Jennifer Karina has been in corporate leadership for over 40 years. She is a Psychologist, Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Practitioner, acclaimed Speaker& Author. She is a thought leader in relationship strategies and has been a researcher for over three decades. Ms Karina holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Durham University and a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counselling from Kenya Institute of Professional Counselling.
East Africa family businesses are more optimistic in 2021, with 60% of them expecting to see growth, and very positive from 2022, as 91% expect` growth. The key priorities facing East African family businesses over the next two years are expanding into new markets & client segments, increased use of new technologies, introducing new products & services and rethinking their business models.
Members of the banking industry’s advocacy organization, Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), on 24th June elected NCBA Bank Managing Director and CEO John Gachora and Family Bank Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Mbithi as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, respectively, for the period 2021 to 2022. Mr Gachora, who previously served as Vice Chairperson, takes over from Mr Joshua Oigara, who chaired the KBA Governing Council for the past three years.
Flora Mutahi is a Certified Public Accountant, entrepreneur and corporate executive. She is chairperson of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and the founder and chief executive officer of Melvin Marsh International Limited, the manufacturer of Melvin's Tea, a Kenyan brand. “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," Ms Mutahi said. "We should continue with this drive and include not just women but also youth, persons living with disabilities, and MSME owners and leaders.”
Allianz Africa has made leadership changes at its newly acquired entities in Kenya and Senegal. In Kenya, Allianz has fired top Jubilee Insurance (now Allianz General Insurance) managers and replaced them with its own appointees. Among the biggest causalities in the Kenyan operation is Catherine Igathe, the current CEO of Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited Kenya, who will leaving the company in mid-July “to pursue other opportunities”.
Businesses in the tourism industry that have managed to be resilient face arguably one of the most challenging times that the sector has ever seen and need to adapt swiftly to service the consumers’ changing demands. This is according to Jiten Vyas, VFS Global Regional Group Chief Operating Officer - Australasia, China, Africa and Europe & CIS. VFS Global is the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.
Businesses should contemplate putting together a remote office budget, which accounts for potential roadblocks like connectivity (since many Kenyans still lack access to high-speed internet) and ergonomic equipment such as appropriate office chairs and other essentials. Once the fundamentals are in place, employees also require the right digital tools to be productive remotely. This can include collaboration suites, e-learning software, project management tools, VPN connections, and other resources.
Knowledge generation can be defined as the process by which the firm obtains knowledge, either from outside the company or generated internally. If organisations implement knowledge management practices successfully, they are able to perform intelligently to sustain their competitive advantage by developing their knowledge assets. The information technology boom has caused organizations to realize the shift from the resource economy of controlling land, labour and capital to the knowledge economy of creating business value through the utilization of intangible knowledge.