The 2021 Angaza Awards: Women to Watch in Banking and Finance nominations are in progress and the winners will be announced later in the quarter. The awards intend to recognize women who are shaping the regions’ financial services, with the aim of promoting gender diversity at C-suite and board level. Nominations will close on 19th February 2021.
Entrants can access an online form and submit the award application and supporting documents. Judges are drawn from multiple disciplines including regulators, professional bodies and associations, academia, government, development community and individuals. The judges will utilize a scoresheet developed by the Kenyan Wallstreet to select the winners.
Entries for the awards will be received strictly online. The Kenyan Wallstreet team will shortlist the entrants based on the criteria and a scoresheet, and validate their profiles.
The shortlist will be circulated along with the entry forms and scoresheets to the judging panel. The judges will disqualify themselves in cases of a conflict of interest, specifically if the entrant is employed by the judge, a co-worker or associate of the judge, or related.
The Judges will meet to review their scoresheets and deliberate the results. The 10 entrants with the highest points following the judges meeting will be declared the winners.
Meanwhile, meet the judges behind the awards.
Nuru Mugambi – Award Secretary
Nuru Mugambi helped shape Kenya’s banking Industry, spearheading strategic initiatives which positioned the industry as a driver of sustainable economic development in the country. Nuru has made numerous contributions towards progressive practices in Sustainable Finance, Gender Diversity, Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and Consumer Protection. Nuru Mugambi designed the Kenya Green Bond Program, which facilitated East and Central Africa’s first certified Green bond.
Nuru created the Leading Women in Banking and Finance initiative by KBA which supports more than 200 women in senior positions.
In 2015, Nuru was the youngest female to earn the coveted Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers (FKIB) designation to industry excellence and leadership. In 2016, she recognized by the Eisenhower Fellowships Program and former US President Barack Obama as an emerging African Leader. She is also the Chair of the Eisenhower Fellowships Kenya Chapter and a Founding Trustee of Graca Machel Trust’s New Faces New Voices Women in Finance network.
Nuru is the Anganza Awards Secretary.
Phyllis Wakiaga – CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers
Phyllis heads one of the leading business association with over 800 members. Before becoming the CEO, Phyllis headed the associations; Policy Research and Advocacy Unit. Phyllis represents the Kenya Association of Manufacturers on the Anti Counterfeit Agency (ACA), and Commecssa Business Council. She is also a member of the Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (KECOPAC).
Phyllis has held various leadership positions in the past. She was the Manager for Government and Industry Affairs at Kenya Airways and a member of the Government of Kenya delegations negotiating bilateral air services. She was also a member of the East African Community Facilitation Team, ensuring improvements across all airports in East Africa.
Phyllis is the United Nations Global Compact Network Representative in Kenya, and a Board Member on the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN).
Podcast; Phyllis Wakiaga talks to Kenyan Wallstreet’s Ally Mwakaneno on the journey of becoming the Associations’ CEO, promoting women businesses in the manufacturing sector and the importance of recognizing the achievements of women.
Mary Okelo is the Founder and Past Chairperson of Kenya Women Finance Trust. She is also the Founder of Makini Schools. She had a long career in banking and is the first woman in East Africa to head a Barclays Bank branch and is one of Kenya’s foremost entrepreneurs.
Esther Ndeti – Executive Director of the East Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EAVCA)
Esther Ndeti is a Kenyan mechanical engineer, businesswoman and corporate executive, who serves an Executive Director of the East Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EAVCA), based in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, effective 14 January 2017. Prior to her current position, she served as the regional coordinator for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
Luke Ombara – Director, Regulatory Policy and Strategy, at the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya
Luke Ombara is currently Director, Regulatory Policy and Strategy, at the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya, where he provides overall strategic leadership in Research, Policy, Strategy, Product Development, Regulatory Affairs and Investor Education functions.
He has held various posts at the Authority including heading its research, market infrastructure and product development departments. Luke is a senior economist and policy analyst with over 22 years’ experience in capital markets research and policy formulation, during which period he has developed more than thirty research and policy advisories focusing on gaps in the securities, investments and derivatives. He is also a Balance Score Card Professional.
Catherine Musakali is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. She is the Founder of Dorion Associates, a firm specializing in governance matters and commercial legal consultancies.
Prior to founding Dorion Associates, Catherine worked for Kenya Shell Limited (Now Vivo Energy Kenya Limited) as their Company Secretary and Head of Legal for over fifteen years. She represented her employer on the Board of Petroleum Institute of East Africa, the Industry body and represented the Industry in the committee that was set up to draft the current Energy Act.
Tabitha Kiriti-Nganga is a Professor of Economics in the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi specializing in International Trade, Gender and Socioeconomic Issues. She attained my PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia, a Diploma in Legal Instruments of International Economic Relations and Regional Integration from the University of Barcelona. She is the Coordinator of UNCTAD Virtual Institute and the Chair of the WTO Chairs Program at the University of Nairobi. She is also a member of the National Consultative Committee Trade Facilitation, National Consultative Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the National Consultative Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). She has done extensive research and published in trade, gender and women studies, advocacy, poverty, social protection, gender-based violence, affirmative action and health. She has held gender and advocacy training workshops not only at the local level but also at the regional and international levels. She is currently the chair of the technical committee at the University of Nairobi Women Economic Empowerment Hub.
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