Board of Directors


Mr. Desterio A. Oyatsi

Mr Oyatsi is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Managing Partner of Shapely, Barret & Company, Advocates. He is currently a non-executive director of KenolKobil Limited and chairman of Metropolitan Life Insurance Kenya Ltd. He was a non-executive director of Capital Market Authority between 1999 and 2002 and of Telkom Kenya Ltd between 1999 and 2003.

Deputy Chairman

Mr. Muhoho Kenyatta

Mr. Kenyatta is a leading entrepreneur, businessman and director of several companies within the Eastern Africa region including Brookside Dairy Ltd, Heritage Holdings Ltd, Kenya Dairy Board and Timsales Holding Ltd. He is a graduate of Williams College, Massachusetts, in the USA holding an Economics and Political Science degree.

Group Managing Director

Mr. Isaac Awuondo

Isaac Awuondo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA K). Isaac has over 32 years’ experience in the finance and banking sectors spanning Europe and Eastern Africa and has previously worked with BDO Binder Hamlyn, Nation Media Group and Standard Chartered Bank in various senior executive roles. He is the Chairman of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), the Council of Riara University, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and a Director of Bata Shoes Company Kenya Ltd and the Kenya Cultural Centre. He is also Chairman of the Kenya Conservatoire of Music, WWF Kenya, The Rhino Trust and a Trustee of Zawadi Africa Education Fund.

Chief Executive - Kenya

Mr. Jeremy Ngunze

Jeremy is the Chief Executive Officer, CBA Kenya with overall responsibility for the bank in Kenya in terms of governance, performance management, client relationships, advisory business and human resource management. Jeremy has had wide experience in the banking industry spanning over 28 years, with rich exposure in Corporate, Consumer and SME Banking. He worked with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) for 18 years, where he held various top management positions in Africa and Asia regions, prior to joining CBA. He is a board member of various organisations, including PACT Inc. in Kenya, Integrated Payments Services Ltd (IPSL) and is a member of Kenya Bankers Association governing council where he is Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Jeremy holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi.


Mr. Stuart J Armitage

Mr. Armitage is a chartered accountant with considerable experience in agricultural finance and property development. He is a director of several companies operating in Kenya and East Africa region including Brookside Dairy Limited, Heritage Holdings Ltd and Green Park Investments Ltd.


Hon. Abdirahin Haithar Abdi

Hon. Abdi served as the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (2007 to 2012), having been a member of the assembly from 2001. He was instrumental in significantly influencing legislative, oversight and representation activities of the assembly charged with fostering regional integration. Hon. Abdi holds a BSc degree in Business Administration (Finance), has been accorded presidential awards and international appointments in legislative roles for his distinguished service to the nation and region. He is a seasoned businessman with multi sectoral experience gained from the private and public sectors and holds directorships in various companies.


Mr. Nicholas A. Nesbitt

Mr Nesbitt is the Country General Manager, IBM East Africa. Until recently, he was the Chief Executive of KenCall, a leading international BPO/call centre outsourcing company in East Africa. He also held senior executive positions in the United States at Qwest Communications, Rhythms, US WEST and Square D. He began his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Nesbitt has served as a member of the Board of several corporate and public sector boards including AMREF Flying Doctors, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Multimedia University and Gateway insurance and is an active member of the World Economic Forum and other business-related organizations. He received his MBA from Stanford University and both his Masters and Bachelors engineering degrees from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in Nairobi.


Mr. Nelson J.M Mainnah

Mr. Mainnah holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of Kenya Institute of Management and is an alumnus of INSEAD,France,where he obtained qualifications on Risk Management in Banking. He retired from CBA as Group Head of Enterprise Risk in April, 2012 after working at the bank for thirty eight years. Mr. Mainnah has considerable expertise in business management, credit and enterprise risk, and treasury operations. Nelson holds various board positions in the educational sector and offers financial leadership in various charitable organisations. He is currently involved in strategic leadership and risk management through consultancy services.


Mr. Mukesh K. R. Shah

Mr. Shah is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA), member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA K) and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPS K). Mr. Shah is a former partner of Price Waterhouse, and served in various senior executive capacities within the region and in the UK. He has in-depth professional experience and knowledge of family business management, strategic planning and mergers & acquisitions gained over a period of over 39 years.