Mr James Onditi

Primary outcome: Increase the number of women participating in corporate governance in public and private companies in Kenya by 30% by 2025.

Mr. James O. Onditi is the Manager Administration and Finance at Kenyatta University Women Economic Empowerment Hub. The Hub has been established by a grant by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Initiatives for What Works for Women Economic Empowerment. James is also the Manager Business Development at Kenyatta University Capacity Development and Consultancy Services since August 2018; Mr. Onditi served in the same capacity under the Kenyatta University Consultancy Services Unit (KUCSU) from June 2016. Previous to joining KU, he served at Kenya Industrial Estates Ltd (KIE) as Assistant Manager Business Development and Financial Services (September 2012 to June 2016 ), Acting Manager Business Development Department (May 2013 to January 2014), Senior Officer Risk Management (June 2011 to September 2012). While at KIE, James was instrumental in the process of setting up the Risk Management and Credit Appraisal procedures, he also helped in re-engineering business processes at the Business Development Department. He was in charge of client generation, credit appraisal and disbursement at the parastatal. Additionally, he undertook and managed a number of consultancies and Business Development Services (BDS) while at the KIE. Before joining KIE, Mr. Onditi served at Equity Bank Limited as a Supervisor Agency Banking and Acquiring Business Channels (ABC) (April 2010 to June 2011). He was pivotal in establishing the first banking agents for Equity Bank in Nairobi Eastern Region based at Donholm Branch. He also served as a Relationship Officer Credit (August 2008 to April 2010). As a credit officer, James set up the initial group lending credit portfolio for the branch. Mr. Onditi holds a Masters of Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the University of Nairobi (UON), Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Business) Degree from Kenyatta University (KU) and a Diploma in Information Management Systems (IMIS-UK) from Strathmore University. He is currently pursuing PHD in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Nairobi. He is an Associate Member of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK). James has also undertaken a number of short courses in management and transformative leadership, digital, social media marketing and Organizational Knowledge Management (KM). He has been trained in risk management framework, credit appraisal and management, business planning, budgeting and financing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He is a certified Quality Management Systems (QMS) Internal Auditor ISO 2001:2015; and has also trained on Risk Based Thinking ISO 2001:2015. He has also undertaken a number of consultancy and donor funded projects. He brings on board a wealth of experience in grant finance management, designing and implementing consultancy projects, training, proposal writing, contract negotiations, logistics coordination, risk management and project management skills.