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Council Members

FA Einstein Kihanda
Chairman

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FA Einstein Kihanda was elected Chairman of ICIFA on 25th June 2021. Previously he was the Vice Chairman of ICIFA. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of ICEA LION Asset Management (ILAM).

He has more than 20 years of experience in investment analysis and management, developing a diverse range of technical and leadership skills within the investment industry. The pillars of his career have been professionalism, integrity, ethics, dedication, diligence, commitment and consistent focus on the client.

He is a member of the Trade, Technology and Innovations Committee of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). He is also a Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA) and also serves as the Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of ICIFA.

FA Leah Nyambura-Kagumba
Vice Chairperson

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FA Leah Nyambura is the Vice Chairperson with effect from 1st July 2021. She has been a Council member of the ICIFA since 2016 and served as a member of the Membership Services Committee of the Institute. She also is the Director, Corporate Finance at Dyer & Blair Investment Bank and has over 17 years of experience in research and financial advisory.

She has been instrumental in working with the Equities and Fixed Income teams, developing client portfolios of local and foreign retail and institutional clients. She has also been actively involved in the execution of several key transaction advisories. She has an MSc in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Economics and Business Studies) both from Kenyatta University. She is a Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA).

CPA Judith A.M. Nyakawa
Council member Alternate to the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury & Planning

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CPA Judith Nyakawa has been a council Member with effect from 26th June 2020. She is a Public Financial Management expert with more than 20 years’ experience in the Public Sector. An alumnus of the University of Nairobi, Daystar University and the USIU- Africa. She is currently the Director (Ag) at the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Unit at the National Treasury and Planning. She sits in other boards in the Education Sector. She has served in various capacities in the PFM function of Government, and most recently managed the finance function of various ministries.

She is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently a member of the Governance and Audit, Risk and Compliance Committees of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).

FA Edwin Njamura
Council member representing Capital Markets Authority

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FA Edwin Njamura has been a council member with effect from 28th June 2019 He is the Director, Corporate Services with responsibility for Financial, Human Capital & Administration and Information Technology operations of the capital markets Authority(CMA). FA Edwin joined the Authority in July 2012.

Before joining the Authority Edwin had a distinguished career in private sector. He worked briefly as Chief Finance Officer at an Aureos Fund Investee, Chief Finance Officer of Deloitte Eastern Africa and Finance Manager of Deloitte Africa Board. He previously worked with Lonrho, as Group Chief Accountant (Head of Finance) at Express Kenya and then Group Financial Controller in Lonrho Motors Uganda. Edwin chairs the Finance & Strategy Committee of the Institute of Certified Investment Financial Analysts (ICIFA). He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

FA Dr. Nicholas Letting', PhD
Council Member representing kasneb

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FA Dr. Nicholas Letting’ has been a council Member since 28th June 2019. He is the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of kasneb. Previously he was the Vice-Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer of the Management University of Africa (MUA). He holds a PhD in Business Administration (Strategic Management), MBA and BCom degrees, all from the University of Nairobi. He is a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA), Fellow Certified Secretaries (FCS), Fellow of Kenya Institute of Management and also a Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA) as well as a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM). He has also worked with BAT Kenya and the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM). He has been Chairman of the Institute of Certified Secretaries and is Chairman of Karura Adventist School. He served as Council member and the Chairman of Finance, Strategy and General Purposes Committee at the then Kenya Institute of Education (now Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development) and is serving as a member of the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovations (NACOSTI). He is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).

FA Geoffrey Odundo
Council member representing Nairobi Securities Exchange

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FA Geoffrey Odundo who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited has been a Council Member since 2nd July 2019. He is an accomplished investment banker and has been in the financial service sector for over 25 years, 20 of which has been in the Capital Markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. He was previously the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in setting up Co-op Trust Investment Service, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited. He has contributed to the growth of Capital Market in his previous role at the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks among others.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from United States International University (USIU) and an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Egerton University. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (ICIFA).

FA Dr. Duncan Elly Ochieng', PhD

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FA. Dr. Duncan Elly Ochieng’ who is a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Business, Department of Finance and Accounting. He was reelected to the Council on 28 June 2019. He has been the Chairman of the Education and Research Committee of Institute He has research interests in Public Finance, Development Finance, Investments and Financial Assets Analysis, Financial Management, Multinational Finance, Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance among others.

He holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA and B. Com, all from the University of Nairobi. He has several publications in peer reviewed journals and has supervised several Masters and PhD candidates to graduation. He has served as an SME relationship manager with the roles of relationship creation, portfolio development and monitoring in leading commercial banks in Kenya. He is a Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA).

FA Margaret Kibera

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FA Margaret joined the Council on 26 June 2020. She is a trainer of the Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA) course in portfolio management, alternative investment, corporate finance, international finance, financial markets, and fixed income at Royal business school, Regional school of management and Star College and as a private trainer. She has trained in fixed income instruments on consultancy basis.

She is also a monitor and evaluator of TVET institutions which some TVET institutions offer CIFA course, after undergoing a training offered by TVETA. She is also an ICIFA trainer under NITA.

She is a full member of ICIFA.

FA Anthony Mwithiga

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FA Anthony Mwithiga is an investment management professional with 20 years’ experience in managing investment portfolios of pension schemes, insurance companies, unit trust funds, sovereign wealth funds and High Networth Individuals across East Africa. He joined the Council on 26 June 2020. He is the Chief Executive Officer at Absa Asset Management Limited. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer at CBA, General Manager - Investments at UAP-Old Mutual and Chief Investment Officer at Stanlib.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of Invest-In-Africa and an Investment Training Consultant for the East and Central Africa Association of Social Security Associations (ECASSA). He is also a Council Member of the Fund Managers Association (FMA) and Chairman of FMA’s Public Markets Committee.

FA Catherine Karita

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FA Catherine joined as a Council member on 25th June 2021. She is a lawyer, businesswoman and corporate executive and the current Strategy & Investor Relations Director at Britam. Her career spans 17 years+ in the Financial Markets, from working in a Commercial Bank earlier and in Investment Banking over the last 12 years. Her previous roles include, Executive Director, Brokerage Division at NCBA Investment Bank and before that Head of Institutional Clients Trading, and Distribution at SBG Securities.

A thought leader in the Investment Banking sector and has previously served in the Board of Kenya Association of Stocker Brokers and Investment Bank as elected by her peers in the Industry. She is passionate about creating financial awareness and cultivating a savings culture particularly among the youth. Her expertise spans across financial advisory, strategic planning and investments.

FA Patricia Kiwanuka

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FA Patricia joined as a Council Member on 25th June 2021. She is the Managing Director and Founder of Revenu Stream Limited. Revenu Stream was set up in 2017 and is focused on behavior finance, for individuals and corporations. The firm’s objective is to provide practical, accessible financial advisory services to its clients.

Previously, FA Patricia worked as the Group Managing Director, Asset Management and Property for UAP Old Mutual Group.
Prior to this, FA Patricia worked with Sanlam Investments East Africa Limited (formerly AIG/Pinebridge Investments) as Head of Africa Business Development and Vice President, Alexander Forbes Financial Services (EA) Limited (now Zamara) as an Actuarial Consultant and for the Local Authorities Provident Fund.

FA Patricia joined the Banki Kuu Staff Pension Scheme (2012), as an independent trustee in November 2020. She has diverse board experience and currently sits as a Council Member of the United States International University – Africa, Executive Committee Member of Priory of St. John Ambulance, Chairperson of the Nairobi Stock Exchange Derivatives Committee and Board Member of NSE Clear and Trustee of the Settlement Guarantee Fund and Investor Protection Fund. Prior to this, she was a Director of K-Rep Bank (now Sidian Bank) and Chairperson of Association of Retirement Benefits Schemes.

FA Patricia is also a CFA(R) Charter holder, Member of CFA Institute, USA and has undertaken several management courses incl. with Insead Business School. She holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree (Finance) and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree (Mathematics/Statistics) and is pursuing a 2nd Masters in Arts (Counselling Psychology). She is a Certified Trainer and Trustee, Trustee Development Programme, College of Insurance/Humber University, Certified Trainer of Trainers Kenya Institute of Education.

FA Diana Muriuki-Maina
CEO & Secretary to the Council

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FA Diana Muriuki joined ICIFA as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Council on 1st November 2018. She has over 13 years experience in the financial services industry having worked at Actuarial Services (EA) Limited. She previously served as a Senior Manager, Investments at Actuarial Services (EA) Limited where she excelled in previous Investment Specialist/Consultant and Analyst assignments. During her tenure at Actuarial Services (EA) Limited she was instrumental in establishing processes and business relationships that enhanced business development. She has also served as Investment Officer and Head of Member Services at Arima Fund Limited. She has a deep understanding and knowledge of the investment industry having provided investment advisory services to numerous pension schemes in Kenya.

She is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) and holds a Master of Science in Finance and Bachelors in Economics and Statistics both from University of Nairobi and a Graduate diploma in Actuarial Science.