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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 EAST AFRICA TEAM OVERVIEW

Olivia Muiru, Executive Director

Olivia is the Executive Director and founder of B Lab East Africa. In her role, Olivia is working on building a community of people using business as a force for good in the region; from recruiting B Corps to capacity building for organisations in the region.  Prior to this role, Olivia was the Global Partner Manager at B Lab supporting its network of regional partners. She also worked as a Standards Analyst helping companies going through the B Corp Certification process, and supporting impact investors to measure and report their social and environmental impact.
Prior to joining B Lab, she worked at Microfinanza Rating (MFR) as a Social Rating Analyst in their African Regional office. During her time with MFR, she worked with Microfinance Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa in rating their social impact and running target client focus group discussions.
Olivia was recognised in 2017 as an Emerging Leader by Skoll and Mastercard Foundation and 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Women in Business in Kenya. She serves in the B Lab East Africa Board and is part of the Sustainable Inclusive Business, an arm of KEPSA Foundation, Circle of Influencers. 

Lucy Muigai, Business Development Lead

Lucy is thrilled to be joining the team to develop the B Movement in East Africa. She has nine years of finance and operations experience in the private sector. Her prior experience was in the oil & gas, logistics, and insurance industries in both Australia and Kenya. Lucy holds a Masters of Finance from Curtin University and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Victoria Gathogo, Business Development Lead

Victoria Gathogo is the head of Partnerships and Community engagement at B Lab East Africa. She is excited to grow the B movement in the region, working with diverse partners to drive greater impact in organizations through the use of our impact measurement tools. Prior to this role, Victoria worked as operations and business development associate for Voice of the Family in Africa, to provide parental formational programs to the new generation of parents. She also worked at BDO as an Audit Assistant in their East Africa office. Victoria holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Audencia Business School, Nantes France and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also a Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.

B Lab East Africa Board of Directors

Robert Karanja, Chair of the Board

Robert is an experienced Social Entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in program management, enterprise development and strategy across the African continent.
Embedded within Safaricom’s Corporate Affairs Division, Robert manages Safaricom’s engagement with The B Team and is also responsible for all B Team activities in Africa. The B Team (www.bteam.org) was co-founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz to bring together a group of global leaders to redefine business to be a force for environmental, social and economic progress. We work towards making business be a more responsible agent for change.
Robert also sits on the board of Select Africa’s Kenya Board where he has served for the past 4 years. Select Management Services (http://www.selectafrica.net/) is a leading microfinance company with operations in Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Lesotho and Uganda. Select is a subsidiary of African Alliance which is one of the largest investment banks on the African continent.

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

Felicia Solomon Tunje

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.

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.

B LAB EAST AFRICA REGIONAL ADVISORY GROUP

The purpose of the East Africa Regional Advisory Group is to deepen the engagement of regional experts in improving the Standards of the B Impact Assessment. It provides constructive feedback and recommendations to B Lab and our Standards Advisory Council ( SAC) on regional specific issues. Its members include:

Sam Imende

Sam Imende is the Property Manager for Java House, leading the current expansion of the brand in the region. Imende is also a founding partner of Enzi Footwear, a casual footwear firm and an Advisor of VituMob an pioneer eCommerce platform, both based in East Africa.  Prior to Java House, Imende worked in junior roles at Dahlberg, B Lab and with ECDC Enterprise Development Group, a U.S. Small Business Administration lending intermediary.  Imende studied economics at Wake Forest University and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina.

Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart has worked in operations and communications roles for financial management companies, international NGOs and the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation. These roles have included serving as Board of Directors liaison, writing donor reports and grant applications, creating staff orientation programs, and managing events and public speaking engagements. Most recently Anne worked as Relationship Manager for social enterprise Jibu, where she helped the company grow from a start-up to a successful social franchise producing water and other necessities in underserved East African communities. Anne holds an undergraduate degree in Archaeology from Wheaton College and a Master’s in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan.

Khatuchi Khasandi – Wanjohi

Khatuchi Khasandi – Wanjohi is a Programme Associate at the Aspen Network of Development
Entrepreneurs (ANDE) East Africa Chapter. In this capacity, she leads ANDE’s programming in Tanzania and Uganda. Khatuchi also leads ANDE’s East Africa Metrics Learning Lab and INGOs in impact investing Learning Lab. Prior to joining ANDE, she worked with INGOs in both Kenya and Uganda.
Khatuchi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology) and a Minor in Literature from Kenyatta University in Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the same university.

Anton Espira

Anton Espira is a native of Kenya and one of the founders of Eco2librium (ECO2), an award winning B-Corp based in kenya. He oversees all operational aspects of ECO2 including the
development and implementation of operational systems and new projects. Anton has a
Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Oxford and has lived and worked on four
continents across. He is also one of the founders of a drug-discovery CRO in San Francisco,
California, that mines rainforest plants for new medicines. Anton is passionate about
conservation, innovation and equitable development, and views them as being inseparable;
and considers the private sector to be best placed to bring positive societal change.

Gladys Kivati

Gladys Kivati is an inclusive business advisor and Executive Director at Sustainable Business Consulting, a B-Corp certified organization registered in Kenya. Her passion is in developing organizations and people achieve excellence in ways that foster learning, dialogue, and innovation through a collaborative process. Gladys has been involved in delivering effective and professional sustainability training and consultancy services focusing on creative approaches to sustainable innovation to the private sector, NGOs, as well as with UN agencies. With over 5 years of experience, Gladys’ passion lies in helping organizations and SMEs create sustainable products, services and inclusive business models. Combined with project management skills, all projects Gladys has handled required a high degree of monitoring and planning, including regular review audits and impact assessments and a carefully planned management plan to minimize liabilities and risk, and maximize the efficient use of resources. In addition to her role on the Advisory board she is an advocate of B Corp Certification for companies committed to making the world a better place.

Gladys holds a Masters of Science degree in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University, Bsc in Environmental Science, Kenyatta University . She has also received a Diploma in Project Management. Gladys is certified in three global cross cultural tools which are: Globe Smart Leadership Assessment, Globe Smart Profile and Globe Smart Global Teaming Assessment.

Caroline Wanjiku

Caroline Wanjiku is the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Daproim Africa Company Ltd, a Business Processing and Outsourcing (BPO) Company in Kenya.

An innovative and self motivated management professional, Caroline is passionate about entrepreneurship sensitization, development and growth in Africa through ICT innovations. She has over 7 years experience driving innovative research, marketing, operations; customer relationship, organizational development and management within the ICT sector specifically Business processing outsourcing. She has worked on profit and funded global projects delivering excellent service to her clients and improved livelihood to beneficiaries.

Caroline holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Nairobi and Entrepreneurial Leadership and development from Portland States University (USA) where she interacted with big names in the impact entrepreneurship sector. Her undergraduate degree is Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration. She has also trained with Acumen, Cherie Blair Foundation for women and International Trade Centre (ITC) among others.

Caroline is a member of various bodies including Kenya IT Outsourcing, Services, Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, international Trade Centre (ITC), among others. Caroline has participated in numerous awards including International Trade Centre international awards.

Neha Kumar

Neha has experience working in the private sector and international development. While working at B Lab, she was involved in research and analyses for the Emerging Markets standards for the B Impact Assessment. Previously, Neha has worked on researching the growth of entrepreneurship in the FinTech industry in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for Endeavor and supporting gender initiatives at TechnoServe Tanzania. She started her career at Goldman Sachs advising financial institutions clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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