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EINSTEIN KIHANDA

CEO

Barack Obatsa

Chief Investment Officer

Elizabeth Irungu

GM, Business Development and Client Relations

Susan Mwai

Head of Operations

Peter Ndirangu

Head of Finance

Olga Omalla

Compliance Officer

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Dr. CHRISTOPHER OBURA

Director

Dr. Obura is the Chairman of ICEA LION General Insurance as well as the Chairman and Director of several Companies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Dr. Obura commenced his studies in 1952 at Alliance High School and proceeded to Makerere University College in Uganda, graduating in 1958. In 1959, he joined the University of London’s Guys Medical and Dental School obtaining a B.D.S. (LON) and a L.D.S.R.C.S. (ENG) in 1963. 

Between 1964 and 1966, Dr. Obura pursued a Post Graduate on Commonwealth Scholarship at the Eastman Post Graduate Dental Hospital London; Plastic and Jaw Injuries Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital; Faculty of Dental Surgery – Royal College of Surgeons, Primary Fellowship in Dental Surgery. He returned home to Kenya to become the Chief Dental Officer, Ministry of Health between 1965and 1971. In June of 1967 he obtained a French Government Study Grant at the Institute of Stomatology, La Patie Hospital – Paris. 

Between 1968 and 1971, he was Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi Medical School and the Consultant Dental and Oral Surgeon at the Kenyatta National Hospital. He was also the Consultant at the Aga Khan Platinum Jubilee Hospital Nairobi and a Consultant for the Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi. Dr. Obura was the President of the East African Dental Association between 1970 and 1974. He operated a private dental practice in Nairobi between 1968 and 1995.

In 1973, Dr. Obura was awarded Membership of the American Association of Oral and Maxillo–Facial Surgeons and African American Institute of International Education Scholarship in the U.S. Between 1974and 1985, he was the Chairman of Kenya National Committee of United World Colleges and a member of the International Council. Between 1975 and 1981, he was a member of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board and Deputy Chairman.

He was an External Examiner for the University of Nairobi between 1977 and 1979. In 1982, Dr. Obura became a Fellow–International Association of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons. In 1990 he became a member of the Council for the International Association of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons. In June 1993,he became a Member of Eisenhower Citizen Ambassador Program to Soviet Union on cleft lip and palate. Dr. Obura has been the Chairman of numerous organisations including the Kenya Dental Association between 1977 and 1981, Karen Country Club between 1977-1978 and also between 1982 and 1987.Further, he was the Chairman of the Association of Professional Societies of East Africa between 1980and 1982 and Chairman of the Professional Centre between 1983 and 1990. Dr. Obura was a Director of Kenya Airways between 1978 and 1980 as well as between 1997 and 2005. He was also the Chairman of The Nairobi Hospital and Kenya Hospital Association from 2002 to 2012.An avid golfer, Dr. Obura was the Captain of the Kenya National Golf Team between 1977 and 1984 and the Chairman of the Kenya Golf Union between 1982 and 1983.

EINSTEIN KIHANDA

CEO - ICEA LION Asset Management

Einstein holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance Major) from the United States International University (USIU) and a Master of Science degree in Management and Organisational Development from the same university. Einstein also holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, U.K.

Einstein’s experience in investment analysis, research and fund management spans over 21 years, having joined Equity Stockbrokers as a Research Analyst in February 1999 followed by a brief stint as Research Manager at Barclaytrust Investment Services shortly before its acquisition by Old Mutual. Einstein started his career in fund management in January 2002 when he joined ICEA Investment Services as Head of Portfolio Management Services and thereafter Old Mutual Asset Managers, CFC Stanbic Financial Services, Sanlam Investment Management Kenya and back to ICEA LION Asset Management as Chief Investment Officer prior to being promoted to CEO in December 2015. Einstein also serves as a Director of ICEA Asset Management (Uganda).

He has steered his organization to win 28 Think Business Investment Awards (2014 to 2016) and runner-up awards (2017 and 2018) at the Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) Kenya’s Champions of Governance Awards for the Investment Sector.

Einstein is the Vice Chairman of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) and is the immediate past Chairman of the Fund Managers Association (FMA) where the chairs the Stakeholders Committee.

KAIRO THUO

KAIRO THUO

Director

Kairo is a consultant and a founder partner of Viva Africa Consulting LLP and Viva Africa Consulting Limited. He is both a lawyer and accountant by profession. He attended Strathmore and the University of Nairobi where he graduated with LLB (Hons) and is a CPA-K and CPA-T holder.

He was previously responsible for establishing and running the Tax Transaction Advisory Group at Deloitte and Touche as the Director of the unit, was responsible for mergers, acquisitions, transaction arrangements, wealth structuring and funds management as well as corporate and legal structuring. Kairo has extensive experience in all areas of taxation in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania and other countries in Africa. His experience involved all areas of legal, finance and taxation and was also involved in establishment of specialized tax service lines in direct and indirect taxation including customs, international tax and transfer pricing.

Amongst many of his key achievements, Kairo remains the only individual to-date to be recognised by KRA in the annual taxpayers’ awards for contribution towards tax education in Kenya having also been recognized by the IFC for outstanding tax advice contribution in the Kenya and Uganda Railways concession process. He also contributed to capacity enhancement for the East Africa Law Society and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. 

He also serves on the Boards of Kenya Power, Special Economic Zones Authority, NIC Bank and ICEA LION Asset Management.

PATRICK MUGAMBI

PATRICK MUGAMBI

Alternate Director

Patrick is the Planning & Projects Director of First Chartered Securities Ltd, a private investment holding company with interests in financial services, logistics, real estate, manufacturing and agriculture.

Patrick holds a BSC in Business Administration from USIU and is a Certified Public Accountant and alumnae of IESE Business School. He is also a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and a Member of the Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) Japan.

He previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Shell Exploration and Production Kenya BV between 1988 and 1992. Prior to his present position, he was the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mitchell Cotts Kenya Group until January 2006. Patrick is also a Non–Executive Director of Mitchell Cotts Group Limited and a director of several other companies.

JUSTUS MUTIGA

Director

Justus is a graduate of University of Nairobi, City University of London, Fellow Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII) – London, Fellow Insurance Institute of Kenya (FIIK) and is a Chartered Insurer.

Justus’ has been involved in the financial services industry for over 35 years; his outstanding knowledge has greatly enriched ICEA LION. He has received a plethora of awards for his leadership including Life Assurer of the Year for the
past 6 consecutive years (2013 to 2018) and Deloitte’s Best Company To Work For Award for the insurance sector the for three years (2014 to 2016). He was also awarded first runner-up for CEO of the Year for the Champions of Governance Awards ahead of over 800 CEOs and in 2015 and won the Overall CEO of the Year Award in the same category in 2017. He was also bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the industry in East Africa at the Think Business Insurance Awards in 2016.

A respected professional within the insurance circles, Justus is a mixture of the best of both worlds  -academia and business, specifically the insurance industry. Specialising in life insurance and pension, Justus enjoys providing unparalleled professional service, working with clients to help them achieve their financial goals. He has contributed immensely to the development of the life insurance industry. A prolific mentor and tutor, Justus is regarded by the industry as a true innovator. Most of the life and pensions products sold in Kenya today have Justus’ fingerprints. A great number of professionals within the life insurance industry can credit their growth and success to Justus’ able tutelage. He has served as Chairman of the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) and in various capacities at
AKI, Insurance Institute of Kenya and Association of Retirement Benefit Schemes. He has been a member of Kenya National Insurance Examinations Board, a curriculum developer at the College of Insurance and Vice Chairman of Dedan Kimathi University. He is currently a Director of four SMEs. 

Justus has written numerous publications and papers on the industry. He is a regular and noted speaker at regional insurance and financial services conventions.
One of Justus’ crowning glories is ICEA LION Group’s headquarters at the state-of-the-art ICEA LION Centre at Riverside Park in Westlands. He took great pride in delivering a modern facility for the ICEA LION Group family and customers to enjoy. Justus retired as CEO in December 2020. He oversaw the growth of the Company’s Gross Premium and Contributions book from Kes 5 Billion to over Kes 14.6 Billion in 2020 while Total Assets strengthened from Kes 32 Billion in 2012 to over Kes 100 Billion in 2020.



KENNEDY ONTITI

Company Secretary

Kennedy is the Group Company Secretary for First Chartered Securities Group, ICEA LION Group and Mitchell Cotts Group. Kennedy holds a Master of Laws in International Trade and Investment Law (LLM) and is a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya (CS-K).

Kennedy is a Council Member of the Chuka University and the Chairman Audit, Governance and Risk Management Council Committee of Chuka University. He is also an Advocate, Commissioner for Oaths & Notary Public and a Member, Law Society of Kenya (LSK). He is also a Member of the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). Additionally, Kennedy is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).

Prior to joining First Chartered Securities, Kennedy worked as Legal Counsel at Oil Libya Kenya Limited between 2008 and 2012. Between 2006 and 2007, he was an articled pupil engaged in civil litigation, conveyancing, commercial and corporate law at Ochieng’, Onyango, Kibet & Ohaga Advocates (Now Triple OK Law Advocates). Kennedy’s professional achievements include being named the Winner of the Company Secretary of the Year Award at the Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) Kenya’s Champion of Governance (COG) Awards in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 and 2018, he emerged Second and First Runners-Up. In the same year Kennedy received a Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to the Activities of the Institute and the Profession at Large from the ICS.

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DR. CAESAR MWANGI (PHD)

Director & CEO, ICEA LION Insurance Holdings

Dr. Mwangi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from the Wits Business School in Johannesburg. He has a PhD in Organisational Performance and Change Management from the Rand Afrikaans University (currently University of Johannesburg) and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Executive Leadership Coach. 

In the past, Dr. Mwangi worked in South Africa and Ethiopia as a Business Consultant in Deloitte and Touche Johannesburg, Finance Director of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa and also as Associate Director for
the Consultative Group in International Agriculture Research (CGIAR). He then joined Sasini Ltd as the MD where he spearheaded the company’s transformation from a production focused entity to an effective people-centered, market-focused entity. After Sasini he worked as Regional Director for the Global Village Energy Partnership. Prior to joining ICEA LION in August 2019, Caesar was the Managing Director of the Centre for Personal Leadership (CPL Africa) where he had been involved in designing and delivering people and organisational improvement initiatives focused on organisational transformation through effective leadership practices and development of enabling organisational culture.

Dr. Mwangi is trained in Corporate Governance by the Centre for Corporate Governance and has been a facilitator on the Effective Director (TED) programme at Strathmore Business School. He is the Vice Chairman of the Strathmore University Council and Chairs the Boards for the Kenya Markets Trusts (KMT) and the Kianda School in Nairobi. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for the World Bank Funded Kenya Climate Ventures (KCV) Fund.

NAOMI MUNYI​

General Manager, Strategy & Innovation

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting Option) from the University of Nairobi as well as a MBA in Strategic Management. Naomi is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K) and a Certified Public Secretary
(CPS) of good standing. Naomi’s experience in the industry spans over 30 years with significant experience in finance, company secretarial duties, corporate governance as well as strategy formulation and implementation. Prior to the ICEA LION Group merger in 2012, Naomi was the General Manager in charge of Finance and Corporate Services for ICEA. 

Thereafter, Naomi was appointed General Manager, Finance and Strategy for ICEA LION Group and subsequently the General Manager Strategy and Innovation. Naomi has presided over the development of both the 2013–2017 and 2018–2022 Group business strategies.

JULIANA NGULI

GM, HR & Administration

Juliana holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting Option) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA- HR) from Kenyatta University. Professionally, Juliana has a Higher National Diploma in Human Resources Management and is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management. She is also a Certified Professional Trainer, a Certified Public Secretary and a qualified Coach.

She is a seasoned HR practitioner with over 20 years of professional experience and skill across a broad spectrum of human resource practice areas. Before joining ICEA LION in July 2019, Juliana worked with the APA Group (Apollo Investments) as the Group Head of HR for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Previously, Juliana was the General Manager, HR at Liberty Life for over 8 years where she was responsible for partnering with business to drive the HR strategy through relevant, innovative and best people practices. She supported the East Africa region. Juliana prides in having been part of the big rebrand of CFC Life to Liberty Life now a multinational Company.

Before joining Liberty, Juliana was the Human Resources and Administration Manager with Tourist Finance Corporation and Family Health Options Kenya, for 3 years and 8 years respectively. She spearheaded restructuring in both organizations. She has a great passion for harnessing high performing teams for driving business strategy that blends well with her natural tendency for professionalism, ethical practice and value for the human resource.

ANTHONY MUTURI | FSA, MAAA

Group Actuary

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Actuarial Science from Temple University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (USA), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).  

Prior to joining ICEA LION, Anthony spent the prior fifteen years as an Actuary in different functions at Prudential Financial in the United States and Prudential Holdings of Japan. He has successfully worked in the following insurance areas: Variable annuities, Non-profit Retirement pricing, Economic capital modeling, Niche Health insurance (Long Term Care) and Actuarial system conversion. His experience in the two markets includes the key insurance functions of product development, financial modeling, valuation and financial reporting.

As the Group Actuary at ICEA LION, Anthony is responsible for all actuarial support  provided to the various group companies across East Africa. He is responsible for enhancing the actuarial function to support IFRS implementation, Modeling, Valuation, Asset Liability Matching, Capital Management, Pricing and Actuarial Advisory. Anthony is keen on the development of Actuaries across the African continent and has served as a chair of the mentoring committee of the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA). He has for years been a volunteer of the Actuaries Without Borders (AWB) focusing on actuaries in Africa.

DOROTHY MASEKE

Group Manager, Risk & Compliance​

Dorothy holds a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Business School, Netherlands. She holds an international post-graduate Diploma in Risk
Management from the IRM UK, a Diploma in Business Continuity from Bucks New University, U.K, Diploma in Sustainability and Leadership from the Swedish Institute.

She is certified in Environment and Social Risk Analysis from INCAE Business School, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and is a Certified Engagement & Productivity Coach among other certifications. Dorothy is the Founding Chair of the EA Regional Group of the IRM U.K, sits on the IRM UK’s Special Interest Group Committee and has been a module reviewer at IRM UK. She also sits on the Governance and Nomination Committee of World Vision Kenya. Dorothy is a Fellow of the Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP), a global programme on Leadership and Sustainability for Young African Leaders. She has been the winner of the corporate Risk Manager of the Year Award at the Think Business Insurance Industry Awards in 2017 and 2018 and was a finalist at the “Thompson Reuters Innovation Award, 2018”. 

In 2019 recognised as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya. She is spearheading the implementation of the UNEP FI Principles of Sustainable Insurance at the Group. Dorothy sits on the insurer pilot group of the UNEP FI Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

NKATHA GITONGA

Group Manager, Marketing & Communications

Nkatha holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology (Hons) from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria, U.K. She is a Certified Engagement & Productivity Coach (CEPC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF).

She has over 20 years experience in the field of marketing and communications having worked both at leading advertising and communications agencies as well as on the client side of the relationship. Nkatha honed her skills in the sector having worked for progressive organisations spanning entertainment, advertising and media, aviation, ICT and financial sectors. She has successfully delivered strategic marketing and communications projects for both Ayton Young & Rubicam and Scangroup Advertising agencies’ wide-ranging clients, as well as being a key driver of the Kenya Airways and Access Kenya (now Internet Solutions) marketing and communications departments’ agendas prior to joining ICEA LION Group in 2014.

Nkatha has been instrumental in championing the initiatives that have led ICEA LION to be the most awarded insurance and investments company since 2014. Key amongst these are the Association of Practioners in Advertising (APA) / Loeris Grand Prix Award for the Best Integrated Campaign in Kenya in 2018 and 2nd Runners Up for the Best Digital Insurance Campaign in Africa at the African Cristal Awards held in Morocco in 2019.

JOHN WANJOGU​

Group Manager, Projects

John holds a BSc in Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) and a Master of Information Systems from Queensland University in Australia. He is an active fully qualified member of
Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

His career spans over 15 years having started out as a Technology Training Consultant at the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT) and later as an ICT Solution Developer at Symphony Technologies Ltd. He later joined Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA) as an Assistant Manager in ICT. He rose through the ranks and played a significant role during the merger of ICEA and Lion of Kenya. Eventually, building on his multidisciplinary skills and experience he now heads the Projects Management function for ICEA LION Group within the Strategy and Innovation unit.

John’s dedication and enthusiasm has seen him garner extensive experience in managing large scale innovative initiatives with proven success in technology implementations, new product designs and process re-engineering using methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma, digital transformation and customer experience solutions. In professional circles, John was instrumental in the establishment of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Kenyan Chapter as the Founding Chair.

JACQUELINE OCHIENG

Head of Research & Development

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing Major from Kenya Methodist University and a MBA in Project Management from Kenyatta University. She also holds a Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management. She commenced her career as a Qualitative Research Executive at Ipsos Synovate (then Steadman Group) in 2004 before joining Strategic Research in 2007 as a Research Executive. In 2010 she moved to Transparency International to serve as a Deputy Programme Officer – Research, and then onto Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) in 2012 as the Manager in charge of the Business Intelligence and Research Department, prior to joining ICEA LION in 2016.

Jacqueline has published numerous articles related to business improvement in journals and various publications and is a regular contributor to KIM’s ‘Management’ Magazine.

MARTIN KARIITHI

Head, Data & Analyics

Martin holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College where he was a Haystack Scholarship recipient. Martin is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. The CFA draws on tools
from applied mathematics, statistics, accounting and economic theory to solve optimization problems related to corporate finance, risk and asset portfolio management as well as a strong focus in investment ethics.

He has over thirteen years of FinTech and Data Science experience having worked as a Credit Portfolio Strategist and Financial Economist for one of the top financial services organizations in the world – Fannie Mae, at their headquarters in Washington DC. Prior to that that he was an Associate Director of Finance Business Intelligence at one of the largest management consulting firms – Corporate Executive Board (CEB) which has subsidiaries in 20 countries. He has also worked as a Data Scientist and the Head of Data Governance at the Kenyan ICT technology company – Seven Seas Technologies – which oversees major government technology and infrastructure projects.

Most recently, Martin served as the Co-founder and Director of Data Science and Quantitative Trading at Deep Alpha Capital, a Singapore hedge fund that focuses on data-driven investment strategies in blockchain assets and
precious metals.