David Mathu, 38

Managing Director

National Housing Corporation
My Story

As the youngest managing director of the National Housing Corporation (NHC), David is a man of many firsts.

Before his appointment to NHC, he served as the first and the youngest general manager of construction research and business development at the National Construction Authority (NCA), the state agency in charge of overseeing the construction industry and coordinating its development.

“I grew up in a four-walled mud thatched house in Geta area of Nyandarua County, considered the least developed county in that part of Kenya, up to the point when I was joining the university,” he says.

“My focus now is that no child grows in this kind of housing.”

"The first issue we will need to address is affordability. We will do that by addressing two issues; the price at which the houses are supplied into the market and the purchasing power of the general population."

The quantity surveyor who is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi is currently a doctoral researcher in management and engineering at China’s Harblin Institute of Technology. David also has a Master’s in procurement and logistics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as well as a professional diploma member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK.

In 2010, he was the best overall quantity surveyor in the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya’s professional examinations.

Among key projects that David has handled include the construction of Huduma Centres in 21 counties.

As he settles into his new role, his in-tray at the NHC is full. NHC is at the centre of delivering the Ruto government’s pledge to build 200,000 housing units a year.

“The first issue we will need to address is affordability. We will do that by addressing two issues; the price at which the houses are supplied into the market and the purchasing power of the general population,” he says.

Morris Aron