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Mr. Michael Pundo

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Mr. Pundo is the Accounting Officer of the Kenya Cultural Centre. His major role is to provide strategic leadership

His major role is to provide strategic leadership and oversee formulation and implementation of policies and programmes that achieve the Centre’s mandate, goals, objectives and agreed performance targets.

Holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts), a cultural leadership certificate from Africa Arts Institute (AFAI), South Africa, expert in Ethnic Policy and Practice, Certificate in Conflict and Disaster Management and is currently finalizing an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Management.

He has long standing experience in cultural management and administration. Has spearheaded the organization of various festivals and cultural exchange programmes both national and internationally. He is a performing artist, theatre director and trainer.

Mrs. Ogla Karani

Interim Governing Council Chairperson & Independent Director

Holds a Master’s Degree in Public governance, MSC in Marriage and Family Therapy, Degree in Human Resource and Psychological counselling.

Ms. Ogla Karami is currently the interim Chairperson of Kenya Cultural Centre Governing Council. She has over twenty years’ experience in public leadership having served in various public institutions and boards that include Kenya Reinsurance, KIPPRA and Kenya Tea Research. She is dedicated to providing transformative leadership in society driven by integrity, efficient governance structures and inclusivity anchored on her Christian principles. She has an outstanding track record in the quest for social justice as well as to empower and motivate people to be intentional in developing societal structures based on values, equity and equality.

Mr. William Wahome Kabera

Chairperson, Finance Committee Independent Director

A graduate in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi and holds a Diploma in Risk Management. He has also trained in Finance for non-finance managers.

He has over 20 years senior management experience in the private sector mostly so with the Coca-Cola Company. He has relevant experience in Strategy, Governance, Operations and Environmental audits.

He has previously held various board positions both in public and private sectors.

Ms. Fenny. W.S. Mwakisha, MBS

Chairperson, Audit Committee Independent Director

A holder of Bachelor of Education (Hons) Degree from University of Nairobi and a Masters of Education Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Ms. Mwakisha started her career as a graduate teacher. Later joined the Ministry of Education and left as a Director of Higher Education.

She has served as an Education Attaché at the Kenya High Commission in New Delhi, India. Ms. Mwakisha has served as a trainer at Kenya Education Staff Institute and a Curriculum Developer at the Kenya Institute of Education.

Ms. Millicent Ogutu

Chairperson, Human Resource and Legal Committee Independent Director

A holder of Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law and Bachelor of Laws from Moi University. Ms. Ogutu is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

She is a lawyer by profession and Partner at Omuodo Ogutu Advocates. Prior to establishing Omuodo Ogutu Advocates, she was an Associate at S. Musalia Mwenesi Advocates and KN Associates LLP.

Her passion for the arts has seen her work with several production companies. Millicent has served as Managing Director of Phoenix Players Theatre, the biggest repertory theatre in East and Central Africa, Board Member PRISK – the Performers Rights Collecting Management Organization and Chairperson of the Kenya Copyright Board.

Ms. Millicent is an accredited Mediator (MTI international) and Certified Secretary (member of the Institute of Certified Secretaries).

Prof. Frederick B.J.A. Ngala

Chairperson, Programmes and Business Development Committee Independent Director

A holder of Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Education Management and Leadership from Kabarak University of Kenya.

He is an associate professor, Education Management and Leadership at Kabarak University, the Dean, school of Education at Kabarak University and Director of Music performance at the same university.

He has served as Executive chairperson in the Permanent Presidential Music Commission (2000-2002) -3 years. Excellent composer of African Music with over 30 certificates of meritorious performance from Kenya Music festival Foundation.

Mr. Nicholas Ole Moipei, HSC

Governing Council Member Independent Director

A holder of Bachelor of Education (Music) degree from Kenyatta University. He is a career Music teacher, lecturer, trainer and performer by profession.

He has taught, lectured and offered consultancy services in various institutions in Kenya. He is the father and manager to the internationally acclaimed Moipei- Quartet, a group comprising a set of triplets and their younger sister. The group has represented Kenya Nationally and Internationally as cultural ambassadors.

Was the Chairperson to the Committee that oversaw the successful refurbishment of the Kenya National Theatre between 2014 and 2015.

He was the Vice Chairman to the Kenya Music Festival Foundation’s National Executive Committee, which is mandated with the responsibilities to organize the annual Ministry of Education’s Kenya Schools, Colleges and Universities’ Music Festivals from 2014 to 2016.

Mr. Moipei was the Chairperson of the Kenya Music and Cultural Festivals from 2012 to 2017 and the Chairperson of the Kenya Cultural Centre 20** to **.

In 2015, he was the Director to the biannual East African fete – Jumuia ya Africa Mashariki Festival (JAMAFEST) which was successfully held in Nairobi.

Mr. Eric Kiniti

Governing Council Member Independent Director

Mr. Kiniti is currently the Group Corporate Relations Director at East African Breweries Limited a subsidiary of Diageo PLC.

Has 17 years’ experience in public policy, sustainability and communications. He has experience in tax and public policy in the East African Community countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Prior to joining EABL in 2011, he worked in British American Tobacco in various roles within the Corporate and Regulatory Affairs department in East Africa.

He is a board member at Uganda Breweries Limited, a listed company at the Uganda Securities Exchange and Safe Way Right Way Kenya, an NGO. He is also a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK).

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Kenyatta University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Public Policy Management from the University of London. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS), South Africa, Advanced Management Programme (AMP) from Strathmore Business School and the Fast Forward Leadership Development Programme from Sunwords, Nairobi.

Mr. Waihenya Waithaka

Governing Council Member Independent Director

Mr. Waithaka is a media professional having worked as a journalist in both private and public sectors.

He has worked at the Standard Group of Newspapers where he rose to the position of Associate Editor in charge of magazines. He also served as the newspaper’s Rewrite editor and Editorial Page writer and editor as well as a columnist.

He became the Editor in Chief of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in 2006, a position he held for over three years. He was appointed the Managing Director of the national broadcaster in 2010 and he held the post for seven years. He also served as the chairperson of Multi-choice Kenya Ltd for seven years

He is an author, having written more than seventeen (17) books, both children and adult books and sits on the Boards of two schools.

Mr. Edward “Teddy” Muthusi

Governing Council Member Independent Director .

A seasoned Creative Director in the Advertising Industry with vast leadership experience in the region’s top advertising agencies and has spearheaded numerous campaigns for Kenya’s leading brands.

Winner of several marketing and advertising accolades locally and internationally.

Awarded Best Host in TV show at the Kalasha Awards as host for the celebrated business reality show KCB Lion’s Den.

Mr. Muthusi also represented Kenya in the celebrated TV reality show Big Brother Africa.

He has broadcasting experience as a senior radio presenter in top rated Kenyan radio stations and has extensive stage performance experience as a Thespian.

Ms. Muthoni Garland

Governing Council Member Independent Director

Founder member of Storymoja, a writer’s collective based in Nairobi, Kenya.

She is an African author and storyteller who regularly presents in schools and at events. She has performed both in Kenya and the UK and her stories have been published in literally journals in Kenya South Africa UK and USA.

She is the author of two novellas published by StoryMoja; Halfway between Nairobi and Dundori and Tracking the Scent of my mother which was shortlisted for the Kaine price.

She has also written six children books published by StoryMoja. Her story Kamau’s Finish is used as a world literatures text in UK and Americans schools. In the later it is published in a critically acclaimed anthropology compiled by Jane Kurtz; Memories of the sun.

Ms. Fatuma Hassan

Governing Council Member Independent Director

Mr. Kariuki Kagwima

Alternative Director Cabinet Secretary, the National Treasury

Holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, a Diploma in Labour Studies and Management, Certificate in Public Finance management.

He is a Certified public Accountant of Kenya CPA(K) and a Certified Internal Auditor holder and a member of institute of Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (ICPAK) and institute of Internal Auditors.

 

Dr. Kiprop Lagat

Alternate Director PS, State Department for Culture and Heritage

Director of Culture at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage. Holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia.

Dr. Lagat previously worked as a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the National Museums of Kenya between 1997 and 2015.

He has research interests and has written on processes of memorialisation, museum studies and pastoralism in eastern Africa.