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)
  • ICF – Registered Global Mentor Coach
  • Certified Leadership Circle Profile (LCP) Practitioner
  • Certified Group and Team Coach
  • Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach
  • MSc. (Leadership) – Walden University (USA)
  • 101 Most Fabulous Global Coaching Leaders Award 2020
  • ICF Prism Award Finalist (Nominating Coach) 2018
  • Former Board Chair and President- ICF-Kenya Chapter

Eileen Laskar, the first and the only Master Certified Coach (MCC) in the broader Eastern Africa region has been a pioneer in the field of professional coaching within East and Central Africa for the past 14 years. She is a coaching ambassador whose rallying call is developing heart-centred leaders, who embrace and apply the coaching philosophy to ignite and elevate human performance in all spheres of life. As a Master Certified Coach (MCC) since 2018, Eilen serves in the league of the top 10 highest qualified coaches in Africa and top 1000 coaches globally. Privately, Eileen is one of the most sought after coaches for C-Suite level leaders in Kenya. Eileen has invested over 5000 hours of coaching; coached over 200 clients, mostly C-Suite level organization leaders.

Catherine Tole

Associate Director & Trainer

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Catherine Tole

Associate Director & Trainer

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Certified Executive Coach
  • Accredited Clarity4D Practitioner
  • Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (Genos)
  • Certified Change Manager (PROSCI)
Catherine Tole has a background in Human Resources with 20 years’ experience in HR leadership positions within the International Not for Profit sector.  She is a Certified Executive Coach, a Genos Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, a Certified Change Manager and a leadership trainer.  Catherine’s passion is to see organization’s become great places to work where people can thrive and grow.  She believes that coaching is the catalyst to making this happen.

Claire Wanjiku

Associate Director, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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Claire Wanjiku

Associate Director, Trainer & Mentor Coach

Qualifications & Credentials

  • ICF-Associate Certified Coach
  • 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 & Mentor Coach

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Michael Oyier

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

Qualifications & Credentials

  •  ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach (CELC)
  • Owner Manager Program (Strathmore Business School)
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology and Management (USIU, Nairobi)
Michael has worked in the mental health, media and personal development and education sectors. This 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. 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 Coaching Group.

David Thuku

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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David Thuku

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Associate Certified Coach – ICF
  • Certified Executive Coach
  • Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) – University of Liverpool, UK
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA) – University of Nairobi
  • Member ICF

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. So fulfilling was the experience that he recently made the decision to follow his passion and immerse himself fully into the world of coaching, mentoring and leadership development on a full-time basis. David is a Coach, Mentor and Business Consultant who specializes in facilitating personal and team effectiveness, organizational transformation and culture change.

Christi Byerly

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

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Christi Byerly

Associate Coach, Trainer & Mentor Coach

Qualifications and Credentials

  • ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)
  • 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, 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.

 

Nicholas Maina

Associate & Business Partner

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Nicholas Maina

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Member: International Coaching Federation (ICF) 
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC)- ICF 
  • MBA- Miami University (Oxford; Ohio) 
  • B.Comm (University of Nairobi) 
  • CPA (K) (Section 5) 

Nicholas has over 20 years of corporate sector experience rising to Senior Management roles. He started his career as a Business Analyst at one of the largest corporations in the world responsible for business performance reporting for fourteen countries. Nicholas progressively rose through the ranks and handled roles with increasing responsibility working in a cross-section of departments from Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Sales and finally to General Management. Since 2018, Nicholas has worked as a consultant and has helped more than 100,000 people in over twenty African countries. He strongly believes that this is the only way we can live meaningful, impactful and influential lives.

Jacqueline Nyaga

Associate & Business Partner

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Jacqueline Nyaga

Associate Coach, Business Partner

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Certified Professional Coach 
  • Certified Transformational Life and Leadership Coach (LLC, USA)
  • Certified Trainer of Trainers- Micro Finance and Financial Literacy
  • MBA -University of Free State, South Africa (UOVS)
  • B. Com-University of Nairobi
  • Post Graduate Diploma-IHRM
  • Member of IHRM                                   

 

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. A firm believer in the adage that, “Illiteracy of the future is for those who refuse to learn, unlearn, and re-learn [Alvin Toffler], Jacqueline has experienced firsthand the powerful impact of using coaching to support individual and group self-realization and transformational decision making. 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. She has proactively grown the coaching profession through embedding coaching in organizational Talent Management Strategies and Programs, in rolling out institutional coaching, as well as in providing individualized coaching. She has been affiliated with several organizations and county government initiatives in the financial services [microfinance, banking and Insurance] and social sectors, in the course of her employment and coaching as well as consulting practice.

Azmina Merali Mulji

Associate & Business Partner

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Azmina Merali Mulji

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Certified Professional Coach
  • MBA, HR Management (Heriot-Watt University UK)  
  • Bachelors of Laws (UON Kenya)
  • Accredited Corporate Governance Auditor  
  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • Member ICF, IHRM, LSK, Institute of the Company Secretaries of Kenya

Human ability and potential have always intrigued Azmina having worked in leadership positions spanning over twenty years in various industries. Her interest in people development led her from being a corporate lawyer into the Human Resources and Coaching professions, which she is deeply passionate about. “Everyone has 100% potential for success, waiting to be discovered” is her personal mantra as she engages with her clients as a Professional Coach. Up until August 2020, she led the people’s agenda in a fast growing commercial bank in Kenya, developing, coaching and mentoring employees and teams across the institution which resulted in unprecedented motivation (happiness) and performance levels leading to exceptional increased stakeholder value. A win-win situation for all. She is enthralled about the power of coaching individuals for personal and/or professional transformation and corporate teams for performance par excellence.

David Sijenyi

Associate & Business Partner

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David Sijenyi

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Certified Professional Coach  
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Option – Africa Nazarene University 
  • Purpose and Leadership Forum Training 
  • High Impact Selling – International Sales Training Institute

David has over 16 years’ combined experience in hands-on business development, Training, and coaching. He is currently working with Entrepreneurs in the social impact and for profit spaces to develop their businesses to scale up and prepare them for investment conversations across Africa for the world. He is the Regional Director for Africa with the global peer to peer advisory boards company, The Alpha Group, seeking to double the value of African businesses in two to three years. He is the former CEO of a money transfer company with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Dubai and the UK. David has had experience in growing business revenues, from existing and new customers as well as partnerships. His key strength is in building relationships for mutual benefit.

Simon Kibe

Associate & Business Partner

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Simon Kibe

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Certified Professional Coach – CDI
  • MBA – Strategic Management
  • HRM Course
  • Bachelor of Arts – Education

Simon is a strategy resource currently based in Kigali, Rwanda with close to 15 years employment experience in the corporate world spanning manufacturing, financial and healthcare in human resource and operations. Kibe uses this experience to support organizations as a Management Consultant in the HR space. He loves to see organizations that have staff and systems that are aligned to their purpose. He does this through talent acquisition, training, coaching, general consultancy and organization alignment reviews.

Alice Rwigema

Associate & Business Partner

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Alice Rwigema

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Certified Professional coach
  • M.B.A eadership & organisational behaviour – olkahama university
  • B.s.a – university of kigali
Alice is a Facilitator & Certified Coach. She is a professional with a diverse background, broad expertise, and solid management consulting experience in Africa. With more than 6 Years’ experience in performance improvement and human capital development, her ability to execute, deliver and work diligently has seen her train various teams from leading corporates on leadership and execution. Alice has worked in different managerial positions in Sales, Customer Service, and Account Relationship Management. She has managed several top 50 customers, grew share of wallet, and achieved significant customer retention records. Alice also provides customized logistic and transportation solutions mainly to and from Kigali, Mombasa & Dar es salaam. Alice is a member of the International Coach Federation – Rwanda Chapter.

Anne Ng’ethe

Associate & Business Partner

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Anne Ng’ethe

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications & Credentials

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC – ICF)
  •  Certified Sherpa Coach (CSC – Sherpa Leadership Institute)
  •  Diploma in Executive Coaching (AoEC) 
  • Master in Business Administration (HR Development Major – Moi University) 
  • BSc – International Business Administration (Marketing Major – USIU) 
  • Certified Advanced Facilitator of Experiential Team Learning (Project Adventure – USA) 
  • Member ICF

Anne has experienced the thrills and spills of entrepreneurship as a founder and Managing Director for over two decades. She steered a leading training solutions provider successfully for over two decades. Over the last 30 years, Anne has been involved in numerous client assignments that have honed her professional experience and expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, performance management, and team building for organizations in both the private and public sectors. Adventure is a great driver of Anne’s philosophy in life and work. This spirit is reflected in the things that give her pleasure such as rock and mountain climbing, bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and bike riding. She also cherishes the multiple roles she has held as a team leader, wife, mother, and the amazing blessing of three young grandchildren. Each of these roles contributes to who she is as a coach – by both growing as well as testing her. This enables her to come into a coaching process with multi-layered, multi-dimensional and adventure-based perspectives to work and life. Anne is the current Chairperson of PS Kenya.

Nick Ombewa

Associate & Business Partner

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Nick Ombewa

Associate & Business Partner

Qualifications and Credentials

  • Certified Professional Coach
  • Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst -TTI Success Insights
  • Certified Professional Driving Forces Analyst – TIS Success Insights
  • Practitioner of Global Leadership Assessment 
  • (GLA360): Marshall Stakeholder Centered Coaching

Nick Ombewa is a strategic business partner to organizations that seek to optimize business outcomes using training as a critical enabler. He has spent the last 12 years collaborating with organizations develop their workforce effectively so they can compete in today’s time-constrained and ever-changing workplace in areas that drive personal development, leadership influence and team performance. This breadth of experience is one of the many assets Nick brings to projects and has become a resourceful partner to a host of HR, other accredited L&D practitioners, corporate organizations and NGOs across countries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. Passionate about human capital development and deriving inspiration from people’s growth and success, Nick has developed skills in identifying and helping close critical learning gaps needed to align people, environment and strategies so that they can work together to drive engagement, culture and productivity. This passion led Nick to pursue professional coaching as a way to add value in supporting learning through transformative conversations which he now delivers through Integrated Coaching, Personal Coaching and Team Coaching