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B LAB EAST AFRICA

B LAB EAST AFRICA IS PART OF A GLOBAL MOVEMENT THAT SUPPORTS PEOPLE USING BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD™.

B LAB BOARD MEMBERS

Felicia Solomon Tunje, Chair Of The Board

Felicia Solomon Tunje is a Legal and Regulatory Affairs specialist at Oxygène Marketing Communications Limited. She has extensive experience in offering strategic legal and policy advice and guidance to clients seeking innovative, practical and cost-effective solutions to commercial challenges.

Felicia’s work primarily constitutes legislative tracking, public policy analysis and lobbying. This includes creating and maintaining legislative trackers for all lawmaking bodies, developing stakeholder engagement toolkit and strategies for clients, advising clients on emerging regulatory issues affecting the financial services sector, telecommunications sector, agricultural sector and trade and manufacturing sector and preparing detailed policy analyses on issues affecting the financial services sector, telecommunications sector, agricultural sector and trade and manufacturing sector.

Before moving to Oxygène Marketing Communications Limited in September 2016, Felicia worked at Bowmans Law (formerly known as Coulson Harney Advocates) in the Corporate Commercial team. Felicia’s work at Bowmans Law comprised of mergers and acquisitions and projects, corporate and commercial, competition, ICT, intellectual property and employment work. Felicia also has experience in cross-border transactions including transaction advisory work, project management (involving, among other things, due diligence work, contract negotiations, drafting of transaction documents and obtaining regulatory approvals), corporate commercial work, mergers and acquisitions, restrictive trade practices, intellectual property advisory and enforcement work, ICT advisory work and corporate re-structuring.

Felicia was admitted to the bar on 23 January 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Strathmore Business School.

Ngwing Kimani, Vice Chair

Ngwing Kimani is the CEO of Laeteon Wealth Management Services (www.laeteon.co.ke) in which she leverages the expertise of a dynamic team of professionals to provide much needed assistance to small businesses; streamlining their operations, managing their finances and improving their bottom line.

Ngwing is the founding and managing Partner of The Hive (www.thehive-nairobi.com); a co-working space designed to facilitate the growth of start-ups and growing businesses by providing a space to collaborate with each other while sharing overhead costs.

She is an elected member of the Board of Directors of Bizrock Group ltd; a quarry in Katani, Kenya, that through effective leadership has been able to produce over KES 1 million in monthly sales from its second month of operation. She was involved in the procurement of machinery, installation of machinery and implementing financial and internal control systems at the quarry.

Previously, she was Operations Manager at Open Capital Advisors and Office Manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where she managed the finances, daily operations and Human Resources as well as implemented policies and procedures that served as a foundation for continuous growth.

She is a member of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – Nairobi Chapter; as well as a proud sponsor of small businesses through OWIT International. She is passionate about helping businesses grow and succeed.

She recently completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of York, UK as a Commonwealth Scholar. She holds a Diploma in Project Management from Ashworth College, USA and a dual Bachelor’s degree with honors, in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, USA

Mark Carrato

Mark Carrato is the Chief of the USAID/Kenya And East Africa Office of Economic Growth and the U.S. Embassy Kenya Power Africa Team Leader where he manages Presidential Initiatives in Feed the Future and Power Africa as well as programs in water and sanitation, resilience, finance and innovation. From 2010-13, he served as Acting Director/Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Growth and Transformation in USAID/Ethiopia; where he negotiated and implemented the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Ethiopia, and the Office of Agriculture and USAID/Afghanistan; where he led strategic oversight and implementation of the Mission’s approximate $1 billion agriculture portfolio. He has also served with USAID in Colombia and Pakistan.

Before his Foreign Service postings, he was a Foreign Affairs and Trade Fellow for the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee for Foreign Appropriations, Representative Nita Lowey. He started with USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003.

Dr. Vincent Ogutu

Dr. Vincent Ogutu is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning & Development), at Strathmore University. He is charged with oversight of the university’s strategy, fundraising, alumni relations, development projects and community outreach.

Vincent self-identifies as a teacher, and is a lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is passionate about getting students at all levels to wake up to their potential for personal growth and social impact. He has given a TEDx talk at IESE Business School, Barcelona urging people to commit to the cause that “has their name written on it.” He also uses television and social media as a platform to challenge people in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, talent development, and social impact.

Prior to his DVC role at the university, Vincent was the Vice Dean for Executive Talent Development at Strathmore Business School, and was also the Director of the regional academies in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. He was the Founding MBA Program Director at SBS and led the MBA in its first three years. Before working at SBS, he was the Deputy Principal of Strathmore School where he fell in love with the teaching vocation and discovered how much of a difference it can make in people’s lives.

Vincent has a PhD in Organizational Management from Rutgers University. He also has an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London and a BA in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He undertook his doctoral studies full time in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship. His research is on the Psychology of meaningful work and meaningful lives. He uses this knowledge to help organizations create meaningful work environments, and to help individuals to discover their path in life. He also uses it to uplift demographics that usually find their lives to be devoid of purpose (like prisoners and terminally ill patients).

While in the US, Vincent also focused on social entrepreneurship and innovation. He was one of seven moonshot pioneers chosen to present his tech idea on teleportation simulation at Google in New York in a Google NJ Solve for X competition. He led Deloitte USA’s cybersecurity team on a discussion of the psychological elements of security breaches. He was part of LaunchNJ, a team of professionals creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurs in NJ similar to the Silicon Valley dynamic. Currently he sits on the boards of Strathmore University Foundation, B Lab East Africa (The global movement of people using business as a force for good), Nafisika Trust (teaching entrepreneurial skills to prisoners), and is an advisor to several startups in Kenya and the US.

Vincent is passionate about getting businesses and individuals to use creativity and social innovation as a force for good.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

B Lab East Africa is seeking a Kenya Country Director, entrepreneurial and forward thinking, to lead the Kenya office into a new cycle of growth and development. You will be responsible for fundraising, legal work, strategic planning, goal setting, and team building. The preferred candidate will build awareness of the B Corp movement, grow our community of Measure What Matters Partners and develop strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders in Kenya.

If you are interested in the position, click the apply here button.

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