Patron

Appointed by the benefactors and founders, is the custodian of the vision, and provides overall guidance to the Board, as well as linkages with the external environment.

The 1st Patron is Hon Amos Kimunya, GeMBA, Bcom, FCPA(K), FCPS(K), EGH.

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Education background:   
Currently enrolled for Doctor of Business Administration (Finance) at USIU.

Previously:-
    1975:         Primary:    Kabati Primary School (Kipipiri)
    1979:        ‘O’ Levels    Njabini Boys Secondary School, (Nyandarua)
    1981:        ‘A’ Levels    Shimo la Tewa School (Mombasa).
    1986:        University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
    2014        United States International University, Global executive MBA, (Top Student GeMBA 2014, GPA of 4.00)


Professional training:
 Qualified in 1987 as a Certified Public Accountant, CPA(K), in 1996 honoured to be a Fellow, FCPA(K), in recognition of service to the profession).
 Admitted in 1992 as a Certified Public Secretary, CPS(K). In 2008, honoured as a Fellow,  FCPS(K)

Public service:

2003 - 2013    Elected    Member of Parliament, Kipipiri Constituency, and can look back with pride and satisfaction at the progress made especially in education and other development in the area.  While in parliament, he also served in government as:
2003 – 2006    Minister of Lands and Settlement ( including Housing from 2004) – responsible for clean up of land grabbing mess with successful recoveries, and initiating the National Land Policy now in place and anchoring it in the Constitution during the 2004 Bomas process. Other reforms included digitization of land records, and revenue collection mechanisms.
2006 – 2008    Minister for Finance – responsible for major reforms on the regulation of financial sector through changes to banking, insurance, and capital markets legislation; easing cost of doing business (won Global award on this in 2007); oversaw the largest privatisation of Safaricom, Kengen, Telcom. Spearheaded the new innovations of MPesa, and optic fibre connectivity. Responsible for the restoration of bilateral and multilateral relations with Kenya and related financial packages following suspension linked with the “Angloleasing scandals”. Chaired the National Economic and Social Council ( on behalf of the President) and midwifed the National Vision 2030 development process to successful completion and launch. Introduced taxation of Members of Parliament (and suffered backlash!). Was active player in World bank, IMF, African Development Bank and EADB Boards. Was responsible for promoting and formalising diaspora remittances with several meetings in UK, US and Canada in 2007 that resulted in noticeable increases in volumes.
2009 – 2010    Minister for Trade – Promoting Kenyan trade interests (as well as African and Carribean within the World Trade Organisation where he was often asked to chair most sessions) and active in Comesa as Chairman of Council of Ministers, Chaired AGOA (the US African Growth and Opportunities Act initiative), and at East African Level actively participated in the development and finalisation of the Common market protocol.
2010 – 2013    Minister for Transport – continued on the path of institutional and legal reforms of the agencies, as well as supporting their development and capital expansion needs. Set the legal framework for management of the chaotic public transport sector.
2010 – 2013    as Deputy Leader of Government business in Parliament, was responsible for ensuring effective passage of government agenda, and oversaw the most ever passed legislation.

Professional experience:

1986 – 1993    Carr Stanyer Gitau & Co, Certified Public Accountants, Nairobi, – trained as an auditor rising to Senior Manager, and providing services to a diverse clientele.
1990 – 1992    Neville Russell, Chartered Accountants, London, Britain – on secondment and exposure to UK taxation and financial services sector. Attached to London Serious Fraud Office for 6 months providing forensic services.
1994 – 1997    Founded Finmans Consulting, Nairobi - self employed consultancy (merged with Matrix)
1998 - 2002    Director / Consultant with Matrix Development Consultants of Nairobi, specialising in financial management and related consulting with special focus on the development sector.
 
Exposure / awards:

> Decorated by the President with Elder of The Golden Hearts of Kenya (EGH) medal

> Attended several leadership and management development courses and seminars in Kenya, UK , USA and France.

> travelled widely, and interacted with the people of several countries (England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, USA, Canada, Fiji Islands, Australia, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mauritius, Seychelles, DRCongo, Malawi, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Gambia, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Qatar, China, Macau, HongKong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, India etc).

> member of  Muthaiga Golf Club, Muthaiga Country Club, Great Rift Valley Golf and Hotel Complex and Nyeri Club

> 1999 - Commonwealth Foundation fellowship award (promotion of Commonwealth understanding scheme. One month programme in UK, Fiji and Australia) – exposure to the Commonwealth system of Government. In the course of this programme, met with many leaders including HM the Queen and several leaders in Britain, the Prime Minister and other leaders of Fiji, and various Ministers in Australia.

> 1999 – USAID/PLI scholarship - 5 week ‘Democracy Seminar’ at the Les Aspin Centre for Government, Washington D.C and Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – exposure to the American system of government.

Leadership / community service (non-political):

Hon Kimunya has been actively involved at the national level with public service and Civil Society and have successfully carried out the following responsibilities:
   
> Chairman – Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) – June 1999 to 2001. I was deeply involved at Committee and Council level since 1992. During this period, I played a critical role in engaging the government on better economic policy formulation, demanding accountability, and providing input into, and review of the budgeting process. I actively took part in the set up of such bodies as the Kenya Roads Board, participated in the PRSP process, and was a key member of a stakeholders group that set up the Kenya Private Sector Alliance lobby group.

> Was Trustee and Director and other participation in development of Kenya College of Accountancy, a project of ICPAK, that eventually grew to KCA University
 
> ICPAK representative in Regional body – ECSAFA – East Central & Southern Africa Federation of Accountants – 1999 to 2001

> Member – National Year 2000 Steering Committee, Kenya – 1999/2000 (on the millennium bug)

> Council Member of APSEA (Association of Professional Societies in East Africa) and Convenor of its Finance & General Purposes Committee – 1998 to 2001

> Chairman  - Muthaiga Golf Club – 2001 (Director since 1997)

> Member of the Advisory Board – Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority – 1999 to 2002 ( which was transformed into the Anti-corruption Police Unit Advisory Committee) – resigned in September 2002 to contest political office.

> Member - 1994 - 1997 Government appointed Task Force on the Reform of Penal Laws and Procedures (specific interest in control of economic crimes)