, Capital Group Ltd since 2005, Tony embarked on his Entrepreneurial journey, founding TMG in 2010, striving to create campaigns that will transcend beyond generations.
During his free time, Tony loves to play golf at the Muthaiga Golf Club where he is a member.
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Geoffrey Odundo is the Chief Executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), a position he has held for the past 6 years. He is an accomplished Investment Banker having been in the financial services sector for the last 28 years, 22 of which have been in Capital Markets.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Odundo was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited, and Kingdom Securities Limited, all subsidiaries of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited.
Mr. Odundo has also held advisory roles on several corporate finance mandates in both the public and private sectors, in addition to managing key mandates in the asset management industry. He has contributed to the growth of the Capital Markets in his previous role as a Director/Board Secretary - Kenya Association of Stock Brokers and Investment Banks, Chairman of the Financial Standards Committee - Kenya Bureau of Standards as well as the Board Director of the Nairobi Securities Exchange PLC. Mr. Odundo serves as a Director of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation (CDSC) Limited, Director of the NSE Clear Limited; and a trustee of the NSE Fidelity Funds.
He is also the Vice-Chairman of the REITs Association of Kenya (RAK), a member of the Working Committee of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), a member of the Central Bank Consolidative Forum for Domestic Debt Market (CFDDM), and a Council Member of the Institute of Certified Investment Financial Analysts (ICIFA). Other roles that he currently holds include serving as a board member of the Africa Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), a Director of the East African Securities Exchanges Association, and a Member of the Thomson Reuters Africa Customer Advisory Network.
Mr. Odundo holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from USIU-Africa and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics. He is an Advanced Management Program (AMP) graduate from Strathmore Business School.