Professor Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award under Ernest & Young’s globally recognized Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
The EOYA, which has a 28 year global history, is the world’s most prestigious award for entrepreneurs that celebrate entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in their respective fields of work.
Prof. Mugenda has been recognized for her work in transforming Kenyatta University into a vibrant and progressive institution of higher learning. Prof. Mugenda has distinguished herself as an innovative and entrepreneurial leader by adopting strategies of fundraising to supplement funding that the government is able to provide. Kenyatta University is the first public university that is constructing hostels for students using the Public Private Partnership embraced and recommended by the government.
Dr. Jennifer Riria, Chair and founder of Kenya Women Finance Holding ltd was named the winner of the master category of the Eastern Africa Chapter of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Dr. Riria will represent the region alongside other regional master category winners from 140 cities in over 50 countries around the world in Monte Carlo, in June this year (EOYA). Jyoti Murkhejee, CEO Software Technologies Ltd was named the winner in the Emerging category
“The backbone of our vibrant and growing economy is Entrepreneurship. Through entrepreneurship citizens show unique and innovative ways of responding to their Nation’s needs eventually raising the living standards of its people. EY is fully committed to supporting entrepreneurship, being the only way for a Nation to harness its people’s creativity and achieve sustainable economic growth. We celebrate our winners today and all our finalists who truly inspire others with their vision and leadership achievements,” Gitahi Gachahi, CEO EY Eastern Africa says.
The unique award encourages entrepreneurial spirit among those with potential and recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in areas of entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, community or global impact, innovation and personal integrity.