“Prior to my appointment as the Chief Executive of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in April 2015, I was the Head of Policy Research and Advocacy Unit KAM a position I held since 2013. The Unit provides the overall direction in the policy and advocacy work of the Association. While the Head of the Unit I successfully led the partnership with the National Council on the Administration of Justice to develop the Enforcement Manual to Combat Illicit Trade in Kenya and worked with the Commission on Revenue Allocation on the County Money Bills Project amongst other achievements. I also represent KAM on various boards such as the Board of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and I am a member of the Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (KECOPAC).
Before joining KAM I was the Manager for Government and Industry Affairs at Kenya Airways where i was a key member of the Government of Kenya delegations negotiating bilateral air services agreements and was responsible for building and maintaining Government and Industry relations. I was a member of the East African Community Facilitation Team that ensured improvements across all airports in East Africa. I previously worked at a law firm.
I’m an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and hold a Masters in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law, a and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resources Management Kenya. Additionally I have Masters degree in International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Nairobi.
I’m an alumni of the Swedish Institute Management Program on Sustainable Business Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility and was part of the inaugural program for Africa in 2014. I have also been trained in the Role of Private Sector in Government Policy by Strathmore Business School and John Hopkins University; Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration- Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) UK London and High Performance Boardrooms- Institute of Directors. I have also undertaken a number of leadership and management courses.
I’m really enjoying my work because this is what I love to do, causing a transformation. My transition to CEO’s position was quite easy having been in the Association before. I also had a lot of support from Ms. Betty Maina, the former KAM Chief Executive (now Permanent Secretary, State Department of East Africa) who is also one of my great mentors. I have a lot of support from the KAM Board of Directors, the secretariat, key government partners and other stakeholders at large. There has been a lot of engagement especially with the Board of Directors and the vision of the Association and strategy is very clear.
Any top leadership position comes with a myriad of challenges especially working for such an organisation as KAM. My role involves transforming the economy through advocating for a competitive business environment. This definitely involves a lot of partnership with like minded institutions and the Government. The challenge in my view is to really ensure that I make impact and contribute to the turnaround growth of the sector. I believe in growing leaders. What gives me satisfaction is seeing other people’s potential developed. I am also a democratic leader. I listen and appreciate other people’s views and opinions. I also like transforming what I find and believe in new ideas. I believe there is always another way of doing something, status quo should not always be the norm.
My ultimate goal is to see that the industry in Kenya is secured for shared prosperity and that jobs are created. We need to build a sustainable and competitive sector and become the Industrial Hub of Africa.
(I believe that) Work is simply a means to an end but not an end in itself. Success in life goes beyond the job; but includes relationships and our contribution to society. I believe there needs to be work-life balance and it is one of my principles. I try to give as much time as I can to my family and thus spend most of my time especially weekends with my family. I also spend extra time giving back to the community my skills and strengths.
Religion plays a great role in my leadership style. I am a firm believer in God and most of my basic principles I draw from the Bible. The greatest kind of leadership is servant leadership and that is what I have embraced. My faith helps me to always strive for excellence and remain humble and focused. The scripture clearly says that God lifts the humble but He resists the proud.
I am married with 3 children. I love my family very much. Their encouragement and input into my life has contributed immensely to who I am today. Am quite simple….. I love 3 things the most in my life: my family, spending time in the church with a group of children that I teach music and the bible and I love reading. I also listen to a lot of gospel music. l love cooking and travelling on holiday with my family.”