Samuel Kariuki, 39

Managing Director

Centum Real Estate

Before being appointed as a managing director of Centum Real Estate, he was the group’s Chief Financial Officer for over four years. He led the fundraising initiatives of the group at a time when Centum and its subsidiaries were embarking on major capital investments across East Africa. During the period he led the group’s effort of raising structured capital in excess of Sh20 billion.

In his current role, he leads a team that is managing about Sh40 billion in assets in both Kenya and Uganda.

When he is not executing his current role, he is immersed in the activities of a non-profit organisation he started in Murang’a County to empower small-scale farmers through market linkages, access to quality farm inputs on credit and agronomy services. At present, he is working with about 500 farmers to respond to challenges arising from the collapse of the coffee sector.

This is his way of giving back to the society, acknowledging that the efforts of others saw him get a scholarship at Starehe Boys Center, marking his turning point and ultimately changing his life forever. “My strong sense of duty and commitment to helping the less fortunate are significantly influenced by Geoffrey Griffin’s own example and by his own teaching at Starehe
Boys Center,” he says.

-Annie Njanja