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Council Members

FA Dr Jonah Aiyabei, Chairman

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FA Dr. Jonah Aiyabei, Phd is the Chairman of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts. He is also the Director of Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas (MIOG), Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), having been the Trust Secretary of KPC Pension Schemes. Prior to joining KPC, He was a lecturer at Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He has taught Finance and Strategic Management in various universities in Kenya. He serves as a Council member of Mount Kenya University and a member of kasneb Technical Examination Committee. Dr. Aiyabei has over 16 years of experience as a trainer in Finance and Investment.

He has a PhD in Business Administration from JKUAT and an MBA from Kenyatta University. He is a Certified Investment and Financial Investment Analyst (CIFA). He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) from June 2016 to June 2019.

FA Einstein Kihanda, Vice Chairman

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FA Einstein Kihanda is currently the ICIFA Vice Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of ICEA LION Asset Management (ILAM).

He has more than 20 years of experience in investment analysis and management, developing a diverse range of technical and leadership skills within the investment industry. The pillars of his career have been professionalism, integrity, ethics, dedication, diligence, commitment and consistent focus on the client.

FA Kihanda holds an MSc Finance from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and MSc Management and Organizational Development from USIU. He currently serves as Chairman, Stakeholders Committee of the Fund Managers Association (FMA) and a member of the Trade, Technology and Innovations Committee of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). He is also a Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA) and also serves as the Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of ICIFA.

CPA Judith Nyakawa (representing the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning)

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CPA Judith Nyakawa is a Public Financial Management expert with more than 20 years experience in the Public Sector. An alumnus of the University of Nairobi, Daystar University and the USIU-Africa is currently the Director (Ag) at the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Unit at the National Treasury and Planning. She sits in other boards in the Education Sector. She has served in various capacities in the PFM function of Government, and most recently managed the finance function of various ministries. She is a Certified Secretary and is currently a member of the Governance Committee of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).

FA Dr. Nicholas Letting (representing kasneb)

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FA Dr. Nicholas Letting’ is the newly appointed Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of kasneb, prior to which he was the Vice-Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer of the Management University of Africa (MUA). He holds a PhD in Business Administration (Strategic Management), MBA and BCom degrees, all from the University of Nairobi. He is a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA), Fellow Certified Secretaries (FCS), Fellow of Kenya Institute of Management and also a Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA) as well as a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM). He has also worked with BAT Kenya and the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM). He has been Chairman of the Institute of Certified Secretaries and is Chairman of Karura Adventist School.

He served as Council member and the Chairman of Finance, Strategy and General Purposes Committee at the then Kenya Institute of Education (now Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development) and is serving as a member of the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovations (NACOSTI).

He is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).

FA Edwin Njamura (representing the Capital Markets Authority)

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FA Edwin Njamura is Director, Corporate Services with responsibility for Financial, Human Capital & Administration and Information Technology operations of the Authority. Edwin joined the Authority in July 2012. Before joining the Authority Edwin had a distinguished career in private sector. He worked briefly as Chief Finance Officer at an Aureos Fund Investee, Chief Finance Officer of Deloitte Eastern Africa and Finance Manager of Deloitte Africa Board. He previously worked with Lonrho, as Group Chief Accountant (Head of Finance) at Express Kenya and then Group Financial Controller in Lonrho Motors Uganda.Edwin chairs the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of the Institute of Certified Investment Financial Analysts (ICIFA) and is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya./p>

FA Geoffrey Odundo (representing the Nairobi Securities Exchange)

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FA Geoffrey Odundo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. He is an accomplished investment banker and has been in the financial service sector for over 25 years, 20 of which has been in the Capital Markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. He was previously the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in setting up Co-op Trust Investment Service, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited.

He has contributed to the growth of Capital Market in his previous role at the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks among others. He holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from United States International University (USIU) and an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Egerton University. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (ICIFA).

FA Catherine Theuri

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FA Catherine Theuri is an experienced financial professional, a trainer and a consultant. She has held various financial positions in both service and manufacturing industries and has over 15 years’ experience in Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Treasury, Corporate Tax, budgets, Strategy and Financial Modelling. Currently she is the Corporate Financial Accountant at Bamburi Cement Ltd (a member of LafargeHolcim) a role under which she has been able to contribute immensely to the organization on matters budgeting, forecasts, strategy, trade finance, treasury, credit control and reporting. Other Organizations she has worked for include Unga Holdings Ltd, Khalid and Company, and Star College of Management Studies. She is the Chairperson of the Finance, Strategy and Administration Committee of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).

FA Catherine Theuri is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Accounting and Economics) from the University of Nairobi and she is currently pursuing MBA (Finance) at Kenyatta University.

FA Dr. Duncan Elly Ochieng

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FA. Dr. Duncan Elly Ochieng’ is a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Business, Department of Finance and Accounting. He has research interests in Public Finance, Development Finance, Investments and Financial Assets Analysis, Financial Management, Multinational Finance, Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance among others. He holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA and B.Com, all from the University of Nairobi.

He has several publications in peer reviewed journals and has supervised several Masters and PhD candidates to graduation. He has served as an SME relationship manager with the roles of relationship creation, portfolio development and monitoring in leading commercial banks in Kenya. He is a Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (CIFA). He has been a Council member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) since 2016 and is the Chairman of the Education and Research Committee of Institute.

FA Leah Nyambura-Kagumba

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FA Leah Nyambura is the Director, Corporate Finance at Dyer & Blair Investment Bank and has over 13 years of experience in research and financial advisory. She has been instrumental in working with the Equities and Fixed Income teams, developing client portfolios of local and foreign retail and institutional clients. She has also been actively involved in the execution of several key transaction advisory.

She has an MSc in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Economics and Business Studies) both from Kenyatta University. She is a Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA). She has been a Council member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) since 2016 and serves as a member of the Membership Services Committee of the Institute.

FA Margaret Kibera

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FA Margaret is a trainer of the Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (CIFA) course in portfolio management, alternative investment, corporate finance, international finance, financial markets, and fixed income at Royal business school, Regional school of management and Star College and as a private trainer. She has trained in fixed income instruments on consultancy basis.

She is also a monitor and evaluator of TVET institutions which some TVET institutions offer CIFA course, after undergoing a training offered by TVETA. She is also an ICIFA trainer under NITA.

She is a full member of the Institute and member of the Education and Research Committee at ICIFA.

FA Anthony Mwithiga

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FA Anthony Mwithiga is an investment management professional with 20 years experience in managing investment portfolios of pension schemes, insurance companies, unit trust funds, sovereign wealth funds and High Networth Individuals across East Africa. He is the Chief Executive Officer at Absa Asset Management Limited. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer at CBA, General Manager - Investments at UAP-Old Mutual and Chief Investment Officer at Stanlib.

He is a full member of ICIFA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics & Economics from Kenyatta University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Nairobi plus Diploma in Banking from the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. He is also a Certified Coach and a Leadership Graduate of the University of Pretoria, Strathmore Business Schools and Nanyang Technical University, Singapore.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of Invest-In-Africa and an Investment Training Consultant for the East and Central Africa Association of Social Security Associations (ECASSA). He is also a Council Member of the Fund Managers Association (FMA) and Chairman of FMA’s Public Markets Committee.

FA Diana Muriuki-Maina, CEO & Secretary to the Council

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FA Diana Muriuki is the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Council. She has over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry having worked at Actuarial Services (EA) Limited. She most previously served as a Senior Manager, Investments at Actuarial Services (EA) Limited where she excelled in previous Investment Specialist/Consultant and Analyst assignments. During her tenure at Actuarial Services (EA) Limited she was instrumental in establishing processes and business relationships that enhanced business development.

She has also served as Investment Officer and Head of Member Services at Arima Fund Limited. She has a deep understanding and knowledge of the investment industry having provided investment advisory services to numerous pension schemes in Kenya. She is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA), a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments (CISI) and also holds a Master of Science in Finance and Bachelors in Economics and Statistics both from University of Nairobi and a Graduate diploma in Actuarial Science.