Who we are
Kenya Markets Trust is a Kenyan organization that works in partnership with the private sector; county & national governments; Associations; Local and Internationals Partners to unleash large scale, sustainable market growth by changing the underlying incentives, capacities and rules that shape how market systems work. We focus on market systems and value chains as these are the main mechanisms through which wealth is created and growth occurs. Our long-term goal is to deliver large scale, systemic change in selected markets that benefits all players including small businesses, larger firms, investors, producers and consumers, and the country at large.
How we do it
To achieve this, we identify markets with high growth potential but which are saddled with systemic constraints. Working with key market actors, policy makers and other stakeholders, we address these constraints to improve competitiveness, efficiency and inclusiveness.
As a result, we hope to grow the range of market opportunities, support competitiveness in these sectors, ultimately creating a market system that is profitable to investors, improves incomes for suppliers and is beneficial to consumers.
Ag. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kamau Kuria is the acting Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Markets Trust. Most of his career has been spent working as a Management Consultant and as an entrepreneur. His consultancy career started with the Price Waterhouse East and Central African practice.
He has also founded and run two consultancy companies: Corporate Transformations Ltd and Quantum Consultants Ltd. His clients have included many of the leading private sector and public sector organisations in the Eastern African region.
Kamau spent five years heading the regional Change Practice for Barclays Bank and has also been the University Secretary of Strathmore University. He sits on several boards of directors.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Katanu is the Chief Operating Officer at Kenya Markets Trust. Katanu has worked as a financial management consultant and has been a partner and director of AKA Spa Dynamics. Her previous work experience includes working with Save the Children UK’s programmes across South and South East Asia, the Middle East, UK, and East and Central Africa, and with CAE Inc and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the USA.
Ali Hassan Mohammed
Ali Hassan Mohamed is the KMT Portfolio Director. Ali has a wealth of experience in the Livestock Industry, having worked in the Government and Private sectors for over 34 years. Some of his notable previous engagements include being CEO of the Kenya Meat Commission, Program Manager of FARM Africa, and most recently, General Manager of Neema Export Slaughter House.
POLICY, RESEARCH, COMMUNICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE DIRECTOR
Eric’s role is to support KMT to generate evidence from our portfolio results and research and package it to support KMT’s ability to influence change in market systems in Kenya.
He is a student of complex systems, interested in the interaction between natural, social, environmental and economic systems and how they dynamically generate observed phenomenon. He has a background in Operations, program management and policy analysis across different sectors in NGO’s and as a consultant to Policy Research programs and Governments. Over the last 10 years, his work has focused around developing analytical tools to understand complexity, inform intervention design and enhance the quality of policy discussions.
Eric holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Nairobi, an MA (cum-laude) in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and studied System Dynamics Modeling at the University of Bergen – Norway. He attended the Harvard Business School’s Authentic Leadership Development Program.
Board of Directors
Dr Caesar Mwangi
Dr. Mwangi is the Managing Director of The Centre for Personal Leadership whose focus is “Better People for Better Organizations”. Previously he worked as the Managing Director of Sasini Ltd, a publically listed Agro- Business.
Dr. Mwangi is an Adjunct Lecturer and Leadership Coach at the Strathmore Business School and holds a PhD in Organizational Performance and Change Management from the University of Johannesburg. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Ms. Muthoni Wachira
Muthoni Wachira is a CFA Charter holder with impact investing experience, emerging market fintech expertise and a background in international corporate finance. Over the past five years, she has been dedicated to reaching the underserved with convenient and relevant financial services through innovative mobile and data driven models. More recently, she has worked with early stage companies bringing impactful and commercially viable solutions to the agricultural value chain in East Africa. Muthoni is an alumni of the FKE-NHO Program; a member of the Women on Boards Network; and volunteers as an Akili Dada Mentor. She holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School, London
Ms. Nyokabi Njuguna
Ms. Nyokabi Njuguna is a Business leader with +20years experience, expertise, networks and resourcefulness to easily leverage relationships and linkages locally and globally, continuously expand markets and sales opportunities. She is proficient at strategy and has helped transform several High Growth Ventures into regional players.
Nyokabi continues to conceptualize and co-direct large, complex projects with PPP models. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi and has been guest speaker/contributor at UNCTAD, World Economic Forum, G8Africa and local media among others. Sectors invested in include: Management Consulting & Training; Entrepreneurship & Vocational Education and; Energy (Power, Oil & Gas).
Betty Wamalwa Muragori
Betty Wamalwa Muragori works as an international consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya and has over 20 years’ experience working in international development and with governments, civil society organisations, the United Nations, the World Bank and international development organisations. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development, from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA.
Government of Kenya
KMT provides evidence to national and county governments as the basis for changing the policy and regulatory framework to increase competitiveness and remove distortions in market systems.
Private Sector Partners
KMT works with small, medium and large private sector actors who have the insights and ambition to tap into new market opportunities, particularly where they can serve the base of the pyramid.
Private sector member associations provide the conduit through which issues affecting their members are articulated. KMT works with these associations to generate evidence and undertake analysis to address bottlenecks in the market systems affecting their businesses.
Kenya can learn much – and has much to offer – in the broad arena of understanding and analysing how market systems can better function and actively seeks partnerships with regional and international thematic thought leaders, research institutions, bilateral government agencies, professional associations, consulting companies and ‘think tanks’.