Meet Our Trainers

Charles Muchene

Mr is a board-level advisor focusing primarily on areas that he is zealous about – corporate governance, ethics and strategy. He has served as an independent non-executive director of several companies, including East African Breweries Limited and Barclays Kenya Limited, both of which he currently chairs.

Previously, he was the PricewaterhouseCoopers Country Senior Partner for over a decade, providing advisory (including corporate governance) services to a variety of clients.  

 

During this time, he was actively involved in leading initiatives such as the East African Business Summit that sought to identify and remediate gap in governance, and East Africa’s Most Respected, which sought to identify drivers of respect and to recognise exemplars. 

Mr Muchene has in the past been involved extensively in the leadership of ICPAK in the technical field, playing key roles in standard setting and interpretation, including serving as a Fire judge in the programme’s nascent years and working closely with CMA and CBK on disclosure standards.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors (K), the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi.

Outside boardrooms, he enjoys reading, occasional golf, travel and mentoring young professionals.

Diana Gichaga

Diana is a frontier markets, capital markets and private equity professional focusing on deal origination, investor readiness, capital raising and portfolio company support in the capital markets and PE Industries in Sub Saharan Africa.

 Diana Has over 15 years work experience and is currently the Founder and Managing Partner at Private Equity Support (PES), a consulting firm working with Small and Growing Businesses(SGBs) within East Africa to get them investor ready as part of a capital raise or business expansion strategy. 

 

Previously a Business Development Manager at Britam Asset Managers where she foucused on Private Equity and Real estate asset classes.

Diana has been the Head of Investor Relations at Fusion Group Africa, a regional and international Private Equity firm operating within East Africa, UK and Guernsey. She also set up Fusion Investment Management, a Capital Markets Authority(CMA) regulate, Africa focused Alternative Assets fund manager. Prior to that, Diana set up and managed the investor relations department at the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

She serves as a Non-Executive Director at Genghis Capital Investment Bank, a CMA regulated intermediary.

Diana is and advocate of the High Court in Kenya. She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya, Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) and affiliated to the Investor Relations Society of South Africa.

Bernard Kiragu

Bernard is Managing Partner at Scribe Services, and the Chief Trainer at Leading Edge Consulting, the firm’s training division.

 He is a Certified Secretary with more than 15 years’ practicing experience, providing   Company Secretarial and Statutory compliance advisory to entities across all sectors.

His areas of expertise include: Corporate Governance, Board Structures and processes, Board evaluations, Board and Committee charters. Bernard is also a member of the Membership and Advocacy committee of the   Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. 

 

He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, and the Institute of Directors (K) and holds and Executive Masters in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

 Bernard is also a Certified Governance Auditor and an authorised tax agent.

Reba Chabeda

Reba is a partner at Umsizi LLP, a firm of Advocates. Corporate Secretaries and Alternative Dispute Practitioners.

Reba attained her undergraduate Law Degree (LLB) at the University of Nairobi and holds a Master of  Laws degree (LLM) in Commercial Law from the University of Capetown. She also is a Certified Public Secretary, Certified Public Accountant, Governance Auditor and Certified Mediator. 

 

Reba has worked within the East African Region in a legal corporate secretarial capacities in various industries including: Property Development and Real Estate, Oil Marketing, Cement Manufacture, Banking, Insurance, Agribusiness, Non-Profit Sector and SMEs.

Reba’s Forte is in the areas of Corporate transactions, Corporate Governance, Legal Compliane, Property & Commercial Law transactions.

She enjoys sharing knowledge and experiences by conducting seminars addressing various topical issues in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law Governance.

When not on the clock, Reba likes to think she know a little about everything under the sun, but mostly she enjoys a good book, travelling around and about, and runs around her neighbourhood in the name of exercise.

 

Stefan Handoyo

Reba is a partner at Umsizi LLP, a firm of Advocates. Corporate Secretaries and Alternative Dispute Practitioners.

Reba attained her undergraduate Law Degree (LLB) at the University of Nairobi and holds a Master of  Laws degree (LLM) in Commercial Law from the University of Capetown. She also is a Certified Public Secretary, Certified Public Accountant, Governance Auditor and Certified Mediator. 

 

Stefan is currently the Program Manager for the IFC East Africa Corporate Governance Program based in Nairobi, covering five countries – Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Stefan has more than 17 years of experience in the field of corporate governance, including three years with the IFC East Asia and Pacific Corporate Governance Program. He first joined IFC Investment Services in 1998 as Investment Analyst. He set up the initial program of IFC Indonesia on corporate governance during the 1998 Asian financial crisis by helping establish the Indonesian Institute for Corporate Directorship in 2000.

He is a certified CG trainer and graduated from the Global Directorship Program of the School of Management of Yale University, USA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics Engineering from Indonesia, a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Philippines and an Advanced Management Program certificate from IESE Business School, Spain.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Global Deloitte Scholarship Program of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and is a member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).