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Meet The Team

…Advancing the Coaching Profession

CDI-Africa’s core team is made up of dedicated professionals who are deeply passionate about coaching and mentoring for the greater good! Their diverse backgrounds, experiences and exposure make the company’s interventions and interactions with her clients unique and life-changing. There is definitely so much to say about each of the team members, but for now, see the snapshots below…

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Eileen Laskar

CEO, Principal Coach, Trainer & Consultant

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Vikki Brock

Partner & Technical Advisor

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Christi Byerly

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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Catherine Wahome

Associate Coach, Trainer and Consultant

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George Nuthu

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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Sheila Kariuki

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Pius Muchiri

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Risper Mukoto

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Maryanne Bury

Associate Coach and Trainer

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Leonard Ndaka Nyamai

Junior Associate Coach

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Eileen Laskar

CEO, Principal Coach, Trainer & Consultant

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • ICF’s Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Certified Executive Coach (CEC)
  • Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach (CLTMC)
  • Certified Workplace Coach (CWC)
  • Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC)
  • ICF Registered Global Mentor Coach
  • MSc. (Leadership) -Walden University (USA)
  • Membership – ICF, IHRM, KIM, PTAK

For over 10 years, Eileen worked in various capacities in Africa and developed a successful career as a business development specialist. In 2006, she founded “Intellect Consulting Ltd”. In 2012 the company re-branded to become “Coach Development Institute of Africa (CDI-Africa) Ltd in order to fully embody the organization’s mandate and vision.

Eileen holds various International professional coaching credentials which truly position her as a pioneer in the Eastern African region. She was the first one to be awarded the prestigious Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential by the International Coach Federation (ICF). In the Eastern Africa region, she was also the first one to develop a coach training curriculum that received ICF approval. This automatically made her organization to become the first institute domiciled I East Africa to receive ICF accreditation.

Eileen’s pioneering spirit saw her nominated in the “Top 40 under 40″ category (Business Daily, 2009) and thereafter, she has been featured in various local media (TV and Print media), authored series of leadership and career coaching articles published by “Management” (the regional monthly management journal published Kenya Institute of Management). She has also been a guest speaker in various HR forums and conferences regarding building a workplace coaching and mentoring culture.

In addition to one-on-one leadership coaching, Eileen is particularly passionate about embedding coaching and mentoring philosophy at the workplace. She terms it as the best approach to develop and retain talent, optimize productivity, develop a steady leadership pipeline, and build sustainable organizational growth and competitiveness. Borrowing from her mentor’s words, she terms this as her active legacy!

In order to advance the coaching industry in the region, Eileen steered the formation of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Kenya Chapter in 2011, which was officially launched in May 2015. Further, she has pursued partnerships with different seasoned institutes and industry leaders abroad in order to ensure that all her coaching and training programs have solid anchoring and are benchmarked on international standards.

Given her scope of her engagements, her tools for facilitating her clients to move forward are versatile; she trains, consults, coaches, mentors and offers advisory services depending on where her clients are and what they need to do next. This blend of approaches effortlessly propels her clients to greater heights!

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Vikki Brock

Partner & Technical Advisor

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • PhD in Coaching and Human Development,
  • ICF Master Certified Coach (since 1998)
  • Certified Executive Coach (WABC)
  • Executive MBA in Human Development
  • Author of various books, notably the Sourcebook of Coaching History
  • Recognized International Speaker
  • ICF Registered Global Mentor Coach

Vikki has been in private practice as an executive leadership coach and mentor for other coaches since 1995, following a 21 year corporate career. She is committed to transformation at a global level and one third of her clients are international leaders committed to making a difference in their country.

Her impressive credentials include an Executive MBA, a PhD in Coaching and Human Development, ICF Master Coach Certification since 1998, and being a genuinely caring, creative human being. She has coached numerous leaders, sales executives and coaches from Fortune 500 companies. Throughout her university teaching, writing, international speaking, and leadership in the International Coach Federation, Vikki has always emphasized collaboration and inclusion.

Vikki’s proprietary developments include Active Legacy, a coaching program she developed to help people recognize their behaviour is their legacy. She co-developed 5E� Leadership program, an inside out approach to improving authentic presence. As a subject matter expert on the roots and emergence of the coaching field, in May 2012, after six years of research, Dr. Brock published a Sourcebook of Coaching History.

As a Partner, she provides technical advisory services to CDI-Africa on development and delivery of coach training programs. In her words, CDI-Africa is the latest project in her of her Active Legacy series!

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Christi Byerly

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • ICF Group Certified Coach (GCC)
  • Registered ICF mentor coach
  • Certified Professional Coach – International Coach Academy
  • NLP Master Certified Coach
  • BA (French, communication) – Wheaton College
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Member, Spiritual Directors International

Christi is an energetic, ICF-credentialed coach, NLP Master-certified coach and a registered mentor coach, with international coaching experience. She has lived and worked primarily in the USA, France and Kenya and can coach in both English and French. In addition to her coaching experience, she has worked in management capacities in a variety of international corporate and humanitarian organizations. This blend of experience makes her coaching style deep and transformational.

Christi has been married for more than two decades and is the mother of three children.

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Catherine Wahome

Associate Coach, Trainer and Consultant

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Workplace Coach ( ICF Approved – 91 ACSTH) – CDI-Africa
  • Certified SLII Trainer – Ken Blanchard
  • Certified Targeted Selection Trainer – DDI
  • Certified Success Profiling Trainer – DDI
  • Certified Personal Development Analyst – PDA International
  • Master of Philosophy – University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Master of Business Administration – University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Kenyatta University (Kenya)
  • Member, Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM)
  • Member, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)
  • Member, Cambridge Society

In her 21 years of practising Human Resource (HR) Management, Catherine has gained a high level of proficiency in all the facets of HR, ranging from workforce planning through to performance management and staff development. During this time Catherine has served as a practitioner, heading the HR Department of Deloitte East Africa for about 12 years, and also as a consultant focusing mainly on talent and leadership development and performance management. This makes Catherine’s experience invaluable as it combines the prized benefits of being both an advisor and an implementer.

Catherine’s experience has also seen here interact with all levels of business including, the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors.

Additionally, Catherine is a trained facilitator with over nineteen (19) years of facilitating experience. She is a certified trainer by Development Dimensions International (DDI), a reputable international research and leadership development institution. In the leadership area, she is a certified Ken Blanchard Situational Leadership trainer and a Personal Development Analysis (PDA) assessor. She has facilitated training in some of the leading organizations across different sectors.

Outside of work, Catherine is a doting mother of three young men and a Bible Study leader.

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George Nuthu

Associate Coach, Trainer and Consultant

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Workplace Coach (CDI-Africa)
  • Registered ICF Mentor Coach
  • Certified Executive Coach (AoEC,UK)
  • Certified Professional Leadership Coach(LLC, USA)
  • Masters of Art in Leadership (GU,USA)

George has 15 years’ experience in equipping and developing leaders through training, coaching and mentoring. He has been a practicing lawyer and a pastor, a background that makes him greatly appreciate the intrigues and complexities of human behavior. He is a seasoned, well-trained leader and ICF certified coach, with a proven record of boosting performance and productivity of leaders. George’s passion is to inspire and influence leaders to discover, develop and fully demonstrate their personal and professional potential. He has superb rapport with his clients because he creates a “safe-and-secure” environment where his clients enjoy his value-packed, fun-filled and non-judgmental interactions.

When he is not working with leaders, George loves spending time and travelling with Beverley his beloved wife, listening to smooth jazz and spending time with friends…and offering free coaching while at it because coaching is his second nature!

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Sheila Kariuki

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

Qualifications and Memberships

  • ICF Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • Executive MBA, Copenhagen Business School
  • Diploma, Leadership & Management, Strathmore University
  • Associate Member, Institute of Human Resource Management
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Specialty: Executive Coaching, Executive Talent Acquisition, Organisational & Leadership Development.

Sheila Kariuki is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Resource Associates Limited a Kenyan owned Human Resource Consultancy firm that has been in operation for 13 years. She specialises in Executive talent acquisition, organisational & leadership development. The scope of consulting also involves the development of organisational cultures that are aligned to and support the achievement of business strategy. She is also a head hunter focusing on Executive talent for senior executive roles.

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Pius Muchiri

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree (The University of Nairobi)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Fellow of the prestigious Desmond Tutu African Leadership Institute
  • Specialty: Executive Leadership Coaching and Investment Advisory

Pius Muchiri is respected investment Advisor and the Managing Director (MD) of Nabo Capital a wholly owned subsidiary of Centum Investment Company Limited. He has successfully steered Nabo Capital to become the third most profitable fund manager in the country through launch of bespoke investment products that have unlocked opportunities in capital markets, real estate, education and energy. His next frontier is mobilizing third party assets from across the globe. His vision is to see Nabo Capital become the leading truly African investment solution provider in scale, innovation and profitability.

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Risper Mukoto:

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • ICF Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • MBA (Finance), USIU-Africa;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Moi University)
  • Fellow, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Member of ACCA Advisory board (Kenya)
  • Member, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya
  • Fellow, Desmond Tutu African Leadership Institute
  • Specialty: Executive Coaching, Finance & Strategic Business Leadership

Risper Mukoto is currently the Managing Director (MD) of Centum Business Solutions Ltd (CBSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Centum Investment Company Limited offering integrated business solutions to the Centum Group as well as third party clients. She is a respected and strategic Business Performance Excellence professional with over 14 years’ experience in financial, human capital and business operations management. As an ICF Certified Executive Leadership Coach, she is passionate about development of leaders through a dual approach of coaching and mentoring.

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Maryanne Bury:

Associate Coach and Trainer,

Professional & Academic Qualifications

  • Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching (AoEC,UK)
  • Certified Organizational Effectiveness Coach (COEC)
  • Systemic Team Coaching Certificate
  • Individual and Group Supervision Certificate
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), UK
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

Maryanne has 19 years’ work experience with Standard Chartered Bank. For the last 7 years ending in 2015, she was engaged in Learning & Development as a leadership development facilitator for the bank, specifically working with senior and middle management. Within that role, coaching was a key component of her work and she interacted and supported teams across Africa, the Middle East, India and the Far East.
Areas of Expertise
Executive coaching, Organizational coaching, Team coaching, Career coaching

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Leonard Ndaka Nyamai:

Junior Associate Coach,

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Certified Organizational Effectiveness Coach (COEC)
  • Member Professional Trainers Association of Kenya (PTAK)
  • Bachelor of Technology Engineering Moi University
  • Member Technical Working Group Capacity Building National AIDS Control Council (NACC)

Leonard has over 16 years of work experience. He has worked in Humanitarian and Health programs and projects in the region including the Government of Malawi, Ministry of Health as a Technical Support. Leonard is a trainer/facilitator with over 6 years experience facilitating teams as well as individual sessions. This exposure has enabled him to work with diverse cultures and in diverse settings.

Leonard believes that nurturing of “soft skills” for individuals working within organizational teams and team development approaches (experiential learning) are a key ingredient in organizations achieving their strategic objectives. The coaching approach further unlocks this potential.

Areas: Organizational & Team Coaching and Training.