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    Top 40 women under 40

                                                                     Passion does it fo≥ winning women
                                                                       Survey also finds that career change and going back to school for professional
                                                                       qualifications is key to staying the course of climbing the influence ladder
                                                                                BY JENNY LUESBY

      Inside this issue

                                                                                       uccess is a hard-won outcome. But
                                                                                       the key, it appears from the women
                                                                                       selected this year as Kenya’s Top 40
                                                                                Women Under 40 to Watch, is passion.
      3           Best Paying Jobs for Women                                        A surprising number of the young
                  Technology makes a big leap for women on the                  leaders to have emerged in this year’s
                  fast lane, but survey still finds being in the                 line-up changed careers along the way.
                  corner office the best paying job in                           Some turned their back on glamorous
                  many countries across the globe                               options early on. Some rose in one field,
                                                                                only to rise again and more spectacularly
      4           Maternity law scores own goal for                             in a second.
                  working women                                                     Many shone at school.
                  LARISA BROWN finds that the maternity                          But some didn’t. Yet al-
                  leave provided for in Kenya’s labour laws                     most all of our Top 40 have               Nearly all the
                  has erected a new obstacle to women’s                         revealed a commitment                        successful
                  survival in the corporate world.                              to further education. Bris-                       women
                                                                                tling with MBAs, diplomas                   reveal their           one of these women             shift, since 2007, that has in some years
      6           We need more women leaders,                                   and professional qualifica-
                                                                                                                          love for work            has taken on chal-             seen the number of women in formal sec-
                  how do we get them?                                           tions, many have done more                                         lenges, and pre-               tor jobs actually fall. Altogether, over the
                  BARBARA ADACHI argues that women already                      than balance life and work:
                                                                                                                             and why it            vailed. They have              last half a decade, Kenyan women have

                  constitute a large fraction of the workforce                  they have balanced life, work                matters in            broken through glass           moved backwards economically, now ac-
                  and providing room for them to develop                        and study.                                 their careers           ceilings, juggled long         counting for just 28.7 per cent of formal
                  careers in whatever direction they want is the                    Reading their stories,                                         hours, and devised             sector jobs, compared with 30.3 per cent
                  key to getting them into leadership positions                 it’s hard not to be awed at                                            ground-breaking            five years ago.
                                                                                the dedication of these su-                                        solutions to seem-                  For the more than half of Kenyans
                                                                                perwomen, so full of drive,                                        ingly      intractable         the wrong side of the gender line, the
      10          Top 40 under 40 women                                         creativity and vision.                        problems. And that, it seems, is what it            problem, it seems, is not so much a glass
                  Read on the selected finalists of this                             Yet something they all appear to have takes to succeed as a women in Kenya                    ceiling, as a glass wall: many cannot even
                  yearsTop 40 Under 40 women in                                 in common is their passion for what they today. Because making it economically                    get in. Reports both locally and globally
                  corporate Kenya                                               do. Time and again they explain their is getting harder, not easier.                              likewise show women retreating from
                                                                                love for the work, why it matters, and           In the pages of this report, we also car-        sectors that are now driving the world,
                                                                                what motivated them in choosing the ry shocking figures showing how women                          in ICT, science and engineering.
                                                                                fields they did.                               have retreated in the nation’s workforce                 Yet Kenya has spawned now more
                                                                                    From the London School of Econom- in the last five years. Maternity legislation                than its global share of exceptional
                                                                                ics-trained professional who abandoned designed to aide women in honouring                        leaders in the ICT industry, with its own
                                                                                economics to spread the word about their responsibilities as mothers has bit-                     clutch of women MDs, country manag-
                                                                                nutrition, to the venture capitalist who ten back at all women: chased down by a                  ers and leaders fanning out across the
                                                                                moved into film production, or the oil class of employers who argue there is no                    world’s ICT multinationals.
                                                                                industry MD who initially planned to gain to them from employing women who                             These women, who believe it’s pos-
                                                                                enter banking, Kenya’s women leaders they might have to grant extra paid leave.                   sible and find ways to deliver on every
                                                                                have emerged based on key decisions they With their backs turned firmly against                    front, are proving that the sky is the lim-
      EDITION, JUNE 3rd, 2011                                                   took along the way.                           taking any responsibility for the welfare           it. Yet there are other heroes in many of
      The Top40 under 40 women is available online at                               Each one of them is where they are of the nation’s children, many SMEs have                   their stories. A few remain single, but                                                   now based on choices, and what informed simply locked out women in their 20s and                  almost all of the women selected within
                                                                                those choices was a belief in what was 30s from the workforce.                                    this year’s line-up are married, and with
                                                                                possible: which is why it is our privilege       In an economy where there a few large            children, and repeatedly they cite their
                CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER                                         to honour these women. Because from or even middle-sized organisations, and                       families and their husbands as the source
                Linus Gitahi                                                    them, we can all learn. For every single where SMEs drive employment, it’s a                      of their strength.
                EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
                Joseph Odindo
                                                                                                   How the Top 40 we≥e picked
                                                                                   EDITOR’S NOTE

                MANAGING EDITOR
                Ochieng’ Rapuro
                ADVERTISING MANAGER                                                                BD’s TOP 40 Under 40 is an annual       making it in nearly every segment         are mostly in their 30s we contrib-
                                                                                                   ranking of women who have risen         of the economy – including the            ute to the revolution that is taking
                Julie Kisaka                                                                       to occupy positions of influence in      corporate world, government, and          place in Kenya’s social and econom-
                EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR                                                          society before the age of 40 and are    enterprise.                               ic space and hopefully contribute to
                                                                                                   therefore headed for top careers in     These are the women whose                 the much desired advancement of
                Kathleen Bogan                                                                     the next decade.                        achievements we hope to highlight         our society.
                SENIOR DESIGNER                                                                    It has been said that what sets so-     and celebrate because it is our view      In picking the winners therefore,
                                                                                                   cieties apart in terms of human and     that by highlighting their achieve-       the panel strives to make a judg-
                Marc Mwera                                                                         economic development is the lack        ment, we encourage other ambi-            ment call based on what the can-
                PRODUCTION EDITOR                                                                  of diversity (especially on gender)     tious women to meet the challeng-         didates have achieved (their influ-
                                                                                                   in key decision making positions        es and that many still face in their      ence in society so far that qualifies
                Diana Mwango                                                                       – be it in business or public policy.   bid to reach the summit of their ca-      them as a Top under 40 woman)
                PHOTOS                                                                             The reality in Kenya is, however,       reers and aspirations.                    and the potential they have to scale
                                                                                                   that a growing number of women          Highlighting the achievements of          the ladder in the post 40 career
                Fredrick Onyango                                                                   have stood their ground and are         these high performing women who           path.
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                                                                                                                                                                           Top 40 women under 40

                                                          Best Paying Jobs fo≥ Women
                                                          Technology makes a big leap for women on the fast lane, but survey still finds
                                                          being in the corner office the best paying job in many countries across the globe

              hat happens when women                                                                                                                                                 average. Computer programmer,
              make up half of the work-                                                                                                                                              a new addition to the list, came in
              force and they are more                                                                                                                                                at No. 7. Women constitute only 21
              likely than ever before to                                                                                                                                             per cent of the field, but earn nearly
be primary or co-breadwinners in                                                                                                                                                     equally to men. Female computer pro-
their families? It means it’s increas-                                                                                                                                               grammers earn a median of $62,000
ingly crucial for women to earn top                                                                                                                                                  a year, and those in the top 10per cent
dollar for their labor.                                                                                                                                                              of the field make a salary of $111,000.
    To rank the 10 best-paying jobs for                                                                                                                                                         Some other upsides of the
women the median weekly earnings                                                                                                                                                                job: Most programmers
of female, full-time wage and salary                                                                                                                                                            work standard 40-hour
workers was tabulated. Across the                                                                                                                                             The top           weeks, and telecommuting
globe, men are still earning more                                                                                                                                            10 list is         is becoming more common.
across industries—about 20 per cent                                                                                                                                          equals a           Plus, employers typically re-
more than women per week—but                                                                                                                                           lesson in the            quire only a bachelor’s de-
women are quickly closing the gap. A                                                                                                                                     importance             gree, which is particularly
slim majority (51 per cent) of workers                                                                                                                                        of math           appealing to women who
in high-paying management and pro-                                                                                                                                      and science             want high earnings with-
fessional jobs are female, according                                                                                                                                           skills, a        out the educational invest-
to an International Labour Organisa-              earning equally to men. Women              analysis for Payscale, an online pro-       expects the field             showcase for              ment required by fields like
tion report.                                      comprise just a quarter of all chief       vider of employee compensation data.        to expand faster                the obvious            medicine or law.
    This top 10 list is equal parts a les-        executive positions and earn 75 per        “Becoming a CEO might be easier than        than most, with                                            A surprising new en-
son in the importance of math and sci-            cent as much as their male peers. But      becoming a doctor. You can be a CEO         pharmacist posi-                                       trant, occupational thera-
ence skills, a showcase for the obvious           younger women may be moving into           at age 35, when a doctor is just getting    tions projected to increase 17per cent      pists came in at No. 10. This is the
(doctors, lawyers), a reinterpretation            business more than previous genera-        done with training.”                        by 2018.                                    only profession on the list dominated
of “women’s work” and an attempt to               tions. In 2007, women received 44 per          Like last year, a career in phar-           Asking why physicians and sur-          by women, who hold 82per cent of
forecast the high-paying jobs of the              cent of all MBAs, according to the US      macy was a top contender. Pharma-           geons rank lower than pharmacists?          all positions. It’s also the only field in
future.                                           Department of Education, while in          cist placed second on our list--above       It’s because the category is so large.      which women earn equally to men.
    Chief executive came in at No.1               1997 they earned 39 per cent, trans-       lawyers (No. 3) and physicians and          It includes neurosurgeons as well           Occupational therapists typically
on our list as the top-paying job for             lating to a 75 per cent increase in the    surgeons (No. 6). Female pharma-            as interns and residents, who make          have a master’s degree or higher and
women. Female chief executives made               last 10 years.                             cists earned a median of about $76,500      drastically less. Furthermore, there is     earn a median of $60,000 yearly. They
a median of $1,553 (Sh132,005) per                    “Chief executives will remain          (Sh6.5 million) for the year. Women         a broad array of specialties. Women         help patients recover or improve basic
week, or about $81,000 (Sh6.9 mil-                well-paid in years to come, and it’s a     are flocking to the field, now holding        often choose the lower-paying special-      motor skills so they can perform daily
lion) in 2009. However, their total               position you can work your way into,”      almost half of pharmacist positions—        ties like family practice and pediatrics,   tasks like dressing, cooking and eat-
numbers are still low, and they aren’t            says Al Lee, director of quantitative      and with good reason. The BLS               he says, which brings down the pay          ing. Plus, it’s an in-demand job.

                 Making her mark in

                                                                                                                                                                               ance contracts and the rapid results

                 Treasury ‘s corridors
                                                                                                                                                                              initiative,” says Anne After a few years
                                                                                                                                                                              at the cabinet office, Anne left the World
                                                                                                                                                                              Bank and joined CitiBank as a senior
                                                                                                                                                                             Public Sector Manager.
                                                                                                                                                                                  “I achieved my two year target
                  BY KEN MACHARIA                                      Later, Ms Waiguru headed the Economic                                                                within the first six months,” says Anne,
                                                                       Stimulus Programme, and has recently                                                                 perhaps indicating her track record of
                  When projects don’t seem to moving as fast           become the acting director of the newly                                                              being an over-achiever – an inclination
                  as they should at the Treasury, one of the           formed IFMIS department when the                                                                    she attributes to her Christian upbring-
                  names that is often floated for possible in-          government saw the slow pace of the                                                                ing that made her appreciate the value
                  tervention is Ms Anne Waiguru.                       deployment of the system.                                                                          of hard work.
                      As the Acting Director in charge of the              “IFMIS has been in government since                                                                Of her recent achievements, she is
                  Integrated Financial Management and In-              2004, but only three of a minimum 12                                                              proudest of her role in making the im-
                  formation Systems (IFMIS) and also Head              modules required for effective public                                                              plementation of the Economic Stimulus
                  of the Governance Unit, Anne is tasked               financial management are being used.                                                               Programme (ESP) transparent. As head of
                  with heading two crucial departments at              I was asked to fast- track its full deploy-                                                       governance, Anne’s objective is to ensure the
                  the Treasury. But her twin roles comple-             ment,” says Anne, a mother of three.                                                              Sh22 billion programme goes to the intend-
                  ment each other, with Ms Waiguru seeing              An economics graduate from Egerton                                                                ed projects and recipients in all constituen-
                  the IFMIS project as the ultimate solution           University, with a Masters from the Univer-       projects cov-                                   cies in the country. With the help of Google,
                  to governance issues facing the nation. At 40        sity of Nairobi, Anne started her career at the   ering eight countries. Three years on,          Anne created a GIS website that tracked the
                  years, Ms Waiguru is one of the few younger          Kenya Leadership Institute as a programme         the World Bank seconded her to the Cabi-        expenditure of ESP funds up to location lev-
                  civil servants occupying a senior position in        officer working on the Kenya Bribery Index.         net office as a technical advisor on issues       els, mapping all on-going and completed
                  Government, reporting directly to the PS,            Later on, she moved to the World Bank as          of governance, leadership and reforms in        ESP projects on a public website. The web-
                  Treasury. She was roped in from the private          the Eastern African regional representa-          the public sector. “I was instrumental in       site also gives details of officials in charge
                  sector to head the governance office after             tive for the parliamentary network. She           formulating a performance management            of specific projects, contracts awarded, to
                  the critical department was restructured             was charged with coordinating members             system that saw the review of performance       who they were awarded and how much has
                  following the departure of Mr. Githongo.             of parliament monitoring World Bank               appraisals, and the introduction of perform-    been paid to the contractors.

    Top 40 women under 40


Mate≥nity law sco≥es own goal fo≥ wo≥king women
LARISA BROWN finds that the maternity leave provided for in Kenya’s labour laws has erected
a new obstacle to women’s survival in the corporate world. Employers have been hesitant                                                                            Kenya Jobs

to recruit those in their 20s and 30s as they do not want to pay them during pregnancy                                                                             17.6%
                                                                                                                                                                   Percentage of the 252,600 jobs created this
                                                                                                                                                                   year that went to women. Today, women’s
                                                                                                                                                                   share of formal employment is just 28.7 per
                                                                                                                                                                   cent, down dramatically from 2005, when it

            omen make up more than half the pop-                                                                                                                   had reached 30.3 per cent.
            ulation of Kenya, yet the obstacles they
            face in rising and thriving are formi-
dable, chief among them being their near sole
responsibility for the nation’s children.
    With attitudes at every level stacked against
women in balancing home and work, both legisla-
tion and shifts in society have served to move more
women into poverty and out of formal work, for,
far from advancing, the last five years have seen
Kenya’s women move backwards economically.
    An instrumental turning point was the intro-
duction of legislation in 2007 extending paid ma-                                                                                                                 young children left with neighbours, family or
ternity leave from two to three months. Despite                                                                                                                   older children who have dropped out of school.
the law’s honourable intentions, it has left them                                                                                                                 Many mothers also resort to leaving their children
further behind men than they were in 2005.                                                                                                                        up country with their own mother while they go
    Today, women’s share of formal employment is                                                                                                                  to the cities to find employment.
just 28.7 per cent, down dramatically from 2005,                                                                                                                      Patricia Apondi Ajouga is a single mother
when it had reached 30.3 per cent.                                                                                                                                and widow, looking after five children, after her
    While 252,600 jobs were created during this                                                                                                                   husband died from alcohol poisoning and her
period, 82.4 per cent of them went to men, with                                                                                                                   brother and his wife died from Aids, leaving two
only 17.6 per cent going to women, according to                                                                                                                   children behind.
the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
                                                                                                                                                                  Left her job
Women lost, men gained                                                                                                                                            In 1995, when her husband died, she was work-
Between 2008 and 2009, women even lost jobs.                                                                                                                      ing as a full time teacher, as well as managing six
The increase in the number of employed was                                                                                                                        children. Without work, she would have been
56,000, but men gained a net 73,000 jobs, while                                                                                                                   unable to feed all those under her care.
women lost a staggering 16,700 jobs.                                                                                                                                  Patricia was forced to pay a 12-year-old school
    This has largely been ascribed to the decision                                                                                                                dropout from Kibera to look after her last born.
to implement the Employment Act in 2007, ex-                                                                                                                      She could not afford to pay a proper nanny or to
tending working women’s maternity leave from                                                                                                                      make use of child-care facilities. The 12-year-old
two months to three months - a change that                                                                                                                        was paid between Sh1,000 and Sh1,500 a month,
drew widespread criticism from employers in                                                                                                                       less than a dollar a day.
the private sector who argued they were bearing                                                                                                                       But in 1997 Patricia left her job, unable to cope
the burden of paying employees while receiving                                                                                                                    with the stress of full-time work as a single mother,
nothing in return.                                                                                                                                                and joined a contract teaching organisation.
    The short-sightedness of                                                                                                                                           “It was so hard and I have never experienced
the claim, in a society where                                                                                                                                     so much pain as I did during those days. Lots of
women of child-bearing age                      Women                                                                                                             women have a huge burden as men run away
constitute the single largest               have taken                                                                                                            from them when it gets too hard with the kids.
shared of the educated labour                maternity                                                                                                            Many just leave their babies to play in the house
pool, reflects the skewed na-                                      consultants. “I rang up one employer     Global Export Processing Zone company of un-           when they go out to work, and just close the door.
                                         leave only to
ture of the Kenyan economy,                                       after they refused to give a woman a     lawfully sacking 24 women. It was claimed the          It is normal.”
with most formal-sector jobs                come back             job. They told me because she had a      company, which employs female textile workers,             Agnes Kijalas is a single mother who has moved
falling within SMEs often               and find their             child less than one-year-old they pre-   had dismissed all of the women because they had        to Mombasa for work. She has been forced to sepa-
struggling with cash flow                      positions           dicted the number of off days and did     become pregnant and the company did not want           rate from her daughter for the last two years due
and paying little attention                        filled.         not want to employ her,” he said.        them to proceed on to maternity leave.                 to the expensive school fees at the coast.
to building long-term talent                                         Even women who do secure jobs,           In interviews, women will often be asked about          Agnes’s daughter, Clara, now seven years old,
to drive forward their busi-                                      and are granted maternity leave, often   their intentions for children and their marital        lives with Agnes’ mother in Mbololo, in Taita dis-
nesses.                                                           return to find their positions filled by   status, so employers can assess whether there          trict, four hours away from Mombasa.
    In this environment, the                                      the person employed as a temporary       will be any work interruption other than their              “I visit her about six times a year, whenever I
price of even a single four                                       replacement.                             annual leave.                                          get holiday or sometimes at the weekend. It is re-
week’s of paid leave, and the additional time off         “Last year, I had six testimonies from women         Yet a more debilitating problem still has been      ally difficult because I miss her and I would love to
catering for the illness and emergency that can       who had taken maternity leave and then had           the general breakdown in fathers themselves tak-       be able to be with her, but we need the money.”
arise in young families, has seen many employers      come back to their job to have found their posi-     ing responsibility for children. The number of             Against this backdrop, Kenya is now seeing a
simply lock women out.                                tion filled”, Mr Mwangi said.                         children in Kenya being raised by single parents       take-off in care facilities for children too young to
“The maternity-leave has caused a huge challenge,        The main problem, he says, is that in small       has continued to rise, seeing ever more women          go to school. But for the more than half of Kenya
as employers have been more hesitant to recruit       businesses, a company simply cannot survive          caught in a trap where they can only work when         charged with raising the nation’s children, the
women who are in their 20s and 30s as they do         with a post unfilled for three months.                their own employment earns enough to pay child-        vast majority seem set to remain in poverty, their
not want to pay them during pregnancy. Employ-           In other cases, women are not given maternity     care costs while they are working.                     numbers growing constantly —in a society where
ers also predict women will take more days off         leave in the first place, and are being sacked as        It’s a hurdle many fail to leap, seeing babies as   a rising number of employers, and of men, accept
after maternity leave as their young children get     soon as they show signs of pregnancy.                young as a few months old often locked indoors         no similar responsibility.
sick,” said Mr Venantio Karanja Mwangi, the di-          Last September, the Tailors and Textile Work-     while their mother goes to work.
rector of Venavic, a human resource recruitment       ers Union of Kenya accused an Athi River-based          Informal child care is also widespread, with        -AFRICAN LAUGHTER
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                                                                                                                                                               Top 40 women under 40

It is not a man’s wo≥ld ladies, it is just the wo≥ld
                                                                      Mututho’d and passed by his        numerous e-mails and pend-         and is simply the cost of sen-      still demand, we go home
CAROL MUSYOKA takes a hard look                                       local) and settle down into the    ing unwritten reports. Before      iority. We have been socialised     to take care of children and
                                                                      very routine humdrum of mari-      you know it, it’s 9 p.m. and       that it is the role of the man to   spouse where applicable! If
at the workplace and concludes that                                   tal life. The hours after 5 p.m.   you’re munching a very cold,       go out and hunt for food while      we can’t hack those demands
                                                                      are technically YOURS. But it      limp sandwich that used to be      the women stay home and take        that are rarely differentiated
whoever wants to scale the ladder                                     doesn’t happen that way, does      lunch and wondering whether        care of the children.               for women then we have to find
                                                                      it? 5 p.m. is the magic hour       you can read your children a          Today’s working life throws      the career or the employer that
must be prepared to take the heat                                     when external calls stop com-      bedtime story on Skype.            that theory out on its head as      is willing to abide by our own
                                                                      ing and official work meet-              The scenario so described is   the woman also goes out to          rules.
                                                                      ings end, allowing you to sit      not unique to women manag-         hunt for the proverbial food.

       ince time immemorial,                                          at your desk and attend to the     ers. It’s unique to all managers   But our domestic situations
                                     DON’T CRACK YOUR HEADS
       men have been trying
                                     MEN, THIS IS WHAT SHE MEANS
       to figure women out. I
stumbled across the following
                                     1) “Fine” – this means she is
advice to men on the warning         right. The argument is over.
signs they need to watch out for     You need to shut up.
when dealing with their female
partners. (If you’re a man read-     2) “That’s okay” - One of the
ing this, get your scissors ready    most dangerous statements
to cut this piece out and stick      a woman can make to a man.
it on your computer screen!)         “That’s okay” means she wants
My own summary is men will           to think hard and long before
never figure us out. But have         deciding when and how you’ll
we as women figured out our           pay for your mistake.
role in the professional career
front? After 10 years of employ-     3) “Nothing” - The calm
ment, I came to the conclusion       before the storm. This means
that ‘It’s not a man’s world, it’s   “Something” and you better be
just the world’. We’ll never be      on your toes. Arguments that
men. We’ll never be like men.        start with “Nothing” usually
And we need to come to that          end with “Fine”
conclusion quickly for our own
                                     4) “Five minutes” - If getting
professional sanity.
                                     dressed, this means half an
    The fact of the matter is
                                     hour. Gentlemen don’t be
that the higher you climb in
                                     mad about this. It’s the same
your career ladder, the more         definition for you when it’s
responsibility you will be sad-      your turn to do some work
dled with. Such responsibility       around the house.
more often than not includes
supervising a team, driving          5) “Don’t worry about it, I
them to deliver a pre-deter-         got it” - The second most
mined target while ensuring          dangerous statement a
that your team objectives are        woman can make. It means
aligned with the organisation’s      that a woman has asked a man
strategic targets.                   several times to do something
                                     and is now doing it
Routine humdrum of marriage          herself. (This
This alignment requires sev-         will result in
eral periodic meetings with          you asking
your peer managers. If you’re        at a later
working in a multinational           date, “What’s
                                     wrong?” For
environment, you probably
                                     the woman’s
have a regional office that you
                                     response, see 3
have to constantly provide
reports and consult on every-
thing from the cost of a pin at
the local supermarket to the
Kenya Shilling versus US
Dollar for the rest of the
year and its effects on
your budget. You have
to support, guide and
mentor your own team.
And all this is supposed
to happen within 40
hours of one week or sim-
ply stated, between 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m.
    At 5 p.m. you are supposed
to start your journey home to
supervise dinner (or cook it
yourself ), provide homework
consultations for the children,
have a relaxing chat with your
husband about his day (assum-
ing the fellow has not been

    Top 40 women under 40

We need mo≥e
women leade≥s,
how do we get them?
BARBARA ADACHI argues that women already constitute
a large fraction of the workforce and providing room for
them to develop careers in whatever direction they want is
the key to getting them into leadership positions

        hey say it’s lonely at the top …   celebrated an important milestone
        I say it’s lonely to be the only   last year: We now have more than
        woman at the table.                1,000 women serving as partners,            Companies                                                                       Just a few
            It was not long ago when I     principals, or directors—our most           with the                                                                        years ago
arrived at my first management com-         senior roles.                               greatest female                                                             many women
mittee meeting at Deloitte and my             While that achievement is im-            representation on                                                           had to adjust
feelings of excitement were quickly        pressive, let’s not kid ourselves:          boards generate
                                                                                                                                                                 their managing
reduced to feelings of isolation upon      Those 1,000 talented women serve            a 50 per cent                to gender equality is important                                             their managing style just to be
seeing the room filled merely with          alongside 3,200 talented men hold-          greater return               not because we want to achieve                  style just to               noticed and heard in a meeting.
men. Not only was I outnumbered,           ing the same roles. That’s more than        on equity and                some artificial goal of percent-                   be noticed                This was certainly the case for me
I felt overlooked--as if I were invis-     three men for every woman.                  invested capital             ages or absolute numbers, but                 and heard in a                in the early stages of my career.
ible.                                                                                  than companies               because companies have a re-                         meeting                Today we are seeing progress on
    Things have certainly improved         Why does gender diversity                   with less diverse            sponsibility to find and develop                                             this front, and with more women
since that uncomfortable day, but          matter?                                     boards.                      the best people to serve their                                              at the table women’s perspectives
women continue to struggle to break        Research by Catalyst, a nonprofit ded-                                    clients.                                                                    are beginning to be respected and
down barriers to advancement in a          icated to expanding opportunities for                                    Indeed, the business imperative                                             recognized as valuable contribu-
male-dominated business world.             women,shows that companies with                                          of any diversity and inclusion effort is sustaining         tions to the conversation.
    The fact is, women remain des-         the greatest female representation on                                    and increasing the bottom line.                            But in some instances it takes company-wide
perately underrepresented in Wall          boards generate a 50 per cent greater                                    But achieving equal opportunity in the work-               programmes to educate employees on the impor-
Street firms and financial services          return on equity and invested capi-                                      force won’t happen until every person—regard-              tance of gender equality for leadership roles.
companies. Putting aside my per-           tal than companies with less diverse                                     less of gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexual          At Deloitte, for example, we created our Wom-
sonal feelings as a woman, there’s a       boards. We also know that diverse                                        orientation-accepts each other for the unique              en as Buyers programme, which is designed to
much bigger issue at stake: the un-        teams improve effectiveness and                                           and individual strengths, leadership styles and            help our male executives become more effective
derrepresentation of women is hav-         drive innovation because men and                                         talents they bring to the table.                           at building productive relationships with female
ing a profoundly negative effect on         women often think differently, have                                       Fortunately, we are already headed in the right            clients and colleagues by helping them under-
company bottom lines.                      different ways of approaching chal-                                       direction.                                                 stand their experiences and work styles.
    My organisation, Deloitte LLP,         lenges and finding solutions. Getting                                     Just a few years ago many women had to adjust                  If we can change the viewpoint of male ex-

                                             B≥iefcase essentials’ exce≥pt: Whe≥e’s the beef?
                                             In her new book, Briefcase         book. My first big challenge as        the meat under the top pieces?”        matches my receiving ticket,” I       on a small scale in the process-
                                            Essentials: Discover Your 12        the owner of Allied Steaks was a      I questioned Burt [the former          said. ,Burt turned to me as if to     ing room and recorded the
                                           Natural Talents for Achieving        bloody one…. About two weeks          owner who had stayed on as a           dare me. “It’s impossible, Susan,”    weight. I continued this process
                                           Success in a Male-Dominated          after I bought Allied, I received     salesperson]. “We’ve never had         he said. “We only have small          for another four or five bags be-
                                           Workplace, Susan Tose Spencer        a shipment of 5,000 pounds of         a problem, so why should we            scales. You’ll never be able to       fore asking two plant employees
                                           offers advice for women trying       raw meat from a large, interna-       check it?” he replied. Question-       weigh a whole barrel.”                who had helped me weigh the
                                           to succeed in male-dominated         tional distributor who had been       ing him further, I asked, “Why is      Impossible!? I’d heard that be-       initial bags to follow my lead and
                                           industries. As a woman who           Allied’s supplier for many years.     it that we never spot-check the        fore. As I headed toward the first     finish the barrel.
                                           started a clothing manufacturing     I’d observed the inadequate re-       barrels to make sure we’re re-         thousand-pound barrel, I turned       When all the meat in the barrel
                                                company, acted as general       ceiving process long enough and       ceiving the weight that’s on the       back to Burt and shouted to him,      was weighed, we discovered
                                                manager for the Philadelphia    was determined on that day to         invoice?”                              “Watch me.” After washing my          that the barrel content was
                                              Eagles, and ran food distribu-    check out the consistency of the      “I trust the suppliers,” he replied.   hands, I grabbed a large plastic      short by seventy-five pounds.
                                                tion and processing busi-       meat and confirm the weights .         “They’re big companies. They           bag, stuck my hands into the bar-     But merely rolled his eyes as I
                                                nesses, she knows the chal-     . . one way or another. “How do       wouldn’t short-weight us.”             rel, and started pulling out pieces   instructed the workers to weigh
                                                lenges first-hand. Below is an   we know that all the meat in the      “Well, I’m just gonna weigh            of raw meat and stuffing them          the other four barrels the same
                                                excerpt from a chapter in her   barrel is good without inspecting     some meat and see if the weight        into the bag. I weighed the bag       way.

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                                                                                                                                                                   Top 40 women under 40

                                                                                                                                   I was fortunate to have the sup-        is replacing the traditional corporate
                                                                                                                               port of a great mentor when I was           ladder model. To facilitate lattice ca-
                                                                                                                               appointed to my first operations role.       reers, Deloitte employs Mass Career
                                             Women leaders                                                                     First, my mentor made sure that my          Customization (MCC) a framework
                                                                                                                               name was included on the slate of           that enables our people to design
                                               We need leaders who are willing to                                              candidates being considered for the         their own career paths, “dialing up”
                                             shatter the reinforced and bullet-proof                                           post; then he took a personal inter-        or “dialing down” their careers to fit
                                             “glass ceiling” and we need men who                                               est in my progress, coaching me and         various life stages. In its first year of
                                             are willing to set aside their male ego
                                                                                                                               meeting with me quarterly, giving           implementation, the MCC programme
                                             and work as a team with women and
                                                                                                                               me a sounding board as I encoun-            helped us increase current career-life
                                                                                                                               tered new challenges and increased          satisfaction by 25per cent and future
                                                If we can change the viewpoint of                                              my capacity for leadership. That kind       career-life satisfaction by 28per cent.
                                             male executives, chances are their                                                of personal commitment is essential.            It’s just one programme, but it goes
                                             perspectives will trickle down to the                                             It weaves inclusiveness into the very       to show how far a little flexibility and a
                                             rising generations too.                                                           fabric of an organisation, creating last-   willingness to change the rules can go.
                                                                                                                               ing change.                                 Simply put, companies need to break
                                                                                                                                                                           out of the mindset of “this is how we
                                                                                                                               Gender diversity begins with                do things, because this is how they’ve
                                                                                                                               breaking down the ‘Norm’                    always been done.”
                                                                                     many businesses today, we must re-        One of the greatest challenges employ-          So we’ve come a long way, but
                                        We need to support women at eve-             ward and retain talented, creative peo-   ers face today is that workers--what-       there’s a lot of ground still to cover.
                                        ry stage                                     ple--whether or not they look or sound    ever their gender--are building careers         Today’s workforce already com-
                                        Although the last two decades have           like what we’ve been trained to think a   differently than they used to. With          prises more than 50 per cent women.
                                        been a period of unprecedented               ‘leader’ looks or sounds like.            women comprising more than half             When will the composition of Ameri-
                                        growth and achievement for women in              And getting more women to excel       the workforce and ‘traditional’ fam-        ca’s business leadership reflect that
                                        the workforce, we have made very few         in leadership roles requires work on      ily structures and lifestyles changing      reality? If we don’t fully harness the
                                        inroads into the boardrooms and the          the macro level through committed,        rapidly, a cultural shift is underway.      power of women in the workforce, our
                                        executive suites of America’s leading        top-down, organisation-wide leader-       That shift is reaching deep into the        future growth could be at risk.
                                        companies: Only 15per cent of board          ship--and on the micro level, in one-     workplace, yet many organisations
                                        members, 9 per cent of CFOs and 3 per        on-one interactions and mentoring         still cling to the traditional corporate       Barbara Adachi is national
                                        cent of CEOs in the 500 largest pub-         situations.                               ladder, with its one-size-fits-all, linear   managing principal for Deloitte LLP’s
                                        lic companies are female, according              We need leaders who are willing       career path. At Deloitte, people can        award-winning Initiative for the Re-
                                        to Catalyst’s study on Women in U.S.         to shatter the reinforced and bullet-     move in different directions to develop      tention & Advancement of Women
ecutives, chances are their perspec-    Management.                                  proof “glass ceiling” and we need men     their careers, following a model we call    (WIN). She also serves as national chief
tives will trickle down to the rising       Indeed, given the changing work-         who are willing to set aside their male   the corporate lattice.                      talent officer for Deloitte LLP’s Human
generations too.                        force and the shrinking pool of high-        ego and work as a team with women             The corporate lattice is a new          Capital Consulting practice.
                                        ly skilled knowledge workers facing          and others.                               standard for career progression that

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    Centre that is                                                                                                                                                                    the country that handles lots of Public
                                                                                                                                                                                      Interest Litigation (PIL) cases. Among
                                                                                                                                                                                      the PIL cases are the Prisoners’ case (to

    driving Kenya’s
                                                                                                                                                                                      vote in last year’s referendum). Other
                                                                                                                                                                                      PIL cases that KITUO is working on are
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Bulla Fot clan Case of a marginalised
                                                                                                                                                                                      clan in Garissa, the Poys Robo case of

    legal agenda
                                                                                                                                                                                      a marginalized Samburu Community,
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Muthurwa case where a temporary
                                                                                                                                                                                      injunction was issued against eviction of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Muthurwa residents among others.
    Priscilla Nyokabi Kanyua is the execu-       Sheria, that the country has achieved
    tive director of Kituo Cha Sheria, a post    legal landmark victories. She supervises                                                                                             Volunteer lawyers
    she has held since 2009. KITUO is one        and coordinates a 50 member strong                                                                                                   To ensure all poor people can access
    of the premier and oldest Human Rights       team made of proficient lawyers and                                                                                                   justice all over the country, the or-
    and Legal Aid Organisations in Kenya,        non-lawyers, in three offices (The Kili-                                                                                               ganization has a Volunteer Advocate
    founded in 1973, that seeks to provide       mani Head Office, Urban Refugee Inter-                                                                                                 scheme, where volunteer lawyers from
    ‘Access to Justice’ to the poor and mar-     vention Programme URIP in Eastleigh                                                                                                  all over the country can handle KITUO
    ginalised in the society through legal aid   and the Mombasa office in Kizingo. The                                                                                                 cases from any part of Kenya. It is in the
    and empowerment.                             staff together with Priscilla work to-                                                                                                spirit of “Access to Justice for All” that
    KITUO’s core areas are on issues of          gether to achieve “A Society of Justice                                                                                              KITUO established Community Justice
    land, labour, housing, refugee issues        and Equity for All”.                                                                                                                 Centres in Kibera, Kamukunji, Shimo la
    as well as any other case of Human                                                                                                                                                Tewa, Kisauni and Nyando, to ensure
    Rights Violation.                            Second woman                                                                                                                         the poor and marginalised can easily
    Ms. Kanyua is an Advocate of the High        Ms Kanyua heads Kituo after several                                                                                                  access justice.
    Court of Kenya and holds a Masters           regimes of strongmen. She is the sec-
    Degree in Law (LLM) from the Univer-         ond woman to be the Executive Direc-                                                                                                 Legal assistance
    sity of Nairobi. She is the Complaints       tor, first one being Jane Weru. Other                                                                                                 Apart from providing legal assistance,
    Commissioner in the Media Council of         former Directors of Kituo are Dr. Willy    Priscilla Nyokabi Kanyua, executive director, Kituo Cha Sheria.                           Kituo Cha Sheria is also a formidable
    Kenya, sat in the Africa Union’s Civil       Mutunga, Murtaza Jaffer, Harun Ndubi        COURTESY                                                                                  force in extra-curricular activities, and
    Society Assembly in 2009-2010and             and Dr. Ekuru Aukot.                                                                                                                 this saw the organization capture this
    was also the Deputy Presiding Officer          KITUO has a programme for Refugees,        munity Partnership that seeks to em-         Prisoners the right to vote in last year’s   year’s “UWAZICUP” victory that was
    (E.A) Economic, Social and Cultural          to legally equip them so that they can     power communities through advocacy.          constitution referendum. Kituo was also      organized by ICJ-Kenya. Kituo Cha She-
    Rights Council.                              defend themselves from constant har-       Kituo Cha Sheria is also the title holder    instrumental in the formulation of the       ria seeks to empower the poor and mar-
    The 33-year-old mother of one daugh-         assment.                                   of Civil Society of the Year (CSOYA)         Housing Bill, and it is also following up    ginalised to effectively access justice
    ter has a passion in equal access to         The Peace Justice and Reconciliation       Award of 2010.                               to ensure implementation of the Evic-        and people’s rights and under Priscil-
    justice and upholding human dignity,         programme handles IDP issues and           Among Kituo’s other successes are the        tion Guidelines.                             la’s stewardship, the country can only
    and it is under her helm at Kituo Cha        the Advocacy Governance and Com-           Prisoners’ landmark ruling that gave          KITUO is also the only organization in      expect more from Kituo.

    Public Interest Litigation cases Kituo is handling
    1. The Prisoners Case                                                                                                                                                             to fall sick, due to the squalid conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                      surrounding the site.
    This is a case of Prisoners from Shimo
    La Tewa, who together with Kituo pe-                                                                                                                                              Kituo and the Dandora Residents have
    titioned the government to allow them                                                                                                                                             sued the Government and Local Author-
    take part in last year’s referendum.                                                                                                                                              ity, compelling them to pay these resi-
    The court ruled in their favour in a                                                                                                                                              dents, and the case is still in court.
    landmark ruling, compelling the IIEC
    to register all inmates from prisons                                                                                                                                              6. Poys Robo (Samburu Case)
    all over the country as voters, so that
    they could take part in the constitutional                                                                                                                                        The Samburu of Poys Robo have been
    plebiscite, that being the first one of its                                                                                                                                        continually harassed and evicted from
    kind in Kenya.                                                                                                                                                                    their land Laikipia. The land had previ-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ously been the former President Moi’s,
    2. Bulla Fot Case                                                                                                                                                                 but the Samburu had stayed on that
                                                                                                                                                                                      land for over 12 years, thereby making
    This is a case of a marginalized clan in                                                                                                                                          it a case of adverse possession.
    Garissa, consisting of about 3,000 peo-      Kituo head office staff.                                                                                                                The Samburu Community claim that
    ple who have been continually harassed                                                                                                                                            during the evictions, their houses were
    and evicted from their land, by succes-      This is a case of one Richard Mwasia,      sia, but to other intersex who suffer in      The Judge issued a temporary court           burnt, property destroyed and women
    sive governments.                            who together with Kituo, sued the gov-     silence because they fear being alien-       injunction restraining the respondents       raped, infringing on the human Rights
    They have lived in desperate conditions      ernment and Prison Authority because       ated or discriminated.                       from further evicting them from their        of these people.
    as squatters in their own land, so Kituo     he is an intersex, yet had been put in                                                  land, giving the residents temporary
    sued on their behalf and the case is         prison with other men.                     4. Muthurwa Case.                            reprieve.                                    7. Dhobi Women Case
    up for judgment very soon, and Kituo         He says the men raped him repeatedly,
    expects the court to rule in its favour      and thus lodged a suit, to compel the      This is an eviction case whereby the resi-   5. Dandora Dumpsite                          Women from the Dhobi Women’s Group
    because of the convincing evidence           government to pay him for the human        dents of Muthurwa estate were being                                                       get their daily bread by washing for peo-
    that we have.                                rights abuse he had gone through. He       evicted from the land. Together with         The residents of Dandora have for years      ple. However, in the course of their duty,
                                                 won the lawsuit and was awarded            Prof. Yash Pal Ghai, Kituo sued on behalf    lived with the haunting smell emanat-        they have been raped by unsuspecting
    3. The Intersex Case                         Ksh.500,000 in damages. This was           of the residents of Muthurwa.                ing from the Dandora Dumpsite. This          clients, and they also work under poor
                                                 not only a big win to Kituo and Mwa-                                                    dumpsite has caused several residents        conditions.
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                                                                                                                                                                            Top 40 women under 40

The team of judges that picked the winne≥s
  THE VERDICT Sifting through the hundreds of contestants was the hard part, the Top 40 Under 40 just stood out

Joanne Mwangi                                  Ndirangu wa Maina                       Carol Musyoka                                 Jenny Luesby                                    Joe Otin

Joanne, a professional marketer, is an         Mr Maina is a marketer who has worked   Carol is a banker who started her career as   Jenny is a professional journalist who          As the Media Research & Monitoring
accomplished rapid climber of corporate        in a multinational advertising agency   a lawyer having studied law and worked        began her career at the Financial Times         Director at Synovate Pan Africa, Joe is
Kenya’s slippery ladder. She is a successful   and an entrepreneur who founded and     briefly at a leading Nairobi law firm. Her      of London where she worked for more             at the core of advertising and media
entrepreneur who founded and manages           runs Consumer Insight – a research      banking career began at Citibank where        than 14 years before she left for the world     development in at least six African
Professional Marketing Services – the racy     firm known for its deep insight into     she worked as a management associate.         of entrepreneurship.                            countries, where his company offers
marketing company that won the 2010 Top        Africa’s consumer trends.               She then moved to Barclays Bank and K-        Ms Luesby, a British national, who has          industry insights. His key areas of
100 Medium Sized Companies Pinnacle                                                    Rep Bank, where she retired from banking      been living in Kenya for four years, runs       expertise include defining best practice
award. She is the chair of the Federation of                                           at the level of Chief Operating Officer and    a media consultancy business and                in media strategy, determining ROI (return
Women Entrepreneur Associations and is                                                 Executive Director. She now runs her          manages African Laughter – a new media          on investment) from communication
the first ever woman to head, as Vice Chair,                                            own private consulting and is a Business      firm she founded three years ago.                activities, and delivering insights from a
the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce                                                 Daily columnist. Her knowledge of Kenya’s                                                     combination of advertising expenditure
and Industry.                                                                          corporate sector was invaluable in picking                                                    data and audience ratings.
                                                                                       out the women to watch.

    Top 40 women under 40

The Business Daily’s 2011 list                                                                                                AGNES KAGURE

of Kenya’s women who are
tipped for higher positions
of influence in the corporate,
government and enterprise
world. Survey finds that
strength of character, focus
and being able to build
bridges does pay for careers
                                                                                                                              JESSICA COLACO

Recently appointed as the Country Manager for
Google Kenya, Olga Arara will take up a role as
one of Google’s regional leaders as well as its local
spokesperson, representing the company in all
of its major business development and partner-
ship opportunities and serving as the voice of the
Kenyan user at Google. Olga brings a wealth of
experience to the Africa Team, as well as to Goog-
le. A trained electrical engineer with an MBA in
Engineering Business Management, Ms Arara’s
new position leverages on her extensive 15 years
experience in leading the firms she has worked
for in securing new business. Her new role also
involves guiding the strategic direction of the in-
ternet giant at a local level.
    Her strategic strength was clearly apparent in         OLGA ARARA - KIMANI                                                                                                                      MAGGIE IRERI
her previous role as Sales Director at mobile tel-
ecommunications company, Essar Telecommuni-

                                                                                                                Top fo≥ty unde≥
cations Africa, where her job entailed delivering       tional books and successful people’s biographies.
strategic business linkages that were integral to       “I believe that just as eating three meals a day
the growth of the company, including driving an         makes us well-fed, reading one hour a day makes
ambitious acquisition and growth strategy for           us wiser,” she says. After finishing her secondary
the region.                                             education, she moved to Nairobi to stay with her
    Responsible at Essar for a team of 87, she was      aunt, in a relocation that eventually opened the
detailed with handling Retail Sales, Enterprise,        door to the career she has now fallen in love with.
Corporate, Modern Trade and Distribution                Aged 20, she saw a newspaper advertisement for
Management, spread across three countries in            a job as a sales representative for the American
the region.                                             Life Insurance Company (ALICO) now CFC Life.            to love the job and be enthusiastic about , ,it. It’s   to learn about the Facebook Platform. She was
    Previously, Ms Arara served in high level posi-     Although the minimum age requirement was 25,            this enthusiasm that radiates when an insurance         involved in conducting a baseline and follow-up
tions at East Africa Cables, Safaricom and LanTech      she gave it a shot and when she was invited for         agent approaches a client, and ,which eventually        survey for the World Council of Credit Unions
in combined roles that have utilized her skills both    the interview, the manager was so impressed, he         wins the client over.                                   (WOCCU) in July – August 2008, working with
as a marketer and as an engineer.                       offered her the job.                                                                                             nine SACCOs across the region to establish the
    A graduate of Manchester Business School,               The biggest hurdles for Agnes in those early                                                                facts on the ground with regards to the income
Ms Arara’s strengths lie in being able to improve       days were the handicaps of being a novice in the        JESSICA COLACO, 28                                      and level of education of their members. Ms Co-
margins through product penetration, more effi-           industry, and her scant knowledge of the geog-                                                                  laco also organised the country’s first-ever Mobile
cient and effective service delivery, and retention      raphy of Nairobi. But her gift of the gab played in     MANAGER IHUB                                            Boot Camp, which served as a forum for students
of existing business.                                   her favour, as did the thrill of having something                                                               from different universities and professional soft-
                                                        to keep her busy and her love of hard work. In          If you would like to know what the next big in-         ware developers in Kenya to learn about the mo-
                                                        2000, she was promoted to unit manager and              novation in Kenya’s technology space will be, Jes-      bile phone world and its infrastructure, various
                                                        subsequently to Agency Manager.                         sica Colaco is the woman to ask. In her current         mobile development platforms, seek technical
AGNES KAGURE, 36                                            However, early this year, she asked the compa-      position as Manager of the iHub, an incubation          support from experts, share ideas and build col-
                                                        ny to relieve her of her management responsibility      centre where Kenya’s aspiring software develop-         laboration. Previously a research lead at SRCC,
EXECUTIVE FINANCIAL ADVISOR, CF C LIFE                  so that she could concentrate on sales. “I believe      ers congregate, Ms Colaco has unrivalled access         Ms Colaco has used her position at various firms
                                                        in being a leader without a title,” she says. Her       to the cutting edge technologies being worked           to spearhead and manage their research projects,
Agnes Kagure was recently crowned the Associa-          current position in the company is as an Execu-         on by local developers. ,The last five years have        even as she has continued to court international
tion of Kenyan Insurers’s Insurance Agent of the        tive Financial Advisor, which ,involves sourcing        seen Ms Colaco consolidate her strengths in the         firms to adopt Kenyan-made solutions.
Year for a second year running, beating the 333         clients, analyzing their financial and insurance         research sector and boost her networking skills,            It was a passion that began with her own early
agents from all over Kenya who qualified for the         needs, and tailor making relevant packages for          which have brought international firms like              success as the developer, whilst still an under-
award, thanks to her tenacity and penchant for          them. Her children Keith and Grace have been            Facebook and Google to Kenya in search of the           graduate at Nairobi University, of a system that
success. Having grown up in a village attending         the pillars that have inspired her entire career,       next big technology - for Ms Colaco has been in-        allowed mobile phone users to view detailed street
local schools, Kagure’s education appeared to           she says.                                               strumental in uniting young students in Kenya’s         maps of Nairobi and access user-generated point-
have ended with Form Four at Kangubiri High                 She always looks forward to spending time with      universities with multi- nationals. She was a key       of-interest databases. The project for her final
School in Nyeri County, when her family was un-         them from 6pm every day, when she finishes her           driver of the first-ever Nairobi Facebook Developer      year thesis attracted the attention ,of Google, and
able to raise the money for college education. But      daily routine. ,She preaches patience and integrity     Garage in March 2008, an event which served as          was among several Kenyan innovations that drew
her thirst for reading kept her sourcing books to       in dealing with clients. Working in insurance is        a forum for students from different universities         Google’s Vice President for Engineering in Eastern
read, steadily building her own library of motiva-      not , ,like any other job, she says. One has to learn   and professional software developers in Kenya           Africa, Nelson Mattos and Google International
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                                                                                                                                                                      Top 40 women under 40

                                                                                                                                                                      ent of the Monaco Media Forum Award, and the
                             MARION GATHOGA                                                                                                                           World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers award.
                                                                                                                                                                          It would not be a stretch to say that Ms Okol-
                                                                                                                                                                      loh will be instrumental in the future growth of
                                                                                                                                                                      the internet in Africa. In her position at Google,
                                                                                                                                                                      Ms Okolloh is responsible for developing policy
                                                                                                                                                                      and strategies on a number of areas of relevance
                                                                                                                                                                      to the Internet in Africa, working heavily with
                                                                                                                                                                      government leaders, policy makers, regulators
                                                                                                                                                                      and industry groups to enable access for all.

                                                                                                                                                                      MARION GATHOGA, 39
                                                                                                                                                                      MANAGING DIRECTOR CADBURY KENYA

                                                                                                                                                                      Marion is among the few female corporate ex-
                                                                                                                                                                      ecutives to have featured repeatedly in the Top
                                                                                                                                                                      40 survey, but perhaps for the last time this year.
                                                                                                                                                                      However, just as the country representative for
                                                                                                                                                                      food conglomerate Kraft Foods turns 40 in Sep-
                            ORY OKOLLOH                                                                                                                               tember, she is expected to have completed the
                                                                                                                                                                      ongoing integration of the Kenyan operation
                                                                                                                                                                      of the global food giant that in 2010 took over
                                                                                                                                                                      Cadbury plc.
                                                                                                                                                                          As the head of a business that is a market lead-
                                                                                                                                                                      er in chocolate and food beverages in Kenya, the
                                                                                                                                                                      mother of two has delivered consistent growth in
                                                                                                                                                                      the volume of sales over the last two years. Kenya
                                                                                                                                                                      is one of the important units of the African op-
                                                                                                                                                                      erating region for the combined unit of the two
                                                                                                                                                                      iconic brands, she says.
                                                                                                                                                                          With a degree from USIU in International Busi-
                                                                                                                                                                      ness Administration, Ms Gathoga started her ca-
                                                                                                                                                                      reer in marketing but moved on to sales where she
                                                                                                                                                                      determined to grow to become a transformational
                                                                                                                                                                      leader, impacting society positively. Apart from
                                                                                                                                                                      heading the Kenyan operation for Kraft Foods,
                                                                                                                                                                      Ms Gathoga is also a trustee at the Palm House
                                                                                                  ISIS NYONGO                                                         Foundation, an education trust that finances the
                                                                                                                                                                      secondary education of deserving students and
                                                                                                                                                                      mentors them through life. She plays golf during

                                                                                                               ORY OKOLLOH, 34,                                       her free time.
                                                                                                                                                                          Prior to her current posting, Ms Gathoga
                                                                                                               POLICY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MANAGER,               worked in Zambia as a Commercial Director for
                                                                                                               GOOGLE AFRICA                                          generic pharmaceutical manufacturing company
                                                                                                                                                                      Circle Pharmaceuticals Zambia. She previously
                                                                                                               When internet giant Google announced that it had       worked at Nestle Foods (K) Ltd in Marketing and
                                                                                                               recruited Ory Okolloh to be its Policy Manager         at Bayer East Africa Consumer Care as a sales
                                                                                                               for Africa last year, not many within the technol-     leader and general manager of the consumer
                                                                                                               ogy industry were surprised. Ms Okolloh’s repu-        care business.
                                                                                                               tation as an online activist and her achievements
Operations Director, Kannan Pashupathy to visit            She had also previously developed the market-       as a co-founder of Ushahidi, the world changing
the country, where Google later set up its African     ing strategy for Kenya’s first online recruitment        crowd-sourcing website dedicated to information        MAGGIE IRERI, 36
headquarters. She has since devoted her career         service, MyJobsEye, and earned degrees from             collection and interactive mapping, preceded the
to promoting Kenyan applications. “The biggest         both Stanford University and Harvard Business           young lawyer and mother of two. Ms Okolloh is          MANAGING DIRECTOR, SYNOVATE KENYA
challenge is finding financial backers, but for most     School. Even as she read her bachelor’s degree at       also known for her work as a co-founder of Mzal-
of us, the applications we develop can compete         Stanford from 1999, Nyong’o moved into the world        endo, a website that tracks the performance of         If the Teacher s’Service Commission was recruit-
on the world stage,” she said.                         of fundraising, mobilising funds for the Stanford       Kenyan Members of Parliament, and which once           ing in 1998, Maggie Ireri might today be a French
                                                       African Students Association, before moving to          courted controversy when it listed the academic        teacher, but instead she heads Synovate Kenya,
                                                       Harvard in 2005 for her MBA. She then built her         qualifications of legislators. Ms. Okolloh gradu-       or what many still refer to as Steadman. Maggie’s
ISIS NYONG’O, 33                                       career in both the US and Africa, working in fi-         ated summa cum laude with a BA degree in Po-           peers say her consistency, passion to succeed and
                                                       nancial services and the cyberspace before join-        litical Science from the University of Pittsburgh,     unfaultable execution of tasks are the ingredients
VP AND MANAGING DIRECTOR AFRICA, INMOBI                ing MTV Networks.                                       and with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was         that have seen her rise to the pinnacle of a com-
                                                           In her latest position at InMobi, she will be       previously a summer associate with international       pany whose work stirs mixed emotions among
Isis Nyong’o has been named before as a woman          talking to local companies about their , products       law firm Covington and Burling in Washington            Kenyans. Calm and full of self assurance, she is
to watch in Kenya’s Top 40 women under 40. But         and localising the multi-national’s offerings to pro-    DC and a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s De-         not amused by poor delivery or time-keeping, al-
her latest appointment as Managing Director Af-        vide the best possible solutions. It’s a bridging act   partment of Institutional Integrity. Ms Okolloh        though has learnt much from her dealings with
rica for InMobi, the world’s second largest mobile     that Ms Nyong’o hopes will challenge entrenched         is a frequent speaker at conferences including         people of different cultures - from the loud table
advertising firm, is now guaranteed to ensure the       market players and global rivals, such as Google,       TED, the World Economic Forum, Poptech, CGI,           banging discussions with the Naija brothers, to
young marketer cements her name in the global          to help her firm win over Africa’s internet ,adver-      Techonomy, and the Monaco Media Forum on               the Zambians who are true African timekeep-
ICT business. She drew much attention as the           tising space. She will be driving the entire African    issues around citizen journalism, the role of tech-    ers, she says.
business development manager of Google, where          strategy for InMobi, -an Indian-based start-up          nology in Africa, and the role of young people in          On graduating from Kenyatta University,
she was responsible for rolling out a row of locally   that has already risen at near lightening speed to      reshaping Africa’s future.                             Maggie joined Strategic Business Organization
relevant innovations, including the facility to send   become a global leader - and drawing on her own             She was recognized as one of the Most In-          as a research assistant, and started making pres-
text messages from the internet. Before that, Ms       experience working throughout Africa, including         fluential Women in Technology in 2011 by Fast           entations to senior decision-makers at an early
Nyong’o gained extensive media and tech experi-        stints in Ghana, Uganda, ,Nigeria, Uganda, South        Company, one of the top 100 Global Thinkers by         age. She quickly hit some bias against her as a
ence while driving the launch of MTV Networks in       Africa and Tanzania.                                    Foreign Policy Magazine, a Huffington Post 2010          women, but put in double effort to ensure all the
Africa, where she was responsible for commercial                                                               Game Changer, and as a Young Global Leader by          details were at her finger tips. Her next move, to
relationships including distribution and sales.                                                                the World Economic Forum. Ory is also the recipi-      become a research executive at Steadman, was

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                                              Top 40 women under 40
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Above 40 and still climbing the success ladder
                                “Lead the life of a normal
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                                H    er determination has seen her reap fortunes in her ca-
                                     reer, in fact any that she decided to settle on.
                                    Sue Muraya, managing director of Suraya Group Limited
                                is yes above 40 years, but a mentor to the Top 40 under 40,
                                she says hers is an undying fire that is not easily put out.
                                    Mrs Muraya is brilliant and creative and admits that for
                                success there should be sacrifice, it is really needed and that
                                among the best tips you need to arm yourself with.
                                    “I have always demanded from myself to work harder
                                and not really in academics, but there is also the practical
                                beat of working hard and I got this information from my
                                  mother,” she says.
                                       Being exposed to so much enable her settle on the best
                                     she wanted from herself, God has a purpose for everyone,
                                      she furthers and from this background you are supposed
                                       to choose whether you want to live or survive.
                                           “The best thing that can ever happen in life is to in-
                                       vest in people and have people skills, make people your
                                       greatest investment that way it is hard to go wrong,
                                         they will always support you and even come up with
                                          new initiative in which you can explore,” she says.
                                                Being analytical of yourself and never putting
                                             blame on others and more so than often doing
                                              away with blame is one way to achieve according
                                               to Mrs Muraya, it helps you rethink other strate-
                                                gies. She suggests that women in the industry
                                                of corporate and management and especially
                                                 those under 40 should be principled.
                                                      “You should lead the life of a normal wom-
                                                  an, be a mother, a wife and a professional
                                                   and balance the act and also choose solid
                                                    friends with a stable character not those
                                                       who lead you into a different path that
                                                    you never had an idea and that may end up
                                                   messing you.”

                                                     Top of her game
                                                     Mrs Muraya has always stood out as
                                                  a woman on top of her game in any dis-
                                                        cipline and she has since moved
                                                        from fashion to real estate to put
                                                        Suraya Group.
                                                            Being impacted by the people
                                                        around her and determined to do
                                                        everything she does with a passion
                                                        has led to the major milestone that
                                                        her organisation is experiencing.
                                                            “You should agree to have a vi-
                                                        sion and should not agree to be in a
                                                        comfort zone, you need to converse
                                                        in stages and you also need to make
                                                        it as a woman in a long term busi-
                                                        ness, do not look at the present
                                                        rather the future,” she adds.
                                                            The beauty of interaction can en-
                                                        able one’s major success and that is
                                                        Muraya’s advice to the top 40 under
                                                        40, give an ear and pick what suits
                                                        you, do not rubbish people.
                                                            “Make sure that on a daily or
                                                        weekly basis you find time to re-
                                                        view the different occasion that
      Sue Muraya
                                                        have taken place and why they ex-
                                                        actly did,” she says.

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a natural progression. Six months into the job         of the toughest and most competitive jobs in the                                                              to start a Kids Fun Centre, a business that failed
she had earned the management’s confidence to           market. Ndehi, the mother of one, boasts broad                                                                due to cash flow problems.
the degree that they sent her to Uganda as act-        experience in relationship banking and an in-                                                                     “Cash flow management was my main prob-
ing country manager. Maggie knew that the job          ternational track record working with some of                                                                 lem. That is why in my current business I make
was hers if she performed, and in the first year,       the best names in corporate finance, including                                                                 sure that I embrace as many courses as possible
the business earnings grew by 35 per cent, and         Barclays Bank, Citi Bank and CFC Stanbic Bank.                                                                to enable me manage the business effectively,” she
a further 33 per cent the following year. She was      As the head of corporate banking, Njeri Ndehi                                                                 said. Now she holds a Masters degree in leader-
confirmed. Soon she began to hit limits to further      she serves a key source of growing revenue for                                                                ship, with a concentration in business and en-
growth in the Ugandan market and asked to be           CFC Stanbic Bank, competing with big names                                                                    trepreneurship.
recalled home. Her stay was short lived, as the        such as Standard Chartered. Ndehi credits her                                                                     She has also completed a course in finance
company opened subsidiaries in other countries         fast rise to a wide range of exposure, a host of                                                              for non finance managers to add to her skills in
and she was handed the task of opening up the          mentors and her strong academic foundation.                                                                   managing her budgets, cash flow and business
new offices in Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique.            Armed with a Masters in Banking and Finance                                                                   strategy.
The company also sent her to evaluate the un-          Law from the London School of Economics and                                                                       In her view, most young entrepreneurs get into
derperforming Zambian subsidiary, which they           Political Science, she was ready to start a career                                                            business barely equipped with the right skills, a
were contemplating closing. She recommended            in operations in CitiBank 11 years ago, before                                                                reason most establishments fail soon after takeoff.
additional investment and remained there to give       getting into relationship management, public                                                                  Specifically, she says the long transport business is
the business a new lease of life.                      sector and corporate finance at the Bank. She           MONICA MATIRI                                          an expensive undertaking, which demands care-
    On the acquisition of Steadman by Synovate,        credits key names in the banking sector such as                                                               ful planning in dealing with every requirement
Maggie was selected to ensure the smooth inte-         the former CEO Citi Bank Ade Ayeyemi, and John       believes this is the only secret to a successful busi-   from toll charges and weight regulations to fuels
gration of the two companies systems and poli-         Ngumi director of Investment Banking Africa for      ness. The owner of a two- year-old long-distance         costs and administrative charges. She has also
cies, an experience she says enabled her have a        providing her the necessary direction and guid-      transport business, she is now pushing back the          now diversified the business to include a division
full understanding of the different departments,        ance up the corporate ladder. This helped to steer   boundaries of being the women boss, with two             for media and strategic marketing consultancy,
and in January this year was appointed Managing        her through a number of challenges in the bank-      trucks and rising, and a long road behind her            which she runs based on her experience in the
Director. She is also currently finishing her MBA       ing world including responsibilities in project      since her days as a hawker.                              media industry. With sheer determination, and
at Jomo Kenyatta University before heading to          finance, advisory, structured finance, structured          Her life journey has been far from smooth,           an indomitable will, she has the mark of a Top 40
UK for a Masters in Public Policy, and in her spare    trade finance, corporate lending, primary markets     but she appreciates each lesson she learnt along         ‘women to watch’.
time is passing on her passion for research by         and property finance.                                 the way. She began her working life as a cateress,
supporting research clubs in secondary schools.            She is a humble and approachable personal-       while waiting to join university, but then turned
A recent topic of their research: why students         ity willing to learn. She believes career mentor-    to selling charcoal and hawking popcorn to su-           ANGELA AMBITHO, 39
sleep in class.                                        ship is crucial to the growth of young talent and    permarkets and theatres to make a living, after
                                                       now supports new entrants in her department          dropping out of employment in order to take care         MANAGING DIRECTOR, INFOTRAK HARRIS
                                                       to be successful.                                    of her sick mother. Interrupted sessions at Univer-
                                                                                                            sity followed, through of lack of school fees, seeing    When you think of opinion polls, Infotrak Harris
RISPER GENGA OHAGA, 36                                                                                      her finally complete a degree course in education         is sure to come to mind. Meet Angela. Ambitho,
                                                       MONICA MATIRI, 36                                    at Daystar University, through private study, some       the founder and CEO of one of the most acclaimed
DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL AUDIT AT BARCLAYS BANK                                                                 8 years after she began the course at Moi Univer-        and authoritative pollsters in Kenya. Ms Ambitho
                                                       ENTERPRENEUR                                         sity. She had, in the meantime, worked formally          knows few boundaries to success, believes in her
Currently regional director for internal audit re-                                                          as a journalist at Baraka Fm, Family Radio and           dreams and thanks her parents for the lessons
sponsible for East and West Africa at Barclays,        The first thing you will notice on Monica Matiri’s    Hope Fm, but harboured a dream of going into             they instilled in her to never waiver in her focus.
Risper Ohaga’s role includes being the chief in-       table is a calculator. She is keen on detail, and    business. She finally quit her job as a journalist        A graduate of University of Nairobi’s school of
ternal auditor for Barclays Bank of Kenya, in a                                                                                                                      humanities and social sciences, her expertise
brief that since 2008 has seen her head a team of                                                                                                                    spans marketing, business administration and
eighteen auditors across four countries - Kenya,                                                                                                                     strategic management. Prior to starting Infotrak,
Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana – who deliver the                                                                                                                         she spent 10 years with another leading research
audit plans for each country.                                                                                                                                        company. By the time she was just 24 years, she
It’s a responsibility that sees her sit in the Coun-                                                                                                                 held a senior management post. At 28, she was
try Management Committee for Barclays Kenya,                                                                                                                         the managing director.At which points, with an
comprising eleven functional heads. She must                                                                                                                         MBA under her belt, she turned to full-scale en-
ensure the bank’s are appropriately equipped                                                                                                                         trepreneurship. “With education, skills and ex-
and supported in delivering challenging audit                                                                                                                        perience, I was ready,” she said.
plans in a cost effective manner, and with rec-                                                                                                                           Six years on, Infotrak provides research in
ommendations that drive improvements in the                                                                                                                          Kenya and across East and West Africa, with a
organisations they work in. With BComm degree                                                                                                                        second office in Nigeria. Angela’s mission in life
from the University of Nairobi specialising in ac-                                                                                                                   is to empower, motivate and inspire people into
counting and is a Certified Public Accountant of                                                                                                                      having happier and productive lives through edu-
Kenya, Ms Ohaga set up the Barclays audit team                                                                                                                       cation and honesty. She has many statements that
in Tanzania from scratch.                                                                                                                                            define her personal mission, but most importantly
    She spends most of her time with her audit                                                                                                                       she believes in God, who guides her through her
teams, board members and members of the man-                                                                                                                         daily pursuits.
agement driving the control agenda and ensuring                                                                                                                          As with all businesses, she acknowledges the
that the importance of risk and control is recog-                                                                                                                    challenges in having sufficient working capital,
nised and given priority in achieving the organi-
sation’s targets. Jointly with two colleagues from
America and Asia, she was recognised in January
2011 as the best performing internal auditor in
Barclays for the year 2010. Before joining Barclays,
she worked as a financial services auditor and
consultant with KPMG Kenya based in Nairobi
for nine years, and rose through the ranks from
audit assistant to senior manager. She is married
and is a mother to three daughters.

Head of Corporate Banking, CfC Stanbic

Managing a team that is charged with the re-
sponsibility of growing CFC Stanbic Banks’s
corporate lending book puts Njeri Ndehi in one           NJERI NDEHI                                                                                                   ANGELA AMBITHO
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and cites low overheads as her way through this.       secondary school, Molo, and mother of two, says           Safaricom’s retails outlets from nine shops      have kept her strong “I am a mentor, a mother, a
She also believes that having a clearly enshrined      when she received her University admission let-       across the country to 22, growing the business       wife, and a leader, so I have to balance between
corporate strategy is the best approach to main-       ter for the medicine course she just knew this        turnover from Sh300m to Sh1.7 bn, she landed         my personal life and professional life. I have seen
taining business focus and controlling cash flows.      was not what she wanted to be. “I didn’t have         another promotion to Head of Safaricom Busi-         people dedicating so much of their time to their
To women who find it hard balancing between             the heart to do medicine, I am not that kind of a     ness, a post she says was three times more de-       profession at the expense of their personal life
work and family, she says “Shoot for the moon, if      person and wanted a change so when I was given        manding than the previous ones. “This was not        until their world falls apart, which is not the right
you miss it, you will land among the stars. Make       an option, I took Food Science and Technology         an easy move.” The promotion meant she had to        thing to do” said Ms Mulinge.
time for yourself and family. That way you will        which I graduated with first class honours,” said      deal with corporate organizations, which she says
never burn out.”                                       Ms Mulinge. She went on to begin her career as a      are more demanding than retail customers. It also
    Angela is on the council of the Marketing Soci-    management trainee at Unilever. “Life is about        meant dealing with competition from players like     ALISON NGIBUINI, 35
ety of Kenya and a founding member of the Media        talking calculated risks, not recklessness, and of-   AccessKenya and Kenya Data Network who had
Research Association. She is also a member of the      ten pulling out of the comfort zone.”                 entered the market earlier.                           FILM PRODUCER, FOUNDER AL IS ON PRODUCTIONS
European Social and Market Research Associa-               Some of the challenges she has undergone in          But her family and strong religious background
tion, the World Association of Polling and Opinion     her career included taking on strong washing                                                               Alison Ngibuini is a born story teller who has
Research, the Association of International Market      powder brands like OMO during her tenure as                                                                spent the last ten years working as a film ,and
Research Institutes, the American Chamber of           the Brand Manager for Sunlight washing powder,                                                             television producer creating films to inspire posi-
Commerce-Kenya chapter and the Public Rela-            which she did successfully by creating the Sunlight                                                        tive change in Kenya. Her mantra is ‘conception
tions Society of Kenya.                                National Dress campaign, which earned her an                                                               and projection’, by turning concepts into reality,
    In her free time, Angela is on the sports fields,   award from the Marketing Society of Kenya for                                                              and imagination and vision into documentaries
in the national parks and at the beach. She is also    Best Activation.                                                                                           and films.
a lover of books, arts and classical music.                This saw her promoted to the South Africa re-                                                              Inspired as a child by films like The Ten Com-
                                                       gional office as the laundry manager, a position                                                             mandments and Macbeth, in 2003 she founded
                                                       that she says sharpened her skills in the man-                                                             and became Managing Director of Al Is On Pro-
SYLVIA MULINGE, 34                                     agement of people from different cultures and                                                               duction Ltd, which has ,since become one of Ken-
                                                       in introducing new products targeting several                                                              ya’s leading production houses, specialises in what
GENERAL MANAGER OF ENTERPRISE BUSINESS,                markets across the region.                                                                                 she calls ‘behavioural change’ communication. At
SAFARICOM                                                  She was then head hunted by Safaricom, who                                                             35-years-old, the defining moment in her career to
                                                       took her as Prepay Product Manager in February                                                             date was launching SIRI – an educational drama
Making tough career choices right from uni-            2006, with no experience in the telecoms sector.                                                           series now in it 4th cycle and funded by US-AID
versity can be the first step to success, if Sylvia     This initially terrified her, however her strong be-                                                        to target both urban
Mulinge is anything to go by. For when Ms Mul-         lieve in understanding what the customer wants,                                                                and rural audiences. Kenya’s top educational
inge turned down an offer to take a Bachelor of         while at the same time driving shareholders’ value,                                                        series, the show uses drama to highlight issues of
Medicine course at Nairobi University and in-          saw her climb to become Head of Retail. While at                                                           reproductive health to spur behavioural change.
stead opted for a Bachelor of Food Science and         this position she came up with one of company’s                                                            Alison also produced SHUGA targeting 16-24 year
Technology she began on a road to her job today,       the most memorable campaigns: ‘Kwachua Mil-                                                                olds with the aim of increasing their personal
as the General Manager of Enterprise Business          lion na Safaricom’.                                                                                        risk perception of contracting HIV, as part of the
at Safaricom.                                              In 2009, when she was six months pregnant,                                                             ‘HIV-free generation’ campaign.
                                                                                                               SYLVIA MULINGE
    The 34-year old, an alumni of Mary Mount           and having successfully transformed                                                                            “I have experienced moments where people

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                                                       provoking way. Her work has also inclued ZAIN         and soon after was head-hunted by Capital FM.
                                                       Africa Challenge, a popular intellectual game         She later worked at NTV and now hosts Sunday
                                                       show attracting students from eights countries        Live with Julie Gichuru on Citizen TV. Her mis-
                                                       across Africa, and just this year she spearhead-      sion across all her positions has been simple; to
                                                       ed a nation-wide campaign on social media that        be the voice of the voiceless. “Those of us blessed
                                                       mobilised Kenya to come together and sing the         with an education have a greater responsibility
                                                       national anthem in the name of unity.                 to contribute to the development of a good so-
                                                          She has worked tirelessly in lobbying the          ciety,” she said. In 2008, her focus on peace saw
                                                       government and the treasury to include film            Julie become the first African woman to receive
                                                       incentives in the 2009 budget, and in 2004 was        the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness. In
                                                       appointed to the Ministry of Information and          the same year, she was nominated as
                                                       Communication task force to formulate a policy            a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, a
                                                       framework for the film industry to ensure Kenyan       part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The
                                                       productions move on to world screens through the      following year, she was declared a Young Global
                                                       formation of the Kenya Film Commission.               Leader by the World Economic Forum. And last
                                                                                                             year she received the Order of the Golden Warrior
                                                                                                             from President Mwai Kibaki for her contributions
                                                       JULIE GICHURU, 37                                     to the media in Kenya. The pursuit of her dream
                                                                                                             has not always been a smooth journey, with her
                                                       TELEVISION ANCHOR                                     biggest blow the loss of her third-born child in
                                                                                                             2005. She says faith in God carried her and her
                                                       Julie Gichuru is well-known as a media person-        family through, and works hard to bridge the
                                                       ality. Less well known is the background in law       challenges of balancing family and career. Her           SAKINA HASSANALI
                                                       and business that saw her enter the media with        most memorable experience in the media was
                                                       a fresh perspective and a determination to con-       the revolutionary reconciliation TV show Fist          Agency in Africa in the world’s most prominent
walk up to me and tell me after watching an            tribute to the development of the industry. Julie     to Five for Change. “This is one of the most pro-      global real estate awards. Sakina cites consistent
episode of SIRI they want to take an HIV test,         earned her Law degree and an MBA from the             found things I have done so far. The opportunity       innovation, learning new tricks of the trade and
or someone saying an episode they watched of           University of Wales in Cardiff - specializing in       to bring the country closer together by addressing     keeping in the know on related global advance-
SHUGA has made them reconsider their lifestyle.        World Trade Law and International Business -          our challenges head on was a blessing. I hope to       ments as her pillars to success.
“Stories that I tell through film help people to view   after studying at Loreto onvent Msongari and          do more shows of this kind,” she said. Julie is also
the world through a universal approach and I hope      Imani School, Thika. But on returning to Kenya,       now building the Footprints Africa Foundation,
that many people are able to change their lifestyles   she shied way from the local judicial system, which   an initiative she and her husband have concep-
positively. This has a domino effect as it helps to     she felt riddled with corruption and inefficiency.      tualized to give young people a chance to express      JOAN NJOROGE, 39
steer change not only through oneself but spreads      Passionate about justice and the stories of the       and explore their ideas on social, economic and
through society”, said Alison, who has managed         Kenyan people she decided instead, in 1999, to        developmental issues.                                  MANAGING DIRECTOR ENGEN AFRICA
to package reproductive health issues                  go into the media. With her legal and business
   into a palatable but thorough and thought-          background, she was quickly taken on by KTN,                                                                 At 39, Ms Njoroge is among the few female ex-
                                                                                                             SAKINA HASSANALI, 27                                   ecutives to have penetrated the male domain of
                                                                                                                                                                    the oil industry. Across the 22 affiliates of Engen
                                                                                                             MARKETING MANAGER, HASSCONSULT                         Africa, she is the only female MD, now leading
                                                                                                                                                                    one of the five largest Engen affiliates.
                                                                                                             Perhaps one the youngest marketing managers in             Her recent appointment as the head of En-
                                                                                                             corporate Kenya, Sakina Hassanali is the women         gen in Mauritius, which is a new addition to the
                                                                                                             who launched the country’s first property index,        group’s portfolio, sees her charged with fully in-
                                                                                                             the HassConsult Property Index, which is now the       tegrating and transforming the Mauritian opera-
                                                                                                             most widely cited real estate tracker in the Kenyan    tion to increase shareholder value.
                                                                                                             market. After graduating from Cardiff University            This challenge follows from four years as Gen-
                                                                                                             in the UK, where she studied Economics and             eral Manager of Engen Petroleum in Burundi,
                                                                                                                 Management, she joined Redsky Advertising          where, with a background in marketing, she
                                                                                                             as an account manager. In 2007, she then moved         helped take the company to market leadership
                                                                                                             into the family-owned business, at a time when         with a 60 per cent market share.
                                                                                                             she says investments in some segments of the               Last year, she was a top three finalist for the
                                                                                                             property market were clearly founded on mis-           prestigious leadership award at Engen’s Interna-
                                                                                                             information.                                           tional Business annual gala event.
                                                                                                                 Even before she launched the property index,           A graduate in Education from Kenyatta Univer-
                                                                                                             she had revamped the HassConsult website as a          sity, Ms Njoroge, who also holds an MBA from the
                                                                                                             centre of real estate industry information, add-       UK’s Leicester University, decided to quit teach-
                                                                                                             ing detailed profiles on every Nairobi suburb, of-      ing after just three years.
                                                                                                             fering average land prices, building regulations           However, she joined the oil industry purely by
                                                                                                             and listings of local features. She also created a     chance, after attending a career fair in London.
                                                                                                             real estate news platform, drawing together the        She went hoping for an interview with Citibank,
                                                                                                             best of the information available everywhere on        which was recruiting students based in the UK.
                                                                                                             the local real estate market. It was only then that    “Instead, I interviewed for two different compa-
                                                                                                             she went public with the agency’s very first resi-      nies, amongst them Engen,” she says.
                                                                                                             dential property price index, after cataloguing 17         She started at the Engen head office in South
                                                                                                             years of its own internal data and drawing in IT       Africa, where she held different posts for six years,
                                                                                                             experts and market analysts.
                                                                                                                 “The index changed market decision-making
                                                                                                             by readers of the information, and this prevented
                                                                                                             over-investment in certain segments, which had
                                                                                                             earlier caused gluts in the market,” she said.
                                                                                                                 According to Sakina, the core of marketing
                                                                                                             is communication with the consumer, with her
                                                                                                             position as marketing manager enabling her to
                                                                                                             inform both buyers and investors in the property
                                                                                                             market on the best deals. Though she joined the
                                                                                                             firm when it was already a visible player in the
  JULIE GICHURU                                                                                              local property market, it has been her innovation
                                                                                                             in the property index and marketing that last year       JOAN NJOROGE
                                                                                                             saw HassConsult voted as the Best Real Estate
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before joining the Burundi op-       jor networks,” she said.             SONA PARMAR MUKHERJEE,                          In Kenya. she worked for Software
eration.                                 “My job is to ensure that my                                                  Technologies Ltd, emerging as a guru in
                                     team has everything they need        31                                           Oracle Financial Software and working
                                     to get the show from paper to                                                     with institutions like KCB and National
DOROTHY GHETTUBA,                    screen. I am involved in all as-     CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST                        Bank. But “I had a different calling”, said
                                     pects of the production, from                                                     Sona, regardless of the financial windfall
32                                   conception, creation and de-         At 18 years old, renowned nutritionist       the career guaranteed.
                                     velopment to the subsequent          Sona Parmar seemed destined to be a life-       She began to gat increasingly inter-
CEO/PARTNER SPIELWORKS MEDIA         pitching of shows to the net-        long economist. She enrolled to study at     ested in nutrition and how food could be
                                     works. Once the show is picked       one of the best institutions in the world,   used to heal, and one day, after conduct-
Having switched career from an       up by the broadcast network, my      the London School of Economics, and          ing training with the Finance Ministry
early start in finance, Dorothy       focus shifts to business matters,    after completing her studies she moved       she simply called it a day and decided “it
Ghettuba is now one of Kenya’s       such as budgets, financing, tal-      to Kenya for the first time, with her then    was time to take the plunge”. She went
                                                                                                                                                                     SONA PARMA
rising film producers – already       ent acquisition and contracts. Al-   boyfriend, now husband.                      back to school to study nutrition for 4
picked out in Canada as one of       though I have a team, I make
its top 20 emerging film makers       overall decisions regarding the
– and, at just 32, the CEO and co-   day-to-day running of the pro-
founder of film production com-       duction, like script approvals,
pany Spielworks Media, respon-       set design and casting.”
sible for many of Kenya’s more           “I didn’t learn creative arts
prominent shows.                     in school, nor as a hobby. It was
    Dorothy got off to a flying        just something I was passion-
start academically, attending Al-    ate about so I sought out to
liance Girls High School before      learn about it on the job.”
reading Communications and               Dorothy is also an alumni
Political Science at St Andrews      of the prestigious Bucerius
University in the UK. She then       School on Global Governance
went to work at venture capital      in Hamburg, Germany.
company Jefferson Partners in             “My goals in effecting
Toronto, before moving to the        change in Kenya are twofold;
Alberta Cancer Board in Ed-          I want to continue telling the
monton.                              Kenyan story to Kenyans and
    But three years ago, she         to the world. Mine is simple,
moved into the creative arts,        to bring a fresh take on local
and has since produced several       television programming.
documentaries, four television           Then, I want to continue
shows and has a row of films in       creating creative employ-
development.                         ment. On a given production,
    “ As the Executive Producer,     I have a team of 50+ people
I oversee all the company’s pro-     working.
ductions. I have produced sev-            SAINTS the medical dra-
eral projects on TV, including       ma saw over 140 actors walk
Block D, a 13-part, 30-minute        through our doors and onto
drama series on KBC, as well as      the television screen. We live
Higher Learning, a drama series      in a society where the creative
on NTV and SAINTS, the medical       arts are frowned upon and par-
drama currently airing on NTV        ents have only recently started
and Zuku.                            encouraging their children to
    I was also the Executive Pro-    pursue the arts.
ducer behind the “Know Your              Mine is to ensure that Art
Constitution” Drama Series that      and Commerce meet and make
was broadcast across all the ma-     sense.”


     Top 40 women under 40

                                                                                                            KANINI MUTOONI,35
                                                                                                            FOUNDER MYAZIMIA MICRO FINANCE SOFTWARE

                                                                                                            When she first appeared in the Business Daily’s
                                                                                                            annual ranking of Kenyan women who are run-
                                                                                                            ning on the fast lane in their careers, Kanini was
                                                                                                            the Audit Director at private bank Kleiwort Ben-
                                                                                                            son in London.
                                                                                                                But rather than keep enjoying the perks and
                                                                                                            comfort of being at the top of a big corporation,       HITAL MURAJ
                                                                                                            Kanini left the job in December 2010 for the world
                                                                                                            of entrepreneurship. Her first act in the field was
                                                                                                            the launch of, a software company         HITAL MURAJ, 38
                                                                                                            aimed at microfinance institutions and peer to
                                                                                                            peer lending sites that require a technology plat-     HEAD OF NETWORKING ACADEMY, CISCO EAST AFRICA
                                                                                                            form for their lending operations. In February
                                                                                                            2011 Kanini launched a micro-finance          In her role at Cisco East Africa, Hital Muraj has
                                                                                                            platform dedicated to facilitating lending to fe-      earned widespread recognition as an expert in
                                                                                                            male owned businesses in sub-saharan Africa.           driving public-private partnerships and in work-
                                                                                                            Kanini says this second venture is her way to ‘giv-    ing with the youth in under-served areas, for she
                                                                                                            ing something back’ and playing a part in building     is the manager responsible for implementing Cis-
                                                                                                            the African continent.                                 co’s education initiatives and strategy across East
                                                                                                                The 35 year old steadily scaled the financial       and North Africa.
                                                                                                            corporate ladder in the past 10 years during which         Working with non-profit organizations such as
                                                                                                            she delivered audit services to corporate clients in   Inveneo and the Aga Khan Foundation, her mis-
                                                                                                            Nairobi and a number of European cities.               sion has been to find ways of using the power of
                                                                                                                The hallmark of Kanini has been one of setting     ICT to address basic human needs, such as health
                                                                                                            new records everywhere she goes. She was pro-          care and education. Her programmes have been
                                                                                                            moted to director at Kleinwort Benson within 10        so successful that they have attracted senior Gov-
                                                                                                            months of joining the company -- a feat that takes     ernment attention across the region, focused on
                                                                                                            most people 10 years or more.                          replicating her models.
   EVA KIPLAGAT                                                                                                 And it isn’t only at Kleinwort that she has been       Among many other initiatives, Ms Muraj is
                                                                                                            shinning. While working in London for Merill           credited with the launch of the world’s first Cisco
                                                                                                            Lynch, Kanini was promoted to vice president           Networking Academy for the deaf, which has ena-
years. Her passion for nutrition studies was not      (then Deloitte &Touche). “I enjoyed the work im-      just nine months after joining the global finan-        bled a traditionally forgotten group of people to
dampened by the rigours of having to fly back and      mensely and remember thinking that this is what       cial giant.                                            get access to ICT Education to empower them
forth to the UK to do coursework and complete         I wanted to do”                                                                                              for the future. Ms Muraj is not only committed to
clinical hours.                                           A former student of Alliance Girls, she was                                                              working with girls, women and the youth in un-
    On completing the course, she founded ‘Nutri-     born in Nairobi, but grew up in Meru.
tion by Sona’, a health clinic that advises clients       She graduated from Daystar with a degree in
on quality wholesome diet and its effect on pre-       Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in marketing.
venting illnesses and allergies. Her daily routine    She then worked at Promotion Dynamics as an
sees her giving personalized treatments and re-       executive assistant, where she managed market-
ports for clients.                                    ing promotions and public relations.
     Professionally, she cites British Nutritionist        Her hard work and competence brought re-
Patrick Holford as her influence, and her father       wards and in 1996 she landed a job at Scan Group
as her biggest role model due to the integrity and    as a Marketing Account Manager, a job she held up
honesty he instilled in her.                          to 2000. She then worked with AMREF as donor
    She also writes for the Nation, Cosmopolitan,     co-ordinator for two eyars. “Here, I got exposed
Eve and has made appearances on TV stations           to the world of NGOs and the private sector”, says
including KTN, M-Net and NTV. She is registered       soft-speaking Eva.
with British Association of Nutritional Therapists        By that time, Eva had also earned a Masters
and Nutritional Therapy Council, both UK bod-         degree from Leeds University in the UK, and later
ies. And, there is now no chance of her ever going    joined Uchumi supermarket as Marketing Services
back to being an economist.                           Manager, where she was charged with champion-
                                                      ing customer-centric initiatives.
                                                          It was a newly created role and provided an
EVA KIPLAGAT, 39                                      excellent opportunity for her to lead.
                                                          Eva then worked at Consumer Insight as asso-
                                                      ciate research director for a year, responsible for
CUSTOMER SERVICE CONSULTING COMPANY                   sales and the marketing of syndicated research
                                                      studies, managing research projects and day-to-
Eva Kiplagat, now 39 years old, sits at the helm      day client management.
of her own organization, the Customer Service             In May 2007, she finally registered her own
Consulting Company, intent on revolutionizing         company. It wasn’t easy: she had limited resources
the agenda of Kenyan businesses to become cus-        and had to multitask across many roles, such as
tomer-centric instead of money-centric. “When         sales and marketing, operations, finance and ac-
a customer is satisfied by the service, the money      counting.
will flow in,” she says.                                    Customer Consultancy was also entering a
   Her personal and corporate vision is ‘Trans-       unique field that was not so popular in the Ken-
forming Africa through Service Excellence’.           yan market at that time, presenting Eva with an
    “I get goose bumps when I say this out loud       uphill task in changing perceptions.
because I am aware of how bold it is”, she says.          “But I am happy today when I hear executives
   Eva’s interest in consultancy started when she     of our leading companies talk of customer satis-
was an undergraduate at Daystar University and        faction”, she says smiling.                             KANINI MUTOONI
working part-time as an Associate Assistant for           It’s a dream come true.
various consultancy companies, including Deloitte
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der-served communities to address the digital            mobile money is expected to be replicated by                                                                 robi, which is considered a key hub for the com-
divide, she also creates opportunities to develop        many Kenyan corporations.                                                                                    pany in developing the regional market.
them as equal partners in the development and               Ms Kilolo, a mother of one, is pursuing                                                                       Her task is to ensure the portfolio of prod-
use of computing.                                        an MBA degree at the Edinburgh Business                                                                      ucts her company produces make their way into
    Responsible for the programmes in 10 coun-           School,UK.                                                                                                   a growing number of consumer shopping baskets
tries in East Africa and 4 in North Africa, with 4          Before joining Safaricom, Ms Kilolo had                                                                   in the region. It’s a role that has become even
junior staff reporting to her, Ms Muraj is a per-         worked for Africa Alliance Kenya Investment                                                                  more critical in the past two years as the global
fectionist, who delegates work to her juniors, but       Bank and earlier at Stanbic Investment Man-                                                                  economic recession has whittled away a large
keeps a keen eye on what they are doing to see it        agement Services                                                                                             segment of consumer purchasing power, leaving
measures up to her standards.                                                                                                                                         producers of fast moving consumer goods run-
    Working for a multinational and a technol-                                                                                                                        ning much faster to stay ahead.
ogy company means she has to be dynamic, ac-
cessible and available at any time of the day, she       MS PATRICIA KIWANUKA, 34
says. Online meetings and conference calls at very
                                                                                                                PATRICIA KIWANUKA
odd hours of the day, due to time differences, are        BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT VP– PINEBRIDGE                                                                          ANNE MURAYA, 39
a must, and can sometimes eat into her personal          INVESTMENTS EAST AFRICA
family time.                                                                                                    the managing director of Proctor & Gamble East        AUDIT PARTNER, DELOITTE CONSULTING
    “I have learnt to prioritize my work and not do      Patricia Kiwanuka, 34, knows about risk, and gain.     Africa is just one of the many confirmations that
everything at a go. I focus on the most important        As one of Kenya’s first generation of actuarial stu-    she deserved to be on the Business Daily’s list       In the aftermath of the global economic meltdown
things, and then do the rest later,” she says. “I also   dents, she later moved on to some of the region’s      of women to watch three years ago. This lat-          that was mainly attributed to heavy creative ac-
make sure we take a family holiday once a year,          largest funds, most recently growing PineBridge        est appointment has made her a lady of many           counting and financial engineering on America’s
where I have no access to my emails or phones as a       Investments to over $1bn (Sh91.8bn) in assets          firsts. Apart from being the first female MD of         Wallstreet, a debate has been raging as to whether
chance to catch up with my son and husband and           under management.                                      her company, she is also the youngest MD in its
spend some good, quality time as a family”.                  As the head of Africa business development         history, and the first to take on her current role
                                                         and the Vice-President for PineBridge Invest-          within such a short span of time working for just
                                                         ments in East Africa, which she joined in 2007,        one employer.
                                                         she co-ordinated the launch of the firm’s opera-            Ms Sangale was first recruited to join the P&G
SUZANNE KILOLO-KADENGE, 33                               tions in Uganda the same year, and is responsible      office in Kenya as a graduate recruit something
                                                         for the client service and business development        over a decade ago, and has since worked her way
INVESTOR RELATIONS MANAGER, SAFARICOM                    for the multi-national firm across the entire Sub-      up the company to become the regional Managing
                                                         Saharan Africa region.                                 Director for the Sh240 billon company, respon-
In a year when turbulence has been the most en-              Last year, the fund passed the $1bn mark on        sible for growing its influence among consumer
during characteristic of the economy, Suzanne            the back of the successful transition and rebrand-     brands in the region. She now leads the multi-
Kilolo has certainly not lacked issues to iron out       ing from its previous profile as AIG.                   national’s operations in four East African coun-
with investors. It was in this period also that Sa-          “I love my job, because every day is an inter-     tries, handling 54 distributors and over-seeing
faricom’s long serving chief executive Michael           esting experience. My role in business develop-        30 direct reports.
Joseph bowed out handing over the mantle to              ment has developed to include marketing, client            A graduate of USIU and later Oxford Univer-
the hands of Bob Collymore and the tariff wars            service and general office administration. I also        sity, she joined Procter and Gamble on its Univer-
in the key voice market went a crescendo wrack-          look at developing new products and possible en-       sity Recruitment Program, and describes herself
ing investor nerves.                                     try into new markets as part of the firm’s growth       as the ‘ultimate P&G citizen’. P&G is the world’s
    But Suzanne has remained focused on finding           strategy,” she said.                                   number one FMCG company, with an estimated
new and better ways to communicate with share-               The main challenge, she says, is the increased     turnover of $3bn a day. Its range of products in-
holders easing the mammoth task of handling the          competition in fund management with only a             cludes sanitary pads, diapers, detergents, hair
more than 700,000 shareholders.                          limited number in the region of the medium to          and beauty care products.
    Under her leadership, Safaricom has contin-          large size institutions that are the target clients        Ms Sangale worked for P&G in South Africa,
ued to strike many firsts in investor relations. It       for fund management. There are now 17 regis-           Nigeria and Poland, managing its brands, before          ANNE MURAYA
all began two years ago when the company held            tered fund managers in the Kenyan market, but          taking up her current assignment based in Nai-
its first AGM. With eyes on costs, Safaricom pio-         most of the growth in the private sector has been
neered the payment of dividends to sharehold-            in the SME segment.
ers through the popular mobile money transfer                “Like in most other industries, we are currently
platform M-Pesa and for the first time sent out           facing the challenge of price undercutting. It is
electronic versions of the annual report.                our hope that as clients become more aware of the
    The innovation effort climbed a notch higher          technical aspects of investment and fund manage-
this year with last month’s live streaming on the        ment, this will form a key part of the evaluation
web of the announcement of annual results – a            criteria, making pricing ‘less significant’ in terms
move that like the payment of dividends through          of evaluation,” she said.
                                                             Ms Kiwanuka, who attributes her success to
                                                         hard work, God’s grace, support from family and
                                                         lots of luck, began her career in 1999 with Alex-
                                                         ander Forbes Financial Services (EA) Ltd as an
                                                         actuarial student, advancing to become an Actu-
                                                         arial Consultant. Her duties included actuarial
                                                         valuations for insurance companies and retire-
                                                         ment funds, the facilitating of training workshops
                                                         and providing support in the development of new
                                                         business lines.
                                                              Patricia holds an MBA (Finance) and a BSc
                                                         in maths and statistics from the University of
                                                         Nairobi. She sat her actuarial exams with the
                                                         Institute of Actuaries, UK and is currently en-
                                                         rolled as a Level III candidate under the pres-
                                                         tigious global CFA® programme for chartered
                                                         financial analysts

                                                         ADEMA SANGALE, 34
                                                         MANAGING DIRECTOR, PROCTOR AND GAMBLE
  SUZANNE KILOLO-KEDENGE                                                                                          ADEMA SANGALE
                                                         Adema Sangale’s promotion last year to become
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having women in charge or getting more of them                                                                                                                        re keeping wildlife have the right permits and are
in high financial positions could save the world                                                                                                                       complying with wild life policy, and preventing
from such catastrophies.                                                                                                                                              poaching. The 35-year-old worries that people
    This, in fact, is what makes women with ex-                                                                                                                       from outside Kenya appreciate parks more than
pertise in the financial services sector like Anne                                                                                                                     the local people.
Muraya tick. A partner in the audit department of                                                                                                                         Her major challenge in the job is the transfer
Deloitte Consulting, with over 14 years experience                                                                                                                    of parks every few years, which is common to
in auditing, Anne’s passion is in helping Kenyan                                                                                                                      wardens. Being a mother, this move affects the
firms adopt International Standards on Auditing                                                                                                                        whole family, with the children having to trans-
and International Financial Reporting Standards                                                                                                                       fer to new schools and adapt to a whole new en-
(IFRS) – where so much has been happening since                                                                                                                       vironment. She envies her male counterparts in
the 2008 global financial crisis.                                                                                                                                      this, because they are able to leave their family
    The international standards are allowed or                                                                                                                        somewhere stable and live on their own. Palmeris
even required in over 100 countries, making it                                                                                                                        is currently doing Masters in Business Adminis-
possible for businesses to present internation-                                                                                                                       tration (MBA) at Egerton, and previously earned
ally comparable financial statements in a single                                                                                                                       a Diploma in Marketing from NSK. These stud-
accounting language company-wide.                                                                                                                                     ies enable her to market and manage the parks
    Anne mostly executes this part of her job                                                                                                                         better, she says.
through seminars organised by the Institute of
Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK),
where she is a member. She has served as a panelist                                                                                                                   ROSA NDUATI-MUTERO , 31
for Kenya’s Financial Reporting (FiRe) awards
held annually to recognise excellence in financial                                                                                                                     PARTNER AT A&K
reporting. Anne holds a Bachelor of Education
(Science) degree from Kenyatta University, and                                                                                                                        For the 31-year-old commercial lawyer Rosa
joined Deloitte in 1994, where as senior manager                                                                                                                      Nduati-Mutero, the decision to make clients the
and partner she has been involved in the audit                                                                                                                        central focus of her every legal assignment has
of over nine companies in the mining, financial,            FAITH BASIYE-OMOLO                                                                                         paid off big time. She is today ranked as a leading
and tea sectors.                                                                                                                                                      corporate lawyer by Chambers Global 2011 and
                                                                                                                                                                      IFLR1000, the two international legal publications
                                                         quality time with them. I spend most Sunday’s           health. Since returning to Nairobi, Dr Yatich has    that rank lawyers according to clients’ review.
FAITH BASIYE-OMOLO                                       with my daughter and husband and whenever               worked for the African Population & Health Re-           Rosa joined Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) Ad-
                                                         I’m travelling I get the latest flights so I can spend   search Center in Nairobi and on the US-led pro-      vocates – one of the largest law firms in Kenya,
AUDIT PARTNER, DELOITTE                                  more time with the family before I leave. I also try    gramme PEPFAR, training health care workers in       with 45 lawyers - as a trainee pupil, and quickly
                                                         to attend all my daughter’s school functions. Hav-      HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.             rose through the ranks to become one of the firm’s
As one of Kenya’s leading fraud busters, Faith           ing supportive siblings also helps a lot.”                  Yatich, whose BSc was in environmental health,   12 partners, aged just 29.
Basiye-Omolo, 38, chairs the Fraud and Security                                                                  says her success has been achieved through deter-        Among her responsibilities in the Corporate
Committee of the Kenya Bankers’ Association                                                                      mination and hard work, going back to her pri-       and Commercial department, Rosa handles merg-
and leads a forensic department at KCB lauded            DR NELLY YATICH, 33                                     mary school days in Baringo county, and thanks       ers and acquisitions and was at the centre of one
as one of the best in the industry.                                                                              to the support of her parents. Together these        of the largest M&As ever seen in the local banking
    Born in Nairobi, the eldest of 3 girls and 3 boys,   RESEARCHER, KEMRI                                       saw her concentrate on one thing long enough         industry, when in 2007 her department success-
Faith’s leadership skills and sense of responsibil-                                                              to achieve it, she says.                             fully finalized the process of acquiring 24.99 per
ity were instilled during her primary school days        Dr Nelly Yatich had earned a PhD in Epidemiol-              Among her proudest achievements was being        cent stake of Equity Bank by British Private Eq-
at the Catholic Parochial School in Nairobi and          ogy from the University of Alabama in the US by         able to financially support an HIV-positive Zam-      uity firm Helios Investment Partners for $178.7m
Victoria Primary School in Kisumu, she says, and         the time she was 29. Now the country director           bian girl orphaned by HIV at the time she was        (Sh14 bn). “It was the most challenging assign-
entrenched at Loreto High School, where she was          for the University of Washington, attached to the       working in Zambia. She challenges everyone to        ment of my career. Its record size meant we had to
a prefect for most of her four years.                    Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases, she         do something in their circumstances and with the     work extra hard to convince regulators (CBK and
    Having graduated in law from the University          is driving programmes designed to curb the rise         little they have in order to make a difference.       CMA) to let it proceed, with due diligence taking
of Nairobi, she was admitted to the bar in 1998, an      of HIV/AIDS and other epidemics.                                                                             up to two months to conclude,” recalls Ms Nduati-
event she describes as the highlight of her life. For        It’s a mission she says is driven by the prevent-                                                        Mutero. But even before undertaking this task,
the next two years, she practiced commercial law         ability of so many diseases, from HIV/AIDS to           MS. NELLY PALMERIS, 35                               Anne was already an achiever in her own right. By
at Archer and Wilcock, before joining the Kenya          Malaria. She now works ceaselessly to influence                                                               2005, she had qualified both as a Certified Public
Anti-Corruption Authority as an investigator,            policy making and contribute to the improvement         SENIOR WARDEN – HELLSGATE; KENYA WILDLIFE            Accountant and a Certified Public Secretary – just
where she was trained by leading international           of government programmes aimed at dealing with          SOCIETY                                              two years after graduating with a law degree from
investigative agencies, and involved in the inves-       preventable diseases.                                                                                        the University of Nairobi. She was seconded to
tigations of major corruption cases.                         Dr Yatich spent 8 years conducting epidemiol-       Being a park warden was never in Nelly Palm-         the UK-based law firm of Stephenson and Har-
    It was a significant move, marking a special-         ogy research for her Doctorate in Public Health,        eris’ career plan after she cleared high school.     wood in 2008 to work directly under the head of
ism that she has made her own. She has since             before returning to Kenya at the beginning of last      Given that she was good in maths, economics          the Corporate Department and thereafter took
emerged as a leading advocate for the anti-fraud         year. She has worked in many of the countries           was the ideal vocation for her. But when Egerton     assignments in Burundi, DRC Congo, Zimbabwe,
profession, and was among the first Kenyans to            worst hit by HIV/Aids epidemic such as Botswana,        University selected her to do a degree in Natural    Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia.
be certified as a Fraud Examiner by the Associa-          Zambia, Burkina Faso, and Benin.                        Resource Management, she decided to give it a            Behind her easy smiles, Rosa is a workaholic,
tion of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) (USA),               Her work has been recognized by the Phi Beta        try. The first week hooked her to the course, so      a committed Christian and a mother. The third
and now sits on the local board as a Training Di-        Delta, an international honor society dedicated         she made up her mind to dedicate herself to giv-     born in a family of three girls, she attributes her
rector. She is also an active member of the Law          to recognizing scholarly achievement in interna-        ing back to nature.                                  rapid career progression to the strength of her
Society of Kenya.                                        tional education by giving them scholarships, and           After graduating in 1993, she worked with        relationship with her husband and to the strict
    Her career posts, likewise, have been concen-        Delta Omega, which honors excellence in public          East Africa Wildlife as a project officer. Her ca-     childhood discipline instilled by her mother, who
trated in the fight on fraud. She spent two years                                                                 reer with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) began in
at KPMG as an Assistant Manager in Forensic                                                                      2001 as a paramilitary trainee. She was promoted
Services, and in 2006, joined Safaricom as a Fraud                                                               to management trainee in December the same
Manager where she says, with pride, that she put                                                                 year. Following a post as a warden with Tsavo West
the department on the path of best practice.                                                                     National Park and then as a tourism officer war-
    In 2007, her restless feet led her to KCB Bank,                                                              den in Nairobi, she was promoted to Senior War-
where she set up the forensic services department                                                                den in charge of Hellsgate National park, Mount
to manage fraud risks and investigations across                                                                  Long’onot, Elementaita and Naivasha.
the group’s subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, Tan-                                                                      As the Senior Warden, “my main aim is to se-
zania, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.                                                                                cure wildlife and the community” she says.
    She is married to a Nairobi Advocate and Man-                                                                    This involves resolving human and wild life
agement Consultant, Amos Omolo and they have                                                                     conflict in the area, working with the commu-
a daughter Amy Imani Omolo. “I always try to                NELLY YATICH                                         nity to accept the animals and see the benefits of       ROSA NDUATI - MUTERO
create time for my family and do my best to share                                                                having the wild life, ensuring that people whoa
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rose from a P1 teacher to head teacher, and civil          Last year, Angela was among the advisors in
servant father, who rose from District Officer to        the PricewaterhouseCoopers consortium that
UnderSecretary.                                        worked on the proposed privatisation of Kenya
    Outside the legal profession, her main hobby       Pipeline Company.
is watching and playing football.                          She was admitted as an Advocate of the High
                                                       Court in 2005, trained and worked in the litigation
                                                       department at Kaplan & Stratton before joining
ANGELA WAKI, 30                                        Coulson Harney two years ago.
                                                           Since then, Angela’s assignments have been
CORPORATE LAWYER & PARTNER, COULSON HARNEY             some of the largest merger and acquisition deals
                                                       in the country, placing her among the avant garde
Corporate deals have been fewer and far between        of young lawyers within Kenya’s law fraternity
in the past 12 months, but that has not prevented
Angela Waki from holding firm to her fame as an
enduring deal maker.
    A partner at law firm Coulson Harney, Angela        MARY WACEKE MUIA, 34
continues to play a pivotal role in big corporate
investigations and match-making for big ticket         MECHANICAL ENGINEER, KENGEN
mergers and acquisitions.
    In the past four years, Angela has been part       Mary Waceke Muia is a mechanical engineer who
of the deal makers who have helped midwife big         manages change, currently at KenGen, and has
ticket acquisitions such as Essar’s 50 per cent pur-   clocked up a formidable record of transforma-
chase of the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited         tions, both in mergers and turnarounds, across
from the Kenya government.                             the region’s industrial landscape. Aged just 34,
                                                       Mary has managed projects across all facets of
                                                       business, from operations, information technol-
                                                       ogy, customer service and product launch, to sys-
                                                       tem change, human resources, quality, environ-
                                                       ment, and health and safety - in both the private
                                                       and public sectors.
                                                          She led the HR team in the Total- Mobil merger
                                                       in Zimbabwe, successfully rolled out a new per-
                                                       formance system within Total Kenya Ltd, and
                                                       was Head of Change and Transformation in a
                                                       commercial bank.
                                                          She is currently the Performance and Change
                                                       Manager at KenGen, implementing a performance         MARY WACEKE MUIA
  ANGELA WAKI                                          management system that is designed to deliver a
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