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LEADERSHIP CONVERSATIONS

DO WOMEN MATTER IN THE WORKPLACE?

UDUAK AMIMO
JOURNALIST, ROYAL MEDIA SERVICES

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO

Yes and no! I say YES because there are women who have made a conscious decision to challenge the status quo however and whatever one perceives ‘the’ status quo to be successfully or
sometimes unsuccessfully...[..]

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JOY MBOYA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE GODOWN ARTS CENTRE

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


I run the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi. However, I have previously had other careers including practising as an architect, teaching and singing with the Musikly Speaking Band...[..]

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NORAH ODWESSO
DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS & COMMUNICATION
COCA-COLA CENTRAL EAST AND WEST AFRICA BUSINESS UNIT (CEWABU)

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


I was born in Mombasa into a polygamous family of 16 children. My upbringing played a significant role in shaping my life philosophy today. While growing up, my parents believed that all things are possible to... [..]

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AMANI (CECILIA WAIRIMU)
MUSICIAN

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


I am ambitious and determined. I love adventure, dancing and I am feisty. I can be secretive but once I am used to you, I slowly open up. I can be blunt sometimes and a bit of a rebel (with a cause)...[..]

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DR. KHETSIWE DLAMINI
PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS OFFICER, IFC

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Dr Khetsiwe Dlamini, a Swazi national is Principal Operations Officer at International Finance Corporation (IFC) and has worked in several developing countries around the world. She has over 20 years ..[..]

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LAIMANI BIDALI
FOUNDER AND LEAD COACH, ALABASTRON NETWORK TRUST

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Laimani’s mission is to move women beyond the horizons of success into the Zone of significance, by coaching them in identify and overcome self-defeating patterns. [..]

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BRENDA MBATHI
GROUP CORPORATE RELATIONS DIRECTOR,
EAST AFRICAN BREWERIES LIMITED (EABL)

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Warm, empathetic, helpful, conscientious and loyal, candid, organised and traditional – these are words that my friends and colleagues have used to describe me...[..]

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VIOLETTE WAMBUA
CO-FOUNDER, NETWORKING IN HEELS

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO

My perspective of life has changed at every stage, mostly for the better and sometimes for the worse. However, each time it has been reinforced positively.. [..]

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WHO IS DRIVING YOUR CAREER?

KGOBATI MAGOME
EXECUTIVE COACH

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Kgobati Magome is the Managing Partner at Mindlib Leadership Solutions, a company focusing on innovative and transformative solutions to Leadership and Workplace Excellence. [..]

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JAMEEL ASHVIN
PILOT

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Jameel is a qualified commercial pilot who has been flying around East Africa for various airlines including ALS Limited (now ALS Inter-link), Jetlink Express, Fly 540 Aviation and RwandAir. [..]

GATHONI MWAURA
TEACHER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Gathoni Mwaura remembers volunteering at both Muthaiga and Gigiri Kindergartens when on holiday during her primary school. That is where her love for children was birthed. She first officially i [..]

KIMINDIRI MARTIN
TATOO ARTIST

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Martin has loved art. As a child he was fascinated by art and anything that could be transformed into art. When he quit my job at Florida Night Club as a DJ, he got an apprenticeship with the only tattoo shop in town at the time. Martin worked there for one year before opening his own studio. [..]

DOROTHYGHETTUBA
FILM PRODUCER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Dorothy Ghettuba is the co-Founder and CEO of Spielworks Media Ltd, a Kenyan based, fully-fledged content creation, development, and Production Company. Created less than five years ago.[..]

ARE YOU INSPIRED?

KATUNGULU MWENDWA
FASHION DESIGNER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She studied at St. Austin’s Academy where she nurtured and grew her love for art and fashion. Upon graduation she took a gap year to better understand herself and her country. [..]

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RIZ MEHAR
PHOTOGRAPHER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Riz Mehar is a second generation professional photographer. Taught by his professional photographer father who has over 50 years’ experience, Riz has been active in photography for the last eight years. [..]

MAIA VON LEKOW
MUSICIAN

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Maia is a soft-spoken, open-minded individual who is a child of many cultures. Much of my time was spent in Nairobi, but I also traveled much thus expanding and stretching my musical horizons. My main ‘job’ [..]

MARTIN KEINO
SPORTS MARKETER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Keino Sports Marketing a premiere sports marketing agency that handles event management, sports personality management, endorsement acquisition and sports PR in Kenya. A design graduate of the University of Arizona, [..]

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WARIKO WAITA
Director of External Relations & Resource Mobilization, Kenya Red Cross Society

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Keino Sports Marketing a premiere sports marketing agency that handles event management, sports personality management, endorsement acquisition and sports PR in Kenya. A design graduate of the University of Arizona, [..]

DON OTHORO
COSMETIC DOCTOR

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Dr. Don Othoro is a Cosmetic Doctor and the co-Proprietor of the Valentis Clinics. An Alliance High School alumnus, Dr. Othoro studied medicine in London, and worked as a family practice physician for England’s National Health Service, prior to [..]

JC NIALA
WRITER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


JC Niala is a mother, writer and creative. Her first feature film Something Necessary came out in Januray 2013 and was previewed at the Toronto Film Festival. The second about Urban Refugees is currently shooting. Her play, [..]

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HESH DE SILVA
CEO, DE SILVA GROUP VENTURE CAPITAL (DSGVenCap)

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Hesh de Silva is arguably East Africa’s youngest Venture Capital Fund CEO and one of its most successful. Starting the de Silva Group with a mere $200 in 2011 the company has grown to enviable heights and has holdings in 15 key sectors [..]

THE FUTURE OF WORK

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGIST & WRITER

ANYANGO ODHIAMBO


Anyango Odhiambo has a doctorate in Medical Anthropology but has been head hunted for assignments in a variety of fields.She left Kenya for the United States at 18 to study Special Education.Her career has been eclectic. [..]

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DEREK BBANGA

PUBLIC BRANDING EXPERT

DEREK BBANGA


Derek Bbanga ia a soft skills consultant, image strategist and corporate speaker, Bbanga is a graduate of Connecticut University in the USA and Helsinki School of Economics in Finland. He is also a member of the Nairobi Toastmasters and one of the chapter directors of the International Networking Organisation (BNI).. [..]

TAZIM ELKINGTON

Paradigm Shifter, Trainer, Writer, Speaker, Poet and Qrator of the ‘Q Factor’

TAZIM ELKINGTON



Tazim Elkington returned to Kenya after working in Canada for nine years. She has developed a series of life-changing workshops under the “Q-factor” brand, which is about revolutionary social change. She can easily be described as a non-conventional thinker with a contagious zest for life.

KEVIN MAPESA

GRAPHIC DESIGNER


Kevin Mapesa is a proffessional Graphics Designer with over ten years of experiences in the field. He’s one of the most sought after designers behind some of the popular branding designs and publications in Kenya and East Africa.

WANDIA GICHURU

CO-FOUNDER, VIVO ACTIVEWARE


Wandia Gichuru is co-Founder of Vivo Activeware, a trendy dance and fitness attire store that is quickly expanding within the East Africa Region. A graduate of Economics from a Canadian university, Wandia spent 11 years in a globe-trotting position with the Department of International Development (DFID) of the World Bank.

KEVIN MUTISO

CO-FOUNDER, SAMCHI CREDIT

Kevin Mutiso is co-Founder and Executive Director of Samchi Credit. He has considerable experience in the investment industry having worked as an assistant advisor at Suntra Investment Bank. Kevin was also Executive Officer at Mali Rasili Limited, a diversified Investment Holding Company

ASHELINE APPLETON

ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER/PHOTOGRAPHER

Originally from Kenya, Asheline Appleton now lives in Central London, where she works as a photographer specialising in documentary/travel and portrait photography. She has a postgraduate degree in law and development and also writes about global sustainable development issues for a number of international organisations.

DAVID MURIITHI

DISC JOCKEY

David Muriithi is the Managing Director of Creative Enterprise Centre. An Economics graduate, David is a retired auditor with Ernst & Young who has now transformed into a serial entrepreneur. His interests extend to real estate (Amalgamated Properties Ltd); talent and event management; and music promotion. His love and knowledge of music is renowned through his alter ego as the popular DJ D-Lite. He also sits as a board member on The Kenya Copyright Board.

AFRICA SPEAKS INNOVATION

KAMAL BUDHABHATTI

Kamal


Kamal Budhabhatti is the Founder and CEO of Craft Silicon, one of the leading software solutions company across Africa, based out of Nairobi, Kenya. He has won several awards including Africa award for the Entrepreneurship, Ernest & Young. [..]

SU KAHUMBU

Su Kahumbu



Su Kahumbu is the Founder and CEO of organic farming enterprise, Green Dreams Ltd which was founded about 14 years ago and Green Dreams TECH Ltd which she founded in 2011.[..]

JOHN WAIBOCHI

JOHN WAIBOCHI



John Waibochi is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya-based Virtual Group of companies, of which Virtual City, an innovation specialist in supply chain automation, knowledge management and interactive solutions, is a key pillar. [..]

NJERI RIONGE

NJERI RIONGE



Njeri Rionge is the Executive Director, Ignite Consulting and Investment Ltd. She has also set up Business Lounge, a business incubator to nurture and encourage entrepreneurship in Kenya and is also the Chief Techpreneur at Insite Ltd. [..]

YOUTH INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

TONEE NDUNGU

TONEE NDUNGU


Tonee Ndungu has always known that his mind is wired differently – he’s dyslexic. A double degree holder currently pursing a Masters in Organisational Development, Tonee founded NaiLab, Africa’s largest ICT incubation hub whilst still in his 20s. [..]

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY

PETER NJIOKA

Peter Njioka

As a company we are in the forefront in utilising technology to develop our staff. We provide our employees with a variety of platforms and solutions for development including, E-learning, video conferencing, Tele-presence, and ERP based knowledge sharing platform. [..]

SUCCESS IS WINNING THE RESPECT OF THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER IN YOUR LIFE

PETER NJONJO

Peter


Peter Njonjo is the current General Manager of Coca-Cola East Africa. He started his journey as an intern at Glaxo Smithkline before switching to Coca-Cola where his professional career has evolved. Peter started as an accountant, then became a Finance Manager for Minute Maid, moved to a .[..]

SUCCESS IS THE ABILITY TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCE PEOPLE AND SITUATIONS TO BRING ABOUT TRANSFORMATION

EVA MURAYA

Eva


Eva Muraya is the CEO of Brand Strategy and Design Limited. Eva has diverse brand strategy development skill and is best known for her entrepreneurial success in building an award winning regional branded merchandise business, Color Creations Limited. A motivational . [..]


SUCCESS IS  THE LIVES I CAN TOUCH

LAURA AKUNGA

Laura

Laura Akunga is the Managing Director of Benchmark Solutions, a fast growing marketing company with multiple offices across Africa and China. The 26- year old entrepreneur who started her business aged 19 years, while at United States International University 7 years. [..]

SUCCESS IS CLARITY OF THOUGHT, PASSION & WORKING SMART

SRIRAM BHARATAM

Sriram

Sriram Bharatam (Sri), left a strategy role at Hewlett Packard to start a non-profit, Cause an Effect Foundation, and raised over US$ 1.5m to support victims of a hurricane in India using digital media in 1999 which got him the Kauffman Award for Social Entrepreneurship.[..]

SUCCESS IS THE REALITY OF A DREAM ACHIEVED

SORAIYA MEGJI

Soya

Soraiya Meghji is brewing is booming business! Brew Bistro’s co-proprietor is paving the way for independent breweries in Kenya and poised to give the larger, more dominating breweries a run for their money. Previously, she worked at United Nations Environment Program [..]

SUCCESS IS PASSION AND DESIRE TO LEARN

TERRYANNE CHEBET

Chebet

TerryAnne Chebet is the Business News Anchor at K24 News. TerryAnne has vast experience in reporting, scriptwriting and anchoring, as well as producing and directing television shows. She has been nominated for two awards, both for Best Television Production: the Diageo ,[..]

SUCCESS IS LIFE ON A  BEACH SOMEWHERE

MICHAEL OKWIRI

Okiwiri

Michael Okwiri is currently the Vice President for Corporate Communications and PR at Airtel Africa which is the 4th largest telecommunications company in the world and operates in 17 countries across Africa. Prior to this he was the [..]

SUCCESS IS PURPOSE

LORNA RUTO

Ruto

Lorna Ruto, a sustainable living and green technology entrepreneur is the co-founder and director of EcoPost, a Nairobi based organisation with a vision to have a Green Africa. EcoPost recycles consumer plastic waste and turns it into .[..]

SUCCESS IS WHEN I LOOK AT MYSELF IN THE MIRROR

JERROTICH SEII HOUDLING

Seii

Jerrotich Seii Houlding is the Country Director- Kenya for the International Rescue Committee. She has spent the past 16 years working and programming in fields of human rights; governance; political/civic participation; . [..]

SUCCESS IS FINDING WHAT GOD INTENDED

WAIHIGA MWAURA

Wahigwa

E. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW YOU?
I think I would describe myself in point form rather than in prose. I view myself as a Christian and a favored son of God. I am also an extrovert, an . [..]

21st CENTURY WOMEN

WOMEN ON BOARDS

SUSAN OMANGA

Susan

Kenya has quite a large pool of talented women who can take up board
positions. I know quite a number of females who are entrepreneurs,
academics, civil servants, professionals and more, who could

A recognized leader in Kenya known for her marketing expertise and corporate boardroom experience, Susan Omanga is the CEO and founder of Exclamation Marketing Ltd .[..]

CONNIE GAKONYO

Connie


Ms Gakonyo has held a variety of positions including Legal Consultant for the Performance Management portfolio for the Africa/Asia SABMiller, Strategic Resources Director of Nile Breweries, Director HR and Legal Affairs Castle. [..]

 

INITIATING THE CREATIVE PROCESS
EUGENE NGUGI

eugene


The creative being is unique, temperamental, and fussy, but balancing the traits optimises the creative juicesof the individua
l . HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE EUGENE NGUGI THE PERSON?
EUGENE NGUGI is a sensitive, intellectual and creative person. I am also particular, appreciative and full of empathy. [..]

LEADERSHIP ISN’T ABOUT YOU IT’S ABOUT THEM

SUNNY BINDRA

Sunny


So you’ve been installed in the corner suite, the precious letter of appointment sitting on your desk. You’re finally the head honcho, the big cheese, the numero uno. You have the power, the status, the perks that you’ve always. [..]

LEADING IS SKILL AND INTEGRITY

PASTOR OSCAR MURIU

Pastor


Leadership is a hard concept to define. No two people fully agree on it, but when you see leadership happening, you immediately recognise it. I personally define a leader as someone who ‘Takes.[..]

LEADERSHIPIS INFLUECING DESIRED ACTION

H.E. AMBASSADOR RAYCHELLE OMAMO

Raychelle


Leadership is essentially about influence. It involves the capacity to motivate others and to bring about changes in behaviour and attitudes in order to achieve specific goals. In the absence of followers, leadership as a .[..]

LEADERSHIP IS HAVING THE GUTS TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO

GINA DIN-KARIUKI

GINA DIN


Leadership is a quality that is actually quite hard to define – intangible. To me you either have that certain something or you don’t. While it is easier to define traits such as vision, reliability and being able to empower people.[..]

LEADERSHIP IS INSPIRING AND DELIVERING ON PROMISES

NIK NESBITT

NIK NESBIT


So you’ve been installed in the corner suite, the precious letter of appointment sitting on your desk. You’re finally the head honcho, the big cheese, the numero uno. [..]

LEADERSHIP IS RISK TAKING

DR BITANGE NDEMO

Bitange


What is the best leadership lesson you have ever learned?
Honesty even when it threatens your existence.As a country, as a people as continent or as a global citizenry - where do we most need Leadership?
[..]

LEADERSHIP IS A CAUSE, LEADERS ARE MAVERICKS

PROF JUDI WAKHUNGU

Judi


Leadership is having a vision on how to improve certain conditions. It is about having the presence of mind to do what needs to be done even when it is new or difficult. It is about articulating a purpose .[..]

LEADERSHIP IS HARNESSING THE POTENTIAL OF PEOPLE

MARION GATHOGA

Marion


An influence process that involves harnessing the potential of a group of people to achieve common pre-determined goals and objectives. What names come to mind when you think about leaders? Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King, Jesus Christ. [..]

LEADERSHIP IS FACILITATING COMPROMISE AND STEERING THE SHIP

BHARAT THAKRAR

Bharat


I look at leadership as getting a bunch of people together who are smarter than you and providing them direction and motivation to get things done. Sometimes there will be[..]


LEADERSHIP IS NOT MANAGEMENT

CAROL MUSYOKA

Carol Musyoka


Quite simple, really! Leadership is the ability of a person to make their followers want to jump off a cliff because they believe in that person’s cause – which is to jump off cliffs! This then begs the question about how leaders can use that power for good or for bad.[..]

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