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Board of Directors

  • Dennis Awori - Non-Executive Chairman
    Ambassador Dennis Awori, Non-Executive Chairman
    Dennis Awori obtained a BSc (hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1976. He is a graduate of both Ashridge Management College UK, in Business Leadership Program and Emory Business School Management Development Atlanta University. Dennis Awori began his career with Cooper Motor Corporation Holdings Ltd where he was General Sales Manager and then Branch Manager for the West Kenya region. He was appointed Managing Director of Lonrho Motors East Africa (previously named the Motor Mart Group) in 1997. He became Corporate Advisor and Executive Consultant, a post he held until he was appointed the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Japan and Korea in 2004. Upon his return in April 2009, he was immediately appointed Chairman of Toyota East Africa Ltd and Executive Advisor to Toyota Tsusho Africa (Pty) Ltd and in April 2010 he was appointed to the NEPAD.
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  • Mbuvi - Group Managing Director & CEO 
    Mbuvi Ngunze - Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
    Mbuvi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree accounting option from the University of Nairobi. He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program (PMD75). He joined Price Waterhouse in Nairobi in 1990 and was seconded to Manchester in the United Kingdom where he was articled. In the UK, he started off as an Audit Assistant and left 5 years later as an Assistant Manager. In 1995, he rejoined Price Waterhouse in Kenya as Audit Manager, leading audits of various blue chip companies, and also involved in training and recruitment.In 1998, he joined Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge subsidiary) as Finance Manager and was promoted to the Finance Director’s position in February 1999. He held this position up to March 2002 when he was appointed Managing Director Hima Cement Uganda (Lafarge). In May 2006, he moved to the headquarters of Lafarge in Paris. He first took up the role of Mission Director in the Group Audit Department for six months, and then was appointed Group Vice President Internal Communications in November 2006. In March 2009, he was appointed General Manager for Lafarge’s operations in Tanzania (Mbeya Cement). He joined KQ in September 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and took over as Group managing Director & CEO in November 2014. Mbuvi has extensive Board room experience having served on the Boards of Bamburi Cement (from 1999), Hima Cement, Mbeya Cement, and serving as Secretary to the East African Cement Producers Association.He is currently the Chair of the Committee of African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and  The Chair of the Kenya Association of Airline Operators.  He sits on the the Board of JamboJet Limited, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and is a member of the Board of Governors of IATA.
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  • Mr. Dick Murianki - Acting Group Finance Director    
    Mr. Dick Murianki - Acting Group Finance Director
    Until his appointment Mr Dick Murianki was the General Manager, Kenya Airways Cargo. Mr Murianki has been in the airline industry for over 12 years and served in various roles including as a Finance Manager, Commercial Business Performance Manager, and Head of Financial Control prior to his current role as General Manager for the cargo business in Kenya Airways.

    Prior to joining Kenya Airways, he worked with Ernst and Young Public Accountants for over 8 years in accountancy and business consultancy roles. Mr Murianki holds an MBA from Moi University – Kenya, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi.

  •   Pieter J.TH. Elbers - Non-Executive Director 
    Pieter J.TH. Elbers - Non-Executive Director 
    Pieter Elbers is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Air France KLM Group. Since July, 1st 2013 his primary responsibility has been to manage KLM’s Passenger Business with € 6.6 billion of revenues, 25 million passengers per year, 160 aircraft, 650 flights per day to 131 international destinations and 20,000 staff. He is also responsible for defining and implementing KLM’s strategic fleet development, KLM’s main port strategy and enhancing Joint Venture partnerships with SkyTeam and other airlines. Pieter has also served previously as the senior Vice President Network & Alliances, Vice President Network Planning, General Manager KLM Japan & Korea (based in Tokyo), and General Manager KLM Mediterranean (based in Athens). In addition to Kenya Airways, he also sits on the Board of Malfo B.V and Transavia Airlines B.V.and is a Member of the Advisory Board of The National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR), Advisory Board of International Institute of Air & Space Law (IIASL) and the College Dutch Aerospace/”Lucht- en ruimtevaart Nederland” (LRN).
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  • Ron Schipper - Non-Executive Director 
    Ron Schipper - Non-Executive Director 
    Ron Schipper started his career in aviation in 1969 by joining KLM as a cabin attendant. He flew for 3 years and was then transferred to cabin crew management where he worked in various management positions until 1979. He left the  Netherlands in 1980 for his first posting as Manager Cabin Crew seconded to Nigeria Airways in Lagos. In 1982 he was appointed Sales Manager Kenya based in Nairobi after which he was transferred to the UK in 1984 as District manager Northern England based in Manchester. In 1986 Ron was appointed as General Manager Ghana and in 1989 he spent a brief period in France as interim General Manager France based in Paris before returning to the Netherlands to take up the appointment of Executive  Secretary of the Passenger Division. In 1991 he was seconded to Antillean Airlines in Curacao as Managing Director. In 1994 Ron was appointed as VP Africa based in Johannesburg and in 2004 the Near East was added to his area of responsibility. Ron retired from KLM in 2008 and continues to live in Johannesburg.  During his period as VP Africa he has been instrumental in the process to link KLM to Kenya Airways which he considers as one of the milestone in his career. Ron has served as Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce South Africa / the Netherlands, is member of the staff and remuneration committee of the KQ Board, is Board Member of Precision Air and serves as Board Member of AviAssist, a Dutch foundation with focus on African Aviation Safety.
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  • Dr. K. Thugge - Non-Executive Director 
    Dr. Kamau Thugge - Non-Executive Director
    Dr Kamau Thugge is the first Principal Secretary, National Treasury. Prior to his appointment as Principal Secretary, he worked as a Senior Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance from the year 2010. He has also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in various capacities for over 21 years. He was the Head of the Fiscal and Monetary Affairs Department, Treasury between 2004 to 2005, and the Economic Secretary and Head of Economic Affairs Department, Treasury between 2005 and 2008. He has represented the Permanent Secretary, Finance on the Boards of the Central Bank of Kenya, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Kenya, the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Capital Markets Authorities.
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  • Mr. Jos Veenstra - Alternate Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. Jos Veenstra - Alternate Non-Executive Director 
    Mr. Veenstra, is a Chartered Accountant. After completing his studies in Business Economics at the University of Groningen in 1991 he worked with KPMG as an auditor. He joined KLM in 1996. He has served in various financial positions for KLM in the Netherlands. During the last four years, he was Vice President Finance and Control for the Engineering and Maintenance division of KLM. He is currently also a board member for KLM UK Engineering Limited as well as EPCOR BV. Currently he is the Holding manager for KLM and responsible for the monitoring of KLM’s corporate holdings. He is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee.
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  • Vincent Rague - Non-Executive Director
    Vincent Rague,Non-Executive Director
    Vincent Rague has more than 25 years of experience in investment management, project and corporate finance and banking and policy advisory work in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Panel of Catalyst Principal Partners, a Nairobi-based private equity fund manager. Mr. Rague is also non-executive Chairman of the Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) program a DFID-funded program based in Nairobi. In addition, Vincent is non-executive director of several companies, including the Pan-Africa Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) and Kenya Airways. Mr. Rague also serves as a volunteers-member of the Advisory Council of the Global MBA of the Darden Business School, University of Virginia and a member of the International Advisory Board of ACE Group, a NYSE listed property and casualty insurance company. From October 2010 to June 2013, Mr. Rague served as Senior Financial and Private Sector Advisor to the National Treasury of Kenya. Between 1984 and 2009, Mr. Rague worked for the World Bank Group, specifically the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, DC in a variety of increasing senior positions, including as Chief Investment Officer, Head of Financial Markets and Advisory Operations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, based in Istanbul, Turkey and Regional Head for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1994 - 1998. 
  • Mr. Rague’s academic background is in Economics, Statistics, Banking and Finance.
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  • Wanjiku Mugane- Non-Executive Director 
    Wanjiku Mugane, Non-Executive Director
    Wanjiku Mugane is an entrepreneur and investment banker.  She is the Founder CEO of Fedha Connect Limited, a Corporate Finance Advisory firm which provides M&A Advisory and intermediates capital in East Africa covering various sectors including FMCG, Mid and Downstream oil & gas, financial services, agribusiness and real estate development, in the private equity and debt capital markets. She is co-founder of the First Africa Group, an Africa cross-border Corporate Finance Advisory firm which had a presence in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos and which she and her colleagues sold to Standard Chartered Bank in 2009.  The firm was then rebranded Standard Chartered Securities where she was Managing Director responsible for East Africa M&A and Equity Capital Markets advisory.  She was also a member of Standard Chartered Bank Kenya’s Top Team, the executive committee of the Bank that oversees the Bank’s business in Kenya. Wanjiku has also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of East African Breweries and Equity Bank, both listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. Prior to co-founding First Africa she worked with SG Warburg (which was since acquired by UBS) in its Corporate Finance division in London and Johannesburg. Wanjiku was a member of the Vision 2030 Technical Committee that was chaired by the then Head of Civil Service and which was tasked with preparing Kenya’s Vision 2030.  She was also a member of the Capital Markets Master Plan Steering Committee which in 2014 delivered the blue print for the transformation of Kenya’s Capital Markets, a flagship project under Kenya’s Vision 2030. Wanjiku holds an LLB, University of Nairobi and an LLM Georgetown University, USA and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Attorney & Counselor at Law of New York State. In 2003 she was honored by the President of Kenya when he conferred upon her the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) National Award for service to the Nation of Kenya, in recognition of the pioneering role played as a woman in enterprise in the capital markets sector.
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  •   Caroline Armstrong – Ogwapit - Non-Executive Director 
    Caroline Armstrong – Ogwapit - Non-Executive Director 
    Caroline Armstrong’s career has spanned 19 years, two continents and four financial institutions, both multi-national and local. She started her career as a management trainee with ABN AMRO Bank and has worked hard to rise through the ranks to become a senior executive in the banking industry. During her career she has had the benefit of managing a team of over 400 people and a team spanning five countries within the region. Her skills as both a leader and a strategic thinker able to translate broad concepts into specific actions enable her to perform her current role as the Director, Strategic Projects at the Housing Finance group of companies where she is responsible for the implementation of high impact projects that enable the achievement of business strategy. Voted as one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women under 40 she serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Housing Finance Foundation board whose key project is the creation of an Army of 1 million Artisans, a Vision 2030 flagship project. She also served as the Vice-Chairperson on Kenya’s Mining Task Force that was responsible for reviewing all licences issued within the industry and determining their validity as well as providing recommendations for the country’s national mining policy. During her lengthy and broad career, which has also seen her work at Citibank N.A. and Barclays Bank, she has acquired certain critical skills that include strategic thinking, cross-functional leadership, people and talent management and growth, quality management and an ability to underpin this with a focus on governance and controls.
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  •   Jason Kap-kirwok - Non-Executive Director 
    Jason Kap-kirwok - Non-Executive Director 
    Jason Kap-kirwok, Kap in short, is the Senior Regional Director and Head of the EAC-TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Partnership Programme based in Arusha, Tanzania. In this position, he is a member of the senior management team of TMEA. Prior to this appointment, Kap was the Kenya Country Director for TMEA. Kap joined TradeMark East Africa from SBP Consult – a consultancy he set up in 2004 and through which he consulted for airlines across Africa, among others. His last assignment before joining TMEA was a long-term contract with the World Bank to support the 19 countries of the Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA) to integrate regional and national strategic planning. Kap was also the Senior Director and Head of Corporate Strategy and Operational Change for Heifer International, a US-based development organisation with a historical footprint in 125 countries. Kap has also worked for the Kenya Airways Group as the Group Director for Corporate Strategy and Industry Affairs, and the Chief of Strategic Planning and Research for the 20- member Common Market for East And Southern Africa, COMESA. He has served in boards of many organizations including in the strategy committee of the Nairobi Stock Exchange and the now defunct KenCargo Airlines. He has taught air transport management as a visiting lecturer for the City University of London, and financial management and creative writing at Daystar University as a part-time lecturer. Besides being an author (he has published five books), he is passionate about social justice and comments on economics and politics in his capacity as a newspaper columnist – currently for the Star Newspaper and previously as Sunday Standard columnist. His book, I Blame the Sky, won the 2013 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, Children’s English Category. He has also published two poetry collections (Heartbeats of the Mind; and Loud Monologues, Silent Dialogues), a novella for young adults (The Heart is a Reluctant Nomad), and a collection of opinion articles (Telling it to the Birds). He has a forthcoming Novel – The Speed of Sin – scheduled for publishing in early 2016. He, with the help of friends, helped build the first modern school library for Chemoge Secondary School in Mt Elgon sub-County. For this and other contributions in the education sector, he was nominated by Bungoma County and honoured during 2014 National Heroes Day (Mashujaa Day) in October 2014. Kap-kirwok is a graduate of University of Nairobi (BSc), Eastern University (MBA), Wharton Business School (certificate in strategy) and University of Cape Town University (certificate in leadership).
     
  • Irungu Nyakera  Irungu Nyakera

    Mr. Irungu Nyakera is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Transport, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.  Prior to his appointment in December 2015, he was the Managing Director of Equity Investment Bank, a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings since 2014 where he spearheaded the Group’s entry into investment banking and created 4 key divisions - Corporate Finance, Asset & Wealth Management, Brokerage Services and Business Advisory.  Prior to this, he was the Regional Director, East and Southern Africa at GuarantCo, the Frontier Markets Fund Managers, where he was responsible for its regional mandate to provide infrastructure funding across the East, Central and Southern African countries.  Irungu has also worked as the Managing Director at NIC Capital Limited, a subsidiary of NIC Bank Group, from 2009 to 2013, where he was responsible for its operations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Before joining NIC Capital, Mr. Nyakera worked at Citigroup Global Markets in London, UK in the Emerging Markets Investment Banking Team. 

    Mr. Nyakera is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya, (CPA(K)), holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Management Science and Engineering) from Stanford University, CA, USA. He has a Post Graduate Program Diploma from Deerfield Academy, MA, USA and also graduated from the Kenya Institute of Management with a Diploma in Management Information Systems. 

  • Festus W. King’ori
    Mr. King’ori is the Alternate to the Principal Secretary/National Treasury. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and is finalizing an MBA from JKUAT. He also holds a post graduate certificate in Investment Appraisal and Management from Harvard University, among others. He has also undergone extensive training in general management, strategic leadership and financial management. He has extensive experience in public policy, particularly with regard to public investments, gained form local and international institutions, having worked on secondment by the GoK to the World Bank. Mr. King’ori has served on several other boards in the same capacity. He is trained in corporate governance and is a full member of the Kenya Institute of Management. He is 52 years old.