The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has appointed Ms Flora Mutahi as the first female Board Chair and Mr. Jaswinder Bedi as the Vice-Chair. Ms Mutahi is part of the new leadership team unveiled during KEPSA’s 17th Annual General Meeting which was held virtually.
During the AGM, KEPSA appreciated the outgoing leaders for all the successful initiatives they spearheaded while in office. KEPSA also released its annual report which documents all actions and outcomes of year 2020 projects including the upcoming plans detailing the shift into the new Simba II Era.
KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki Karuga highlighted part of the efforts that KEPSA has embarked on to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Ms. Kariuki also applauded the outgoing leaders and entire KEPSA leadership for their determination in steering the organization to the next level.
“We appreciate our members for standing with and believing in us even through such times.” said Ms. Kariuki.
“Going forward our start-ups, micro and small medium enterprises (MSMEs) who form the largest number of our new members, can feel at home in our newly-established SME Club at KEPSA. As members they can more effectively formulate proposals and solutions to issues affecting them.” She added.
After deliberations, the nominated directors to serve for the next two years were confirmed as Ms Flora Mutahi (Chair), Mr. Jaswinder Bedi (Vice- Chair), Mr. Darren J Gillen, Mr. Stephen Gatagama, Mr. Troy Yue, Mr. John Gachora, Mr. Macharia Muthondu, Mr. Mucai Kunyiha, Mr. Allen Gichuhi, Mr. Graham Shaw, Dr. Elizabeth Wala, Ms. Catherine Musakali, Ms. Eva Muraya, Mr. Bimal Kantaria, Eng. James Mwangi and Mr. Nicholas Nesbitt (Ex-Officio). Some of the appointed leaders also served in the previous leadership team.
“My appointment as the first-ever female chair is a testimony to KEPSA taking a giant step in the right direction of entrenching inclusivity and meritocracy in our leadership. We should continue with this drive and include not just women but also youth, persons living with disabilities, and MSME owners and leaders.” Ms Flora affirmed.
Mr. Patrick Obath was appointed as the KEPSA Foundation Chair and Ms. Gloria Ndekei will serve as the Vice-Chair.
The outgoing Chair, Mr. Nicolas Nesbitt congratulated the new team saying,
“I am proud of what KEPSA has achieved during these challenging and unprecedented times and gladly look forward with great anticipation to further successes in the years to come under the new leadership team.”