Board of Directors

Mr. Frank Ireri – Chairperson of the Board

Mr. Ireri is the new chairperson of Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board having taken over from Mr. Koome Kiragu in March 2021. Before this, Mr. Ireri served as the chair of the Finance Committee of the Board where he provided financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organization’s budgets. He is an accomplished and resilient senior Executive and MD with a progressive international career spanning over 25 years delivering and instilling operational strategies and transformation initiatives to maximize business performance, streamline processes and increase customer excellence for leading global banking organizations including Citibank Kenya, Commercial Bank of Africa, Barclays Bank Africa and most recently the Housing Finance Company Kenya. As the former MD of Housing Finance Company Kenya, Mr. Ireri is well versed with the dynamics of the housing sector. His strategic input to Habitat Kenya has helped keep the organization well positioned in the country.

 

Mr. Shamaz Savani – Vice Chairperson of the Board

Mr. Savani has served the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board since 2014. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the  Board as well as the vice-chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board. He is a banker by profession with about 25 years of experience in the financial services sector. Mr. Savani is currently the Group Managing Director ABC Group which comprises of ABC Bank, ABC Capital Limited, ABC Insurance Brokers Limited and ABC Capital Bank Limited (Uganda). He holds a B.Com in Finance and a B.A in Economics, both from McMaster University, Canada and an MBA from the University of Surrey in UK. He is responsible for strategy formulation, policy-making including expansion, innovation and growth for ABC Group leading to the bank receiving several awards and recognition in different categories under his leadership.

 

Mr. Jean Doyen – Board Member

Mr. Doyen has served the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board as a member since 2006. He is currently the Chair of the Operations Committee of the Board. Mr. Doyen is an engineer by profession. He has in-depth expertise on matters housing and urban development, Water and Sanitation gained from over 25 years at the World Bank. Mr. Doyen is an expert in strategic planning and project management and also provides consultancies to institutions showing the linkages between infrastructure and overall development and poverty reduction. His rich knowledge has helped to guide Board conversations on Habitat Kenya’s programmatic directions and assessing impact.

 

Mr. Sam Owen – Board Member

Mr. Owen is amongst the longest serving Board Members at Habitat for Humanity Kenya and has contributed in navigating the organization’s growth and stability to date. He is a member of the Kenyan clergy and the founder of the following forums in Kenya; Kenya’s National Prayer Breakfast, The Men’s Gathering, and Africa Youth Forum of Leadership. He also coordinates small group gatherings of private, professional, and political influencers in Kenya. Mr. Owen sits in the Governance & HR Committee of the Board as a Member.

 

Ms. Elizabeth Githinji – Board Member

Ms. Elizabeth Githinji joined Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in March 2020. She is currently the Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board. Elizabeth is a program management specialist with experience in education and culture, public health, environmental conservation, post conflict reconstruction and social protection, gained while working at Catholic Relief Services, Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) and Care International in Kenya among other non-profit organizations. She is experienced in working with Government (including engagement with policy makers and legislators), non-governmental and private sector actors to design, implement and advocate for inclusion of marginalized groups in the decision-making process, advocating for domestic resource financing for programs targeted at these groups while promoting access to and control of resources allocated to the same.

 

Mrs. Jane Florence Otieno – Board Member

Mrs. Jane Otieno joined Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in March 2021, with a background in law and governance. She serves as the vice-chair of the Governance & HR Committee of the Board. Jane is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over thirty years’ experience in the public sector. She holds a LLB from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from Strathmore University. Her engagement in various leadership roles such as Trustee and Board member in both semi-autonomous Boards and Management Boards, has positioned her strategically in building up strong structures in all Institutions she has worked in, both locally and internationally. Some of the institutions that Jane has worked for include; Nairobi City Commission, Strathmore School of Accountancy (Part time lecturer), Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Limited, Postal Corporation of Kenya, Universal Postal Union (Berne, Switzerland), Insurance Regulatory Authority, Institute of Certified Secretaries – Benevolent Fund, St. Mary’s Lwak Girls High School –  Nyanza, Kenya Maritime Authority and Mission to Seafarers, Mombasa. Jane is highly experienced in legal matters, government procedures & negotiations, and development of legislation. She participated in the successful privatization process of the Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Limited in 2006. She is also a Commissioner of Oaths and a Notary Public.

 

Mr. Edgar Kalya – Board Member 

Mr. Edgar Kalya joined the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in July 2021. He currently serves as the vice-Chair of the Operations Committee of the Board. Mr. Kalya has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Nairobi; Certificate in Corporate Governance by the Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG); Advanced Management Program (AMP 2012) from Strathmore Business School, IESE Business School in Barcelona Spain, and Lagos Business Schools; Honorary member of the International Academy of Retail Banking in London; and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers – ACIB (London). Edgar has a banking and consulting career spanning over 25 years. He was a former Director at Barclays Bank (now ABSA) and NIC Bank. At Barclays Bank, Edgar successfully set up and ran the Mortgages department in 2005. He is a Management consultant with a focus on Strategy, Corporate Governance, Finance, Investments, Leadership, Business Advisory, Restructuring, Business Models, and stakeholder management. Edgar sits in the boards of Madison Group, Madison Life, Madison General, Madison Investment Managers, and Talentplex Holdings Ltd. He is a former chairman of the Griffin Memorial Endowment Trust (trustee for over 15 years). Edgar also a mentor and Coach using his knowledge to develop the next generation of Industry leaders.

 

Ms. Rose Sang – Board Member 

Ms. Rose Sang joined Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in July 2021. She serves as the Chair of the Governance and HR Committee of the Board. Rose is a seasoned HR Professional with over 18 years of HR management experience and a background of repeated success implementing best practices and establishing effective HR Departments from the ground up. Some of her clientele include a SGS Kenya, the Parliamentary Service Commission in Kenya, Nestle Equatorial Africa Region, Energy Regulatory Authority, Kenya Pipeline Co. Ltd, Kenya Power & Lighting Company, Agriculture Food & Fisheries Authority (AFA), DHL Kenya, Kenya Roads Board amongst others. Rose has a Masters in Strategic Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Nairobi. She is experienced in managing and supporting the assessment of organizational needs and the design, implementation and evaluation of programs that facilitate the professional development and continuous learning of team members, particularly executives and emerging leaders. Rose is a valuable addition to HFH Kenya’s governance.

 

Mr. Maurice Makoloo – Board Member and Africa Hub Senior Director with Habitat for Humanity International

Maurice is leading the development and execution of a regional strategy to support Habitat’s existing network in the region, research new opportunities and scale Habitat’s impact across Africa. Maurice Makoloo has over 20 years of experience as a strategic global nonprofit executive leader, who has developed and led successful organizations in Africa. He is a lawyer by training. Prior to joining the philanthropic sector, Maurice co-founded a non-governmental organization through which he fought for the interests of communities especially on natural resources governance and environmental protection. Maurice used his legal practice to carry out strategic and public interest litigation. For nine years, he served as the Regional Director at the Ford Foundation, overseeing grantmaking in East Africa till January 2021. In that role, he stewarded strategic partnerships with government, private sector and development partners.