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A six month modular programme, the GWOB  will be hosted across East Africa and Malaysia to provide participants the opportunity to appreciate the differences in overall board governance, leadership and dynamics in boardrooms spanning borders.


Purpose of the Programme:

  1. Provide a global outlook and exposure to new markets.
  2. Open regional or international board opportunities for women.
  3. Surface the unconscious bias on diversity and merit at board levels.
  4. Extend the network circles.
  5. Tap into a global board mentoring platform.


How Does It Works ?

  1. Women delegates are invited to the programme based on their interest to serve on boards and their readiness in terms of qualification and experience.
  2. They will go through two intensive modules designed to give them the knowledge and exposure to global governance, leadership and dynamics.
  3. During the programme, they will be matched and mentored by both male and female directors across borders*.
  4. Networking opportunities are organised for them to connect with key stakeholders – regulators, investors and board directors.



Global Board Mentoring

  1. Connect to mentors across the globe.
  2. Mentors and mentees are matched based on their areas of interest and need.
  3. Meetings can be face-to-face or virtual.
  4. Group mentor sessions will be organised during the course of the programme.

Board Faculty

Chairman, LeadWomen


Anne Abraham was a corporate leader from the technology industry for more than 20 years before she founded LeadWomen Sdn Bhd, an MSC status consultancy company in 2011. Recognised as a thought leader in diversity and inclusion, both locally and regionally, a frequent speaker, facilitator and moderator in leadership events. She is the co-founder of the Malaysian Chapter of the 30% Club, a global business campaign lobbying for increased women representation on the boards, a board director on 2 Malaysian PLCs and a strong advocate for gender balanced leadership.


Author, International Speaker and Diversity Expert


Jane is an expert in cross cultural leadership and career transitions. An internationally recognized speaker and author of “I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics”, a business book used by corporate universities and career coaches globally, she is also the author of How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations, based on her doctoral research, using storytelling to show new perspectives on the future of leadership and careers. Her next book, Career Your Way, will be published, 2016.


Jane has written articles on women leaders, office politics and career transitions for Bloomberg Business Week, Human Resource Review, Quartz, The Economist Intelligence Unit, South China Morning Post, Straits Times and other publications.


With over 20 years of work experience with companies such as Kraft, Disney and GE, Jane uses her work knowledge to help organisations build inclusive and engaged workplaces. Her consulting work includes Fortune 100 firms such as, BP, Credit Suisse, Covidien, E&Y, McDonalds, Microsoft, Monsanto, Jones Lang LaSalle, Syngenta, SingTel, Toshiba, VMWare and others. Through her advisory work, coaching and workshops, by recognizing what matters most to succeed, Jane provides both sound advice and practical tools to help organisations retain and engage talent. She is a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board, has lectured in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Singapore Management University. Jane has lived, worked and studied in the US, China and Hong Kong, and holds an Educational Doctorate from Bristol University. She now lives in Singapore.

Founder and Legal Counsel


Prior to founding Dorion Associates, Catherine worked for Kenya Shell Limited as their Company Secretary and Head of Legal for over fifteen (15) years. She has also worked for shell UK where she specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions and other commercial transactions as well as being the Legal Focal Point for all Contracting and Procurement matters for its businesses in the 23 Countries in Africa.  She represented her employer on the Board of Petroleum Institute of East Africa, 


Catherine was, until May 2014, the Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and has also served as the Chair of its Education and Professional Development Committee as well as the Legislation and Corporate Governance Committee. She also sat on the Council of the Corporate Secretaries International Association, which is a global body bringing together governance professionals.


Catherine has led the development of three codes of Corporate Governance. These are;

  1. Mwongozo, The Code of Corporate Governance for State Corporations.
  2. The Capital Markets Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuers of Securities
  3. The ICPSK Code of Corporate Governance for Private Companies.


Founder and Chairman of The Women on Boards Network, she is currently the Company Secretary of a number of Companies and sits on various Boards including Faulu Microfinance Bank and KASNEB. She also served as the Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Corporate Governance steering Committee and is currently a member of the Capital Markets Master Plan Implementation Committee. She has also served as Company Secretary of Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited, and has been a Board member of Nairobi Securities Exchange, Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) and the Chairman of Kenya Seed Company Limited.


Catherine is a trained Corporate Governance Trainer, Governance Auditor and Board Evaluator and has developed policies on governance for a number of institutions.


Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi, a Higher National Diploma in Law (Kenya), as well as a certificate in Securities and Investment from the Securities and Investment Institute (London).

 Anne Abraham
LeadWomen, Malaysia
Dr Jane Horan
International Speaker
HoranGroup, Singapore
Catherine Musakali
Legal Counsel
Dorian Assoc, Kenya

Board Mentors

Board Member
Scicom, Germany & Malaysia


Nikolai Dobberstein, aged 52, German and Malaysian PR.


Board member of publicly listed company in Malaysia from 2005 to 2017.


Nikolai has been a director on the board of Scicom (MSC) Bhd, Malaysia’s leading customer care and business process outsourcing operator with operations in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, since its listing in 2005 until the end of 2017. He was the chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee. He was also board and ExCo member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, a global alliance of WiFi operators, from 2005 to 2006.


Nikolai Dobberstein is the Head of A.T. Kearney’s Communications, Media & Technology Practice in Asia Pacific and the Managing Partner of the Malaysian Practice. He has been involved in multiple business transformation programs of leading government-linked, technology and telecom companies in Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa.


Before joining A.T. Kearney in India in 2011, Nikolai was the Exco member for New Businesses at Maxis, Malaysia. Nikolai had P&L responsibility for all data and digital businesses and helped propel Maxis into one of the global top 10 data operators. Before Maxis, Nikolai was 12 years with McKinsey & Company, where he was the Managing Partner in Malaysia from 2002 to 2004.


Nikolai has spent the last 24 years working in Asia, mostly in Malaysia and India. He moved back to Malaysia in early 2017. Nikolai is German and has a PhD in Technology & Innovation Management from the University of Kiel, Germany. He is married to an Indian and has two boys (18 & 15).

Board Member
General Mills, USA


Board member of a publicly listed company, General Mills in the USA since 2004.


Paul is currently Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration at Tuck School of Business in the USA. From 1995 to 2005 he served as the Dean of Tuck School of Business. Prior to joining Tuck Business School, Paul was a professor of Financial Accounting and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Michigan.


Paul is American and holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Texas, USA and an M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans, USA.

Managing Director/Board Member
Thumos Ltd, USA/Uganda


Brooke has sat on the boards of five private companies in total in Singapore and Mauritius.


Brooke holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA, a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Maryland, USA, and an Executive Diploma in Directorship from the Singapore Management University, Singapore.


Brooke has over 20 years of experience in corporate governance, risk management, impact investing, corporate restructuring, and has raised over USD2 billion in capital for private and public companies through IPOs, auctions, and negotiated sales in emerging markets. He has worked extensively throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in agribusiness, technology, manufacturing, F&B, hospitality, and energy. Brooke started his career in Kenya in 1991 as a business consultant, and in 1995 joined Arthur Andersen’s global corporate finance practice in Cairo, Egypt where he was the Africa regional manager, emerging markets investment committee, and Emerging Markets Core Team.


In addition to his private sector work, he has advised the Governments of Egypt, South Africa, and Indonesia on corporate governance and reform. In 2003, Brooke founded Thumos Ltd, a boutique advisory firm focused on advising both private and public clients. In 2008, Brooke was a founding team member of a private equity investment manager in Singapore during which he focused on investing in developing countries by evaluating investment opportunities based both on generating commercial returns and improving ESG outcomes. In 2012, Brooke joined a private family office in Vietnam as an investment committee member, and CEO of a portfolio company. In 2014, Brooke returned to Thumos Ltd where he is its managing director.

CEO/Board Member
BoardWise, USA


Donna’s board experience includes serving as: Independent Director of Daily Pay, a company transforming how employees get paid, Director of Aussie Web Pty., Ltd., Google’s guru partner for SEO optimization, and Director for Growth Group, Inc., a financial services corporation. She also is a board member for the companies she founded: Boardwise, Inc. and Hamlin Harkins, Ltd.


Prior to these current roles, she served as a director for Interhealth, USA, a leading international provider of nutraceuticals, including chair of the compensation committee; board advisory member for Paramit Corporation, a fast-growing standards-setting electronic contract manufacturer, board advisory member for Buyer’s Road, Inc., as well as for: CoreBrand, a privately-held advertising and branding firm in New York; and Themyscira Institute for Integrative Leadership in Europe and has been as a director for the San Jose Stage Company for 25 years. Additionally, she served as advisor to compensation committees for publicly-held companies: Asyst Technologies and Trident Microsystems, Inc. director for Commonwealth Central Credit Union, CardioGrade, Inc., Agromac International, and for the non-profit organizations: Girls, Inc, United Way, and the San Jose Ballet.


Donna holds professional governance certifications from National Association of Corporate Directors and Harvard University. She is recognized for her board style as a statesman, with an ability to successfully facilitate robust discussions of issues and integrate directors’ thinking into creative solutions.


Currently, Donna is CEO and Board Director of Boardwise., Inc. and well as Chairperson of Hamlin Harkins, Ltd., a 34 year-old international management consulting firm working with a broad spectrum of domestic and international companies on issues of strategy, market growth and performance improvement. Industries served are wide, including: high technology, retail, professional services, finance and manufacturing spanning 42 countries.


Donna holds a Ph.D. in strategic planning from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an M.S. with honors in organizational communication also from RPI, and a B.A. from Siena College.

Independent Board Director 
Multiple Companies, Sri Lanka


Ravi sits on multiple public and private boards including:


Habitat for Humanity: Independent Director since Jan 2016. HFH is the World’s largest house building NGO.


Lanka Orix Leasing Ltd.: Independent Non-Executive Director on its Holdings board since January 1990.


LOLC is a JV with the ORIX Corporation in Japan. It was Sri Lanka’s largest and most profitable listed company in 2016/2017.


Ceylon Asset Management: Independent Non-Executive Director since 2005. Ceylon Is a leading trust fund manager and index creator in Sri Lanka


Aitken Spence Plantations Management PLC: Independent Non- Executive Director since 2016. ASPL is among the top 2 profitable plantation management companies in Sri Lanka with a portfolio of Tea, Rubber and Palm plantations.


Multi Finance Corporations: Independent Non-Executive Director since 2017. A leading finance company creating a ‘Blue ocean as a company focused on financing electric and hybrid vehicles and solar roofs.
Role- Lead Sustainability led Finance


UN Global Compact Sri Lanka Network: Director since 2007. The UN Global compact is the lead UN agency driving the engagement with business. Between, 2003-2011,


Ravi holds a DBA from European Business school-Switzerland, Master of Studies from Cambridge University, MBA from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Advanced Management program & International business from INSEAD and Post Graduate certificate in Sustainable business from Cambridge University.

Chairman/Board Director 
Multiple Companies, Malaysia


Palan sits on 2 Publically Listed Boards in Malaysia:


SMRT Holdings Berhad: Palan is a Chairman of SMRT Holdings Berhad, a public listed investment holding corporation. He was appointed in 2006.


Minda Global Berhad: Managing Director


Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS): Pro Chancellor of CUCMS.


Yayasan Palan: Founder & Director, supporting educational causes.


Palan holds a Ph.D from Federation University, Australia and California Coast University, USA.


Palan, an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, has authored 15 books, Palan’s latest book: the Global Journey of An Asian was launched in January 2014.


He has worked both internally and externally in a variety of roles in several industries over the last three decades in 30+ countries.


Palan, a social entrepreneur is regarded by his peers as a thought leader among Asian HR professionals.


Palan has received several awards including the prestigious title of Tan Sri conferred by His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.


Palan’s current interests include Entrepreneurship and Branding.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director 
Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad



30 years of working experience with more than 15 years in the dairy industry. After 10 years as a pure marketer, I decided to switch and build a career also in Sales which have helped me to be a better leader in my role as Managing Directors. Besides Malaysia, I have lived and worked in USA, Hong Kong and China. My favourite part of working is coaching and leading young co-workers to become responsible adults/citizens.

Chooi Lee was formerly the Managing Director for Dutch Lady Milk Malaysia and Singapore from 2015 to 2017.  She was redesignated as Non-independent Non-Executive Director with effect from January 2018.   

Chooi Lee started her marketing career by joining the Unilever management training programme and since then, she has held various senior managerial positions within the fast-moving consumer goods industry. She first joined Dutch Lady Malaysia (a.k.a FrieslandCampina Malaysia) in 2003 as a Commercial Director.  She was transferred to Hong Kong in March 2018 as the General Manager, FrieslandCampina Hong Kong and then promoted to become the Managing Director for FrieslandCampina Mainland China from 2011 to 2014.

She was also one of the 2018 mentors for ICAEW Women in Leadership programme partnering with Talent Corp Malaysia and Lead Women Organization. She was recently appointed as the Adjunct Professor for UKM -Graduate School of Business.


Board Director/Member
Multiple Companies, East Africa


Mr. Mbuvi Ngunze serves on various Boards including Precision Air Services Plc, Jumbo Jet Ltd., Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, East African Cement Producers Association and International Air Transport Association (Singapore).


Mr. Ngunze has previously served as the CEO, Executive Director & Group Managing Director of Kenya Airways (KQ) Ltd., Group Vice President-Internal Communications by Lafarge SA, a Managing Director by Hima Cement Ltd., Finance Director by Bamburi Cement Co. Ltd., and Audit Manager by PriceWaterhouseCoopers(Kenya). He also served on the board at Mbeya Cement Co. Ltd.


He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi.

Group Chief Executive Officer
Old Mutual Group


Mr. Mwangi is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of UAP Holdings Limited since 2015. He has over twenty years of proven business and leadership experience.


Mr. Mwangi started his career as a Technical Officer in the Kenya Air Force, where he was involved in the maintenance of avionic communication systems and the development of an information and communication technologies (ICTs) strategy at the Air Force.


Mr. Mwangi joined the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) from Centum, (formerly, ICDCI). He served as a secretary of NSE where later rose to the position of Director. Mr. Mwangi also served as Chief Executive Officer and Investment Manager of Centum Investment Company Limited prior to which he served as its Managing Director, Acting Managing Director and Company Secretary respectively. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director of UAP Holdings Limited and a Director of Eveready East Africa Limited.


He currently serves as a Director of UAP Insurance Sudan Ltd., Kisii Bottlers Limited, Mount Kenya Bottlers Limited, Rift Valley Bottlers Limited, Eveready Batteries Limited, KWAL Holdings Limited and Central Depository & Settlement Corporation Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Funguo Investments Ltd. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director at British American Tobacco Kenya Limited. He also serves as a Director of Wildlife Works, Inc.


He is a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society of East Africa, Institute of Certified Investment and Securities Analysts, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and Institute of Directors of Kenya and the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi.

Director/Board Member
Multiple Companies, Kenya


Mr.Maina is a business consultant and an engineer by profession.


He holds directorship positions in various companies including the Nairobi Stock Exchange NIC Bank, Insurance Company of East Africa, Afrika Investment Bank and Faulu Kenya Limited.

He is also a Board Member of African Conservation Centre, Starehe Boys Centre, ICEA and Gertrude’s Children's Hospital.


He has a wealth of experience in the oil industry and worked with the Shell Group of Companies for 26 years during which time he served in senior management in Kenya, Jamaica and Ghana. In 1998, he was appointed Managing Director of Kenya Shell and BP Kenya Ltd before leaving corporate employment to pursue private business in 2004.


Maina is also a member of the Audit Committee (by invitation), Chairman of the Nominations Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee of the British American Tobacco Kenya Limited.


He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics Engineering from Loughborough University.


Founder and CEO
Women's Economic Imperative


Dr. Margo Thomas is a thought leader and catalyst for inclusive reforms of the business enabling environment. In her current role of Founder and CEO of the Women’s Economic Imperative, Dr. Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups globally.


In November 2017, Dr. Thomas accepted an appointment as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London. In April 2016, Dr. Thomas was appointed to lead the independent secretariat of the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment established by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, with a mandate for one-year. The Panel successfully concluded its work in March 2017, delivering two flagship reports and a results-oriented pathway for shifting the needle on women’s economic empowerment globally.


Dr. Thomas holds a Doctorate in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, England. Her areas of expertise include private sector development, trade and competitiveness, business environment and regulatory reform, and the political economy of reform. In addition, Dr. Thomas has worked extensively on women’s economic empowerment and gender equality issues, including the development and funding of a global program for the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Practice.


Her career in public policy, political, and economic reform spans more than 25 years. Dr. Thomas has held several senior leadership positions, at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation – Advisory Services. She has advised and provided implementation support to more than 50 developing, transitioning, and post-conflict governments on the national and subnational levels, while working for the World Bank Group. One of her major initiatives in the Western Balkans established a regional network of policymakers to share knowledge, effect policy change, and promote business environment reforms to enhance regional and national competitiveness. This work culminated with an edited volume on Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans.

Public Service Commission (PSC), Kenya


Prof. Margaret Kobia currently serves as the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Kenya, where she provides strategic leadership on policy direction for the realization of the mandate of PSC. She is also an Associate Professor Management. Prior to joining the PSC, she was the founding Director General of the Kenya School of Government.


Professor Kobia has taught Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at University level. Her research interests include Public Sector Reforms, Performance Management Training and Knowledge Management. She is the Chief Editor of the African Journal of Public Administration and Management.


In 2014, she won a regional recognition as Africa’s most influential woman in Business and Government awarded by CEO Magazine of South Africa. Professor Kobia sits on a number of Public Sector Management Boards including KASNEB, Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO).


At the International level, she serves as the Vice President of Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) and Co-chair of the Effective Institutions Platform (EIP). The EIP is global innovative peer learning platform on institutional reform formed in 2012, under Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Centre for Global Public Service Excellence in Singapore. As an active academic, Professor Kobia supervises PhD research students.


Her Head-of-state commendations and awards include: Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), First Class Order of Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS) and CAPAM Gordon Draper Award 2010.

Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Accountants & Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB), Kenya


FCPA Pius Nduatih currently serves as the CEO of KASNEB, a professional examinations body that guides professional institutions ensuring that contentment delivered is up to standard. He is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FCPAK) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). He is also a Certified Public Secretary and convenes the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). Mr. Nduatih is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).


Prior to joining KASNEB, FCPA Nduatih worked at the Commission for Higher Education and Kenya Science Teachers College. He is a founder and current member of the Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board (RCPSB) and has contributed immensely to the development of the Certified Secretary Profession.


FCPA Nduatih believes that sustainable growth and development relies on the existence of excellence in leadership and governance. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Leeds, UK in 1999 and a B.Com (Accounting) (Hons) in 1981.


Board Director/Member
Multiple Companies, Africa


Mr. Vincent M. Rague, is a Senior Financial Advisor to the Treasury.  He has 25 years of experience at the IFC and World Bank spanning investments, project and corporate finance and banking in Africa, Europe and Asia.


Mr. Rague served as the Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Property Finance at the IFC and served in a variety of senior management positions, including Senior Manager of Financial Markets and Advisory Services for Southeast Europe and Central Asia, as a Manager in the SME and Advisory Services Department and as IFC’s first Regional Representative to South Africa where he was responsible for setting up and managing IFC’s office and operations in Southern Africa. During that time, he originated and structured IFC’s first private equity investments in Africa.


Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Rague worked at the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Kenya. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of Kenya Airways Ltd. He has also served on the Boards of several companies, including ABN-AMRO, UzBek Leasing and Kyrgyz Investment and Commercial Bank.


Mr. Rague serves as the Chairman of Financial Sector Deepening Africa. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director at City Lodge Hotels Ltd.


He serves as a Non-Executive Director of St Paul's Property Trust. He serves as a Director of Pan-Africa Infrastructure Development Fund. He has extensive advisory, banking, investment, project and corporate finance experience, which spans Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia, to the board. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Group Five Ltd.


He serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sanlam Africa Core. Mr. Rague serves as a Board Member of GuarantCo. He is also a member of the Investment Committee at Catalyst Principal Partners.


Mr. Rague holds an M.B.A. from Darden Business School, University of Virginia and a number of executive programs including an Executive Development Program (EDP) from Harvard Business School and IMD. He received a B.A. (Honors) in Economic and Statistics from Nairobi University.

Executive Director
Members, Commercial & Shared Services


Sharron Gunn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989. After leaving practice she worked as a financial accountant for Wates City plc before joining J Sainsbury plc in 1993. During her time at the supermarket giant Sharron held a variety of roles, including group management accountant, financial analyst, and commercial manager to the trading division.


Sharron joined ICAEW in 2001 and was appointed Executive Director a decade later. During her time with ICAEW, she has launched a successful jobs website, a leadership development programme, and a range of other support services. One of these helps members on a career break – women in particular – return to the accountancy profession.


In 2009 Sharron transformed the members’ facilities at ICAEW headquarters into the Business Centre, which is now a magnet for members. She also rebranded and launched One Moorgate Place – the institute’s venue and restaurant – which has grown into a successful independent business.


In 2016 Sharron’s role, of Executive Director Commercial and Shared Services, expanded to include the support of ICAEW’s members in the UK and internationally with her role as Executive Director Members, Commercial & Shared Services. She continues to lead on ICAEW’s digital agenda and have responsibility for Greater China.


As part of Sharron’s new role she heads up a large team responsible for a variety of income generating activities including professional development programmes, affinity partnerships and sponsorship, online recruitment and One Moorgate Place. The department also develops new products and is a centre of excellence for digital development, event management and IP and publishing.



Wai Leong is a consultant in Eric Salmon & Partners’ Singapore Office. He was a co-founder of DTCA, a high-end boutique executive search firm acquired by Eric Salmon & Partners in 2015.


Wai Leong brings his extensive business and search experience to the Firm’s clients and candidates. Prior to co-founding DTCA, Wai Leong was leading regional technology and CIO searches based out of Singapore at global executive search firm Spencer Stuart. He was also the co-leader of the regional Supply Chain practice.


Before that, he was a regional Vice President at SAP as well as Managing Director for Singapore. Prior to SAP, he was Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Gateway Computers, where he served a stint as Managing Director for Australia. Earlier in his career, Wai Leong was a management consultant. With Booz Allen & Hamilton, he led projects across Asia Pacific. With Strategic Planning Associates (now Oliver Wyman), he was based out of Washington, D.C. for two years doing work for telcos across the United States, and Mexico.


Wai Leong was an independent board director at Interplex Holdings Ltd, a global precision engineering company listed in Singapore (with revenues of about US$1 billion) – which has just gone private. He is also a board member and chair of the Nominations Committee at AWWA (a voluntary welfare organization in Singapore). Recently, he was appointed to the board of a listed company in the Philippines focused on life sciences.


Wai Leong graduated from Cornell University on a Singapore Airlines scholarship with M.B.A. and M.Eng. degrees – and he has been a two-term member of the Cornell University Council (Ithaca, US). A Malaysian and married with three children, Wai Leong has been living in Singapore since 1985.

Business Advisor and Coach


Martin’s career started out in Accounting and Banking but has over the recent past shifted to Leadership and Governance. He is currently an independent Business Advisor, Accredited Executive Coach, Accredited Governance Auditor and runs a Consulting Firm, The Leadership Group Limited.


Prior to this, he worked with Deloitte East Africa as Partner, Financial Services Industry from May 2013 to December 2015. He had an illustrious career at Kenya Commercial Bank Group (KCB Group, plc) between October 2005 and December 2012, most of which he was the Chief Executive Officer, presiding over rapid transformation and growth of the bank.


He has also held senior positions in Barclays Bank both in Kenya and in South Africa, in British American Tobacco Kenya and in the Public Sector where he served as Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance/Treasury in the Government of Kenya between 1999 and 2001. 



Martin holds an Executive MBA degree from ESAMI/Maastritch Business Schools and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers;  Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya; Institute of Directors Kenya and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. 


He holds Non - Executive directorships in Standard Bank Group, East African Breweries plc, British American Tobacco Kenya plc, Kenya Airways plc and GA Life Assurance Limited. He is also a Trustee of SOS Children’s Villages Kenya and member of the International Senate of SOS KDI.

Founder and Chairman


Mike is founder chairman and lead consultant of The DEPOT (The Dan Eldon Place Of Tomorrow), a management consultancy that focuses on leadership, strategy, culture strengthening, performance management and coaching. He is also sought after as a speaker and writer on these and other topics. The DEPOT is a living memorial to his son Dan, who was killed in Mogadishu in 1993 while working there as a photojournalist for Reuters.


He is chairman of the Council of KCA University, and is a non-executive director of Davis and Shirtliff, Occidental Insurance, and AFIDEP (African Institute for Policy Development), a think tank that supports the actualisation of the Demographic Dividend through “making research evidence matter”.


Mike is an economics graduate of University College London and a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He entered the IT field in 1967, arriving in Kenya in 1977 to become general manager of a multinational computer company, and he has lived here ever since. He was a pioneer in the development of the use of IT in Kenya, and became deeply involved with the development of Kenya’s first national ICT policies.


Twelve years ago he reinvented himself as a management consultant, and his clients include public and private sector organisations, family businesses, NGOs and the World Bank. He is a Global Partner of the World Bank’s Collaborative Leadership for Development initiative, and runs high level workshops on leadership in Kenya and beyond, as well as being an executive coach.


Mike has been chairman of the Council of the Kenya Institute of Management, he is a Fellow of the Institute and continues to lead board level leadership programmes; he was a founding director and vice-chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, where he is now a member of the Advisory Council; and he was the founder chairman of the Kenya ICT Federation. He is on the National Steering Committee for the Third Medium Term Plan of Vision 2030 (covering 2018 to 2022), and he has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi since 1978.


Since 2007 he has been writing a column for Business Daily, having now published over 290 articles, and his 2009 book Kenyans, Yes we Can! is a collection of his articles and speeches. Mike is married to Evelyn Mungai, the author of the recently published 

 Dr. Martin Oduor-Otieno
Advisor & Coach
Leadership Group, Kenya
Dr. Donna M. Hamlin
Board Member/CEO
BoardWise, USA
Mike Eldon
Founder Chairman
The DEPOT, Kenya
Dr Nikolai Dobberstein
Board Member
Scicom Berhad
Vincent Rague
Board Member
Multiple Companies
Pius Nduath
Chief Executive Officer
E. Brooke Whitaker
Board Member
Dr Ravi Fernando
Board Member
Aitken Spence Plantations
Sri Lanka
Dr Paul Danos
Board Member
General Mills
Chan Wai Leong
Eric Salmon & Partners
Peter Mwangi
Group CEO
Old Mutual Group
Margo Thomas Ph.D
Founder and CEO
Women’s Economic
George Maina
Board Director/Member
Multiple Companies
Mbuvi Ngunza
Board Director/Member
Multiple Companies
East Africa
Sharron Gunn
Executive Director
Multiple Portfolios

Programme Highlights

  1. International exposure and business networking opportunities across the countries
  2. Mentored by global network of mentors
  3. Networking events during the course of the programme
  4. Site visits and guest speakers related to the capital markets
  5. Media coverage on the programme

Programme Outline

Dates: 13 – 17 April 2020 | Location: Nairobi, Kenya, South Africa  

Kenya Module – Building The Foundation For Board Directors


13 April 2020  – Welcome Dinner

14 April 2020 – Global Trends Shaping Board Leadership Today

  • Identifying leadership required to maximise board effectiveness in complex markets
  • Building and sustaining high performance board cultures
  • Understanding business risk drivers and their implications to the business
  • Providing strategic guidance and alignment to business direction

15 April 2020 – Appreciation of Global Corporate Governance

  • Approaches to Corporate Governance
  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of directors
  • Structure of the boards and directorships
  • Standing committees and their roles
  • Public oversight

16 April 2020 – Financial Stewardship: A Critical Board’s Role

  • Establishing and ensuring the organization’s compliance with proper financial systems and controls
  • Evaluating the organization‘s financial health
  • Literacy of the key financial language /terms and indicators of the business
  • Setting the expectations for audit committee members

17 April 2020 – Board Dynamics Intensive

  • Learn how to improve your effectiveness on the board and discover how to influence the group dynamic
  • What to do when you inherit a difficult culture
  • Learn about the merits of various chairing styles
  • Gain the courage to consciously address culture, and commit to cultural change in your board and organisation

Board Mentoring

  • 3 Mentor Meetings



Dates: 02 – 06 November 2020 | Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  

Malaysia Module – Preparing Women For Board Roles

02 November 2020 – Welcome Dinner

03 November 2020 – Managing Unconscious Bias in the Boardroom

  • Recognising the common biases
  • Language and gestures
  • Sources of boardroom conflict and strategies to mitigate
  • Breaking stereotypical thinking

04 November 2020 – Communication & Presence

  • Identifying and articulating your authentic leadership branding and presence
  • What contributes to creating an image that reaches your leadership objective

05 November  – Board Simulation – The Reality Check; The Board Profile

  • Applying the learning in a simulated environment
  • Observations and feedback session on the application of the technical and boardroom skills
  • Interactive discussion and sharing on meeting outcomes
  • The board profile – what makes it relevant and appealing

08 November – Board Conference & Graduation

  • Topical Board issues/challenges
    • The innovative & forward looking board
    • Tapping into strategic potential of boards
    • Adapting to the digital age & cybersecurity
  • Graduation Ceremony


Who Should Attend

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and Heads of functional units
  • New and current Women Board Directors who want to improve or refresh their skills and knowledge on the expectations of Boards today.

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GWOB 2021


Kenya Module Dates

To be announced soon!

9 am to 5 pm

Nairobi, Kenya

Malaysia Module Dates

To be announced soon!

9 am to 5 pm

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Programme Fee
Kenya Module: USD2,750
Malaysia Module: USD2,750

To secure a seat on the programme:

  • Full payment upon registration
  • Payments can be made by module.
  • A 10% discount for full payment made by 28th February, 2020.


Please email or call us if you would like more info:


Nairobi, Kenya:

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phone : 0787462039
phone : 0205294643



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