COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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.

He is originally from Derry in Northern Ireland and has worked in Africa for almost four years where he was President of Operations in a similar business in Ethiopia prior to arriving in Kenya.

He has extensive experience in the Hospitality and Customer Service sector having previously been UK and Ireland Operations Director for a chain of sixteen hotels based in the UK.

Darren also sits on the Board of the European Business Council an organisation representing the business community who are affiliated to the EU in Kenya. He also is a board member of Young Scientists Kenya, an Irish initiative seeking to promote STEM amongst the young people in Kenya and encouraging them to pursue a career in this field. 

Stephen Fagan - Co Chair

Jack O'Regan - Secretary

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 - Assistant Secretary

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.

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.

Gordon Odundo- Member

Mike Craig - Member