East Africa HR Symposium 2019 (6 CPD Points)

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East Africa HR Symposium 2019 (6 CPD Points)

June 12 @ 8:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0



·​ ​ ​ ​ ​Why Managers Fail (and what must be done to succeed)

·​ ​ ​ Finance & HR: Friends or Foes? (how can HR & Finance work effectively together)

·​ ​ ​ ​ Fighting Unconscious Bias

·​ ​ ​ ​ Leadership is Influence, Nothing More Nothing Less – John Maxwell perspectives

·​ ​ ​ ​ The SME landscape in Kenya – Challenges and opportunities

·​ ​ ​ How Technology is Impacting Business: Is Artificial Intelligence replacing Jobs?​ Are Business Leaders prepared?

·​ ​ ​ Talent Mobility: Challenges and Opportunities

·​ ​ ​ ​The drivers of Big 4 Agenda: A Leadership Conversation – All must Play to Win

·​ ​ ​ ​Is Your Benefit Package Ready for the Future? – All you need to know about Coaching: Myths, Facts & Tips

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Dr. Manu Chandaria OBE CBS EBS 

Manu Chandaria, OBE CBS EBS, is Founding Chairman of the East African Business Council and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, an umbrella body representing over two hundred sectors and organizations. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council and  Patron in Africa for Global Peace Foundation,  He has been appointed and served on numerous government boards and committees, including Chairman of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund, set up to improve the lives of children and families who live on the street. He has been on the Nairobi University Council Board for 25 years representing Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund. In 2003 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his community work and promotion of Kenyan economic interests. His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, Former President of the Republic of Kenya, distinguished him with the honor of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) in 2003 in recognition of outstanding service to the nation. On 12th December 2015 His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta conferred on him the honour of The First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS).


Appointed Chancellor of Technical University of Kenya in 2013 Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of United States International University (USIU) and current Chancellor of USIU.  He has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Universities, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Kenya Methodist University, Technical University of Kenya and United Graduate College


As Chairman of Chandaria Foundation

Was instrumental in setting up:

Chandaria School of Business at United States International University (USIU)

Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Centre at the Kenyatta University.

Chandaria Accident and Emergency center and Day theatres at 

Nairobi Hospital 

Chandaria Accident and Emergency center at Pandya Hospital Mombasa

Chandaria Medical Centre at Gertrude’s Children Hospital

Chandaria MIHV Health Centre at Dagoretti Nairobi

Chandaria Mji Wa Huruma Clinic in Runda

Chandaria Bodi Health Centre & Chandaria Bodi Maternity Wing

Mabati Medical Centre at Mariakani

Mabati Technical Institute at Mariakani

A dozen Chandaria Clinics in Rural area

Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital

Chandaria Secondary School Scholarship for 100 students every year for the last 30 years

Chandaria University Scholarships for 30 students every year and many other projects


Chandaria Accident & Emergency Centre & Day Theatre at the Nairobi Hospital

Chandaria Accident & Emergency Centre at the Pandya Hospital at the Coast

Chandaria MIHV Health Centre at Dagoretti Nairobi

Chandaria Mji Wa Huruma Clinic in Runda Nairobi

Many medical clinics in the rural areas

Chandaria Medical Clinic at the Getrude’s Childrens Hospital In Nairobi

Chandaria Bodi Health Centre & Chandaria Bodi Maternity Wing

Chandaria School of Business at the United States International University (USIU)

Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Centre at the Kenyatta University

Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts at the Nairobi University

And many other initiatives



International Consultant & CEO of Integrated Human Dynamics

South Africa

Dr Ray Laferla is an international speaker and trainer, as well as a leading authority in the fields of leadership, organization development, strategy formulation and personal development. He has pursued a distinguished career as a keynote speaker, trainer, manager, therapist, author, counsellor and director of companies.

Ray’s training programmes have profoundly affected the lives of thousands of people, from junior management to top executives. His presentations are packed with deep insights, case studies and practical strategies that have earned him world-class rankings from organisations such as Bearings International, Clarins SouthAfrica, Eskom, James Finlay, John Deere, Kenya Airways, Kenya Port Authority, Kenya School of Professional Studies, L’Oreal, Mail & Guardian, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Nedbank, OmniaGroup, Safripol, Sasol, Standard Bank, TataChemicals, UAP Insurance and many more companies.

Ray does a great deal of work internationally and is frequently contracted to undertake assignments in Europe, the Orient (India and Pakistan), the Middle East (UAE, Lebanon, Egypt) Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and seven African countries (SouthAfrica, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.)

Ray has a masters degree in Clinical Psychotherapy and a Ph.D. in Occupational Psychology. He regularly lectures at several universities. He has published five books and developed two unique inventories: one is for diagnosing the strengths and weaknesses of management and the other for evaluating one’s psychological type.

Ray has also held senior executive positions and directorships in several large organizations such as: Standard Development Corporation, Nedfin Bank and Forbes Financial Services Group. He is currently an International Consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Human Dynamics.


Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS was born in Machakos, Kenya on 6th June, 1967. Dr. Mutua has over 25 years’ experience in Media and Broadcast Sector, fifteen (15) of which have been at top management level.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) since October 2015.  He is the current First Vice Chairperson for the African Film Content Standard Setting Steering Committee.

Previously, Dr. Mutua served as Information Secretary (2011 – 2015) at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and Director of Information and Public Communications at the (2007 – 2011) in the same Ministry. He was the Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Journalists (2001-2007) after practising as a journalist with the Nation Media Group for nine (9) years (1994 – 2002) rising from a Trainee Reporter to an Editor.

In 2010, Dr. Mutua was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by the President for his outstanding contribution to the country. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from Moi University, Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi and BA (Sociology and Linguistics) from Kenyatta University. He also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from the Commonwealth University. Dr. Mutua has served as a Director in various state agencies including Brand Kenya Board, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Media Council of Kenya and the Kenya Copyright Board among others. He is married with two children.



Country Director, Invest In Africa

Wangechi is passionate and committed to creating opportunities and building capacity to support enterprise development  and job creation in Kenya.

She is a mission driven leader who has founded initiatives that have positively impacted the performance of both large corporate entities as well as the Small and Medium Enterprises in the region.

Wangechi previously worked with the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) on the Company of the Year Awards (COYA) as the head and more recently the African Partner Pool (APP) of Invest In Africa – IIA, a unique online technology platform,  that connects SMEs to large corporates to do business ethically and transparently.

She serves as the Country Director for Invest in Africa (IIA), a Pan- African private sector initiative with the purpose of enabling trade between larger companies and SMEs, by providing better access to markets, enhancing SME skills and improving their access to Finance. She has been involved in setting  IIA up from the ground from 2015. She also serves on the board of the Center for Africa Women Enterprenuers (CAWE) among others.

The APP platform to date has grown to a vibrant community of over two  thousand (SMEs) across different sectors and over 20 Partners.

Independent Commercial Consultant

Changarampatt brings experience from different organizational profiles both geographically and culturally, with over 27 years of experience in India, Middle East and Africa. He has worked with blue chip companies like Nokia, Samsung, and other brands in leadership positions.

His experiences and valuable knowledge and insights are shared in his published book “Sell and Be Rich- Learn How to Become Abundant and Wealthy by $elling”, which is accompanied by a study guide. His book is epithetical to his training curriculum.

Changarampatt Manoj is a leader who has reached the highest levels of achievement. He is an engineer turned Super Salesman, converting his fortunes around by reprogramming his skills over time. Confidence and self-development were his best lessons that helped him succeed. His focused efforts resulted in a public profile with frequent speaking assignments and involvement in ecosystem development. He is a public speaker, mentor, investor, entrepreneur, trainer and coach.

He believes that success and positive strides are made possible by focusing his energy in the present where action happens. At fifty years of age, he believes that life is just beginning. Currently Manoj works as an Independent Commercial Consultant he offers Corporate and Individual Trainings while expanding the consulting business.

The simple motto that drives him every day: “Every day is a new day, a new day where you can create new things.”

Let Abundance and happiness flow in your life.

Advocate & Independent Consultant

Nelly Kamunde (Kenya)(PhD Cand. LL.M, LL.B) is a Lawyer and has been working in the field of Academic Research and Education for the past 10 years. She has also worked as a head of Department at a local University and actualized various research projects in the areas of humanitarian law, climate change and criminal justice with various organizations including the United Nations, Local Government Agencies, overseas Universities and Centers of Learning and various local NGOs.

She has also made presentations in international conferences in her areas of interest, served as a Board Member for a Local NGO, presently works as a member of an Advisory Panel and Editor of various Research Journals and one of the Founders for a Trust dedicated towards Legal Education.

As an entrepreneur she founded and is presently the Director of a startup that specializes in technology for public legal education and empowerment (www.aqnel.com). Through this, she has designed technology based solutions that focus on Constitutional Law, Criminal justice and general Public Legal Education and tailor made legal courses for corporates.

As an educator she has mentored students through practical legal research through moot court activities which she has participated in various countries including Switzerland, United States, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, Rwanda among others. Outside of law, Nelly is an artist. Her presentation will share insights on the advantages and limits of technology in learning.


CEO of the Institute of Directors in Tanzania (loDTZ).

Said Baraka Kambi is the founding (and current) CEO of the Institute of Directors in Tanzania (loDTZ).

He is the immediate ex-Chair Africa Corporate Governance Network (ACGN)—a unique continental network—based in Johannesburg of 28 member-strong African national director training institutes and affiliates. He served as the ACGN deputy-Chair since its inception in 1912 to 2015; thereafter, he became the Chair up to October, 2018 when he stepped down.

Said is a speaker, facilitator and coach in leadership and governance – locally, regionally and abroad. Recently, he has spoken and been a panellist at such international events/fora as:, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Annual Conferences / EGM on “Africa Transition to Green Economy” and SGDs in Dar es salaam, Dakar and Marrakesh, respectively; IoD Kenya Annual Conference in Nairobi; at the OECD Global Knowledge Sharing Roundtable on Corporate Governance of S0Es in Dubai; at the 15th Business Ethics Africa Conference on Governance & Ethics for African Development at Stellenbosch and Afreximbank Customer’s Due Diligence and Corporate Governance Forum in Kigali.

Previously, Said was a financial and general management consultants after he had taken an early retirement from a longstanding banking career. He had worked with CitiGroup – a global financial giant; and also – locally and abroad – with CRDB Bank and Exim Bank both of Tanzania.

Apart from the IoDT and ACGN boards, He has served and continues to do so on a number of public and private sector entities’ boards.

Said has a trainer’s certificate of corporate governance from Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF) / International Finance Corporation (IFC). He received his MBA from the University of Dar es salaam in 1998.

Founder Celebrus Business Strategies & Executive Coach

Yamini Virani is the Founder of Celebrus Business strategies, a sales consulting & leadership coaching firm founded in the USA with a division in Kenya. She specializes in working with C-Suite & senior leaders across Africa to consistently meet business goals, build high-potential teams, & transform their organizations.

Yamini has advised hundreds of companies in USA & Africa on leadership performance & business growth. She understands the pressures leaders face to deliver results in a complex environment & meet the performance expectations of their boards. Yamini works as a trusted advisor and executive coach to senior leaders & C-level executives. She has been invited to facilitate multiple C-level retreats where she creates a safe and trusting environment that allows people to engage in meaningful conversations. She uses her expertise in individual and group coaching to create team alignment and facilitate strategic planning. Her clients include companies like Jubilee Insurance, NIC Bank, Cisco, Kone, Continental Reinsurance, Rendeavour among others.

Yamini was the keynote speaker at the RED 2018 summit in Kenya and at the WAPI conference in Lagos in November 2018. Conference engagements in the USA & Kenya include AdvancED, Women About Biz, ICPAK, & KAM. She is also an author & about to release her book. Her articles are frequently published in the Daily Nation, The Business Daily, YFS magazine etc. Yamini’s education qualifications include an MBA (finance) from Northern Arizona University, FCCA, FCSA, from the U.K. and PCC level executive Coach. Her keynote speech Money In Emotion will forever change the way you think of your people.


People Director for West Africa, AB-InBev


Marilyn is a Human Resources (HR) professional with 15 years work experience spanning across a broad range of specialist and generalist areas including business strategy, organisation design/implementation, business process reengineering, change management and leadership development. A first-class graduate of Economics, Marilyn also holds an MBA in Leadership and Business from the prestigious African Leadership University. In addition, she holds a distinction as a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHRi) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Currently, Marilyn is the People Director for West Africa at Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev), the No. 1 Brewer in the World and she has also been privileged to work for various multinational companies including KPMG Professional Services where she began her career as a management Consultant. She subsequently went on to specialist HR roles in MTN Nigeria and was briefly seconded to lend her change management expertise on a transformation project in South Africa. Thereafter, she joined Unilever Nigeria Plc where she occupied Senior HR specialist and generalist HR roles across Ghana and Nigeria.

In her private life she is a wife and mother of three lovely children and also the Founder of DaisyGirl Foundation, a budding NGO that was set up primarily to empower local communities and groom/nurture young girls through values-based education. Marilyn is passionate about the development of the African continent and nurturing/harnessing the leadership potential and values-orientation of especially young people.

Global People Director, Oxfam

David Ssegawa Has A Long Track Record Of Strategic-Thought Leadership Experience In People Management. He Has Worked As Human Resources Director At Some Of The Leading Global Multinational Organisations Including; Unilever, The Standard Bank Of South Africa, The Coca-Cola Company, Bharti Airtel International And The Africa Development Bank. He Is Currently The Global Director For People At Oxfam International.

He Has Led Organisation-Wide Transformations At Country, Regional And International Levels, Providing Strategic Solutions For Organisation Design And Effectiveness, Start-Ups, Mergers And Acquisition, And Building Organisational Capabilities For Growth. At The Different Organisations, He Has Also Managed Human Resource Function Reforms Leading To Superior Efficiencies And Effectiveness Through Global Shared Services And Centres Of Expertise.

He Is Passionate About Poverty Eradication Among The Less-Advantaged Population And Inclusive Long-Term Sustainable Socio-Economic Development That Empowers Women And The Youth.

He Holds An Mba From The University Of Leicester, Uk And A Bachelor Of Social Work & Social Administration Degree From Makerere University, Uganda.

David van Lochem

David  van Lochem has recently left his role as Vice-President Human Resources Middle East & Africa at IDEMIA to join KPISOFT, a global leader in AI-based Performance Management software, as Vice-President Sales Middle East & Africa.
He is also the co-founder of Augmented Workforce, a company specialized in Robotic Process Automation & AI.

He is passionate about Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, Digibots, Digibosses and how to combine AI & the Digital Workforce with the Human Workforce.

David has lived for a decade in Dubai and has due to his family situation a special connection with Kenya. He has over 15 years experience in Technology Companies that are part of the 4th Industrial Revolution. He has worked in senior roles in companies like IBM, Cognos, Sanofi & Deloitte.

He is a well known public speaker and has been featured on BBC World and Dubai Eye radio.

With a certification in coaching, he is consistently developing others and himself.

Member of Institute of Robotic Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence (IRPAAI), member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and he has formal education in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Python programming and Machine Learning.

David holds a BA in Human Resources Management from the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague and has studied for a Master in Culture, Organization & Management at the Free University in Amsterdam.



RACHEL GITONGA, Chief Finance Officer

Rachael is currently the Chief Finance Officer at East Africa Reinsurance Ltd where she is in charge of the Corporate Finance Strategy including managing assets over US$100 million, stakeholder management and alignment of other business functions with the finance function.  She was a recipient of the Kenya Top 40 under 40 Women Award in 2017.

Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the United States International University – Africa (USIU)

  • Master of Science (Finance),University of Nairobi
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), University of Nairobi
  • Certified Public Accountant  – Kenya
  • Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA)

Professional background

She joined the privately owned reinsurance Company in November 2015 to Head the Finance function.

Prior to this, she was a Senior Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kenya –Assurance. Rachael had been with PwC for over 12 years working at both the PwC Kenya (9years) and South Africa (3 years) offices gaining extensive experience in financial reporting, risk management and performance management.

She provided audit services to large Insurance and Investment Management companies listed in both the Nairobi Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  She was involved in various due diligence and transaction assignments relating to the floatation of securities in the Nairobi Securities Exchange


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June 12 @ 8:00 am
June 14 @ 5:00 pm


Tamarind Tree Hotel