Flora Mutahi is the founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International Ltd and has extensive local and international experience in strategic leadership, business development, market penetration and marketing. Proven ability to innovate, conceptualize and implement products and business solutions and to lead and mentor others to achieve company and personal goals. Flora is passionate about the next generation seeing them as the future leaders of the nation and believes very strongly in a sound education. Having employed staff for over 18 years, She is well aware of the gaps in the education system and a firm believer in an all rounded education. On a personal level, Flora is married with three children.

Flora Mutahi

Chair

Jas graduated as a textile technologist in the UK in 1984 and has over 32 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector in Kenya. Jas is an industrialist and an entrepreneur who has numerous responsibilities in business and various business member organizations. Over the years, he has attended several executive business courses organized by Harvard Business School, IMD, and IIM to mention a few to his credentials. He is a member of YPO-WPO global network of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Jas was also nominated a finalist in the 2016 Africa CEO forum awards and subsequently awarded the 2016 Sikh CEO of the year. His business acumen has been recognized by Government of Kenya whereby he was appointed a board member at The Export Promotion Council in 2003 and thereafter in 2006 transferred to serve the board of The Export Processing Zones Authority for a period of 6 years until October 2012. Additionally in December 2012, HE President Mwai Kibaki honored Jas with a medal, Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS). Further In 2016 President Kenyatta appointed Jas as the Chairman of the Export Promotion Council to help boost Kenya’s exports. Jas is currently the - Chairman Export Promotion Council (EPC). - President of International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF). - Chairman of the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF). - Managing Director of Bedi Investments Limited. - Executive Director of Fine Spinners Uganda Limited. - Director of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Jas has previously also served on the Board of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and for a period of 32 months served as Managing Director of Orbit Chemical Industries Limited from 2003 unto 2005. He was also the Chairman of Kenya Apparel Manufacturers Exporters Association (KAMEA) from 2003 unto 2010 and the Vice Chairman of Kenya India Business Council from 2003 unto 2005. In addition, he also served as Co-Chair of the World Bank Cotton Apex committee from 2004 unto 2009. Besides these positions he served in various trade committees of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) since 1996 and graduated to serve as Chairman of KAM for 2 years in 2010. Jas has also served the EABC as a Director from 2011 and as Vice Chairman in 2014. In addition he has served Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) as the Chairman of the Trade and Investment committee and as a KEPSA governor from 2010 until 2015. To conclude, Jas has been tirelessly involved in developing export market opportunities, particularly in trading bocks such as EAC, COMESA, SADC, USA and the European Union.

Eng. James N. Mwangi is the CEO of Kurrent Technologies Ltd a Consultancy firm that serves East and Central Africa. He has a B. Sc. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is a Board member at FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers). He is a Registered Consulting Engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya with over thirty-six (36) years of extensive working experience mainly in the Energy and Oil & Gas sectors. He is a Fellow with the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) and is a Member of IEK Professional Review Board Panel for Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Panel at the Engineers Board of Kenya.  He is the Immediate past Chairman and member of Executive Committee of FIDIC – AFRICA. He is also the former Chairman of the KEPSA (Kenya Private Sector Alliance) Energy and Extractives Sector Board, a member of the MultiSectoral Forum (MSF), a Director at the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA), Member of the East Africa Branch Council of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) and is a Member of the Energy Institute (U.K.). He is a past Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK). He has membership in other Professional bodies in Kenya and internationally.Eng. Mwangi has dedicated a lot of time and effort in advocacy in the Engineering Profession, Energy and Oil & Gas sectors, business, Integrity and infrastructure issues/matters in both Kenya and Africa. He has also been actively involved in advocating for improvement local content in major international projects with a view of building local capacity, promoting investments in regional Energy and Petroleum projects. He continues to encourage sustainable development of infrastructure.

Mr. Stephen Gitagama holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. He is the Group Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the Board in March 2008. He previously worked as a Finance Director with East African Breweries Limited. Mr. Gitagama is an executive director, and director of the Group’s Subsidiary Companies and a member of the Strategy and Investments, the Nominations and Governance and the Editorial Committees.

Mucai Kunyiha is the Chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers.He is also the Group Chief Executive Officer of Kzanaka Ltd, a family owned investment group that includes CKL Africa Ltd (formerly Cooper K-Brands Ltd), Analabs Ltd, Mashiara Park and Qaribu Inn and employs over 250 people across East Africa.Mucai is trained as a lawyer in the University of Wales (Cardiff) and also holds an MBA from Ashridge, UK. He has over 20 years’ experience in business at executive management level in the manufacturing and distribution of agricultural inputs and real estate industry.Mucai serves on various company boards as a non-executive director and the government’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board. He has been on the board of Kenya Property Developers Association for several years and was the Chairman May 2016 – May 2019.He has been on the board of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers since 2014 and has served in the Legal & Regulatory Committee, HR and Governance Committee, Finance Management and Projects Committee and the PET sub-sector.He is an advocate for raising the profile and standards of good governance, sustainability and environmental issues in manufacturing and beyond.

Mr. Gachora is currently the Group Managing Director (GMD) for NCBA Group PLC. Prior to his appointment at NCBA, he was the GMD of NIC Group PLC, from September 2013 to 30th September 2019. NCBA Group PLC was formed on 1st October 2019 following the merger of NIC Group PLC and CBA Bank Limited.Mr. Gachora joined NIC Bank from Barclays Africa where he had been Managing Director and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking. In his role he was responsible for Barclays Corporate and Investment Banking activities across 12 African countries (excl. South Africa). Prior to this, he held several executive positions at Absa Bank in South Africa, including CEO of Absa Africa and Head of Investment Banking, Sub Saharan Africa.Before moving to South Africa, he spent close to 15 years in the United States where held several positions at both Bank of America and Credit Suisse First Boston. While at Bank of America he rose through the ranks to become a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Engineering team.Mr. Gachora holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA as well as an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Darren is a native of Ireland and holds a degree in Theology and Religious Studies degree from St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham, London and a Diploma in Business Administration from Anniesland College, Glasgow. Darren is the former Chief Executive Officer at Kartridges Kenya Ltd a company that specialised mainly in the retail of High-Quality Laser Toner Cartridges from Europe as well has other related items such as Printers, Computers, CCTV etc, his role covered the East Africa Region with their Headquarters based in Nairobi.Currently, he is moving to a new and exciting role in Kenya within a well-established family company and is looking forward to the new fresh challenge.He is originally from Derry in Northern Ireland and has worked in Africa for almost four years where he was President of Operations in a similar business in Ethiopia prior to arriving in Kenya.He has extensive experience in the Hospitality and Customer Service sector having previously been UK and Ireland Operations Director for a chain of sixteen hotels based in the UK.Darren is the Chairman of the European Business Council an organisation representing the European private sector in Kenya.  He is a former board member of Young Scientists Kenya, an Irish initiative seeking to promote STEM amongst the young people in Kenya and encouraging them to pursue a career in this field. Darren is currently also the Chairman of Business Ireland Kenya an established Chamber that seeks to promote reciprocal trade between Ireland and Kenya.

Eva Muraya is the Founder and CEO of BSD Group, a regional award-winning brand strategy and Communications Company. It comprises four companies: Brand Strategy & Design Limited, Avid Public Relations Ltd, Whiteboard Advertising Limited and Brandquad Africa Limited, a knowledge sharing and talent development consultancy.Eva, a serial entrepreneur, also co-founded Color Creations Ltd, the first advertising and branding business to gain the global quality management systems standards ISO 9001:2001 Certification, in Sub-Saharan Africa, in 2007. Recently, Eva Partnered with Chris Githaiga (Country Manager, Ipsos Synovate - Kenya) to launch a new study named Top 100 Most Loved Brands by Women in Kenya.Eva has more than 20 years industry experience in brand communications, having managed the brand development, refresh and launch programs for local, regional and global companies. Her expertise is in Brand Repositioning & Alignment, Brand Sustainability, Capital Markets Communications, Crisis Communications, Internal Brand Engagement, Customer Centricity, Media Relations Strategy, Stakeholder Management, Corporate and Product PR and Entrepreneurship. She has been recognized both nationally and internationally for her business innovation and leadership.She is the former Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Gender and Youth Sector Board, and a co-founder and former past Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Women Business Owners (KAWBO). Her achievements at the helm of KAWBO include securing strategic partnerships with Vital Voices Global Partnership and ExxonMobil Foundation, the Kenya Hub for the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN) and championing advocacy for supplier diversity in Government agencies, the private and development sectors as critical inroads to market linkages for women entrepreneurs.Eva is the Chairperson of the Zawadi Africa Education Fund, an organization that provides mentorship, leadership development, and scholarship opportunities to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in select African countries to pursue higher education in the United States, Canada and leading African universities.An Aspen Fellow, her business leadership has earned her a variety of awards and prestigious appointments, including the Eve Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2007, Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) Warrior award 2007, Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Leaders Award, 2008, and The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award. She has also participated in many Vital Voices Global Partnership programs, including the 2006 Vital Voices/U.S. State Department/Fortune Global Mentoring Program, Levelling the Playing Field, and was a Vital Voices/Gates Leadership and Advocacy Fund grantee for her project to engage businesswomen in economic policy advocacy. In 2013, Eva was nominated in the WIE (Women, Inspiration and Enterprise Network) Power List as one of the 60 most Prominent and Influential Women in Africa and is one of CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government. She was also a mentee in the inaugural Vital Voices Global Partnership ‘Invest in Your Idea’ Johnson & Johnson sponsored program to promote public sector policy formulation in supplier diversity amongst 50 corporates in Kenya.An alumnus of the Columbia Business School’s Entrepreneurship Excellence Centre and Harvard Business School SEPA Program, Eva holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Marketing from the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, a Diploma in Advanced Business Management from the IESE (University of Navarra) and Strathmore Business Schools. She is also a graduate of the global Stanford SEED Entrepreneurship Program.Eva is a mother of two young adult daughters, Stephanie and Zawadi.

Macharia is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC). KAHC is the principal umbrella association in the hospitality industry in Kenya and brings together 220 hotels, restaurants and specialty caterers. The main activities include advocacy, industrial relations, marketing, training, representation and information exchange. During his tenure at KAHC, the organization has evolved into a fully functional advocate for a solid business environment for investors who have collective investments running into hundreds of billions in Kenya Shillings. He is currently the National Vice President of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and sits on the boards of Boma International Hospitality College (BIHC), National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), the East African Tourism Platform and the National Tourism Crisis and Resilience Committee. He previously served on the boards of Kenya Utalii College, the Tourism Regulatory Authority, Athi Water Services Board, Nairobi Water Company, Kenya Tourism Board and the Hotels and Restaurant Authority among others.Macharia is renowned for his strong voice in hotel operations management, development and implementation of strategy, and enhancing revenue-generating potential of hotel properties.

Mr. Allen Waiyaki Gichuhi is the former President of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and Senior Partner at Wamae & Allen Advocates. Mr. Gichuhi specializes in property, commercial, banking and administrative law. He is ranked in Band 2 by the Chambers Global Legal Directory and is noted for his impressive record in contentious mandates. He is a legal reformist, participated in the drafting of Kenya’s Court Mandated Mediation Rules, Advocates Remuneration Orders 2006 and 2014 and was involved in drafting practices directions for various divisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. As President of the LSK, he within 100 days launched an office manual, a mentorship program for young lawyers and a bar-bench practice guideline. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and former Director of Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. He is the KEPSA Director in charge of Legal matters and Professionals.

Dr. Wala Elizabeth has been the Vice-chair of Kenya Healthcare Federation since 2018. She is the Programme Director of Health Systems Strengthening at Amref Health Africa in Kenya. Dr. Wala has more than 15 years' experience spanning the fields of health systems strengthening for universal health coverage, health care policy development, pharmaceutical medicine, and clinical research. She is known and respected for program refinements and building credibility and partnerships across cultures with leading national and international private, public, and non-profit health sector stakeholders. She is the KEPSA Director in charge of Health.

NICHOLAS NESBITT Nicholas Nesbitt is the immediate former General Manager of IBM Eastern Africa.  He leads all of IBM's operations in 10 countries in the region, including the teams that manage the IT networks for Airtel and the IBM Research Africa Lab.  Mr Nesbitt’s team has led successful IBM engagements in the private sector with large and mid size clients in financial services, telecommunications and manufacturing and has delivered on extensive and transformational change within several government ministries and agencies. Previously, Mr Nesbitt was the Chief Executive of KenCall, the leading international BPO/call center outsourcing company in East Africa.  The company has been recognized as the Top Non-European Call Center globally, the fastest growing Top 100 company in Kenya and one of the best mid size businesses in East Africa.  Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Business have both written case studies on KenCall, which are taught to MBA students across the world. Prior to moving back to Kenya, Mr Nesbitt held senior executive positions in the United States at Qwest Communications, Schneider Electric and The Boston Consulting Group. Mr Nesbitt is the Chairman of the Board of KEPSA (Kenya Private Sector Alliance), the apex body of the private sector in Kenya. He is/has been a board member of the Central Bank of Kenya, Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), American Chamber of Commerce, AMREF Flying Doctors, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Multimedia University and Gateway insurance. Mr Nesbitt is an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a global organization supporting leading CEO’s. Mr Nesbitt has been profiled frequently in global and regional media as a thought leader and visionary and has been a frequent speaker and panelist on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership at conferences in Kenya and around the world. The President of Kenya awarded Nicholas a presidential honor, the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW), in recognition of his pioneering spirit and accomplishments in creating the Kenyan BPO industry. Mr Nesbitt received his MBA from Stanford University and both his Masters and Bachelors of Engineering degrees from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. He is a keen golfer and mountain biker and enjoys safaris.