Darren Gillen - Chair
Darren is the Chief Executive Officer at Kartridges Kenya Ltd a company that specialises mainly in the retail of High Quality Laser Toner Cartridges from Europe as well has other related items such as Printers, Computers, CCTV etc, his role covers the East Africa Region with their Headquarters based in Nairobi.
Ambassador Fionnuala Quinlan - Co-Chair
H.E Fionnuala Quinlan was appointed Ambassador of Ireland to Kenya, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea in June 2019.
Previously, she was Consul General of Ireland to New England in the USA from 2015 to 2019, where she represented the Irish Government in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Between 2013 and 2015, she was Director of Press Relations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, where she managed the Department’s engagement with traditional and new media. She joined the Department in 2009 as Press Adviser for Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas aid programme.
Amb. Fionnuala worked as a journalist and editor in Ireland and abroad for more than 10 years, including as a Features Editor at the Irish Examiner; News Editor and reporter for The Evening Echo and as a journalist at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. She was a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale, having lived and worked in France for two years.
Kathleen Vaughan - Secretary
Kathy Vaughan is a global executive coach and consultant with deep experience working with committed leaders and institutions on leadership, collaboration, and creativity.
Her practice includes working with multilateral entities, multinationals, not for profit, and entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors to support them creatively and competently in achieving their ambitions and greater impact.
Since 2000, she has designed and delivered interventions and services which have directly affected more than 10,000 people globally. Before going freelance, Kathy worked in financial services, education, and the not for profit sectors.
Kathy holds a Masters Degree in International Educational Development from Teacher’s College/Columbia University and an honors degree from Dartmouth College.
Mick Murphy - Treasurer
Mick Murphy is a partner with Viva Africa Consulting specialising in cross-border investment and the restructuring of multi-national groups operating in East and Central Africa. Mick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and trained with Deloitte in London.
Prior to coming to East Africa Mick worked with Deloitte in Johannesburg and Moscow and has gained experience in the taxation systems of many jurisdictions.
His clients are mainly in private equity, power generation and manufacturing. Some highlights in his career include involvement in structuring international operations, significant input on structuring international private equity investment transactions, structuring the transfer of know-how and provision of technical services in cross-border transactions and initiation of Tax In Africa, the only Pan-African tax publication, the Investing in Africa Guide which contained investment advice on 37 African countries and presenting at many international events.
Natasha Haavi - Member
Natasha worked in the oil and gas industry for more than five years offering advice to international companies looking to come into the Kenyan market. She also run the training program for a local oil and gas consulting firm offering non technical training in the extractives industry.
Natasha holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and currently works with LK Consulting that assists international companies across different sectors and regions to support their expansion into Kenya.
LK Consulting is the local representative for Enterprise Ireland which is the Irish trade promoting agency that has enabled the setup of numerous Irish business in East Africa. Enterprise Ireland offers constant support on the ground and organises: trade missions, market analysis and recommendations as well as engagements that introduce the Irish offering into the market.
Tony Wood - Member
Tony is the Managing Director of MYDAWA, a revolutionary e-health solution and the first licenced e-pharmacy in Kenya ensuring access to quality products at an affordable price which are consistently available to consumers, delivered directly to you conveniently and with privacy, all from the palm of your hand.
Tony comes to the Pharmaceutical Industry with a successful technology background and is ably supported by a very strong Pharmaceutical team to ensure that we meet all our Operational and Regulatory requirement to provide a fully customer-focused solution. Prior to MYDAWA, Tony was the Chief Operating Officer for Wananchi Business Services, responsible for driving growth across all sectors of the business. Before this he led Alcatel-Lucent East Africa and has been based in Nairobi for over 8 years. Internationally, he has also held numerous leadership roles across Europe focusing on corporate growth and transformation following a successful career in the UK Royal Air Force.
He holds a master’s degree in Business Telecommunications from University College London (UCL) and has a drive to positively impact lives through the use of technology.
Jack O'Regan - Member
Gordon Odundo- Member
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Enid Otieno - Member
Enid holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s in Business Administration from Strathmore Business School. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) as well as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA – Kenya). She has ten years external audit experience with Deloitte & Touche, in both Kenya and Tanzania. She worked with First Chartered Securities for seven years as an assistant group internal auditor after which she moved to ICEA LION Life Assurance Company Limited in June 2013 as the Head of Internal Audit where she still works.
Enid is a member of the Business Ireland Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA Global), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Association of Women Accountants of Kenya (AWAK), Women on Boards Network, Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya and ISACA. She is passionate about mentorship, coaching and organizational leadership serving on a voluntary basis in these areas.