RITA KAVASHE Rita Kavashe is the Managing Director of GM East Africa Ltd, reporting directly to the President and Managing Director of GM Africa & Middle East Operations. Rita received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Moi University in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi in 2005. Her career began in GM in 1995 in its East African operations, where she has worked for the last 21 years. During this time she has been exposed to critical aspects of our operation. After a series of moves with increased responsibility, she was appointed the Sales and Marketing Director in April of 2006 and then Commercial Director in September 2008. During this time sales in the region grew by more than 30%. Furthermore, Rita was instrumental in achieving several awards for sales growth in the East African region. In 2009, Rita was nominated to undertake a developmental assignment in South Africa for six months to develop an Export strategy for GM Sub Saharan Africa. In 2010 her role was expanded with dual responsibility as Managing Director for GM East Africa and Exports Director for GM Sub-Saharan Africa. Rita also serves on a number of government committees and has played a leading role in Manufacturing, Roads and infrastructure Sectors with keen interest in quality and Safety.

Rita Kavashe


Patricia is passionate about creating opportunities that improve people’s lives. Her love for identifying enduring consumer and commercial insights to support the development of brands and grow businesses’ was actualized in a career spanning 25 years across 3 global companies namely Unilever, Diageo/EABL and L’Oreal. In the last 8 years of that career, her focus was on setting up new organization and opening new frontiers as Managing Director for Uganda Breweries Ltd, then Managing director for EABL International and her last role setting up L’Oreal East Africa, subsidiary of the Global multinational, as its inaugural Managing Director.She pivoted her passion for transforming lives to drive scaling and transformation of SME’s, the largest job creation sector, in all emerging economies through her current role as the Regional Director for the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies - Seed, that aims at building a network of like-minded individuals from Silicon Valley-to sub-Saharan Africa to address regional challenges such as leadership, strategy, value-chain innovation to create sustainable business entities through the Stanford Transformational Program for regional business leaders.Patricia also sits on the Boards of; ABSA Bank Kenya PLC; Jambojet Ltd and WPP- Scangroup PLC, all of which lean on her expertise on growing enterprise. She builds on the positive impact of trade development funding, as a board member of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), the multi donor initiative with the overall goal of reducing poverty in the East African region through reduction of trading barriers and increased trade competitiveness of the region; and brings to life her enduring desire to connect corporate business with social sustainability investment, as a Trustee on the Board of the Vodafone Foundation, UK.

Jeremy Awori is the CEO at Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd and joined Barclays in February 2013. Prior to joining Barclays he held various positions within Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) where he was the CEO of SCB Tanzania (2008 to 2012); Regional Sales and Performance Director of SCB for Middle East, South Asia and Africa (2005 to 2008); Head of Consumer Banking in SCB UAE (2003 to 2005). Other positions held at SCB include Executive Director and Head of Consumer Banking for East Africa. He has also lived and worked in the in UK, North America and Asia. Jeremy completed his Master’s in Business Administration from McGill University, Montreal Canada. He also holds a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from Manchester University in the United Kingdom. In addition to his responsibilities in Barclays Kenya, Jeremy is a Director of ABSA Financial Services Limited (AFSL); Barclays Financial Services Limited (BFSL); Barclays Bank Insurance Agency Limited (BBIAL); Barclays Kenya (Nominees) Limited; Barclays Deposit-Taking Microfinance Limited; First Assurance Company Limited and First Assurance Holdings Limited. Jeremy is also a Board member of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the former Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association where he currently sits on their governing council. He is also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and an Aspen Global Leadership Institute fellow Jeremy is married with three children and his interests include swimming and several other sports.