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Exploring Networks as a Powerful Mechanism for Impact

Creative Metier have been engaged by Small Foundation to conduct research into the potential of multi-stakeholder networks to address complex systemic issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and to test and adapt a “networks approach” framework developed by Converge. The initial stages of the research have focussed on identifying the potential and the challenges facing the research participants. This phase also explored the opportunities that adopting a “networks approach” presents to expand on the potential and resolve the challenges. The research so far demonstrates both the (often hidden) potential of locally led multi stakeholder networks to address complex ecosystem level issues, [...]

Interview Series: Kevin Moorhead

Kevin Moorhead, former CEO of AKF East Africa speaks to Creative Metier about the risks associated with CEO transition and his reflections on the value of the dedicated transition support he received when moving from CEO of AKF Afghanistan, to CEO AKF East Africa. What do you see as the top three risks associated with CEO transition for a programme or organisation? Continuity of business: The incoming CEO is inevitably going to want to put their stamp on their organisation and that can be quite a large cultural and strategic shift unless it is managed well by the [...]

Interview series: Zohra Baraka

Meet Zohra Baraka, Founder and Director of Mohazo Eximpo Limited.  Mohazo Eximpo sells and distributes handcrafted items in the global marketplace. Zohra wears many hats. She is also the Chairperson of the African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Kenya Chapter and serves on boards of various organisations including Kenya’s National Committee on AGOA (the African Growth and Opportunity Act) and the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a government parastatal under the Ministry of Trade. What led you to setting up your business? I initially wanted to join employment and looked for a job for a while. I had been [...]

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 [...]

Interview series: Peter Kimbowa

Peter Kimbowa, is one of Uganda’s leading executive coaches and founded Uganda’s CEO Summit.  The Summit brings together leaders from the private and public sector to develop the character and competence required to lead complex enterprises with a purpose beyond products, profits and personal gain.  The Summit’s annual CEO Forum this year focussed on financing Uganda into a middle income economy. Glynis spoke to Peter Kimbowa at the Forum about ethical leadership, identifying talent, and the potential of coaching in Uganda. What do you see as the challenges facing senior leaders in Uganda today?  The first challenge I [...]