Exploring Networks As A Powerful Mechanism for Impact: Invest in Africa, Kenya Case Study

2021-09-02T14:09:13+01:00September 1st, 2021|

Locally led impact networks, such as Invest in Africa, Kenya (IIA Kenya), play a critical role in strengthening business ecosystems by bringing their members together to address complex systemic challenges. They have the potential to deliver significant impact by aligning key actors who are committed to strengthening financial systems and resources, and increasing the income generating opportunities needed to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa. This case study shows how the IIA Kenya team have applied a networks approach to deepen member engagement and accelerate their impact. “The [...]

Interview Series: Kevin Moorhead

2021-02-22T13:24:39+00:00February 19th, 2019|

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

2021-09-02T12:50:32+01:00December 3rd, 2018|

We are sad to announce that Zohra Baraka passed away on 7 August 2021. Zohra was an inspiring leader who made a difference to thousands of lives across Africa. This interview took place in 2018 and gives a sense of the contribution she made through her work. 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 [...]

Interview series: Felix Mutisya

2020-05-25T12:55:57+01:00October 22nd, 2018|

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

2020-05-25T12:55:24+01:00October 22nd, 2018|

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

2021-02-22T13:25:17+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

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

2020-05-25T12:59:10+01:00October 22nd, 2018|

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 [...]

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