Diana Tanui, 39

Chief Manager Legal Affairs

Insurance Regulatory Authority
My Story

Diana wears many hats. She is the advocate of the High Court of Kenya, an arbitrator, and a certified secretary. In her day-to-day work, she is the chief manager of legal affairs at the Insurance Regulatory Authority. She is the youngest senior manager at the authority. Another first; she is the chairman of the Institute of Certified Secretaries in Kenya, the third woman to hold that position in the history of the institute, and also the youngest.

But breaking into these new grounds has not been a walk in the park. “Although I have in the past faced ageism, I have managed to break the barriers by demonstrating my capabilities as a leader.”

The mother of four says it is in the family that she was molded into being a leader. Her mother was a teacher and her father a farmer.

“Being the firstborn daughter in a family of six made me responsible from a young age. Also, I had tough parents. This meant that we had to be great both in school and on the farm.”

"Although I have in the past faced ageism, I have managed to break the barriers by demonstrating my capabilities as a leader."

It is integrity and excellence, values instilled in childhood that bolstered her professionally.

“My journey has been interesting and my biggest highlight is motherhood.”

Lilys Njeru