BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board meets quarterly and is responsible for establishing the corporate governance pillars, setting the strategic direction, reviewing business performance and supervision of the management of our operations. The directors have the knowledge, experience, autonomy and skills which enable them to carry out their responsibilities.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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Christopher Flowers

Managing Director of Kakuzi Plc

Was appointed Managing Director for Kakuzi Plc in 2013.

Chris holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in agriculture and engineering.  His career has spanned the last 25 years in agricultural companies in Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. 

Working initially with CDC in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda he then joined Finlay’s before taking up a post in the tea trade in Mombasa. 

Chris returned to Tanzania in 2002 working for Mufindi Tea and Coffee Company.  Chris has sat on a number of tea trade and tea research bodies and is also a published writer on tea technical and agronomic matters.  

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Ketan Shah

Finance Director of Kakuzi Plc

Ketan is a qualified Accountant and a member of both the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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Nicholas Nganga

Chairman of Kakuzi Plc Board

He is a holder of a BA degree from Makerere University and served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Health. Mr. Nganga has been extensively involved in the tea industry and was Chairman of the Tea Board of Kenya.

He is a past Chairman of the National Bank of Kenya and Safaricom Plc. Currently, he is the Chairman of G4S Security and Car & General Kenya Ltd.

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Graham Mclean

Non-Executive Director of Kakuzi Plc

He is a qualified agriculturalist with a Bachelors and Master’s degree from Aberdeen University, Scotland. 

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Dr John Kibunga Kimani

Non-Executive Director Kakuzi Plc

He is a holder of a Bsc degree in Agriculture from Makerere University, an Msc degree in Agricultural Economics from Reading University and a Phd in Development Studies, Economics and Socio-anthropology from University of Sussex. Dr Kimani is a member of the Agricultural Society of Kenya as well as a member of the Avocado Exporters Association of Kenya. He is also a fellow of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank.

He has extensive experience in the agricultural sector (public and private) including planning, development and administration of small-holder agricultural extension programmes at County level, developing and managing small-holder irrigation projects and preparing long-range plans for land and water resources across Kenya.  Notably he led the planning team in the Tana and Athi River basins embracing six Districts of what were Central, Eastern and Coast Provinces of Kenya. He has worked with Government agricultural projects aided by the World Bank, SNV of the Netherlands, JICA of Japan, DANIDA of Denmark and GTZ of Germany.

INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

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Daniel M. Ndonye

Independent Director of Kakuzi Plc and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee

He is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with Deloitte & Touche for over 30 years, 20 of which he was the Managing/Senior Partner. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

He is also the Chairman of I&M Holdings Ltd, AccessKenya Group Ltd and AutoXpress Ltd.

He is currently also on the Board of Directors of KenolKobil Ltd and APA Insurance Ltd

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Stephen Waruhiu

Independent Director of Kakuzi Plc

He is a licenced valuer and estate agent. He is the Managing Director of Lloyd Masika Limited. He is also a Director of Rea Vipingo plantations Limited and has been practising as a valuer and estate agent in Kenya, and also in Tanzania and Uganda, for over 35 years.

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Andrew Ndegwa Njoroge

Independent Director of Kakuzi Plc

He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He is currently also on the Board of Combrok Ltd and Kinandu Ltd.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

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SIMON ODHIAMBO

was appointed Executive Head - Corporate Affairs of Kakuzi Plc in 2020.

He is a social scientist with experience working with communities in implementing development and relief interventions.

He is a competent Public Health professional with a BSc in Environmental Health and currently undertaking his MPH studies.

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BRENDON SCOTT

was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Kakuzi Plc in 2018. He is a qualified Agriculturist with over 25 years’ experience in coffee, tea, avocado and macadamia.

He currently oversees the management of Kakuzi’s diverse operations including avocado, macadamia, pineapple, forestry and livestock.

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DR. WILSON ODIYO

was appointed Assistant General Manager Corporate Affairs in 2019.

 He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP (K)) and a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management. He is also trained in Labour Law and Arbitration.

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BENJAMIN OKIRING

was appointed General Manager Finance and Administration for Kakuzi Plc in March 2018. He is a qualified accountant and a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. 

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JONATHAN KIPRUTO

was appointed Assistant General Manager, Horticulture Operations in 2020.

He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management and an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Process Engineering.

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MATHIAS MUINDE

was appointed Assistant General Manager, Macadamia Operations in 2020.

Mathias joined Kakuzi in 1990. He has an agricultural background and experience in Coffee and Macadamia Operations.