David Wanjohi, 30

Tax Dispute Resolution Manager 

Ernst & Young
My Story

At 30, David has chalked up career triumphs that are enviable to even older and more experienced lawyers. At 24, he was working at the Office of the Council of Governors as a legal and programmes officer.

His job at E&Y entails resolving tax disputes for clients and representing them at the Tax Tribunal and in court.

Winning 95 per cent “landmark cases” for his clients, mostly banks, and consequently saving them billions of shillings, is his career-high and a feather in his cap. That and the high-value networks he has forged in his line of work, here and abroad.

David attended Alliance Boys and studied law at the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) and later accounting and finance at Strathmore University.

"I’m a hard-worker, a go-getter and diligent. But I never imagined I’d have achieved so much at 30."

He cut his legal teeth at K&L Gates, a top-tier law firm in the UK, as he studied for his Master’s degree (Law and Economics) at the University College London.

At the onset of devolution, after the current Constitution came into effect, he worked at the Transition Authority (TA).

David was later seconded to the Council of Governors where he served for two stints between 2014 and 2018.

He may have ticked nearly every box in his career, but even to David, his success astonishes him. “I’m a hard-worker, a go-getter and diligent. But I never imagined I’d have achieved so much at 30.”

On what propels him, he says he is passionate about sustainable development.

-James Kahongeh