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JOSEPH WANGAI | Chairman

Mr. Wangai is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya with extensive experience in provision of auditing, accounting and business advisory services acquired during his 34 years with two of the big 4 professional services firms, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters in Business Administration Degree, both from University of Nairobi.

Mr. Wangai retired from Deloitte East Africa in 2018 after serving the firm for 21 years as a partner. His key leadership roles at Deloitte included 15 years as the leader of the Audit and Assurance Business unit. He also served on various boards and board committees within the Deloitte Africa Governance structures including serving as the Deputy Chairman and the Chairman of Deloitte Africa Board. His career with Deloitte provided him an opportunity to develop a wealth of experience while serving as the Lead Partner in the provision of audit, transaction advisory and business transformation services to leading businesses in the Insurance, Investment, Reinsurance and Insurance Broking space in East Africa and the wider Africa region.

As a professional accountant he has made a lasting impact in the development of the accountancy profession in Africa. This includes serving as Chairman and Council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and also as the Deputy President of the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Federation of Accountants. Mr. Wangai also serves on the boards of Kenyatta International Convention Centre and Kenya Open Golf Limited.

GEORGE NYAKUNDI​ | Chief Executive Officer

George holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Napier University in Scotland, U.K.. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI). Professionally he is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and holds a Diploma in Life and Disability Underwriting (DLDU) from the Assurance Medical Society, London. He has over 30 years’ experience in the life assurance sector. George started his career at Kenindia Assurance as a Management Trainee in 1988 before moving on to Occidental Insurance where he briefly worked as the Marketing and Administration Manager.

He later joined Jubilee Insurance in 1999 as a Senior Underwriter for the Group’s life insurance business in East Africa and left in 2006 to join Alliance Insurance Corporation in Tanzania as the Head of the Life Business. At the time, it was a composite insurance company and in 1999, he spearheaded the demerger of the life business to form Alliance Life Assurance Company, Tanzania, serving as the Assistant General Manager before taking over as the Chief Executive Officer in 2013. After working out of the country for ten years, he voluntarily resigned to come back home and join ICEA LION Group.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Life Assurance Limited Tanzania, George steered and led the Company to win numerous industry and commercial awards. At the time of his exit, the Company was ranked as the second largest private life insurance company in Tanzania, by market share and profitability.

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JOSEPH WANGAI

Chairman

Mr. Wangai is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya with extensive experience in provision of auditing, accounting and business advisory services acquired during his 34 years with two of the big 4 professional services firms, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters in Business Administration Degree, both from University of Nairobi.

Mr. Wangai retired from Deloitte East Africa in 2018 after serving the firm for 21 years as a partner. His key leadership roles at Deloitte included 15 years as the leader of the Audit and Assurance Business unit. He also served on various boards and board committees within the Deloitte Africa Governance structures including serving as the Deputy Chairman and the Chairman of Deloitte Africa Board. His career with Deloitte provided him an opportunity to develop a wealth of experience while serving as the Lead Partner in the provision of audit, transaction advisory and business transformation services to leading businesses in the Insurance, Investment, Reinsurance and Insurance Broking space in East Africa and the wider Africa region.

As a professional accountant he has made a lasting impact in the development of the accountancy profession in Africa. This includes serving as Chairman and Council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and also as the Deputy President of the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Federation of Accountants. Mr. Wangai also serves on the boards of Kenyatta International Convention Centre and Kenya Open Golf Limited.

MARIAM ABDULLAHI

MARIAM ABDULLAHI

Director

Mariam Abdullahi is SAP Africa’s Telecommunications Industry Lead and is responsible for the overall Telco strategy and execution across the continent.

Mariam holds a Bachelor of Science with a special focus on Computer Science and Business Management from Brunel University England.

With over 19 years of experience in both IT and Telco industries, Mariam’s career began in the automotive industry in the U.K. where she led IT Services and Outsourcing for Ford Motor Company. Since then she has held various leadership positions in Sales, Operations, Customer Service and Transformation lead roles at multinational organisations including Microsoft, Oberthur Technologies, Brightpoint, Zain and Emirates telecommunications company ‘du’ in the U.S.A, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Empathy for people, great ideas and contributing to the empowerment of societies through technology gives Mariam her greatest satisfaction.

MUGWE MANGA

MUGWE MANGA

Director

Mugwe is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Olsuswa Energy Limited, a Kenyan-based and registered geothermal exploration company. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mayfox Mining Company Limited, Kenya’s leading indigenous mineral exploration company.

Additionally, Mugwe is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Mayfox Digital Media. Prior to founding his companies, Mugwe was a Junior Analyst at Goldman Sachs International, London, U.K. Mugwe has a Master in International Business (MIB) from Grenoble École de Management (Grandes Écoles), France, and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Prior to that, he attended the Sevenoaks School in the United Kingdom where he attained his International Baccalaureate Diploma with distinction. Mugwe has a diploma in Sustainability and Leadership from the Swedish Institute. He is a Fellow of the Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP), a global programme on Leadership and Sustainability for Young African leaders.

Mugwe is a dynamic serial entrepreneur and extractive industry leader, with over eight years’ experience across various sectors in Africa. He boasts demonstrable capacity of conceptualizing start-up initiatives and growing them to large scale investor-ready organisations. Mugwe is motivated by the vision of playing a substantial role in molding Kenya’s extractive into a hub of global distinction and immense opportunity.

ANDREW NDEGWA

Director

Andrew is the Executive Director of First Chartered Securities, a private investment holding company with interests in financial services, logistics, real estate, manufacturing and agriculture. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree
in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Andrew began his career in the banking industry, and between 1990 and 1994 worked at Mercantile Finance Company, its affiliate The African Mercantile Banking Company and at Citibank Nairobi.

He joined First Chartered Securities in 1994 as the Group Planning Manager and in 2000 was appointed to the Board as Executive Director. Andrew is also a Non-Executive Director of several other companies, including NIC Group Plc and Unga Group Plc, both of which are quoted on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

Andrew is a trustee of Faraja Cancer Support Trust.

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.

DR. PETER KAMAU

Director

Dr. Kamau is a Family Physician and has been a practicing medicine for over 56 years. He attained his Cambridge School Certificate from St. Leos College, Virika, Uganda in 1953. He proceeded to attain an L.M.S (EA) from the University College Makerere in 1962 and his M.B., ChB (E.A) from the University of East Africa in 1964. He pursued his postgraduate training and attained a Diploma in Public Health (Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians) from the
Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene.

Between 1962 and 1966, he was a Medical Officer for the Government of Kenya and the Nairobi City Council. Between 1966 and 1969, he was the Deputy Medical Officer of Health and the Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Nairobi City Council. In 1969, he went into Private Practice as a Family Physician. He has been a Member of numerous institutions including the Medical Practitioner & Dentists Board, Kenya Medical Association, Medical Protection Society, United Nations Examining Physician and Nairobi Hospital Management Board.

He is the Chairman of Karirana Tea Estates, Diagnostic Centre Limited and Upper Hill Medical Centre Limited. He is
also a Director of Asset Managers Limited, First Chartered Securities and Pema Investments Limited.

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DUNCAN NDEGWA

Director

Duncan was born in 1925 in Nyeri, Kenya. He commenced his secondary
school education in 1944 and rose to become the Captain at Alliance High School. He attended Makerere College in Uganda before proceeding to University of St. Andrews in the U.K where he graduated with a Master of Arts (Hons) in Economics and History. He started off his career in 1956 as an Economist/Statistician at the East Africa High Commission before joining the Kenya Treasury as a Deputy Secretary in 1959. At independence in 1963 he was appointed the Permanent Secretary in the office of the President before becoming the Secretary to the Cabinet later that year. He was Head of the Civil Service and Advisor to the President and Cabinet in charge of coordination and monitoring of government functions.

Between 1967 and 1983, he was appointed the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya four times. He was also the Alternate Governor of the IMF and served in the Interim Committee of World Bank and IMF. Between 1970 and 1971, Duncan was the Chairman of the Commission of Enquiry (Public Service Structure and Remuneration), Sessional Paper 1973. He was cited by the President with the award of Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) and in 1983, he retired as the Governor of Central Bank.

Mr. Ndegwa served as the Chairman of Alliance High School between 1977 and 1987 and was the Chairman of Unga Group Limited between 1984 and 1998. He is the Chair, Director and Trustee of numerous organisations. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.He has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities over the years. Mr. Ndegwa has written various papers and articles in the field of Banking, Economics and Finance and is the author of “Walking in Kenyatta Struggles.”

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.

DAVID HUTCHISON

DAVID HUTCHISON

Director

David is the current Chairman, The Banda Group Education and Property Groups.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK).

He has over 40 years professional experience and has been involved in the audits of banks and financial institutions,
manufacturing companies, hotels and tourism, aviation companies, agricultural and insurance companies. He has several years’ experience in General Practice, Taxation and Consultancy, IT and others. He was a Partner at Ernst & Young, East Africa, from 1970 until June 2006. He was Chairman in 1988 and Senior Partner in 2002. He was a member of the Panel of Experts of the UN appointed Mediator of the East African Community involved in the evaluation of assets and distribution of liabilities for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

He is the Chairman, Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director of numerous organisations spanning advertising & communications, manufacturing, education, properties and real estate, banking, insurance and reinsurance sectors.

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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.

ROBIN NDEGWA

ROBIN NDEGWA

Alternate Director

Robin is the Executive Director, Upcountry Investments Division, in charge of strategic development at Nderitu Ndegwa Investment Company Limited. Robin attended York University in Ontario Canada between 1987–1990 and attained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Between 1990 and 1991 he attended Atkinson College undertaking Administrative Studies.

In 1992, he joined Keremara Limited as a Management Trainee and rose through the ranks by the time of his  departure in 2009 to become the GM & MD responsible for strategic direction, financial planning, marketing of  produce, real-estate development and general administration matters.Between 2004 and 2009, he was the Director, Administration; Treasury and Finance at Duncan Nderitu Ndegwa (DNN) Trust Company Limited. Thereafter, from  2009 to 2012, Robin was the Director, Administration, at Kenga Equatorial Hotels Limited.

Robin has attained various professional qualifications including an Advanced Management Program from Strathmore  Business School as well as a Certificate from the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program from Hass Business School,  UCLA, Berkley, California, USA. In addition, he has attained a KPMG Certificate Course Accounts for Managers as  well as a Corporate Governance Certificate from the Centre for Corporate Governance.

GEORGE NYAKUNDI

GM, Business Development & Technical Services

George holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Napier University in Scotland, U.K.. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI). Professionally he is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and holds a Diploma in Life and Disability Underwriting (DLDU) from the Assurance Medical Society, London. He has over 30 years’ experience in the life assurance sector. George started his career at Kenindia Assurance as a Management Trainee in 1988 before
moving on to Occidental Insurance where he briefly worked as the Marketing and Administration Manager. He later joined Jubilee Insurance in 1999 as a Senior Underwriter for the Group’s life insurance business in East Africa and left in 2006 to join Alliance Insurance Corporation in Tanzania as the Head of the Life Business. At the time, it was a composite insurance company and in 1999, he spearheaded the demerger of the life business to form Alliance Life Assurance Company, Tanzania, serving as the Assistant General Manager before taking over as the Chief Executive.

Officer in 2013. After working out of the country for ten years, he voluntarily resigned to come back home and join ICEA LION Group. As the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Life Assurance Limited Tanzania, George steered and led the Company to win numerous industry and commercial awards. At the time of his exit, the Company was ranked as the second largest private life insurance company in Tanzania, by market share and profitability.

JAMES NDEGWA

Director

James is the Chairman of First Chartered Securities Group, a private investment holding group with interests infinancial services, logistics, property and agriculture among others. James holds a MA (Hons) degree from Oxford University, U.K.

James has over 30 years experience in the insurance sector starting out at Hogg Robinson Insurance Brokers in 1986 where he rose through the ranks to become a Senior Manager.

In 1993, he joined Lion of Kenya Insurance Company as the Technical Manager, rising to Assistant General Manager, Deputy Managing Director and finally as the Managing Director from 1997 to 2003. He joined the Boards of First Chartered Securities, Insurance Company of East Africa and Lion of Kenya in 1996. In 2003,

he was appointed Chairman of First Chartered Securities. James is also the Chairman of the ICEA LION Group, NCBA Bank Group and Mitchell Cotts Kenya Group. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Capital Markets Authority.

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.

CHRISTINE MUTAHI

Assistant General Manager, Group Business Development

Christine holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance and an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi. She also holds Certificat élémentaire in French Language. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute, a Chartered Pensions Manager from the American Academy of Financial Management as well as a Certified Pension Trustee from the College of Insurance. Her industry experience spans over 17 years, having started her career in Zamara Financial Services (then Alexander Forbes). she worked there for 7 years then, joined Enwealth Financial Services (then Liberty Pensions) as Manager, Pension Administration & Consulting. She then joined Old Mutual and later moved on to Head Corporate Sales at Liberty Life, where she built and turned around the business development team into a highly motivated, robust and productive unit thereby repeatedly exceeding the business’ expectations. She also revived key intermediary support during her period with the organization. Christine joined the ICEA LION in October 2019 and is charged with achieving the business’ revenue targets by acquisition of new business, retention as well as relationship management to ensure a world-class client experience. She has actively participated in various industry stakeholder forums with Retirement Benefits Authority, Association of Kenya Insurers, Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya among others.

KEVIN NYAKERI, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Nairobi. Professionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Charterholder) from the CFA Institute
(Charlottesville, Virginia USA). He holds a Certificate in CEO Masterclasses in Strategy from Cass Business School, City University of London. Kevin is both a member of the Global CFA Institute and the CFA Society East Africa.

He commenced his career as an audit associate with Ernst & Young LLP serving audit and advisory consultancy clients. Kevin later joined the First Chartered Securities Limited as a senior auditor serving group companies in Insurance, logistics and asset management sectors within the region. In 2012, he moved to ICEA LION General Insurance to manage the Internal Audit function and joined ICEA LION Life Assurance as CFO in January 2020.

Kevin was a founding member of the Internal Audit Workgroup of ICPAK and an active member of the CFA East Africa Society’s Strategy, Advocacy and PR Committee. He has been involved in organising East Africa investororiented conferences bringing together leading lights in the Finance and Investments industry within the region and globally. Additionally, he has been serving as a judge and an industry mentor for the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge for East Africa’s top universities.

GLADYS MUSEMBI

Assistant General Manager, Operations

Gladys holds a BA in Banking, Insurance and Finance from Sheffield Hallam University, U.K. and a Master’s in
Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute,
London and Chartered Insurer.
Gladys has over 25 years’ experience in insurance, banking and capital markets. She started her career at Kenya
Reinsurance Corporation as a Reinsurance Officer and later moved to the Insurance Company of East Africa
Limited where she served for eleven years in various positions before joining Co-operative Bank of Kenya as Head
of Custodial services. Gladys has also served at Liberty Life as Head of Deposit Administration and a General
Manager Custodial Services at Equity Bank prior to joining ICEA LION in September 2017.
Gladys is an active member of the Association of Kenya Insurers and has served in various technical
committees.

CAROLINE MAINA

Assistant General Manager, ICT

Caroline has a Bachelor of Information Technology Degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and an MBA in Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a number of IT, Change Management and Project Management certifications. She has over 15 years of progressive experience in Information Technology (IT). As an IT executive with proven skills in IT Strategy & Execution as well as management of IT Systems & Operations, she has led large technology-intensive teams to deliver internal and outsourced business solutions in the insurance, airline and city government sectors. Prior to joining ICEA LION in 2013, she held various roles in IT in Kenya and the United States having worked for the City of Kansas City in Missouri, Highmark BlueCross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Kenya Airways and UAP Holdings both in Nairobi, Kenya. Among Caroline’s achievements is the successful in-house development and implementation of the ICEA LION Life Management Solution which is copyrighted by the Kenya Copyright Board.

FELIX CHOMBA

Manager, Pension, Deposit Administration & Actuarial

Felix holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Kenyatta University and is currently undertaking acturial examinations from the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries in London. Felix joined ICEA 28 years ago as a graduate actuarial trainee and rose through the ranks to his current position heading the Deposit Administration & Actuarial Services department. He has extensive experience in the administration of pensions, claims and actuarial services which includes life business actuarial valuations. Felix is an active member of the The Actuarial Society of Kenya (TASK) and has served in the Life Working Party that was instrumental in coming up with the Risk Based Capital Guidelines. He has also been involved in a number of committees at the AKI.

MUIRI WAICHINGA

Manager, Ordinary Life Operations

Muiri is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and is also a Chartered Insurer. He started his career twenty nine years ago as a clerk with Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA) and honed his skills in life insurance operations having worked in all related departments and rose through the ranks to his present position. Muiri has been instrumental in the establishment of the ordinary life sales agency network as well as the growth of the retail business to what it is today.

KENNEDY ODENYO

Manager, Group Business Development

Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from USIU. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London, a Chartered Insurer and a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Kenya (IIK). In addition, he holds a Diploma in Life and Disability claims from the Assurance Medical Society, U.K. He has 17 years’ work experience having joined Insurance Company of East Africa Limited as a Management Trainee and rising through the ranks in different departments to his current position. He is in charge of new business acquisition and retention, relationship management, markets and product development for corporate business including deposit administration, annuities, personal retirement schemes and group risk business. Kennedy has been an active participant at the Insurance Institute of Kenya (IIK) where he served in the Finance Committee and the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) where he is presently a member of the Microinsurance Committee.

KENNETH MUCHIRI

Manager, Group Business Development

Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Insurance Option), from the University of Nairobi and is an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute of London (ACII) and the Insurance Institute of Kenya (IIK). He is a Chartered Insurer. He has over 19 years’ experience in the insurance industry having worked for Phoenix Assurance for 1 year before joining Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA) as an Executive Trainee where he rose through the various ranks in the business development function. One of his key achievements at ICEA LION is the conceptualization, development and implementation of the first in class stand-alone Cancer Insurance product of which he was the Project Manager.

PATRICIA KIHARA

Manager, Ordinary Life & Branches

Patricia holds a LOMA Diploma from the Associate Life Management Institute (ALMI), a Bachelor of Education from Moi University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. She began her career as a teacher in 1996 before joining Barclays in 1997. Patricia has 20 years of experience in the insurance sector having worked at Old Mutual as a Life Agent for two years before joining Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA) in 2000 as a Market Outreach Executive. In 2007, she was appointed Assistant Manager, Business Development, where she successfully set up the intermediary channel for ordinary life retail clients. In 2011, she went on to serve as the Head of Bancassurance & Alternative Distribution Channels up until 2016 when she was appointed to her current post. In 2018, Patricia was able to lead the agency network to deliver the highest number of qualifiers for the Association of Kenya Insurers Agents of the Year Awards (AAYA) in the company’s history. Patricia is a member of the Individual Life Committee at AKI.

ENID OTIENO

Manager, Internal Audit

Enid holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s in Business Administration from Strathmore Business School. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA – K) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Enid has ten years external audit experience with Deloitte & Touche, in both Kenya and Tanzania. She worked with First Chartered Securities for seven years as an assistant group internal auditor after which she moved to ICEA LION Life Assurance Company Limited in June 2013.

Enid is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA Global), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Association of Women Accountants of Kenya (AWAK), Women on Boards Network, Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya and Business Ireland.

PRISCA MWIKA

Head of Customer Experience

Prisca holds a Bachelor of Education in Commerce and Economics from the University of Nairobi. She has 18 years experience in the insurance sector having worked at Pan Africa Life for five years both in Claims and Customer Experience before joining the Insurance Company of East Africa (ICEA) in 2006 as an Underwriting Assistant. In 2012, Prisca was promoted to Underwriting & Customer Service Officer, where she successfully headed the customer service team at the Central Business District Branch up until 2018 when she was appointed to her
current post.

Margaret Ndungu

Head, Actuarial

Margaret holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science and a Masters in Applied Actuarial Science from the University of Kent – UK. She is also a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA) and an Associate Actuary (AIA).

Margaret has over five years’ experience within an actuarial function in the life insurance industry. She started off her career at Sanlam Life Assurance where she worked for three years before moving to ICEA LION Life Assurance in April 2018. 

Margaret is a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries – UK (IFoA) and The Actuarial Society of Kenya (TASK). She is also a member of the Actuarial Society of Kenya Life Insurance Working Party and the IFRS 17 working Party.

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.