Our Leadership

These are the people leading the KMT team towards improve the lives of all Kenyans by transforming its key market systems.

Senior Management

Alison Ng’eny-Otieno

Alison Ng’eny–Otieno is the current Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Markets Trust. Alison has extensive experience in governance, risk management and internal control processes. Her work experience spans operations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America having previously worked with the CGIAR Consortium, CGIAR Centres and one of the ‘Big 4’ Audit firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers. 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).

Alison Ng’eny-Otieno – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Felister Mwangi

Felister Mwangi is a Human Resource and Organisation Development specialist with over 13 years professional experience supporting private, public and International non-profit organisations (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.

Felister Mwangi – Head of Human Resources & Administration

Abdi Wario Bonaya


Abdi Wario is a highly dynamic and accomplished development practitioner with an outstanding 12 years qualification in all facets of private sector development, public policy engagement and program management in rural and urban WASH. During this period, he has provided tailor-made advisory services and facilitation support that has contributed to significant change in the water sector at macro, meso and micro levels. He has pioneered innovative and adaptive operational tools for financing water service providers and championed adoption of Public-Private Partnership and Performance based contracting for water financing. Over the years he has honed his knowledge and skills in multi-stakeholder management, public-private dialogue, and political-economy analysis and providing context-oriented solution in water services provision.

Wario has a degree in Sociology and Political Science and Master in Business administration. He has certificate on water management from IHE Delft Netherlands and pursuing accreditation on Public Private Partnership.

Abdi Wario Bonaya – Head of Programmes

Naomi Kiige-Mwaura

Naomi Kiige-Mwaura is the Contracts, Grants and Compliance Manager at Kenya Markets Trust.

She has over 15 years of experience in Finance and Cost Management, Administration, Internal Controls Management and Contracts Management. This experience spans across different sectors, both locally and internationally, including Manufacturing, Consultancy, Education, Real Estate and Development.

Her passion for effectiveness and efficiency has been instrumental in formulating, implementing and continually improving operating procedures, processes and systems in the organisations where she has worked.

Naomi holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree in Finance and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Naomi Kiige-Mwaura – Contracts, Grants and Compliance Manager

Bonface Kaberia

Dr. Bonface Kang’entu Kaberia is a seasoned inclusive market systems leader with 25 years of experience, including 15 years’ experience in senior management positions working with international development NGOs mainly in East Africa. Dr. Kaberia has a PhD in International Rural Development (University of Reading, UK) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (University of Nairobi, Kenya).

Currently, Livestock Sector Manager, Kenya Markets Trust from February 2019. Prior to this appointment, He was the Chief of Party and Livestock Advisor on the $24.9 million Feed the Future funded USAID Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth (REGAL-AG) project in Kenya which was operating in Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir and Turkana. REGAL-AG’s goal was to create a more inclusive and competitive livestock value chain that increases pastoralists’ resilience and stimulates economic growth in Kenya’s arid lands. Dr. Kaberia, played a significant role and is credited in pivoting the project to a market system development model which resulted in expanded markets and private sector investment in livestock value chains in Northern Kenya.

Previously, worked as Regional Coordinator, Winrock International for the USAID funded Farmer-to-Farmer programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea supporting country offices to main stream value chain and market systems development approaches to the programs. Through extensive dialogue with key donors and in-country partners, identified new opportunities for a positive impact on food security in the above countries and mainstreamed market systems development approaches to existing Winrock programs for sustainability and greater impact. Provided technical leadership to the country offices and conducted sector value chain mapping, identifying partners, and developing targets to support strategic planning and program design. Prior to being appointed Regional Coordinator in Winrock, was the Program Manager for a $2 million USAID funded Partnership for Safe Poultry in Kenya Project (PSPK) under Winrock International.

Dr. Kaberia was instrumental in pioneering FARM-Africa’s Sidai Animal Health Franchise model which currently operates in Kenya. Dr. Kaberia implemented the FARM-Africa’s world Aware Business Award Winner project namely the Meru and Tharaka Nithi Dairy Goat and Animal Health Project which was funded by DFID. While working with FARM-Africa was instrumental to initiation of the Kitui and Mwingi Dairy Goat Project.

Bonface Kaberia – Livestock Sector Manager

Mary Ngugi

Mary Ngugi is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA(K)) with over 14 years of management experience in the Finance and Administration field. She is currently the Finance Manager at Kenya Markets Trust playing a key role in the overall financial management of the organisation.

She has strong professional experience in grants management, financial reporting, budgets, taxation, strategic management, governance and HR.  She also has practical experience in managing multi-donor funds as well as expertise in managing the fiduciary and reporting requirements of donors.  She has sound understanding of donor expectations on the linkage between financial resources management and program implementation.

She has managed huge budgets for various donor funds including DFID, CGAP (World Bank), Netherlands Government, Norwegian Government, Austrian Regional Bureau, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD,) Ethical Tea Partnership-UK and Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Masters in Business Administration (Strategic management) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA(K)).  She also holds qualifications in Human Resources Management, Corporate Governance, Business Administration and Certified Secretary (CS).

CPA Mary Ngugi – Finance Manager

Ronald Kubasu

Ronald Kubasu is the Water Sector Manager at Kenya Markets Trust.

He is an experienced Development Programs Manager with more than 16 years of experience in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). As a result-orientated leader, Ronald brings over 10 years of experience to the KMT team of directly leading, managing teams and administering program budgets of over US $10 million from diverse donors including USAID, AusAID/DFAT, DFID / FCDO, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prior to KMT, Ronald served as the Service Provider Capacity Building Manager – Western Kenya with USAID-Kenya’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project. His professional career experience spans several organisations including Development Innovations Group (USA), SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Plan International, CARE International and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Ronald is passionate about Sustainability, Systems Strengthening, Institutional Development, Rural and Urban Water Services, Decentralization and WASH Governance.

He holds a Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management; a Bachelor of Environmental Studies; and is currently undertaking an MSc. in Water Management for Development at Loughborough University, UK.

Ronald Kubasu – Water Sector Manager


Our Board

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.

Patrick O. Obath – Board Chairman

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.

Duncan E. Onyango – Board Member

Raji Rajan

Raji Rajan is an experienced economist and an international development practitioner. With a PhD in Business Economics, Raji began her career teaching at the University of Reading in the UK. After a post-doctoral fellowship, she joined the Economic growth practice at Coffey International development where she led the design and implementation of a £30 million portfolio of private sector development programmes in West and East Africa.

She is well-published and continues to be a guest lecturer at a number of Universities in the UK. In her current role at Gatsby Africa, she oversees Gatsby’s financial and technical support to KMT and represents Gatsby on the KMT Board.

Raji Rajan – Board Member


A Dawn of a New Chapter for Kenya Markets Trust

After years of successfully working together as partners with a shared mission of transforming sectors in East Africa, Gatsby Africa, Kenya Markets Trust and Msingi East Africa have decided to integrate and become one entity as of April 01, 2022.

The new integrated entity will be called Gatsby Africa – a philanthropic entity of Lord David Sainsbury and will operate across six sectors in East Africa – Commercial Forestry, Aquaculture, Textiles and Apparel, Livestock, Agricultural Inputs, and Water.

We believe that the ambition and vision of the new organisation, coupled with the breadth of our portfolio, puts us in a strong position to deliver a meaningful level of impact for millions of people in the East African region. It equally strengthens our ability to generate and share our learning with others.

Coming together allows us to leverage the strengths of the three organisations, brings efficiency to how we work, and ensures we have a greater impact in our work.

What does this mean for the work that we have been passionately championing over the years? There will be no changes to the focus and modalities of how we work or our shared commitments – our three existing programmes will continue to operate in the same way they have always done.

We will be launching the new integrated Gatsby Africa organisation on April 01, 2022. By mid-April, we will share with you a link to our new website and official social media handles. However, we will retain our current website for a minimum period of six months, so that our knowledge materials are available to you. We shall be moving these over to our new website so that nothing will be lost.

As an organisation, we are excited about the opportunities that this integration brings for our people, partners and the sectors we work in. We are humbled by the collaboration and good working relationship we have had with all our different stakeholders and look forward to continuing working with you in the new organisation.