Zuhura Ogada-Odhiambo is a leading expert in Business Management, Organization Development, a Communication and Media Expert and has got over 15 years experience in Marketing. For the past two decades she has had extensive experience in the field of communication, marketing strategy, events and brand management. She has been instrumental in exploring the convergence between marketing strategies and the use of data for organizational transformation. Her desire is to see businesses develop winning strategies, generate multiple income streams and nurture strong brands. Over the years she has enabled companies to turnaround in East Africa through enhanced consumer experience and increase of revenue for sustainability.
She is a co-founder and Director of Cocoa by Design an events- management firm with activities in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania.
She is also the current CEO of New Revenue Solutions Africa a prolific revenue generating company which enables organizations accelerate profitable revenue through the use of data, strategy and commercial development. Her experience in media sector spans over 10 years at the Nation Media Group and Capital Group and CNBC as a Commercial Director.
Eric Musembi Mwanzia
Eric Musembi Mwanzia has more than 18 years of progressive experience in sales, marketing, event sales & planning and general business management. He has spent 13 years as the team leader of sales, marketing and events’ teams at the Sarova Panafric & Intercontinental hotel based in Nairobi. He has a deep understanding of both domestic and international distribution channels encompassing retail, wholesale, direct & international hospitality sales, event sales, marketing & management
A versatile and analytical professional, he has been working as the Managing Lead at The Arts Group Ltd – an integrated communication, marketing & events agency for the last 6 years. The company creatively offers Communication & Marketing solutions (brand design and merchandising), social media & digital solutions and Event Management solutions (planning, organizing & management). As the business development team leader, he is responsible for achievement of profitable business growth through the creation and execution of successful strategies.
Among his significant positions, he has held include, a current & founder member of Event Managers Association of Kenya, Immediate past Board member of – Mathatani Secondary School in Machakos, Trustee of the Intercontinental Hotel Pension scheme, Vice chairperson of the Intercontinental Savings and Credit. He was part of the Management Task force to intercontinental Lusaka in 2012.
Eric holds a Bachelor of commerce – Marketing from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi amongst other professional qualifications.
Nimit Shah studied Bsc. Management at the London School of Economics before cutting his teeth at Deloitte, London in Corporate Finance. He is now the managing director at Event House Ltd, a company specialising in event management services for the private and corporate sectors across East Africa.
Nimit also sits on the board of directors of EMAK (Event Managers Association of Kenya), a professional association practising and maintaining professional standards for the good of the events industry. Nimit is keen to leave a lasting impression in the events industry by creating bespoke events for his clients.
Accomplished team leader with broad local and international experience in Hospitality, Event management, security and safety operations; Charles K Kanyi has a proven record spanning over 19 years in managing award winning Hospitality Hotels and Restaurants before taking over Chairmania Events in 2012.
Before taking over and transforming Chairmania Events Ltd, Kanyi was in charge of the Tamarind Kitchens, (the catering wing of the Tamarind group based at the Carnivore Restaurant) as the Catering Manager.
Charles also was in charge of The Carnivore Johannesburg as the Operations Manager before his return to Nairobi to establish the Catering wing at Carnivore Nairobi.
Charles is a graduate of Kenya Utalii College in Hotel Management and Strathmore Business School. He is a founding and current platinum member of Event Managers Association of Kenya and he holds various positions in various associations.
Some of the key achievements in her career history includes: (i) Couching and Mentoring startups to develop award winning business cases and plans during incubation with ibiz Africa a Standard Chartered Bank Initiative, (ii) A leader in the formation of the first Female Governor’s Network in Kenya that will enable better County service delivery in the 5 year time frame.
Instrumental in introducing various revenue activities which generated high revenue using data.
Initiated partnerships and was involved in having the first Indian Film Festival Kenya from the Indian Film Festival Worldwide being the first in Africa in August 2019 and have been also involved other Women Forums in Kenya.
Her desire to ensure that Affirmative Action is embedded in organization’s polices has seen her develop frameworks for gender diversity in the workplace and has undertaken the Women Directors Leadership Summit at the Strathmore Business School (SBS). She is also an alumni of Female Future Force programme from FKE (FFP), Senior Management Leadership Program & Developing Leadership Competencies from SBS.
Her leadership skills have made her serve in several Boards namely; Chairperson of Events Managers Association of Kenya (EMAK) Board,Vice Chair of 30% Club E.A that advocates for gender diversity inboards, and has also served on the GorMahia Sacco which empowers members socio- economically.
She holds a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) from Kenya Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Limkokwing University, Malaysia. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), MSK (Marketing Society of Kenya), PRSK and CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing).
Rita is a strategist and product marketing guru with over 19 years experience both locally and internationally.
She has successfully launched various products in the Telecommunication and Energy sector such as Orange Internet, Zuku Triple play fibre, Voila 3G Internet and First local roaming service for Digicel in Haiti, iPhone in East Africa and First complete Azuri Solar TV in Africa. She is currently the Programmes Manager at Azuri Technologies Kenya Limited.
Rita is also a partner at Go Gaga Experiential Company Limited a leading Conferencing Events Company in East Africa. The company is the franchise holder of internationally acclaimed Social Media Week Nairobi, Digital Media Awards and Zuri Awards. The company also works with notable brands such as Safaricom, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and BCS Group.
Rita holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing from Catholic University, a Masters in Business Administration – Strategic Management from USIU (A) and is currently pursuing CIM Post Graduate Diploma. She is also a member of Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Chartered Institute of Marketers (CIM)
Christopher Kirwa is a distinguished events organizer, Emcee, as well as a top notch events risk and assessment expert.
Before that he was a brand manager for rangers Restaurant and has organized successfully organized events like Choma Na Ngoma, iPhone 11 Launch, Coke Studio Master Class, DSTV Social Media Campaign for world Youth under 18 in Kasarani Stadium, Launch of Renault Cars in Kenya etc .
He started off his career in media at KBC and Metro TV, did internship in Nigeria as operations manager for exp Agency. He was voted the best operations manager across 17 coutries and was able to head projects for clients in Tanzania and Zambia during his 5 years stint at Exp.
He now runs CateChris Limited as Chief Operating Officer with his wife that deals with event management, Social media Marketing strategy, activations, PR and Risk Assessment / Mitigation measures for Events.
Chris Kirwa is passionate about Safety and Security and his vision is to impact entire industry to embrace safety/security best practices to ensure safety in all Events, by organizing training forums for Events companies under EMAK.
Under CateChris Limited he has done projects for DSTV Kenya, Vivo Energy, Standard Group, Coca-Cola, Simba Corp, Apple, Red Cross, PSTA – Private Security Training School and KICC among many other.