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…

1. Faculty

 

 

   

Eileen Laskar

Executive Leadership Coach & Lead Trainer
Founder and President, CDI-Africa Coaching Group Ltd

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Eileen Laskar

Executive Leadership Coach & Lead Trainer
Founder and President, CDI-Africa Coaching Group Ltd

Qualifications, Credentials & Memberships

  • ICF-Master Certified Coach (MCC)
  • Certified Executive Coach (CEC)
  • Certified Talent Management Coach
  • ICF – Registered Global Mentor Coach
  • MSc. (Leadership) – Walden University (USA)
  • ICF Prism Award Finalist (Nominating Coach) 2018
  • Member, ICF, EMCC, KIM, IHRM, ACTO
  • Former President, ICF-Kenya Chapter

For the last 12 years, Eileen has continued to pioneer in the field of professional coaching space in Eastern and Central Africa. She was recently awarded the world’s top most coaching credential – Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) positioning her as one of the top 10 coaches in Africa and in the top league of the top 1000 global coaches. As a coaching ambassador, she is big on human-centric leadership, championing the kind of leadership that connects at the heart level. She coaches marketplace leaders on vision, impact and legacy.

 

Risper Mukoto

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Risper Mukoto

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach
  • MBA (Finance); USIU-Africa
  • Bachelor of Business Management; Moi University
  • Fellow, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA)
  • Member, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
  • Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Institute
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)

Risper a business leader with over 18 years’ experience in the investment and financial sectors.  She is an Associate Certified Coach, and partners with business executives and entrepreneurs with a focus on leadership development and business transformation. Risper serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of the Nairobi Securities Exchange and Bank of Kigali. Until January 2018, she served as the Managing Director of Centum Business Solutions Limited (CBS); an enterprise she established in 2014. CBS is a uniquely structured integrated shared services subsidiary of Centum Investment PLC. Prior to this, she served Centum Investment PLC as Group Finance & Operations Director.

 

Catherine Tole

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Catherine Tole

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Certified Executive Coach (CEC)
  • Certified Change Manager (PROSCI)
  • Professional Mediator (MTI)
  • MBA Strategic Management
  • Post graduate Diploma in Human Resources
  • BA Economics
  • Member ICF, KIM, IHRM

Catherine is passionate about people management and how organizations engage their employees.  With over 15 years providing human resources leadership, Catherine understands organizational and human dynamics that support the achievement of organizational goals. She recognizes that it takes both managerial and team growth for organizations to realize their vision. Catherine coaches organizational leaders in leading effectively, managing change and   visioning.  She uses the Clarity 4D personality profiling to support her clients in understanding their leadership preferences.  Currently she runs a boutique HR consulting firm having previously held senior leadership roles in Human Resources and operations.

 

Christi Byerly

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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Christi Byerly

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • 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.

 

Dr. David Thuku

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Dr. David Thuku

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) and member of ICF
  • Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Liverpool, UK
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi
  • Bachelor of Education -Kenyatta University
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Singapore
  • Member of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
  • Member of the University Council at KCA University, Nairobi

David is an exciting blend of knowledge, skills, experience and passion in what he does; who has developed a reputation of unapologetically expecting and delivering at the highest level of professionalism and business ethics in all his engagements. David is a seasoned banker and experienced leader who enjoyed a fulfilling career in the banking industry for over 28 years; serving in various senior leadership positions with multinational and regional banks. During his last 9 years in the corporate world, he served as an in-house coach and mentor within the banks he worked for. David is now a full time Coach, Mentor and Business Consultant who specializes in facilitating personal and team effectiveness, organizational transformation and culture change.

 

George Nuthu

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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George Nuthu

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Registered Mentor Coach, (ICF), USA
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) -ICF,USA
  • Certified NLP Coach Practitioner, Symbiosis Coaching, USA/India
  • Certified Organizational Effectiveness Coach (COEC)
  • Certificate in Executive Coaching (CEC), Academy of Executive Coaching, UK
  • Certification in Professional Leadership Coaching (CPLC)
  • Certified Professional Analyst of DISC, EQ & Motivation Advocate and Commissioner of Oaths, the High Court of Kenya

George M. Nuthu is a Leadership Coach and Consultant who understands what leaders want and what organizations desire of their leaders. He brings a wealth of experience of over ten years of working with close to 2500 leaders in international and local organizations from East, West and South Africa and Middle East that include training, coaching and mentored C-suite and Senior Managers, High Potential Talent to improve their leadership skills and team performance.

 

Claire Wanjiku

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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Claire Wanjiku

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Associate Certified Coach – ICF
  • Certified Executive Coach
  • Certified Organizational Effectiveness Coach – COEC
  • Certified Professional Career Coach
  • Certified Change Management Practitioner PROSCI
  • Certified Professional Analyst
  • Certified SHL Analyst

Claire has an extensive background in Human Capital Management and Organization Development spanning 17 years in Eastern and Central Africa region with leading global humanitarian and development organizations in management and advisory roles. Her love for coaching allows her the privilege to help clients navigate the journey of self-awareness and personal development. Her vision is to impact professionals, local and regional institutions and companies to build strong brands through Leadership Coaching and training.

 

Michael Oyier

Associate Coach, Trainer and Mentor Coach

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Michael Oyier

Associate Coach, Trainer and Mentor Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF-Associate Certified Coach
  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • Owner Manager Program (Strathmore Business School)
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology and Management (USIU, Nairobi)

Michael lives to be a trusted advisor. He has worked in the mental health arena, media and personal development including the education sectors. The journey has comprised him working as a Counselling Psychologist at his practice: Serenity Group; a broadcast media practitioner at Capital FM, Kiss FM, Classic FM, Medeva, and the Standard Group’s KTN, and as a lecturer at PAC University and a trainer in communication, etiquette, interpersonal relations, how to handle the media and becoming a radio or TV on-air talent. This cumulative quarter century of knowledge and experience now culminates in a budding career as a Life, Leadership and Communication Coach with Serenity Group, and as an Associate Trainer, member of the Faculty and Associate Coach with CDI-Africa.

2. Executive Coaching Bench

 

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Vikki Brock

Partner & Technical Advisor

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Vikki Brock

Partner & Technical Advisor,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • 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!

 

Catherine Wahome

Executive Leadership Coach

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Catherine Wahome

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • ICF Certified Organizational Effectiveness Coach (COEC)
  • Certified SLII Trainer – Ken Blanchard
  • Certified Trainer, Dev. Dimensions International (DDI)
  • Certified Personal Development Analyst – PDA
  • MPhil (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • MBA (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Member, International Coach Federation (ICF), IHRM, KIM

Catherine boasts over 20 years of rich and diverse human resource and leadership development experience spanning the private and public sectors, as well as local and multinational organizations.  In addition to serving as an Associate Director – Human Resources at Deloitte East Africa, Catherine has worked with several blue chip companies in Kenya and the region to help them institutionalize leadership development and embed best human resource practices in their day to day operations.  She is currently serving as a Human Resource Development and Management adviser in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender. Catherine is a Certified Executive Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness Coach and also possesses vast training and facilitating experience.

 

Dr. Martin Oduor – Otieno

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Dr. Martin Oduor – Otieno

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate
  • Chairman of the ICF Kenya chapter Prism Awards Committee
  • Advanced Management Program-(Harvard Business School)
  • Executive MBA (ESAM) and Maastricht Schools of Management, Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Martin is an Executive Coach and independent senior business advisor. He led KCB Bank Group as CEO and board member during a period of rapid transformation and growth; he has worked in senior leadership roles at Barclays Bank in Kenya and South Africa and has been a Partner in the professional services firm, Deloitte, leading their Financial Services Industry practice. Martin has also worked in the public service as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance/Treasury, Government of Kenya. Martin is passionate about coaching and mentoring people in leadership positions and inspiring them to unlock their full potential. His coaching clients comprise people in C-Suite positions and are spread across private and public sector institutions as well as Non-Governmental Organizations.

 

Susan Ngula

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Susan Ngula

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • President of ICF Kenya Chapter
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Advanced Management Program, Strathmore Business School
  • Certified Trustee in management of Pension funds
  • Certified Organizational Effectiveness Coach (COEC)
  • Certified Business Operations Professional (CBOP)
  • MSc – (Strategic Management) – USIU
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) – UON

As an accredited coach for the last 3 years, Susan has partnered with professionals in middle level to C-Suite positions in helping them unlock their potential. Her coaching skills have been honed as an internal coach and as an Adjunct Executive Coach supporting students undertaking various leadership training. Having worked as an executive with teams in Kenya, South Sudan and South Africa, she has a deep understanding of leadership, cultural diversities, coaching for performance and navigating the corporate world. Her experience and training in the corporate world has helped her appreciate the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment we all operate in and coach employees in navigating this new world.

 

Richard B. Ndung’u

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Richard B. Ndung’u

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach
  • Advanced Management Program through IESE Business School – University of Navarra through Strathmore University
  • Certified Director with the Centre for Corporate Governance Kenya
  • Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (FCPAK)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Hons) – UON.
  • Former Council Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)

Over the last nearly 30 years, Richard has held senior positions in corporate Kenya, commencing with the legacy firms, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, both succeeded by a merged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), before moving to KPMG East Africa (previously known as Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co). Richard’s professional specialization is Tax, but as a business leader who has had to deliver results through teams, his life-long passion has been transforming people, workplaces and organizations. Indeed, Richard was both the first Kenyan and full-time Tax Partner in KPMG East Africa from 2000, and Chief Executive Officer & Senior Partner between 2004 and 2008. Richard has been a Leader, Coach, and Mentor for most of his working life.

 

Sheila Kariuki

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Sheila Kariuki

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • Executive MBA, Copenhagen Business School
  • Diploma, Leadership & Management, Strathmore University
  • Diploma, Business & Finance, Manchester Polytechnic, UK.
  • Member, IHRM, WCD, ICF

Sheila’s consummate experience comes from 20 years of consulting in the areas of Organizational Development, Executive Headhunting, Leadership Development and development of cultures that drive and sustain long-term impact within organizations. Passionate about growing people and with proven ability to design and implement HR and talent solutions that impact organization wide whist answering a client’s most pressing questions.  Combine expertise in and passion for all things HR, growing people to lead an Executive coaching practice that leverages this wealth of experience to support purpose driven leaders to achieve vision, impact lives and build legacies.

 

Benson Ngugi

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Benson Ngugi

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)- International Coaching Federation
  • Global Executive Master of Business Administration (USIU-Africa/ Frankfurt school of Business and Finance)
  • LL. B (Hons) Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
  • East Africa Law Society (EALS)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCiArb)
  • Commonwealth Law Association
  • Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurist (ICJ)
  • Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya

Mr. Ngugi graduated in the year 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws degree (Second Class, Upper Honors) from the University of Nairobi. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law and was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in the year 2003.  He is the Managing Partner in the firm of Igeria & Ngugi Advocates. Mr. Ngugi is also keenly involved in leadership Coaching and is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC) – International Coaching Federation through CDI Africa Coaching Group Ltd.

 

Jacqueline Nyaga

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Jacqueline Nyaga

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
  • Certified Transformational Life and Leadership Coach (LLC, USA)
  • Certified Trainer of Trainers- Micro Finance and Financial literacy
  • B. Com-University of Nairobi
  • Post Graduate Diploma-IHRM
  • Member, IHRM, ICF
  • Board Member, MPAK, VSO Jitolee

Jacqueline has over two decades’ experience in empowering lives through a socio enterprise approach, as a seasoned Microfinance and Human Resource Practitioner. Her focus in the last decade has been to walk with people to articulate and excel in their purpose, as a Coach, Facilitator/Trainer and Consultant, specializing in Leadership and Career development as well as in Business and Financial wellness solutions. Her background in Business Administration and Human Resource Management, as well as Certification in Coaching has given her the perspective and grounding required to support the delivery of business and social agenda through people empowerment, a valuable art for leaders wishing to leave a legacy.

 

Tom Were

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Tom Were

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • MBA (Strategic Management)
  • BCom (Business Administration)
  • Membership – ICF, ICF-Kenya, IMIS(UK)

For the last 17 years, Tom served in several strategic leadership roles both in the private and NGO sector. He was recently awarded certification (Diploma) in Executive Leadership Coach (CELC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Tom is currently the Chief Executive Officer Act Change Transform (formerly PACT Kenya), one of Kenya’s largest indigenous Non-Governmental Organization. As a beneficiary of coaching and he is a great promoter of impactful leadership through coaching and acknowledges the need to build people, stimulate their potentials, and commit them to impact level results.

 

Maggie Ireri

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Maggie Ireri

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF Certified Executive Leadership Coach
  • Bachelor of Education Degree (Kenyatta University)
  • EMBA from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
  • Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration Degree at Edinburgh University, UK

Maggie is a market research professional with over 15 years of multi-sectoral experience in Sub-saharan Africa. She also has international business management experience having set up offices and business division in several countries in Africa. Maggie’s coaching mantra is to awakens or stir up hidden talents. As a result, she is passionate about providing career and business guidance to clients order for them to become the next generation of leaders.  Maggie has experience in nurturing start-ups to success, and these include new companies, new divisions and new branch offices.  Having worked for start-ups and multi-nationals, she has a good understanding of trends in the workplace and changing expectations of both employees and employers.

 

Sam Watene

Associate Executive Leadership Coach

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Sam Watene

Associate Executive Leadership Coach,

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF-Accredited Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • Master of Business Administration (University of Cape Town)
  • Certified Public Accountant of Kenya CPA (K)
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree ( The University of Nairobi)
  • New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Sam has accumulated a wealth of over the last 10 years, Sam has empowered leaders both in and out of the board room setting around aligning corporate vision to actionable initiatives that drive organizational growth and performance. He has provided business solutions to numerous leading institutions across the region comprising medium sized enterprises, multinationals and governments. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Strathmore Business School where he lectures on strategy and its implementation on various Executive Programmes. Specialties; strategy execution, leadership strategy, performance management, and change management.