Keynote speakers 2014


Dr.Evans Kidero

Governor ,Nairobi City County

Born in Majengo- Nairobi, to a father who was a policeman, and a mother who was a homemaker, Dr. Evans Kidero grew up in a large extended family of 7 children, where he was the eldest. Dr. Evans Kidero attended primary school in Nairobi, and completed secondary school at Mangu High school where he was the Head Boy. Dr. Kidero went on to attend the University of Nairobi, where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and thereafter got his first job working as a pharmacist at Kenyatta National Hospital. He went on to obtain a Masters of Business Administration in 1990 at United States International University in Kenya. These qualifications, his personal abilities and the hand of God set him on the path for an illustrious career in corporate management.


Betty Mwangi Thuo

Chief New products Officer ,Safaricom

Betty Mwangi Thuo is one of three women of a 12-strong senior management team, Betty Mwangi-Thuo is chief officer for new products. She oversees the firm’s value added service department, as well as all of its projects that intersect with the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Association.

She is also responsible for the M-PESA mobile financial service. As of March 2010, MPESA service had more than 9.5 million subscribers and an agency network estimated in size at more than 17,000.

Mwangi-Thuo joined Safaricom in December 2007, having previously worked at regional satellite service provider Afsat Communications as chief marketing officer. She was responsible for developing and managing the firm’s distributor network in 26 African nations. Prior to this she spent five years working for GlaxoSmithKline.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the UK’s Victoria University of Manchester and an MBA from the University of Leicester.





Ms Anne Waiguru

Cabinet Secretary,Devolution and Planning



She is the r Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and Planning Ms Anne Waiguru
has an academic background and experience in economic and public policy.
She holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy from the University of
Nairobi, and, has specialized experience in public finance, financial
management systems, public service reform and capacity building, and,
Ms Waiguru was the Director, Integrated Financial Management and
Information System (IFMIS), and, Head of Governance at the National
Treasury. She served briefly as a Senior Public Sector Manager/ Assistant
Vice President, at Citigroup NA. Previously, Ms. Waiguru served as a
Technical Advisor in the Cabinet Office, Office of the President. This
position was initially seconded by the World Bank (DC). In the last two
years, Ms Waiguru has led her IFMIS team at the National Treasury to win
three Awards for exemplary performance in the Public Service. She was also
nominated two years ago, as one of the Top 40 Under 40 women in the
Ms. Waiguru has been published, and has served as the Alternate to the
Permanent Secretary/National Treasury in the Public Procurement oversight
Authority Advisory Board, and, the Women Enterprise Fund Board


Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

Dr Richard Belio Kipsang, formerly the CEO of Coffee Development Fund has been appointed as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

He previously worked as a deputy CEO and Head of Operations, at Higher Education Loans Board, also a state corporation involved in financing Kenyans pursuing higher education.

He holds an MA and PhD degrees in Business/Economics and Administration/Planning respectively. He has attended and spoken in various seminars, conferences and workshops both locally and internationally, presenting on various topics in leadership, management, micro-enterprise development, fraud, corruption, higher education financing, coffee financing, among other areas of business and management

Eng. Chris Oanda

National Chairman , Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

Eng Chris Oanda is the National Chairman of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM), the

professional association for supplies in Kenya with over 4000 members. He is also Head of Supply Chain for

Kenya Airways where he is responsible for the overall procurement and supply chain management for an

Annualized spend of 1.4 billion USD. Chris is also the Chairman of the AFRAA Joint Fuel Procurement Project for 9

African Airlines with a jet fuel budget of USD 1.5 billion per annum. Prior to that Chris was the Managing Director of e-sokoni, a Consultancy Firm based in Nairobi specializing in institutional systems re-engineering in Supply Chain Management, E-Commerce and Procurement Agency Services.


Nasim devji

Group CEO and Managing Director ,Diamond Trust Bank-Kenya


Nasim Devji is the Group CEO and Managing Director of Diamond Trust Bank, Kenya, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Founded in the mid-1940s, it is now one of the leading banks in East Africa, with over 80 branches. Devji’s appointment as CEO in 2001 made her the first woman in the Kenyan banking industry to hold that office.

Last October, Devji was named Leading African Woman in Business one of the prestigious Africa investor Investment and Business Leader Awards. In 2009, she was awarded the lifetime achievement in banking award by her peers, and most recently was named the 2010 CEO of the Year by the Kenyan Capital Markets Authority at the Annual Kenyan Banking Awards organised by Think Business Magazine

Mrs.Sarah Serem

Chairperson of Salaries Commission

Chairperson of Salaries Commission. She is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management of Kenya and has nearly 30 years of experience in human resource management practice and other undertakings

Mrs. Serem  is a University of Nairobi, School of Business graduate

James Makini

Chief Executive Officer- One Hen Campaign Project

James Makini is the Nyamira County Coordinator at Yes Youth Can- Usaid's Youth Empowerment Project. He is also an Underwriter at Fidelity Insurance Co. Ltd

Key responsibilities at Usaid Youth Empowerment project are:

  • Oversee the implementation of the mobilization exercise.
  • Coordinate the activities in mobilization
  • Organize training for assistant coordinators, divisional coordinators, sub-locational and village volunteers
  •  General administration of the exercise i.e. authorizes payment of allowances.
  • Communicate on a daily basis the results of the project to world vision overall coordinator in Nyamira county
  • Oversee preparation of weekly reports on the progress of the exercise.
  • Coordinating with the area administrators in event of a meeting.
  • Ensure free and fair recruitment of the various representatives.
  •  Control the training budget
  • Oversee the signing of contractual forms by the successful representatives.

Establish and develop collaboration with the social service officers in registration of youth bunges



Prof.Gituro wainaina

Director general Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS)

Prof.Gituro Wainaina is PhD holder in Agricultural Economics, Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Education. He has extensive working experience with organizations as the World Bank, where he was a Senior Educational Economist, CARE International in Kenya where he was the Regional Coordinator, University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services Limited where he was the Deputy Managing Director and the Business Development Manager. In addition, he serves as Director of the Social and Political Pillars under the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, board member of Capital Market Authority and board committee member at Management University of Africa




Dr.Bitange Ndemo

Senior Lecturer, School of Business


Dr. Ndemo was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication where he promptly started new development programs, including marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing. Between 1989 and 1993 he was a Financial Systems Analyst with Medtronic Inc. a Fortune 500 company in the USA. He joined University of Nairobi in 1993 as a Tutorial Fellow rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in the Business School. In 2005, Dr. Ndemo continued to champion strategies of moving and transforming Kenya into the digital age in all spheres




Mr.Abdullatif Essajee Kaderbhai

Lecturer ,School of Business University of Nairobi

He is a lecturer at the School of Business-University of Nairobi and renowned academician in the field of Accounting specializing in Financial accounting and reporting. He is also a renowned consultant and trainer in the area of financial accounting and financial analysis and lectures extensively on Islamic Finance.

 Essajee is a co-founder of First Community Bank (the first fully fledged Sharia’h compliant bank to be approved in Kenya) and served as its Managing Director, during his leave of absence from the University of Nairobi, before resuming his duties at the University of Nairobi early this year. He also served the Bank, both as an Executive Director in charge of support and control and as a non- executive director. He is also a co-founding member and the chairman of the board of Vision Institute of Professionals (An accredited accountancy and ICT training institution) in Kenya.

He also serves as the treasurer of Jamia Mosque, Nairobi, Chief Editor of Friday Bulletin (a  weekly newsletter of Jamia Mosque Committee), Patron of the Nairobi Area Muslim Students Association, Trustee of One Shilling Foundation and host of two weekly Radio Islamic programmes on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and is a member of the institute of directors of Kenya.





 Mr.John Njiraini,

commissioner general of the Kenya Revenue Authority

Mr. Njiraini was born on 20th December 1957 in Kirinyaga District.
He is awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) for his role in national development.
First class honours Bachelors of Commerce degree
University of Nairobi

Employment History
Commissioner General  – Kenya Revenue Authority, January 12 2012
Commissioner for Domestic Taxes and Large Taxpayers Office – Kenya Revenue Authority, 2006
Head of Domestic Taxes – Kenya Revenue Authority
Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) 1996

Notable Achievements
Assisted in development of accounting profession and good corporate governance in the country
Introduced taxes on MPs salaries as well as parastatals bosses ‘salaries
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) achieved revenue growth of 12.4 percent, collecting Sh560.4 billion for the first nine months of the current fiscal year, up from Sh498 billion collected in 2011/2012.

Board Memberships
Chairman, Board/Committee or Council Member in twelve local and international organizations
Pioneer members of the Permanent Public Service Remuneration Review Board, representing the private sector



Dr Patrick Bitature

Founder, Chairman and Group CEO Simba Group of Companies


 Founder, Chairman and Group CEO Simba Group of Companies

·         Started in 1998 with flagship telecoms business, the Group is a  conglomerate of companies spanning telecoms, properties, power  generation,agro-business, mining, tourism and media.

·         Simba Telecom: Distributor of MTN services in Uganda, Vodacom in  Tanzania, Safari com in Kenya.Largest retail chain in E.A with over> I 00  non-franchise retail outlets. Awarded Safari com dealer of the Year 2012,  Best Performing Dealer Mpesa 2012 and Best Performing Dealer Airtime  Sales - I st Runners up; Protea Hotel, Kampala: Four star hotel, Kololo;
Electromaxx (U) Ltd: a 70MW Thermal power plant; Simba Mines and Minerals Limited: exploration of gold; Simba Properties: Property  development and management; Chapter Ten Ltd: 3,000 Ha integrated bio- energy farm; Simba Forex Bureau; Simba Tyres Ltd (Tanzania); Simba  Electronics Ltd; Simba Tours & Travel, Uganda


·         Chairman Board of Directors, Uganda InvestmentAuthority:2007 - 20 13

·         Chairman Board of Directors, Umeme: Uganda's sole electricity distribution company.

·         Chairman, Ndege Premier Aviation Company
Chairman, The Presidential Investment RoundTable
Board Member
, Traidlinks Limited

·         Board Member Wananchi Group Holdings Limited (ZUKU Satellite PayTvUganda)
, CURE Children's Hospital Uganda

·         Board Member, Commonwealth Business Council

·         Patron, Alliance of Mayors & Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS inAfrica
Chairman, Uganda Gifted by Nature


·         Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities - United Graduate College and Seminary

·         The East African Business Leaders of the Future - Price Water House Coopers
World survey 2003

·         Entrepreneur of the Year 20 I I, EasternAfrican - Ernst & Young


·         Patrick & Carol Bitature Foundation: Health, Education and Renewable Energy Chairman, Nyakasura School Alumni Association

·         Makerere University Business School, Entrepreneurship Club: nurture young talent Motivational speaking

Patrick is married with four children, a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators UK and Uganda's Honorary Consul to Australia






Prof. Evans Aosa

Ass. Dean (GBS), School of Business, University of Nairobi


Prof. Aosa has extensive experience in training and consultancy in the area of Strategic Management within Eastern Africa.  He has been an academician at the School of Business, University of Nairobi since 1986.  He was also a part-time lecturer at the United States International University-Africa.  For his PhD work, Prof. Aosa studied strategic management within large, private manufacturing companies in Kenya. 

Over the last twenty years, Prof. Aosa has been involved (as a consultant) in the development of strategic plans or the evaluation of existing ones in various organizations including: Mumias Sugar Company Limited, Kenya Airways Limited, National Bank of Kenya Limited, Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC), British American Insurance Company Limited, British American Asset Managers Limited, Postbank Limited, Ukulima Sacco Society Limited, Ndege Chai Sacco Society Limited, Chemelil Sugar Company Limited, Nzoia Sugar Company Limited, Longhorn Publishers Limited, Kenya Roads Board, University of Nairobi and East African Court of Justice.

He is a Professor of Strategic Management and Associate Dean, Graduate Business Studies, School of Business, University of Nairobi




Jyoti Mukherjee

Software Technologies Limited


Software Technologies Limited

IT business, loving wife, mother, grandmother and a proud Indian staying in proud Kenya