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.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kamau Kuria is the 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.
HEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT AND RISK
Alison Otieno is the Head of Internal Audit and Risk. Alison has over sixteen years’ experience in the auditing field, both internal and external, covering compliance assessments, evaluation of risk, internal control, and governance processes. Her experience spans operations in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America. Her previous work experience includes working with International Non-Profit Organizations and one of the Big 4 Audit firms. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), is a Certified Public Accountant, (CPA(K)) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES & ADMINISTRATION
Felister is a HR & Organization Development specialist with over 13 years professional experience supporting private, public and International non-profit organizations (INGO’s) in Human Resource management and administration. She has sound understanding of donor expectations on linkage between human resources and program implementation. She is an IHRM (Institute of Human Resource Management) registered practicing Professional.
HEAD OF MONITORING, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Charles Warria is the Head of Monitoring, Research & Evaluation at Kenya Markets Trust. He is a former Director for Monitoring and Evaluation with Deloitte East Africa’s Consulting Practice. Charles is a development analyst and performance and results expert with extensive experience and knowledge in working with the public, private sector and civil society sectors in Africa and Asia. He says that what drives him is a deep conviction that if interventions are properly designed and the intended results are clearly defined and outlined in any context, positive outcomes and impact can be achieved.
Charles was previously an External Learning Facilitator for the Uganda Water Sector (Triple S), the Technical Advisor for M&E to the Prolinnova Network (Promoting Local Innovation in Africa) as well as the Capacity Development Manager for the Drivers of Accountability Programme. He is a founding member of the Evaluation Society of Kenya and a member of several associations including the International Child Rights Network, the Africa Evaluation Association (AfrEA) the Outcome Mapping Learning Community and the African Community of Practice for Managing Development Results (AfriCOP-MfDR) among others
HEAD OF FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Eric Oyare is the Head of Fundraising and Communications at the Kenya Markets Trust. He is a former Business Development Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature Kenya, and also served as Head of Fundraising, ActionAid International Kenya, among others. Eric is a Programme Management, Business Development and Communications Expert with extensive knowledge and experience in designing, fundraising for, implementing and monitoring and evaluating Gender and Human Rights, Youth Economic Empowerment, HIV/AIDs, Humanitarian and Emergency Response, Environmental Conservation projects and programmes. He has over 16 years’ employment and private consulting experience within Private, Public, and Civil Society sectors in Kenya and Africa at large.
He is a founder Member of the Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals, a member of Evaluation Society of Kenya, and the Institute of Fundraising Professionals (UK).
He says that what drives him is the conviction and believe that based on the African “Harambee” culture, African Economies, Philanthropists, Corporates, Foundations and Individuals have the ability and capability to pull-together and fund development projects/programmes.
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
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.
Duncan E Onyango
Duncan Onyango is an accomplished senior executive. Currently he is the Regional Director / CEO East Africa for Acumen Fund Inc., New York, a USD 150m social venture fund that invests into enterprises that sustainably serves the needs of low income communities across East Africa. Mr. Duncan is a Director at Trade and Markets East Africa (TMEA) and holds a similar position at Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF).
Previously he was the Group Chief Finance Officer / Executive Director of the Rift Valley Railways (Kenya and Uganda) and has also previously served as the Managing Director for Quantum Africa, Kenya.
Patrick O Obath
Patrick Obath is a highly respected member of the Kenya and East Africa business community with 35 years’ experience. He is currently a managing consultant at Eduardo Associates.
He is the immediate former chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, KEPSA and a former director of the East Africa Business Council (EABC) and the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. He is currently a director at Trade and Markets East Africa (TMEA) and the Standard Chartered Bank.
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’.