Rising Star awards announces Kenya’s 50 future corporate leaders



The 2015 CfC Stanbic Bank Rising Star Awards  has announced that 50 finalists have been accepted to go through to the final judging phase of the awards, with the 2015 Rising Star from each of the ten featured business sectors to be announced on 8 May, 2015 at a Gala Dinner in the Villa Rosa Kempinski.

The awards, now in the fourth year in South Africa and second in Kenya, were established for the purpose of recognising, celebrating and connecting young, talented people who have not only demonstrated achievement and success, but have also contributed in an inspirational manner to the future of Kenya.

“It is particularly pleasing to note the diversity, in terms of skills sets and roles, which we see in this year’s entrants, as this confirms the existence of talent across a broad spectrum,” said Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions.

“While there is an undeniable scarcity of skilled resources in certain sectors, Kenya is also home to an abundance of individuals with untapped potential who either aren’t aware of how to demonstrate their capabilities, or haven’t been given the opportunity to showcase their skills,” explains Barker.

The 50 finalists operate in 10 different business sectors, namely; Construction, Energy and Chemicals, Entrepreneur, Banking and Financial Services, Tourism & Hospitality, ICT, Logistics and Supply Chain, Professional Services, Media & Marketing, Service: Public and Private and Manufacturing, Retail and FMCG. Sponsors for these sectors are CfC Stanbic Bank and Airtel Kenya.

As title sponsor of the Rising Star Awards, CfC Stanbic Bank’s Amelia Muller, Global Head of Resourcing says that their collaboration with industry icons such as the Rising Stars has always been the objective of sustainable engagement – a way to express CfC Stanbic Bank’s long-term commitment to the youth of the African continent.”

“This inspirational platform allows for our young stars to shine and be recognised, reflecting the legacy of skills development and leadership progress that represents the core of CfC Stanbic Bank’s ambitions in Africa,” she adds.

Five finalists are selected per business sector and will join the Rising Star Network, an exclusive network which all Rising Star finalists, judges and mentors belong to. “While there will be only one Rising Star from each sector, all finalists join the Rising Star Network, a forum providing on-going support and learning, which is vital for further growth.”

 2015 Rising Stars

Banking & Financial Services
Angela Okinda Alexander Forbes Financial Services (East Africa) Limited
Gideon Mugendi Njeru Gulf African Bank
Mary Mueni Ngui Liberty Life Assurance
Nelson Odhiambo Masimba Kenya Commercial Bank
Wilson Obwatinya Real People Ltd
Construction & Energy & Chemicals
Alfred Oseko Nyanchoka KenGen
Charity Wambui Maina Hashi Energy Ltd
Maureen Amore Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd
Nimo Abdullahi Hussein KenGen
Steve Onyango Okiri Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd
Bovince Ochieng Talent Industry Ltd
Christine Khasinah-Odero Supamamas
Emily Thaara Njuki Smart Solutions Africa Ltd
Felix Nicholas Bukachi Fastrax Solutions Limited
Moses W Mutua Rabbit Republic LTD
ICT (Telecoms & Technology)
Edgar Opata Liquid Telecom
Joseph Gatheru Mugo Wisedigits Ltd
Nancy Tumaini Kalama Airtel Kenya
Nicholas Kinoti Trendmak Computers Limited
Phyllis Migwi IBM East Africa
Manufacturing, Retail and FMCG
Barrack David Otieno Onyango Sanergy Ltd
Daniel Njuguna East African Breweries Limited – Kenya
Obadiah Kiprono Rotich Unga Ltd
Sally Auma Ochola Crown Paints Kenya Limited
Sarah Machungo Crown Paints Kenya Limited
Media & Marketing
Murugi Ndwiga Management Magazine (KIM)
Paul Ogola Ekuru Well Told Story
Peter Nalika Tell’em Public Relations East Africa
Waithera Ng’ang’a Marketing Society of Kenya
Yvonne Oranga Otiang’a Kencall
Professional Services
Anne Kiunuhe Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates

Lorraine Kamule Masinde

Simba & Simba Advocates
Mary Nicoleta Muthoni Mwangi Bella Borsa Consultants
Stephen Obock Oloo KPMG Kenya
Tirus Wanyoike Kamau Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica
Service: Public & Private
Angela Kabari The School Series Programme / Family Network International
Caroline Khamati Mugalla East Africa Trade Union Confederation
Dennis Maili Kwena UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Emily Karechio Muthaa Community Development Foundation
Robert Nyarango Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital
Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality
Alexander Kavita The Vineyard
Angela Mwenderani Best Western Premier Hotel Nairobi
Christine Wanjiru Wambura Nairobi Java House
Jeremiah Mutisya Basecamp Explorer Kenya
Nicholas Mwangi Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Transport, Logistics & Supply-Chain
Jacob Oduor The One Consultants Limited
Julius Kamau Virginia Bollore Africa Logistics
Noelle Priscilla Mwihaki Kamau DHL Express Kenya Ltd
Patricia Omondi DHL Express Kenya Ltd
Stephen Katiwa Kilonzo DHL Express Kenya Limited


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