Utumishi Bora Award Winners 2016

Grand Awardee (Mtumishi Bora 2016) – Dr.Gideon Muriuki (Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Co-operative Bank Group)

Co-operative Bank Group is one of the largest banks in the region with an asset base of over Shs 360 billion, over 6 million account-holders with operations in Kenya and the region, notably South Sudan. Dr. Muriuki has driven a remarkable turnaround of the bank from a massive loss position of Shs. 2.3 billion in the year 2001 to a profit before tax of over Shs. 15 billion in 2015.

Dr. Muriuki has crafted a turnaround strategy of the bank that was underpinned by three factors: faith, a shared work-culture and professionalism. The faith-inspired tone defines the character of the bank and the conduct of its business. “We rally the team behind a shared higher calling; we are but an instrument to do God’s will, to bless His people of Kenya,” says Dr. Muriuki.

“Faith plays a cardinal role in my life,” he adds. “As a born again Christian I see my service to Co-operative Bank as part of a higher calling to fulfil God’s purpose for me in my generation. I am greatly inspired by the decision of the bank’s Board of Directors to declare Co-operative Bank as ‘The Kingdom Bank through which God will bless His people of Kenya’.” Dr. Muriuki wishes that he leaves a legacy as a CEO who boldly served God in the marketplace and who led Co-operative Bank to diligently serve the Kenyan people and in the region,” he declares.

Dr. Muriuki has served as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Africa International University, Director Deposit Protection Fund and a Deacon/Church Treasurer at CITAM (Nairobi Pentecostal Church).

Dr. Muriuki is a family man with five children and worships at Nairobi Pentecostal Church – Woodley.

Crusading and Promoting – Njonjo Mue

Njonjo is a Rhodes Scholar, human rights lawyer, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and transitional justice expert and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ).

He is the Chair of the Governing Council of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-K) and the Chair of the board of the International Institute for Legislative Affairs. He studied at the University of Nairobi, Oxford University and the International Leadership University (formerly the Nairobi International School of Theology).

Njonjo played a prominent role in the campaign for a new Kenyan constitution throughout the 1990s and the 2000s and has been a vocal crusader for justice, accountability and the rule of law. For these efforts, he has received a number of human rights awards, including the Jurist of the Year Award for the year 2000. He is among 66 biblical scholars and activists who contributed to the writing the NIV Justice Bible published by Biblica in 2015. He also contributed to The Africa Study Bible published and launched in July 2016 by Oasis International Limited. Njonjo is married to Katindi and they have two daughters, Nashipai and Naserian.

Research and Writing – Prof. Javier Aranguren

Professor Javier is from Spain and is 47years old. He is a holder of 2PhDs and His main field of interest is the Philosophical Anthropology and Education. He is a member of Opus Dei. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Strathmore University.

He has been involved in education and mentorship

He/ with another group of people identified people living in poverty and are paying school fees of 62 children

He provides monetary support to Kwetu Children’s Home and supports two schools in Kibera.
He has a great wealth of Knowledge and has published 12 books on (Philosophy, Essay, Religion, Education).

Leadership – Rev. Ambrose Nyang’ao

Rev. Ambrose has been the Senior Pastor of Parklands Baptist Church since 1992 before which he was the Associate Pastor in the same church since 1983. He has served as a board member at the Nairobi International School of Theology, as a Chair of the Board at Kenya Baptist Theological College and a board member of Finish the Task (FTT).

Pastor Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Biblical languages from Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, USA. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership studies at Nairobi International School of Theology. Rev. Ambrose is married to Martha and they are blessed with two children Caleb and Lisa.

Mentorship – Raphael Obonyo

Obonyo has a master’s degree in public policy and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. He has received a number of diplomas and certificates from academic Institutions in Kenya and abroad.

He is an expert on public policy and youth, based in Nairobi Kenya, but serving as a public policy and development expert in Kenya, Africa and across the globe. He is a Global Young Diplomat, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Diplomatic Forum. He has served as a Special Adviser on United Nations Habitat’s Youth Advisory Board and the World Bank’s Global Coordination on Youth and Anti-Corruption.

He has built an extensive network of youth organizations across the country to promote youth leadership and participation especially in governance, development and democratic processes that resulted to the National Youth Policy, National Youth Council and the 2010 Constitution. He has coordinated the Aga Khan University’s East Africa Institute Youth Survey and Dialogue series.  He is also a Ford Foundation-IFP fellow.

He is the author of Conversations about the Youth in Kenya. Obonyo is an enemy of corruption. To him; corruption breeds poverty, exclusion, marginalisation, under-development, under-employments and takes the country backwards when it ought to have made big strides post-independence.

He believes that many people want to leave the Glory without the Story, which is why he takes time to motivate many youths through his stories and by initiating community projects at Korogocho to engage more youths in their development process.

Integrity – Fred Ojiambo S.C

Fred is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a commissioner of oaths and a Senior Counsel. He is the senior partner, Kaplan and Stratton Advocates. He holds an LLB as well as a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. He has held many senior positions in his work as an advocate which include being chairman of the Law Society of Kenya, Council member, International Bar Association among many others. He has served and still serves on many boards which include chairman the Board of Directors, Nairobi international School of Theology; Director, Consolidated Bank of Kenya, CFC Bank Limited and Bata Shoe Company Limited; Chairman and Elder Nairobi Baptist Church.

Fred has served on many task forces which include Human Rights Issues of East Timor and Indonesia; has served a consultant for Jubilee Consultations on Constitutional and Legal Framework in a new South Africa, Cambridge, England.

Pioneering – George Maina Mugwe

Maina holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and a Masters’ Degree in Agricultural Marketing & Management.

He has over 20 years’ hands-on experience in Microfinance having worked in several roles at different levels of seniority. George Maina has held senior positions at some of the leading Microfinance Banks in Kenya namely Faulu, SMEP and K-rep.He was the founding CEO of Musoni, the first mobile phone based MFI.

He is the current and founding CEO of Caritas Microfinance Bank which began operations in June 2015 after being licensed as the 12th Microfinance Bank by Central Bank of Kenya. He has ample experience in microfinance operations.

George has a great passion for Men. In September 2013 he founded the Men of Purpose program whose main objective is to nurture Christian male Professionals and Businessmen in the market place develop Godly character, and equip them to influence their world for Christ.

The program runs for 12 weeks per season covering different modules on topical issues that are men related. The program is open to all men – singles, married, divorced, etc.

The vision for Men of Purpose is to develop Men that will be strong in Character, Leadership and Fatherhood to impact this Generation.