Bryan Cuthbert, 31


Doinyo Lessos Creameries

Bryan runs a dairy-processing factory, Doinyo Lessos Creameries, which has been in existence for the last five decades and is known for its cheese.

At 27, Bryan was appointed chairperson of KAM North Rift region three years ago, becoming one the youngest to ever hold such a position. His responsibility is primarily to be the voice of manufacturers in Nandi, Baringo, Uasin-Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo-Marakwet and Kericho counties.

Since he took office, he says he has seen wins in terms of development of roads to industrial areas, increased provision of water and ease of doing business.

He says that what drives him is the need for positive change.

“Service gives me the most fulfilment,” says the alumnus of St Andrew’s Turi, Oundle School, UK, Imperial College and Kings College London.

“I would like to leave a mark and it be known that I gave value both to society and in business”.

He says that being the youngest at the table can sometimes be a challenge.

“In different boardrooms this has been recurring but it gives me an opportunity to prove myself. There is a Zen Buddhist saying that goes; how you do anything is how you do everything.

Being in a leadership position puts you in the spotlight and opens you to criticism; this can be difficult but you can never please everyone,” he says.

He challenges the young generation to be relentless in learning and experimenting.

To learn their environment, themselves and their situations to find the intersection of where they can be passionate and proficient.

Away from his busy schedule, adventure is a pastime he enjoys. Ever since he was a young boy, he would plan excursions, be it a hike or on a bicycle or motorbike ride into the great outdoors to enjoy the marvels of nature.

He is also an avid reader; his favourite read this year being Elon Musk’s biography.

–Stanley Kimuge