Chairman of The Board of Trustees
Mary Waceke Muia is an Inspirational and Transformational Leader with recognized expertise in Organization Design & Development, Strategy formulation & Execution, Business Transformation, Change & Performance Management and HR. She is an expert on Gender, Diversity& Inclusion and trainer on unconscious bias. She has successfully led several Business & Culture Transformations both in Private and Public sector. She has worked for a Multinational oil company both in Kenya & regionally, was Head of Performance & Change in Kengen transformation led by Mc Kinsey where she created innovative frameworks for strategy execution & culture transformation. Her last role was HR Director Central Bank of Kenya. She has overseen diverse Business Change Projects from Business process re-engineering, Job Evaluation, Automation rollout & ICT upgrades, and sustainability efforts focused on triple ‘P’ (People, Profit and Planet) bottom line and was a HR advisor in a Merger of 2 Multinationals. Currently she is a management consultant, a Life, Business and Executive Coach, a facilitator on Unconscious Bias, and is in the panel of coaches and faculty for United Nations Women and Leadership program.
She is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Master of Arts in Environmental management with Focus on Sustainable Development. She is an accredited Executive Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaching –UK and Pacific Institute USA, a Certified Master Professional in Balance Score Card from George Washington University, a Certified Change Expert by Prosci USA, Certified Project management Professional with Prince II UK, Certified Public Secretary Kasneb Kenya, is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Strathmore Business School. She has HR, Pension Schemes Trustee and Corporate Governance Certifications. She has been a Board Member of Energy Regulatory Commission, Insurance Regulatory Authority and founder member of Association of Change Management Professional in Africa-ACMP Africa and Gazelle Fountain & a member of the UNwep Leadership Group.
She has been among the Top 40 under 40 successful women in Kenya for 2 years and the Overall Winner in ‘Rising Stars Awards’ 2014 -service category in Private and Public Sector. She sat on the panel of Judges for the prestigious AABLA (All Africa Business Leaders Awards) by CNBC & Forbes Africa for 2 years, was chief judge for East Africa and is a highly sort after C-Suite Executive coach. She is also a global coach with Cartier Women Initiative Awards & United nations. Waceke is an Adjunct Faculty of Executive Business Schools. She is a much sought-after speaker, and Moderator at Local and International forums including the UN agencies’ retreats and UN Annual Women Empowerment Principles (UNwep) in New York. She facilitates consensus & clarity building in complex multilevel stakeholder meetings, retreats and workshops.
Waceke is very passionate in championing Diversity & Inclusion, challenging unconscious bias and working with organizations to embed contextualized & customized sustainability frameworks and offers training on the same. Her framework incorporates best practices in Governance,
Leadership & management, culture, and SDGs. She is the founder of WOBI – Women On Boards Initiative, which seeks to create awareness and encourage organizations to intentionally grows more women Leaders. As a Leader I believe, “I have the competency, inspiration, discipline and the courage to drive broad-based social Change and Sustainability initiatives that enhance Governance, Inclusion, performance, Environmental protection and addresses relevant social economic issues. We must contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our core business in a way that creates a more Sustainable, Just, Fair and Equal world”.