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Mr. Peter Gichuru Njoka, Kenyan,  – Non Executive Chairman


Peter is an Advisor to The Abraaj Group. He is based in Nairobi and has 19 years’ private equity and corporate finance experience in East Africa. Since 1999, he has been responsible for recommending investments, monitoring and working on exits for a number of companies, across various sectors, in which Funds managed by The Abraaj Group have participated.

He is a board member of Brookside Dairy Limited., Seven Seas Technologies Ltd., Athi River Steel Plant Ltd., Kenya Clay Products Ltd. and Kenya Investment Authority, amongst other companies.

Prior to 1999, Peter was responsible for preparing corporate and industry research reports, as well as valuation and forecast models at an advisory company in Nairobi for a period of 2 years. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Nairobi.

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Muchiri Wahome , Kenyan – Chief Executive Officer

Muchiri has over 28 years of retail experience. He is a Non-Executive Director of Scangroup Limited, Tea Brokers East Africa Limited, Goodlife Pharmacies and East African Packaging Limited.

He is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Othaya Girls High School. Muchiri is a holder of a BA (Economics) from the University of Nairobi, a higher national diploma in management from Strathmore University, a fellow of the Aspen Leadership Center and was awarded the Head of State Commendation medal (HSC) for implementing performance contracts in government bodies.

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Diana Bird, British – Non Executive Director


Diana is the immediate former Managing Director of Deacons Kenya Ltd, having served in that capacity from 1986 to 2003.

Prior to this she worked with the renowned Marks & Spencer chain of stores and has a wealth of experience in sourcing,buying and marketing for apparel retail across the world. She now divides her time between Devon in the UK and Nairobi in Kenya.

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James Israel Olubayi, Kenyan  - Non Executive Director

James Olubayi is currently the Executive Director of the Alexander Forbes Group in Kenya. He studied actuarial science at the City University, Cass Business School, in London where he graduated in 1989 with a First Class Honours degree.

He joined Hymans Robertson Consulting Actuaries in London in 1989 and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (‘FIA’) in 1994. He gained several years’ experience in international actuarial consulting in the United Kingdom before establishing the Hymans Robertson Consulting Actuaries Kenya operation in May 1994. Hymans Robertson in Kenya later changed its name to Alexander Forbes Kenya when Hymans Robertson UK sold out to Alexander Forbes of South Africa.

James currently is appointed Actuary to many pension Schemes in East and Central Africa. He is also appointed Actuary to several insurance companies in the region.

His work involves extensive client contact and travelling. He is  also a Board Member of UBA Kenya Bank Limited. He is also the Liaison Officer of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in East Africa and the current President of The Actuarial Society of Kenya (TASK).

Betty Mwangi, Kenyan  – Non Executive Director

Betty Mwangi is the immediate former Director of Financial Services at Safaricom Limited which is the division that oversees Mpesa, the globally acclaimed Mobile Money Service, a role she has held for almost a decade since the year Mpesa was launched.
She holds a B. Eng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Victoria University of Manchester and an MBA from the University of Leicester - both in the UK. She is also a Chartered Marketer and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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Kamami Christine Mweti, Kenyan  – Non Executive Director

Christine is a Partner and the Head of the Banking and Finance Practice Group at Coulson Harney one of Kenya’s leading corporate commercial law firms. She has spent most of her professional career in the capital markets, having served as the head of the legal and compliance functions of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (where she currently serves on the Finance, Strategy & Business Development Committee), the Capital Markets Authority, Renaissance Capital (Kenya) Limited and Equity Investment Bank Limited.

 

Christine holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Law both from the University of Nairobi. She was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1997. She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Institute of Directors (Kenya).

She is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. She is certified by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Centre for Corporate Governance and the Institute of Directors (Kenya) as a trainer in corporate governance.

She has also been trained by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group in board evaluation and has been extensively involved in the training of directors in the areas of legal duties, accountability and reporting.