As CEO of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), she is credited with trans- forming the organisation from a little-known business lobby group to one of the most influential institutions in Kenya and globally. Everyday, from diplomats to busi-
ness leaders, global and local, all Carole Kariukiline up on the corridors of Shelter Afrique House on Mamlaka Road, all eager to pay a courtesy call on probably the most influential, if not equally powerful woman in Kenya today.
Meet the diminutive Carole Kariuki, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. Additionally, Caroline boasts of several professional courses on Public-Private Sector Dialogue, Global Leadership and Private Sector Development under her belt.
Carole has a wealth of experi- ence in leadership, having worked for, among others, Barclays Bank of Kenya and the Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana, where she acted as a liai- son between KEPSA and the insti- tute before formally joining KEPSA. She worked for several years before being appointed CEO.
KEPSA is the Apex body of business groups in Kenya, galvanising the private sector through pub
lic-private dialogue and influencing the economic and development agen- da of the country and Africa.
Carole also serves on several boards, including: Chairperson, Special Economic Zones Authority, Kenya, Board Member, East African Cables PLC, Board Member, Internet Solutions Kenya, Board Member, Harvard University Center for African Studies, Africa Advisory Board, Board of Trustees Member, United States International University–Africa (USIU-Africa), Kenya, Board Member, Business Advocacy Fund, Danish Embassy
Kenya; Ambassador, African ‘ Women in Business Initiative of the
Africa CEO Forum, Paris, Council Member, The National Council of
Administrative Justice (NCAJ), Kenya, Advisor, Nailab 3.0 (Nairobi
Innovation Lab) Board, Kenya.
In 2012 she was voted ‘Extraordinary Personality to Inspire
the Future’ by 80% of the 20,000 students of the Entrepreneurship
Clubs of Kenyan Universities.
In November 2019, Carole was appointed to the board of Global Compact Network Kenya (GCNK). The GCNK is designed as a multi-stakeholder body, whose board provides ongoing strategic and pol- icy advice for the initiative, which acts as the flagship for responsible business action.
Board members are considered champions who are willing and able to advance the mission of the United Nations Global Compact.