One of KenSAP’s co-founders, Mike is professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He was a standout middle distance runner in the 1970s and ’80s, with an international career that spanned 15 years and honors that included an Olympic medal and a Commonwealth Championship. He received a diploma in education from Kenyatta College (now Kenyatta University), a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern New Mexico University, two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.
Charles Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in building businesses in Africa. He started his career in 1991 as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. He founded Kestrel Capital Management (KCMC); Kestrel Capital, the leading investment bank and broker in Kenya, and Panafrican Group, the distributor of Komatsu equipment in five African countries. He is also the owner of Kenya Fluorspar, one of the largest producers of fluorspar ore in the world. He sits on the boards of the Foundation of the Hospital for Sick Children, Grand Challenges Canada, the Canadian Council on Africa, the African Medical Research Foundation Canada and The Next 36. He is the co-founder of the Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation.
KenSAP’s co-founder and executive director, John was born and educated in the US, but spent part of his childhood in Kenya and returned there as a Peace Corps teacher in the early 1970s. A journalist by profession, he spent 18 years as a writer and editor in various branches of Time Inc., and maintained his connection with Kenya by developing a sideline covering the exploits of its runners. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Harvard University and a Masters Degree from Columbia University.