Dorothy Abade-Maseke, 37

Group Risk and Compliance Manager (ICEA) and Founding Chair (IRM EA)

ICEA LION Group & IRM EA Regional Group
My Story,

Cracking a winning formula

A woman of many academic achievements and awards, Dorothy says her deepest aspiration is to create positive impact in people’s lives on a large scale.

“I believe that part of my life’s purpose is to share my learnings and promote collective endeavours that will create new realities that improve our world and our companies,” she says.

A wife and a mother of three girls, Dorothy attributes her success in the corporate world to the support she has received from her family and husband.

She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi, an international postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management from the UK and a Diploma in Business Continuity from Buckinghamshire New University.

"Oftentimes, I find myself being the youngest, and perhaps only woman sitting at a conference table for some of the global committees that I sit on or support..."

She is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist, certified in risk and information systems controls, certified in management information systems (IMIS), certified environmental auditor, just to name a few.

Dorothy started her career at KPMG’s risk consulting department soon after her graduation.

She then moved on to UAP Holdings and then ICEA LION Group where she has been for the last seven years. At ICEA, she oversees risk and compliance activities across the Group’s companies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with a special interest in sustainability.

Her goal to do more for individuals and companies is what motivated her to establish IRM EA Regional Group, a member body of the IRM UK, four years ago. It is made up of professionals pursuing risk management professional certifications and so far has 130 members.

She sits in IRM UK Special Interests Group, UNEP FI committee and World Vision Kenya governance and nomination committee as a member.

Her greatest challenge?

“Oftentimes, I find myself being the youngest, and perhaps only woman sitting at a conference table for some of the global committees that I sit on or support. This can be intimidating at times,” says Dorothy.

Her advice to young women is that they should think big. They should know that they can do whatever they conceive in their minds.

—Adonijah Ochieng