MARY WACEKE THONGOH

OLBIOS CORRESPONDENT KENYA

Mary Waceke Muia is an Inspirational and Transformational Leader with recognized expertise in Organization Design & Development, Strategy formulation & Execution, Business Transformation, Change & Performance Management and HR. She is an expert on Gender, Diversity& Inclusion and trainer on unconscious bias. She has successfully led several Business & Culture Transformations both in Private and Public sector using responsive, contextualized and best in class strategies. She has worked for a Multinational oil company both in Kenya & regionally, was Head of Performance and Change in Kengen transformation led by Mc Kinsey where she created innovative frameworks for strategy execution & culture transformation. Her last role was HR Director Central Bank of Kenya. She has overseen diverse Business Change Projects from Business process re-engineering, Job Evaluation, Automation rollout & ICT upgrades, and sustainability efforts focused on triple ‘P’ (People, Profit and Planet) bottom line and was a HR advisor in a Merger of 2 Multinationals. Currently she is a management consultant, a Life, Business and Executive Coach and a facilitator on Unconscious Bias. She is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Masters of Arts in Environmental management with Focus on Sustainable Development. She is an accredited Executive Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaching –UK and Pacific Institute USA, a Certified Master Professional in Balance Score Card from George Washington University, a Certified Change Expert by Prosci USA, Certified Project management Professional with Prince II UK, Certified Public Secretary Kasneb Kenya, is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Strathmore Business School. She also has HR, Pension Schemes Trustee and Corporate Governance Certifications. She has been among the Top 40 under 40 successful women in Kenya two years in a row and the Overall Winner in ‘Rising Stars Awards’ 2014 -service category in Private and Public Sector. She sat on the panel of Judges for the prestigious AABLA (All Africa Business Leaders Awards) by CNBC & Forbes Africa for 2 years, was chief judge for East Africa and is a highly sort after C-Suite Executive coach. She is also a global coach with Cartier Women Initiative Awards. Waceke is an Adjunct Faculty of Executive Business Schools in Leadership, Strategic Performance Management, Change Management, SME programs and Corporate Women’s programs. She is a much sought after speaker and Moderator at Local and International forums including the UN Annual Women Empowerment Principles (UNwep) in New York.. She is a member of the UNwep Leadership Group. She has been a Board Member of Energy Regulatory Commission, Insurance Regulatory Authority and founder member of Association of Change Management Professional in Africa-ACMP Africa. Waceke is very passionate in championing Diversity and Inclusion, working with corporates to embed contextualized & customized Diversity and Gender frameworks including offering expertise and training on Unconscious bias. Her framework incorporates best practices on culture, strategy, the UNWep (Women empowerment Principles) and SDGs principles. She is the founder of WOBI – Women On Boards Initiative, which seeks to create awareness and encourage organizations to intentionally implement strategies that grows more women Leaders. As a Leader I believe, “I have the competency, inspiration, discipline and the courage to drive broad-based Change management and Sustainability initiatives that embrace initiatives to enhance corporate performance, Environmental protection and address relevant social economic issues. Leaders must contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their core business in a way that drives value for the Company & all stakeholders, to create a more Sustainable, Just, Fair and Equal world.

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