Leadership
Board of Directors

 

Charles Field-Marsham

Charles Field-Marsham

Chairman

Charles Field-Marsham is a Canadian entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in building businesses in Africa. Charles acquired a wide array of international business and investment experience, beginning in 1991 when he joined Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, then while living and working in Kenya between 1993 and 2003, and through a number of ventures that led him to found Kestrel Capital Management Capital (KCMC) in 2004, when he returned to Canada. KCMC provides strategic, investment and management consulting services to Charles’ businesses outside of Canada. Charles owns and is chairman of the following businesses: Kestrel Capital, which he founded in 1995 and developed into the leading investment bank and broker in Kenya; Panafrican Group, which he founded in 1996, which has since grown from being the exclusive distributor of Komatsu equipment in Kenya to include distribution rights and operations in five countries across East and West Africa; and Kenya Fluorspar, a fluorspar mine he purchased in 1997. These companies employ approximately 500 people with offices in Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Dubai.

Charles is dedicated to fostering strong communities where he lives and works and is involved with numerous charities and not-for-profit organizations. Charles sat on the boards of The Foundation of the Hospital for Sick ChildrenGrand Challenges Canada, and the African Medical Research Foundation Canada (AMREF). He is a founding donor and board member of The Next Canada an entrepreneurship program. Charles is also the principal benefactor and chairman of the Kenya Scholar Athlete Program (KENSAP), an initiative that since 2004 has helped secure full scholarships for more than 145 Kenyan students at top-tier American universities, including Harvard, Yale, MIT and Princeton. Charles’ dedication to community service led he and his wife, Rita, to create The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation.

 

Jane Manners

Jane Manners

Secretary

A lawyer by training, Jane is currently completing her PhD in American legal history at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, Jane received both her JD and her AB from Harvard, where she was captain of the Harvard indoor and outdoor track teams. After law school, she clerked for Judge Mark Wolf, chief judge of the federal district court of Massachusetts. She has also worked as a teacher, a grant maker, a journalist, and a presidential campaign staffer. Starting in the fall of 2018, Jane will  be a Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellow at the New-York Historical Society in New York, NY.

Tim Stockman

Tim Stockman

Treasurer

Tim Stockman has over 30 years of senior accounting and finance experience.  As Kestrel Capital Management’s Director of Finance and Administration, he oversees the group’s accounting, treasury and administration functions.  Prior to joining Kestrel, Tim was Senior Vice President, Finance of Kensington Capital Partners Limited, a Toronto based firm focused on the alternative investment asset class, where he developed and oversaw the accounting and reporting of the funds under management was well as being responsible for the corporate finance, tax and administration matters. Tim has also served as a senior executive with the Brenninkmeijer family group of companies.  Tim is a Chartered Professional Accountant having obtained his Chartered Accountant designation with KPMG.

Amos Kipyegon Kitur

Amos Kipyegon Kitur

Board Member

Kip Kitur, PhD, is an Associate on the Private Equity team at OrbiMed, the world’s largest healthcare investment fund. Prior to OrbiMed, Kip was a Consultant in the New York office of The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked in the Healthcare practice area. He also co-founded Sarora Dairies LLC/Ltd, a company that processes and distributes fresh milk and yogurt in Kenya. Kip obtained a PhD in Pharmacology from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he received the Brian F. Hoffman Award for Academic Excellence in Pharmacology and was an HHMI MIG Fellow. Prior to Columbia, Kip worked on developing vaccines for Type 1 Diabetes and as an equity trader. He completed a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard College. Prior to college, Kip attended Kabungut High School, where he graduated with the highest score in school history in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. He was born and raised near Bomet, a farming town in Kenya, as a last-born child in a family of 14 children, and he is part of KenSAP’s pioneer Class of 2004.

Peter Rono

Peter Rono

Board Member

Peter Kipchumba Rono is a former Kenyan athlete, who won a gold medal in the 1500 meters distance at the 1988 Summer Olympics, becoming the youngest Olympic Champion at the 1500m distance (21 years and 62 days). Peter was born in Kamobo village, near Kapsabet town, but he currently resides in New Jersey, where he is employed by the sales and marketing department of New Balance. He is married to Mary Kirui, who is also a distinguished Kenyan athlete. They have five kids, Irene Rono, Winnie Rono, Patrick Rono, Cynthia Rono and Nosheena Kurui.

Tony Barclay

Tony Barclay

Board Member

Tony Barclay is Director of Development Management and Practice in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. For 30 years, Tony was a senior executive at DAI, an employee-owned international development consulting firm, where he served as CEO from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure, DAI grew from a boutique firm to a global company with annual revenues of $375 million and 2,500 employees working in more than 75 countries. Honored as Executive of the Year in the October 2008 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremony, Tony has had a long career as a global development professional. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in western Kenya in the late 1960s, and returned there for his Ph.D. research in anthropology on the impact of a large-scale sugar project. He joined DAI’s development consulting staff in 1977. He moved into a senior management role in 1979, became DAI’s President in 1990; and succeeded the founding CEO in 1999. Tony was a founding board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and is a past President of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development. He chairs the international board of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, and has served on numerous other boards.

Rita Field-Marsham

Rita Field-Marsham

Board Member

Rita Field-Marsham is a Kenyan born lawyer. She worked in the private sector as a lawyer and founder of Field-Marsham & co advocates, worked in the executive arm of government as prosecuting counsel at the State Law Office in Kenya and in the in legal aid sector as a pro bono lawyer for the high court and court of appeal in Kenya. From 2005-2010 she served on the board of Young Patron’s Circle (YPC) at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2009, she founded Knowledge Empowering Youth (KEY), a charitable program that provides turn-key libraries in Africa of which she remains the CEO. In 2011, she co-founded FMNB Projects, a Canadian based for profit social venture.

Wandia Gichuru

Wandia Gichuru

Board Member

Wandia Gichuru is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vivo Activewear, a retailing clothing business that was started in 2011. In 7 years of operation, Vivo has blossomed into the “go-to” store for stylish yet comfortable, functional and affordable women’s clothing in Kenya.  The brand is known for its bright, versatile, colourful and edgy styles. Vivo clothes appeal across the board, and in particular to anyone who enjoys style and is young at heart.

Vivo is the fastest growing Kenyan fashion brand, currently having 9 stores (with an additional 4 planned in 2018) as well as an online presence and a very active social media following. Through its commitment to designing and manufacturing locally, Vivo is able to offer products that are specifically tailored to suit and compliment the modern African woman.  

Prior to starting Vivo, Wandia spent over 15 years as international development adviser and held positions with the UK government, the UN and the World Bank. In addition to running Vivo, Wandia is also a certified life coach, an investor on Kenya’s Lion’s Den (seasons 1 & 2) and a business mentor.  She is deeply passionate about changing the way Africa is seen and sees itself through strengthening African brands, talent and creativity, and developing partnerships across Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world. She is also passionate about transforming lives through job creation and supporting women in business. She lives in Nairobi with her two daughters, aged 12 and 14.

 

Claudia

Claudia Kahindi

Student Council Representative to the Board