• Douglas Mwendwa
    Douglas Mwendwa
    Board Chair

  • Nicolas Karambadzakis
    Nicolas Karambadzakis
    Board Member

  • Mary Munyiri
    Mary Munyiri
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Vincent Freedom Kaheeru
    Vincent Freedom Kaheeru
    Board Member

  • Timothy Mitheu
    Timothy Mitheu
    Board Member

  • Wilson Gathogo
    Wilson Gathogo
    Board Member

  • Paul Gachie
    Paul Gachie
    Board Member

Douglas Mwendwa
Board Chair

Mr.  Douglas Mwendwa is a holder of MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester, UK and Bachelor of Arts (Business Management) from Moi University, Kenya. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPA-K), the institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPS-K) and the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)

He has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, financial management, human resource management and administration acquired from both commercial and NGO sectors. He is currently a Director of Finance for Jhpiego Kenya – an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, providing financial oversight of projects funded by various donors including United States Agency for International Development (USAID) centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

He has previously worked with Pollmans Tours & Safaris, Kenya Finance Bank, TFS Cargo Services and Heifer International. Mr. Mwendwa has work and consultancy experience in many countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia

Nicolas Karambadzakis
Board Member

Nicolas is a trained banker with 25 years of experience in micro and small enterprise lending, social investment, fundraising, impact assessment and technical assistance management. For German-based consultancy Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, he advised banks downscaling to micro and small enterprise lending and managed advisory projects around financial inclusion in Africa and Asia for international development banks; prior to that he was part of the team building up the European Fund for Southeast Europe, a large microfinance investment vehicle. During the last ten years, Nicolas led the transition of ECLOF’s fundraising from a grants-based to a market-based investment model; and he led initiatives around Social Performance Management and impact assessment across the ECLOF network. Nicolas is a qualified social auditor (Cerise SPI4), holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from Cambridge University. He speaks German, English, Russian, Spanish and Macedonian.

Mary Munyiri
Chief Executive Officer

Mary joined ECLOF Kenya in 22nd February 2011. She brought to ECLOF Kenya her over 20 years work experience. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ECLOF Kenya. Prior to joining ECLOF Kenya, she was the Head of Business Development Department in Faulu Microfinance Bank. She was among the team that co-founded Faulu Kenya which is today one of the big microfinance institutions in Kenya.

Mary’s career began as a civil servant with the Government of Kenyan in the then Ministry of Trade. She then moved to manufacture firm and later settled in microfinance.  Her major experience is in Microfinance, Microenterprise development and Community development

Mary holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance (MF Option), a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counseling. She is also a Certified Executive Leadership Coach from CDI-Africa Group and has undertaken some special courses which include: Corporate Governance and Effective leadership, Change management, Product Review and Market Research, Strategic Thinking, From Good to Great; Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Her passion is in leadership capacity building and institution development.

Vincent Freedom Kaheeru
Board Member

Vincent is a holder of Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance for Development from Giordano Dell’Amore Foundation, Milano, Italy and BSC. (Agric.) (Hon). Vincent is Chairman/ Director, VFK & Associates Consulting Limited. He is also the National Director, Profiles International Uganda Ltd, a Management Consultancy firm with a focus on provision of Human Resource Management Solutions, corporate governance, agricultural lending and credit administration and appraisal advisory services, amongst others. Vincent carries immeasurable experience as a seasoned Banker, Agriculturalist, Corporate Governance Expert and Human Resource (HR) management Consultant. He is one of the most experienced Corporate Governance practitioners in the East African Region.

He has previously served on several Boards including: Crystal Clear Software Limited (ended board membership on 31st December, 2016), Uganda Development Bank, Post Bank (U) Ltd, New Vision, Produce Marketing Board, Uganda Post Limited and Feed the Children, ECLOF International (where he served as the African Region Representative, ended May 2018) and Agribusiness Initiative (aBi) Trust (ended 31st December, 2018).Currently, Vincent is serving on the Boards of; ECLOF Uganda (a microfinance institution, where he is Chairman of the Board) and he is a Board Member of ECLOF Kenya (where he was nominated by ECLOF International).

Timothy Mitheu
Board Member

Timothy holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, a Certificate in Corporate Governance, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Public Secretary, was the best candidate in Kenya in the Administrative practice paper section 4 of CPS in 1991. Timothy has experience in Finance for over 20 years. He has worked in various organizations which include: Lecturer in Technical Education, Finance Manager Triad Energy LTD, Karumasi Consulting Ltd as a Financial Management Consultant. Timothy has worked with Fronfrin Training ltd as a Training Manager. He is currently working with Methodist Church in Kenya as Head of Audit.

Wilson Gathogo
Board Member

Mr Gathogo is a lawyer by profession and an Advocate to the High Court of Kenya. He has Bachelor of Law Degree (L.L.B) second Class Honors (upper Division) from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma from the Kenya school of Law. In the year 2011 Notary Public Commissioner for oaths, 2010-2012 Partner at Gathogo Kago & Manthi Advocates, 2006-2010 Associate Advocate at Wambugu Motende Advocates, 2012 to date he is a partner at Lesinko Njoroge & Gathogo Advocates.

Paul Gachie
Board Member

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Daystar University and he’s a Certified Public Accountant. He has undertaken some special courses which include: making cents Business TOF Training organized by Making Cents Inc.; at Monrovia, Liberia, Finance and Budgeting Workshop by CARE International in Somalia. Microfinance for Conflict Affected Communities by UNHCR and ILO in Turin, Italy, Finance for Enterprise Development by Cranfield University in England, subsector Analysis Workshop organized by SEEP Network, Kadoma Motel in Zimbabwe among others. He’s currently consulting with Farm shop as the General Manager. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in Microfinance and Microenterprise development in several countries across Africa continent. Prior to joining Farm shop, he was a livelihoods coordinator with Danish Refugee Council Somalia. He was providing technical assistance to livelihoods staff implementing projects in South and Central Somalia. Paul is one of those who co-founded Faulu Kenya which is today one of the big microfinance institutions in Kenya with program operations in the neighboring countries. As its pioneering program manager. He was involved in the development and setting up of Faulu’s group-based lending program, its systems and structures as well as recruitment and training of staff.