Carole Kariuki

Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)

Carole Kariuki is a graduate of Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology. Ms. Kariuki holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA. She has also done several professional courses on public-private sector dialogue, Global leadership and private sector development among others.

Ms. Kariuki has a wealth of experience in leadership having worked for Barclays Bank of Kenya, Nairobi Chapel and Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana where she acted as a liaison between Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the institute before formally joining KEPSA.

She worked for several years at KEPSA before being appointed as KEPSA CEO.  Ms. Kariuki is credited for transforming KEPSA from a little known Business Institution to one of the most influential institutions in Kenya. KEPSA is the Apex body for private sector in Kenya galvanizing private sector through public-private dialogue and influencing the economic agenda of the country and the region.

She currently serves in several boards:

·        Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration

·        The National Council of Administrative Justice (NCAJ)

·        The Center for Corporate Governance Board

·        The Advisory Board of School of Economics in Nairobi University

·        The Nailab Board

·        The Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF)

She serves and has served in several task forces including the Presidential Task Force on Parastatals Sector Reforms in 2013.

She is a member of several professional bodies including; The Rotary Club of Langata, American Chamber of Commerce Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management and Institute of Directors.

Carole has been recognized with several awards for her leadership and role in the development of the Private Sector including;

·        Women Leadership Achievement Award 2015 by World Women Leadership Congress and Awards, India

·        The International Advocacy Award 2014 by Institut Amadeus, Morocco

·        The Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) 2012 and Heads of State Commendation (HSC) 2011 by the President of Kenya

·        Top 40 women in Business under 40 years 2012 and 2011 in Kenya awards consecutively by The Business Daily, Kenya

·        Contribution to society by Nairobi Chapel 2011, Kenya

·        Outstanding role in creating Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for business growth by ILO Kenya Women Entrepreneurship Development 2011

·        Role in Growing Sustainable Business Initiative 2006 by UNDP Kenya

·        Role in the development of the UN Global Compact 2006 by UNDP Kenya

In 2012 she was voted ‘Extraordinary Personality to Inspire the Future’ by 80% of the 20,000 students of the Entrepreneurship Clubs of Kenyan Universities. She is also the first Senior Fellow at ISOKO which is an institute based in Indianapolis that promotes private enterprise in Africa.


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