Dr. Habil Olaka / Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Olaka was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) in October 2010. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Association, covering industry advocacy, development and sustainability. Previously he was the Director of Operations of the East African Development Bank (EADB) based in Kampala after serving as the Resident Manager in Kenya. He earlier served the bank as the Head of Risk Management and as the Chief Internal Auditor.
Before joining the Bank, he had been with Banque Indosuez (now Bank of Africa) as the Internal Auditor. He started his career at the PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nairobi in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Division. He sits on a number of boards representing the KBA. These are Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC), Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), National Research Fund (NRF), Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), and the Anti-Money Laundering Advisory Board (AMLAB) as alternate to KBA Chairman. He chairs the Public Finance Sector Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). He is the National President of the Federation of Kenya Employers and the Chairman of the board of the Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG). He also sits on the board of the National Housing Corporation (NHC).
He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from USIU-Africa, a First Class Honours BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School in the UK His DBA dissertation was on the influence of strategic leadership on the implementation of strategy in the commercial banks in Kenya.
He is a member of the Institute of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the CFA Institute. He is an alumnus of the Strathmore School of Accountancy and has a good command of the French language.
Fidelis Muia / Director of Technical Services
Mr. Muia is the Director of Technical Services. He is responsible for the co-ordination of industry initiatives geared towards enhancing technology and operations for the banking industry. He has been instrumental in implementing projects that resulted in the modernization of the Automated Clearing House (Cheque Truncation) and the National Payments System. Mr. Muia has a wide range of knowledge in systems development and implementation, having worked in both the insurance and banking industries for more than 20 years.
Christine Onyango / Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Ms. Onyango joined the Association in February 2022 from I&M Bank, where she served as the Head of Marketing for 10 years. She has a cumulative 19 years’ experience within the banking industry, having worked for a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest banks in the US (Bank of America), Credit Bank Limited and Gulf African Bank. Christine is a recognized leader in matters marketing, corporate communication and business strategy delivering results through effective marketing campaigns, brand and relationship management. She is a holder of bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from Amberton University, Dallas, TX and Associate degree in Business Administration & Management from Colin County Community College, Plano, TX.
Kennedy Mutisya / Chief Finance Officer
Mr. Mutisya was appointed to the position of Chief Finance Officer in December 2012. He is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience rotating through multiple roles within the finance function in East Africa company controlling, project finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis. In his career he has worked in various industries, including banking, telecommunication, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and insurance. He has held various positions, most recently Finance Manager at the Monarch Group of companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Studies from Kenyatta University, and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
Dr. Samuel Tiriongo / Director of Research and Policy
Dr. Samuel Tiriongo (PhD) joined Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) in December 2020. He previously served as an economist with the Central Bank of Kenya for 13 years, of which he was attached to the Secretariat of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) for 11 years, providing research and analysis targeted at informing monetary policy decisions of the Committee. Additionally, he has been involved in various research assignments that have shaped industry discourse and policymaking, having published widely in peer reviewed research outlets on market microstructure, economic responses to crises, monetary policy communication, and credit market analyses, among other areas.
Dr. Tiriongo holds a PhD in Economics of the University of Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, conferred under the Collaborative PhD Programme in Economics for Sub-Saharan Africa of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). He has been a research fellow of the AERC since 2016 and was awarded in 2017 to participate in the AERC/IMF Visiting Scholars Programme. He has also received professional training from several leading organizations, key among them are International Monetary Fund (IMF), The World Bank, and Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI).
Raimond Molenje / Director Legal, Human Resource and Policy Advocacy
Mr. Raimond Molenje joined Kenya Bankers Association in August 2018 and has over 17 years’ experience in legal practice, human capital, and stakeholder engagement with special interest in business member organisations. He has held management roles as corporate legal counsel, human resource and industrial relations specialist with leading organizations and corporations including HR Advisor at De La Rue Currency and Security Print, Legal Manager at Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and HR Manager-Employee Relations at Equity Bank Group.
Molenje spearheads the effective and efficient management of legislative, regulatory and policy advocacy matters impacting the industry, continues to successfully coordinate the collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the Banking Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU) Kenya; involved in the Association’s lobbying and policy initiatives with diverse stakeholders and provides Company Secretarial and human capital support to the KBA Secretariat.
He is passionate about training and capacity building and serves as a Lecturer at the College of Human Resources Management. He is also a Board Member with the Auctioneers and Licensing Board under the Attorney General’s Office as well as the Mediation Accreditation Committee of the Judiciary representing the industry.
Molenje is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public. He is a practicing member with both the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Nairobi, and Postgraduate Diplomas in Law from the Kenya School of Law; and International Human Resource Management from Cambridge International College, UK.