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Linus Gitahi

Chairman and Director

Linus Wang’ombe Gitahi is currently the Chairman of the Board of Tropikal Brands Afrika Limited. Mr. Gitahi served as Group CEO of Nation Media Group, the biggest media firm in East and Central Africa from November 2006 to June 2015. He had joined NMG after a long career as a senior executive with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in East and West Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

He was Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline for West Africa since 2003, based in Lagos, and served the company previously in Nairobi as General Manager for Consumer Healthcare for East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He was also head of African Consumer Marketing and has held other marketing posts in the company, which he joined in 1989. He also served as a Director of Equity Bank Limited until March 26, 2009. He is the national chairman of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Board, the Chairman of the board of trustees of the United States International University (USIU), a director of Allianz Insurance Company, Simba Motors Group. Mr. Gitahi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Business Administration from the United States International University and a Diploma in Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.

Peter Nduati

Director

Peter Nduati is a renowned Entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Resolution Insurance. He is a chartered insurer with over 20 years experience in the Insurance Industry. He sits on the boards of First Benefits Ltd, Pine Creek Holdings, Absolute Security Ltd, Redwood Capital, and Brown Oak Ltd an investment holding company. He also sits on the Board of Governors of Dagoretti High School.​He was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 in the East Africa round of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards.

He was also admitted as a Global Fellow in the Africa Leadership Institute, the ASPEN initiative. He holds a master’s degree in Economics and Insurance and is currently pursuing a doctorate programme focusing on Entrepreneurship in Kenya.

Rachel Mbai

Director

Rachel Mbai is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Commissioner of Oaths and Notary Public of 25 years standing and is currently a partner at the law firm Kaplan & Stratton.

Her work encompasses property acquisition/disposal and development, property laws, property finance and loan securities and private client work. She is a well-known name in the real estate sector, andsome of her recent transactions include:

  • Acted for Kenya Airways Limited in the acquisition of properties for expansion of its training center –Deal value KES 1.5 Billion.
  • Acted for Kenya Red Cross in sale of property in Nairobi and purchase of property in Mandera. Establishment of Kenya’s first Real
  • Estate Investment Trust (REIT ) under the Capital Markets Act.
  • Disposal of Kenyan company operating a large horticultural and floricultural project.
  • Acted for IBRD and ICF (World Bank) in the acquisition of its Nairobi headquarters.
  • Acted for Africa Reit Limited in the development of residential flats and apartments

Dan Awendo

Director

Dan is a Certified Public Accountant, Management Consultant, Financial Analyst and an Advanced Management Program graduate of Strathmore Business School and IESE Business School in Spain.

Mr. Awendo has over 20 years of post qualification experience in audit, accounting, management consultancy, corporate finance and entrepreneurship and has worked in senior management positions in both local and international companies and has been a board member of various companies and learning institutions in Kenya.

Dan is the founder and previously the CEO of Investeq Capital, a company that focuses on the unique environment of financing Small & Medium sized business in East Africa. Investeq Capital has spent the last 12years developing and financing SMEs through the provision of innovative short-term trade and other related working capital finance as an alternative to traditional banking and/or capital market solutions.  Through his leadership, Dan led Investeq Capital to win both local and continental awards in Strategy, Leadership, Customer Orientation, Financial Performance and Entrepreneurship.

He has also previously been named by The Business Daily as amongst Kenya’s “High Impact Entrepreneurs” and also amongst Kenya’s “CEO’s with Golden Hands”. He has also been profiled by The Standard Newspaper as a “Captain of Industry”.

Dan is a founder board member and has served in the Finance and Business Development committees at Home Afrika.

Mbugua Gecaga

Director

Mr. Mbugua Gecaga is a Director at Mbambu Communications, Clomia Pty Ltd. Zimbawe and Uza Ubora Consultants.

A marketer by training Mr. Gecaga has over 18 years of experience in the Marketing and Branding profession. Having worked with British American Tobacco in senior marketing positions in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Indian Ocean Islands,  Mr. Gecaga is well versed in strategic marketing.

Mr. Gecaga holds a BSc(Hons) from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from Henley Management College. Mr. Gecaga is currently serving in the Business Development Committee for Home Afrika Ltd as he oversees the business development opportunities for Home Afrika Ltd. He also ensures that Home Afrika Ltd is aligned strategically in relation to brand presence and market

Caroline J. Kigen

Director

Caroline Jebet Kigen became chair of the Professional Accountancy Organization (PAO) Development Committee in January 2014, nominated by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). She previously served as a member of the Compliance Advisory Panel from 2008 to 2012 and its deputy chair in 2013.

Mrs. Kigen has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Council of the ICPAK, a position she held from 2006 to 2014. Previously, Mrs. Kigen was Director of Professional Services and Deputy to the Chief Executive Officer of the ICPAK. Mrs. Kigen has also worked in academia, having served as a lecturer of accounting at the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University for more than five years, as well as working within the audit and assurance department of PwC.

In addition, she has also had extensive experience in the boardroom having served in various boards and committees, including KASNEB, the body that examines the professional CPA examinations in Kenya. Mrs. Kigen’s academic and professional qualifications include a master’s in Business Administration specializing in Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi, 2000. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member and Fellow of ICPAK.

Ketan Shah

Director

Mr. Ketan Shah is a graduate of Western Michigan University, USA where he studied Bachelor of Arts. He is experienced in the Real Estate business having worked several years and is the founding director of Coral Property Consultants Ltd and  Coral Property International, both of which are esteemed Real Estate consultancy firms whose main focus is on property valuation, sales & marketing, management developing and related profitable investment solutions. He has a sturdy track record of originating, developing, and executing various gainful business ventures.

He has held business leadership positions in various firms including part owner of Packaging Manufacturing (K) Ltd. as well as the current Chairman of Llango, a subsidiary of Home Afrika Ltd.  In addition, Mr. Shah has held leadership positions in the Rotary Club of Mombasa, as well as being a past President of Round Table Movement.

Violet Kimotho

Company Secretary

Violet Kimotho is an advocate specializing in company secretarial services and passionate about governance and corporate law.

Through her firm, Azali Certified Public Secretaries LLP, she assists companies set up and maintain their corporate governance structures focusing on enhancing the capacity and operations of their boards. She enjoys working with small and medium size enterprises and by helping them apply corporate governance principles, she participates in driving their strategic growth and development.

Violet has over fifteen (15) years legal and company secretarial experience spanning various industry sectors. As a commercial lawyer she has been involved in offering legal advisory services to clients in various aspects of commercial and property transactions. She previously worked in the Company Secretary department of Jubilee Holdings Limited a company listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. She has also been a Business Law Lecturer at the United States International University (USIU).

Violet currently serves as Company Secretary on numerous boards offering advisory and secretarial services relating to corporate governance best practices, statutory and regulatory compliance, terms of reference for boards, board recruitment, board evaluation and the conduct of board and shareholder meetings. She also conducts training on various aspects of corporate governance. Violet holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) and a Masters degree in International Business Law (LLM). She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

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