William (Bill) Lay
After having spent 40 years of his career in the automotive industry, 12 of which he served as Managing Director – GM East Africa and Group CEO Cooper Motor Company (CMC) in Kenya, Bill is now the current Head of the, KK Oil and Gas Division which falls under the KK Group of Companies. In addition, Bill is the Chairman of Kenya Market Trust, Maziwa Taita Trust and East Africa Portland Cement. In the past he has sat on several boards including the Kenya Motor Industry and Kenya Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Federation of Kenyan Employers and Kenya Private Sector Alliance.
Ambassador Catherine Mwangi
Amb. Catherine is Kenya`s Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). She is self-motivated, dynamic individual with a wealth of skills and experience. She has worked at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Kenya Airways, FEDEX East Africa, and Kenya Wildlife Service among others. Prior to her current position, Catherine was the Kenyan Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.
Mary Kimotho M'Mukindia
Mary has over 26 yrs in the energy sector – including Senior Retail Advisor in London for the world’s largest Oil company -ExxonMobil, Fuel Products Sales Manager in Kenya, General Manager/Founder of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa and CEO of the National Oil Corporation. She also served in a senior capacity at United Nations Environmental Programmes (UNEP). Mary currently works as an independent management consultant in both the private and charitable sectors. She also seats on the board of Jacaranda Holdings Ltd, Unga Holdings Ltd, Kenya Revenue Authority, East African Packaging Industries (EAPI) and Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank)
Mwangi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Minor in Economics Pennsylvania State University, USA.He is a seasoned entrepreneur and heads Steadfast Group which deals in financial services and Real Estate Development. Mwangi Kariuki was Mbugua Mwangi’s best friend and business partner.
Kabinda Lemba is a Film maker. He works across different types of media from entertainment to documentaries. An Alumni of the Mohamed Amin Foundation, through a BBC scholarship, Kabinda has contributed to the Kenyan and international film and television industry through the projects he takes part. He is the Creative Director at Lemba Films.
Kihanya is passionate about mentoring young entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Economics from the University of Poona, India. He is the Founder and Director at Dial-a-cab Ltd which he started in 1997. He is also a Director at Mobile Financial Solutions Ltd and Magna Ltd . Kihanya is a member of the Executive committee in the Mbugua Rosemary Foundation. He is married with three daughters.
Mugwe Manga has served in the executive committee of the Mbugua Rosemary Foundation since 2013. Currently he sits as the commercial director of Olsuswa Energy Limited since 2009. He manages the company’s business development strategy and has been integrally involved in the implementation of its geothermal exploration programs. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in International Business (MIB) from Grenoble École de Management. He has gained experience in the banking industry working at Goldman Sachs International, London under the Private Wealth Management division specializing in institutional portfolios. He has gained over 7 years’ experience working in Kenya, where he sits on various boards including Mayfox Mining Company Limited, Kenya’s leading indigenous mineral exploration firm and is an executive committee member of the Lake Naivasha Ripirian Association.
Nana Wanjiku Gecaga
Nana Gecaga is currently the Managing Director of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre – KICC. Prior to this appointment, she worked as Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala’s marketing and special programmes advisor, having been seconded from the KICC where she worked as head of marketing. She has also worked with international firms on various projects and was involved in bringing international celebrities to Kenya to showcase products including conference tourism.
She has a degree in marketing from the American InterContinental University, London, and a wealth of experience in PR and marketing. She also has her own company called Bora Ubora Ltd where she sits as Managing Director Bora Ubora is a luxury concierge company that represents international high net worth individual and VIP’s.
Wandia Gichuru is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vivo Activewear, a retailing clothing business that was started in 2011. In less than 5 years of operation, Vivo has blossomed into the “go-to” store for stylish yet comfortable, functional and affordable women’s clothing in Kenya. The brand is known for its bright, versatile, colourful and edgy styles. Prior to venturing into business, Wandia spent over 15 years as international development adviser and held positions with the UK government, the UN and the World Bank. In addition to running Vivo, Wandia is also a certified life coach, an investor on Kenya’s Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank equivalent, and a business mentor. She is deeply passionate about changing the way Africa is seen and sees itself through strengthening African brands, talent and creativity, and developing partnerships across Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world. She lives in Nairobi with her two daughters, aged 11 and 12.