Carole Karuga

Carole Karuga

Chief Executive Officer

Carole Karuga holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She has also pursued several professional courses on Public-Private Sector Dialogue, Global Leadership and Private Sector Development among others.

Ms. Karuga has a wealth of experience in leadership having worked for Barclays Bank of Kenya, Nairobi Chapel and Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana, where she acted as a liaison between Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the institute before formally joining KEPSA. She worked for several years at KEPSA before being appointed KEPSA CEO.

Ms. Karuga is credited for transforming KEPSA from a little known Business Institution to one of the most influential institutions in Kenya and Globally. KEPSA is the Apex body of the private sector in Kenya, galvanizing the private sector through public-private dialogue and influencing the economic and development agenda of the country and Africa.

She currently serves in several boards including:

  • Board Chair: SEZA (Special Economic Zones Authority), Kenya
  • Board Member: EA Cables (East African Cables PLC), Kenya
  • Board Member: IS Kenya (Internet Solutions), Kenya
  • Board Member: BAF (Business Advocasy Fund, Danish Embassy), Kenya
  • Board Member: USIU-Africa Trustees (United States International University–Africa), Kenya
  • Board Member: Global Compact Network, Kenya
  • Advisory Board Member: ACF Women in Business Initiative of the Africa, France
  • Advisory Board Member: Nailab 3.0 (Nairobi Innovation Lab), Kenya
  • Advisory Board Member: For the Operationalisation of the Kenya National Convention Bureau
  • Council Member: NCAJ chaired by the Chief Justice of Kenya (The National Council of Administrative Justice), Kenya

She has previously served in the following boards:

  • Board Member: Harvard University Center for African Studies, Africa Advisory Board, USA
  • Member: Business Leaders Caucus Group of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation by OECD, France
  • President: East Africa Chapter, Choiseul Africa, France
  • Board Member: The Center for Corporate Governance Board, Kenya
  • Board Member: Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Board, Kenya
  • University Council Member: Daystar University, Kenya
  • Board Member: Emerging Leaders Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Board Member: Rotary Club of Lang’ata, Kenya
  • Board Member: Growth Oriented Women Enterprises Kenya Program(GOWE), Kenya

She is a member of several professional bodies including, The Rotary Club of Langata, Kenya Institute of Management and Institute of Directors.  

Ms. Karuga has been recognized with several awards for her leadership and role in the development of the Private Sector including;

  • Nominated as a Top 25 Leader, in The 25th Anniversary Special Awards Nomination Edition of the Business Monthly, East Africa Edition, January – February 2020
  • Announced as one of the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa, by Reset Global People in partnership with Pulse, and Avance Media, in 2019
  • Global Female Leadership Impact Award and Induction into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame (GWLHOF), by Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), during the 2017 South America-Africa-Middle East-Asia Women’s Summit (SAMEAWS), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Dubai-UAE
  • Women Super Achiever Award, by World Women Leadership Congress and Awards 2017, India
  • Ranked 14th and first Kenyan on the list of 100 Africans by Institut Choiseul in the ‘Choiseul 100 Africa : Economic Leaders for Tomorrow 2015’
  • Women Leadership Achievement Award 2015 by World Women Leadership

Congress and Awards, India

  • The International Advocacy Award 2014 by Institut Amadeus, Morocco
  • The Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) 2012 and Heads of State Commendation (HSC) 2011 by President H.E Mwai Kibaki
  • Top 40 Under 40 Women in Business Awards Kenya, 2011 and 2012 consecutively by The Business Daily, Kenya
  • Contribution to Society Award by Nairobi Chapel 2011, Kenya
  • Outstanding Role in Creating Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Business Growth by ILO Kenya Women Entrepreneurship Development 2011
  • Role in Growing Sustainable Business Initiative 2006 by UNDP Kenya
  • Role in the Development of the UN Global Compact 2006 by UNDP Kenya

In 2012 she was voted ‘Extraordinary Personality to Inspire the Future’ by 80% of the 20,000     students of the Entrepreneurship Clubs of Kenyan Universities.