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.
Ms. Rose Sang – Deputy Chairperson of the Board
Ms. Rose Sang joined Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in July 2021. She is currently the Deputy Chairperson of HFH Kenya Bord. Previously Rose served as the Chair of the Governance and HR Committee of the Board. Ms. 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.
Ms. Elizabeth Githinji – Board Member
Ms. Elizabeth Githinji joined Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in March 2020. She is currently the Chair of the Finance and Operations 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 Chair of the HR and Governance 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. Shamaz Savani – Board Member
Mr. Savani has served the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board since 2014. He serves as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board. Mr. Savani is a banker by profession with about 25 years of experience in the financial services sector. He 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. Edgar Kalya – Board Member
Mr. Edgar Kalya joined the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in July 2021. He currently serves as the Chair of the Risk and Audit 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.
Mr. Peter Gacheru – Board Member
Peter Gacheru joined the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in February 2023. He is a Marketer and Sports Administrator with vast experience spanning more than two decades. Peter is the CEO of IMG Kenya Ltd, a communication agency offering consultancy services in Corporate Communication Strategy Formulation and Execution, Events Management, Sports and Sports Sponsorship Management, Brand Strategy Formulation as well as Marketing Strategies. Previously, Peter served on the Executive Board of the Badminton World Federation for 10 years between 2004 and 2014. He also served in the same capacity at the Badminton Confederation of Africa from 1997 to 2014. He is currently serving as Marketing Chair for the National Olympic
Committee of Kenya
Mrs. Wambui Gichuri – Board Member
Mrs. Wambui Gichuri joined the Habitat for Humanity Kenya Board in February 2023. She is a highly qualified Water & Sanitation Sector Specialist with a unique experience and track record as senior manager with the World Bank and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). Wambui started her career in 1990 advising on community water systems in Kenya. This led her to join the World Bank as WASH Sector Specialist in 1998. She was then promoted to Senior WASH Specialist in 2004 and then to Regional Team Leader of the WB Regional Water and Sanitation Program from 2008 to 2012. After which she joined WB HQ in Washington as regional Water Practice Manager successively for Latin America and for Africa. In 2018 Mrs. Wambui was detached to the AfDB as Director, Water Development and Sanitation. A position
she held from 2018 until her retirement in March 2021. During her last year with the AfDB, Wambui acted as Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development.
She has extensive leadership and management experience in delivering results mostly in developing and implementing regional and country sector strategies and programs that respond to client needs; solid people management skills; ability to mobilize and manage financial and human resources, partnerships, and knowledge in international, regional and country-level contexts; ability to work in multi-cultural environments
Mr. Maurice Makoloo – Board Member and Area Vice President Habitat for Humanity Africa
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.