Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Africa at Google
As a qualified mindfulness facilitator, she helps others by enabling them to practise mindfulness and grow in emotional intelligence and leadership. At the start of Covid19, she started the No Head Podcast about living life in the present moment while telling African stories.
Dorothy was named the top 25 most powerful women in C-suite impacting business in Kenya in 2021 and top 50 in Women in Management Africa Awards 2023 (WIMA) demonstrating the positive impact of her work and contributions towards the empowerment and advancement of women across the African diaspora.
Healthcare director, AFROX
Marion is the healthcare director at South Africa-based Africa Oxygen (AFROX)— a subsidiary of Linde, world’s largest industrial gas firm.
She has held senior executive roles in firms such as BOC Gases, Cadbury Kenya, Nestle Foods, Unga Group and Bayer East Africa.
Marion is avid about building a positive impact and manufacturing excellence in Africa.
She is also one of the trustees of the Palm House Foundation, an education trust dedicated to mentorship. She enjoys playing golf.
Head of External Affairs & Marketing, Nation Media Group
Clifford has been with the Nation Media Group since January 2016 as the Head of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs driving the company’s regulatory and reputation management strategies.
As the Head of External Affairs and Marketing, Clifford plays an important part in the Group’s digital transformation. He is responsible for leading brand and commercial marketing and the events business as well as strategic regulatory and reputation management, corporate communications, and sustainability.
Group Director of Operations Pollmans Tours & Safaris and Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Mohammed is a former chairman of Kenya Tourism Federation and past President Rotary Club of Mombasa. He is a certified governance trainer with the Center for Corporate Governance.
Mohammed sits on various boards both in the public and private sectors.
Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Enterprise Division at Safaricom
Kris is an accomplished business leader with 20+ years’ experience in creating enabling environments and building high-performance teams.
Kris is passionate about the entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped to grow many tech businesses and mentored many tech entrepreneurs on the continent.
Former Director of Investments, Omidyar Network
Before joining the Adecco Group Foundation Board, Ory was the Managing Director of the Omidyar Network and Luminate Group in Africa, both part of The Omidyar Group. She is currently engaged in advisory work in several fields including impact investing, philanthropy, and technology policy.
She serves on the Board of Directors of several organisations including the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, the East African Breweries Limited, Deloitte Africa, the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Group the Harvard Africa Advisory Group and is the Chair of the Stanbic Bank Kenya Foundation. She is also an Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow.
Prior to this, Ory was Google’s Policy and Strategy Manager for Africa. Ory was also at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She was the organisation’s Executive Director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan MPs and Asphalt & Ink, a strategic advisory firm. In 2011, Ory was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and one of Africa’s most Powerful Women by Forbes Magazine. In 2014, she was named Time 100’s most influential person in the world.
Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
CEO, Kim-Fay East Africa
Raj is the CEO of Kim-Fay East Africa and has led the company for the last 18 years.
He has transitioned the business from a small enterprise to a successful multi-billion-shilling hygiene outfit.
Kim-Fay sells brands such as Huggies Diapers, Kleenex, Fay Tissues and Kotex sanitary pads.
Raj is an alumni from the Warwick Business School in UK from where he holds a BSc in Management Sciences and an MBA.
He is also an avid sports lover and has previously been ranked as the number one squash player in Kenya for many years and represented the country at global tournaments such as the Commonwealth Games and World Squash Championships for well over a decade. Raj is also an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organisation).
CEO, Integrated Payment Services Limited
Agnes is the CEO of Integrated Payment Services Limited (IPSL), popularly known as Pesalink. Through Pesalink, banks are able to offer their customers instant payments— an account to account solution that is real time.
Agnes has more than 21 years progressive experience in organisational transformation, predomi nantly focused on developing strategy and providing commercial leadership in sales and business development.
She has held leadership positions in Deloitte Consulting, SAP and most recently Safaricom, working across Africa. She also sits on the boards of One Acre Fund, United Way–Kenya, African Women in Fintech and Payments and the Payments Association of Kenya.
Agnes holds an MBA from United States International University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Bryn Mawr College, USA. She has also been through the Harvard University Women in Leadership programme and was recognised by Business Daily as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Women in 2010.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) CEO
Phyllis is Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), one of Kenya’s leading business membership organisations representing manufacturing and value industries.
She is the chair of the Global Compact Network Kenya, represents KAM on Anti-Counterfeit Agency and is a director at the KenGen.
She is an Advocate of the High Court and holds a Masters in International Trade and Investment Law, Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Law Degree and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Phyllis was a finalist for Business Daily’s Top 40 under 40 is 2016 and has been recognised as a Top Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow on the Choiseul 100 Africa list 2018 and a Most Influential Persons of African Descent.
Director, Clients & Markets Development at PwC Kenya
Managing Editor, Business Daily
Ng’ang’a is a journalist with more than 20 years experience. He has worked in various positions in mainstream newspapers, and won the Pan-Africa Broadcast and Heritage Award in 2000.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Egerton University and certificates in Leadership from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Business and the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications.
He also studied journalism at the International Institute of Journalism in Germany and Copyright Law with the Harvard Law School.
An author of more than 20 books, Ng’ang’a has won the Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize three times and has been twice runner-up for the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature.
He is a member of the Kenya Editors Guild as well as the Kenya Publishers Association.
Founder and Managing Director of TIFA Research
Maggie is the founder and MD of TIFA Research and the vice-chair of the BPO Association of Kenya. She is a research guru with more than 15 years experience in market research.
Maggie held multiple senior positions in the area of research and marketing before she founded TIFA.
She has been recognised by research bodies such as Pan Africa Media Research Organisation and South Africa Market Research Association. Maggie is passionate about the gig economy.
Donald is the co-founder of Engage, Kenya’s leading storytelling platform.
He is also a certified executive coach as well as a certified project management and change management practitioner with over 20 years experience in the public sector.
Donald is an avid runner and Toastmaster who believes that storytelling holds the key to not only connecting with audiences and customers, but to transforming society as a whole.
Head of Sales and Marketing, Jambojet Ltd
Judy is a senior executive with experience spanning 20 years, growing some of the world’s leading brands across a variety of challenging markets in Africa and globally. She has a rich experience spread across the airlines, media and technology sectors.
Judy has proved her ability in setting up digital departments, driving Africa-wide corporate strategy, growing brand equity, training, inspiring and influencing teams to deliver desired objectives. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Strategy from the United States International University–Africa (USIU).
Managing Partner at Andersen in Kenya
FCPA Philip Muema is the Managing Partner at Andersen in Kenya (formerly Nexus Business Advisory Limited). Philip is the regional head of Andersen in Eastern Africa, which has a presence in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Andersen in East Africa and through its global member firms spread across the world offers tax, legal, business and consulting services.
Philip has experience in tax advisory, business advisory, commercial strategy and structuring. With more than 26 years experience, he has particular expertise and unique experience in supporting clients across all sectors of the economy. He has advised publicly traded companies, private ones including family owned enterprises and local and foreign investors and investors on tax structuring, tax planning, wealth planning, tax strategy amongst others.
Philip has built an enviable reputation in the tax and business advisory space and has engaged the Treasury, the National Assembly and the Kenya Revenue Authority on tax matters with a focus on international best practice. His leadership, dedication and contributions in the tax and accounting profession led to his admission to ICPAK’s College of Fellows in 2016.
Phillip is a graduate of the Advanced Management programme at IESE Business School and Strathmore Business School and is a holder of a Master of Business in Administration and BSc Finance, both from USIU-Africa.
Executive Director at NCBA
Catherine is an Executive Director, Brokerage at NCBA Investment Bank.
A lawyer and financial markets expert having over 10 years’ experience in the Kenyan capital markets.
She is passionate about creating financial awareness and cultivating a savings culture particularly among the youth. Her expertise spans across financial advisory, strategic planning and wealth management and investments. Her mantra to achieving success is… I can. End of Story.
Catherine is an alumna of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Baltimore and University of Nairobi.