, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Well respected Barclays Africa Chief Administrative Officer Adan Abdulla Mohamed has been tapped by President Uhuru Kenyatta from his rising career at the international bank to become Kenya’s Secretary for Industrialisation and Enterprise Development.
Mohamed, who had responsibilities for 10 countries in the continent previously worked as CEO of Barclays Bank Kenya.
He has worked for the UK-headquartered bank for over 15 years in different parts of the world.
Prior to Barclays, he worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers for seven years in London where he trained as a Chartered Accountant. He was later posted to Shell in Nigeria for three years in this capacity.
“This is a great honor and privilege for me to serve the people of Kenya in different capacities from the one I have done before, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Bank of Kenya, “he said in his acceptance speech at State House.
The former banker was born in December 1963 in the border town of El Wak in Mandera where he had his primary and secondary education.
An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School in the United States, Mohamed is also a First Class Bachelors of Commerce degree graduate from the University of Nairobi.
With this kind of strong financial background, the president and his deputy William Ruto believe that he will deliver in terms of developing elaborate policies on industrialisation and provide a supportive environment under which a private sector-led economy can flourish.
Having been in the private sector, there will be high expectations of being able to address challenges facing the sector by removing regulatory constraints impeding the growth and expansion of the informal small scale and jua kali sector, to enhance employment generation potential of the sector.
“Our country is going through an exciting phase of opportunities and the aspiration of our people is to see how those opportunities can be converted into tangible benefit like eradication of poverty and more job opportunities,” he said.
Mohamed is married to Nafisa and they have five children.