Catherine Asemeit Omasete, 31

Head of Internal Audit, Risk Management & Compliance

Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
My Story,

The outlier risk manager

By the time she was 27, Catherine had created a path her peers could only dream of.

She was appointed a senior auditor at Ernst & Young before taking up a management role at East Africa Reinsurance.

She has been on a growth trajectory since. Today, her role entails ensuring that ICPAK has a strong system of internal controls. She achieves this by conducting frequent audits.

“I spearhead risk management initiatives within the institute, ensuring that all the risks are adequately identified and mitigated,” she says of her demanding role.

"I have a tested experience in helping leading banks and insurance companies to set their risk strategy and risk appetite."

Catherine, who is pursuing her PhD in Business Studies at the University of Nairobi says that what catapulted her career was her work at Europe-Deutsche Bank where she was on a secondment programme.

The skills acquired from working for leading companies in Europe and Africa have put her a step above the rest.

“During my time at the Europe-Deutsche Bank (Frankfurt), I was one among the go to persons for the bank’s operational risk management,” she says.

“I have a tested experience in helping leading banks and insurance companies to set their risk strategy and risk appetite.”

She achieved a five-star rating while at Europe-Deutsche Bank and that made her employers back home consider her for a top management position when she came back.

The mother of two, who was orphaned at an early age, draws her strength and inspiration from her family.

“I had to take up some casual jobs while at the University of Nairobi because the only other option I had was to go back to Teso. When I finally had a family of my own I had no doubt that I found what I needed,” she says.

Her ultimate goal is becoming a CEO in the next five to 10 years or working in government at a senior position.

–Nasibo Kabale