Interview series: Felix Mutisya

Felix Mutisya, a former night guard, and his wife Susan, a teacher, embarked on an ambitious journey 12 years ago to start a primary school. Together, they have successfully pioneered two schools in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi where they are educating over 600 students. Felix sat down with us to share his story. What led you to setting up Merry Cliff School? I started the school in 2006 with my wife Susan. We realised that there were no public schools around the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums where we lived. There was only one school which was about [...]

Interview series: Saidi Ahmed Ndope

Saidi Ahmed Ndope can be summarised as a young, ambitious and determined go-getter. At only 35 years of age he has managed to grow his portfolio at Markmann & Co. Ltd by steering the product development and R&D departments to greater heights over the last couple of years. Starting off his career as a Sales & Marketing Executive in 2009 right out of University, he steadily rose up the ranks to hold his current position as the General Manager. Saidi was one of the participants in Creative Metier’s coaching programme for Small and Growing Business (SGBs) in Kenya. We caught [...]

Interview series: Deepa Dosaja

Deepa Dosaja, Founder and CEO of Deepa Dosaja Ltd., is one of Kenya’s leading designers and has established a strong brand, not just in Kenya but across the globe. From showcasing her “My Flowers” couture collection on New York Fashion Week’s coveted runway in 2017, to participating in the inaugural Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at the Buckingham Palace in London earlier this year, Deepa is unstoppable.  Deepa Dosaja Ltd. is one of 10 companies that recently concluded a six month coaching programme with Creative Metier for small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Kenya. We caught up with Deepa to talk about [...]

Interview series: Saheel Shah

Saheel Shah is the co-founder of Kenya’s Adpack Limited, one of the fastest growing packaging businesses in East Africa. Saheel started the business five years ago with his father. Adpack Limited manufactures gunny bags or woven sacks that are used to package cement, agrichemicals, fertilisers and feeds for the farming sector. Saheel sat down with us to talk about what inspires him as a leader and to discuss his entrepreneurial journey. What led you to setting up Adpack? I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather came to Kenya on a ship when he was 14 years [...]