About

The American Chamber of Commerce, Kenya is a non-profit membership organization founded in 2005, to represent and spearhead the interests of American companies in Kenya and promote trade and investment between Kenya and the U.S. We are one of 86 international Chambers that are affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in Washington D.C.

Mission

To catalyze and support American and Kenyan business, trade and commercial interests

Our Strategic Focus

  • We conduct intentional, strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders for business policy development and enhancement on behalf of our members.

  • We champion doing good business, international best practice, quality standards, and bilateral skills and capacity transfer.

  • Creating value for businesses through provision of information and opportunities for engagement and networking to support business growth.

  • Promoting integration of sustainability practices in business for better, continuous, community and economic connectivity and responsibility.

 

Vision

Vision

To be Kenya’s leading business Chamber, driving growth and economic prosperity through increased trade and investment between Kenya and the U.S.

Leadership

Ahmed Rady

Ahmed Rady

President

Ahmed Rady is the General Manager of The Coca-Cola Company in East and Central Africa operating out of Nairobi, Kenya. He is responsible for leading company operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Eritrea.

Prior to his current leadership role, Ahmed has been a key member of The Coca-Cola Company Business Unit executive leadership team since 2012, serving as the Business Unit Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Central, East, and West Africa until Aug 2016. In this role, Ahmed lead the development and execution of some of the most innovative and memorable campaigns to maximize long-term volume and profit flow, and increase the long-term value of the brand marketing across 30 countries and 26 bottler franchises.

Ahmed joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2000, as the Brand Manager for Coca-Cola Near East, where he was responsible for managing TCCC brands in Jordan and Yemen. He was then named Regional Group Marketing Manager for Middle East, before serving as Business Unit Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola Middle East covering 13 countries. From 2009 to 2012, Ahmed led the Sparkling Beverages business in Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa Group as Sparkling Marketing Director.

Ahmed has extensive experience in marketing and operations in the FMCG sector, having worked in the sector for several years at Procter & Gamble Egypt, prior to Joining the Coca-Cola system.

Ahmed is an Egyptian National, and holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Cairo – Egypt. He is married and has 2 children Ibrahim and Lana.

Maxwell Okello

CEO

Maxwell is an accomplished trusted advisor and well-rounded professional with compelling success working at senior executive level. He is the immediate former Managing Partner and Co-Founder of ATOM-TDF, a boutique Strategy firm specializing in Business Innovation, Advisory, Brand Strategy and Internal Alignment. He has advised many Boards and Senior Management teams across Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing and Non-Profits in Kenya and the region. 

An effective communicator and negotiator with a proven ability to build trust and mutual respect at all levels, Maxwell brings to the table entrepreneurial flair, strong commercial sense and critical business innovation capability; coupled with an intrinsic understanding of the local context, culture, consumer behavior and the business landscape.

Maxwell is charged with driving strategy and overseeing the smooth operations of the Chamber into its next level of growth.

He firmly believes that the best way to create sustainable social impact in Africa is by catalyzing entrepreneurship, enhancing business and promoting investment across all sectors of the economy.

He holds a degree in Design and Visual Communications

Eric Riitho

Eric Riitho

Treasurer

Eric Riitho is currently the Global Subsidiaries Group Head- Kenya, responsible for managing the client base and asset book.

He joined Citi Kenya in 2001. Over the next 6 years, he took on diverse roles in Finance, covering Reporting, Controllership as well as Planning and Analysis roles for Kenya, Citi Uganda and Citi South Africa.

Prior to his current role, he worked as the Business Manager and CFO for Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Sub Saharan Africa, supporting the cluster on business management, finance, risk management and strategy.

He holds a BSc Honors degree in Agricultural Economics and a Certified Public Accountant.

He served as a nominated board member trustee of the Citibank Kenya Provident Fund for 8 years.

Peter Ngahu

Peter Ngahu

Board Member
Sean Walwyn

Sean Walwyn

Board Member

Mr. Sean Walwyn is the CEO of Micato Safaris having joined Micato in November 2017. He has been in
the Tourism industry for over thirty years particularly the Hotel & Resort side of the industry.
Sean has worked for multiple global brands including Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, Fairmont
and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. His experience spreads across both operations and Sales &
Marketing and includes living and working in, Barbados, UK, Holland, Japan, Nigeria, Turkey, Canada,
Tanzania, several GCC countries and Kenya.
Having now returned to Kenya for the third time since 2002, he looks forward to contributing and
building on the many successes Micato have achieved over the years, including being named Travel &
leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari operator a record 9 times. A passionate advocate of the
Kenyan and wider East African tourism product, he has worked closely with regional & global tourism
partners, travel journalists and associations on joint partnerships and initiatives to promote the region.
A graduate of Westminster, London where he studied Hotel Management, Sean was born in Jamaica and
grew up in Barbados but became a Canadian citizen in 1996. He is married with a son and daughter.

Jane Mwangi

Board Member

Jane Mwangi is the Area Manager for Delta Air Lines in East Africa. Her experience in the travel industry spans over 12 years 9 of which she has been in charge of Delta air Lines in East Africa. During this period, she has overseen the expansion of Delta Air Lines in the region to include offices in Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Travel Management from USIU-A and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business administration at the University of Nairobi.

When not working, Jane enjoys playing golf and spending time with her children Jason and Trinah.

Andrew Waititu

Andrew Waititu

Board Member

Andrew Waititu, CEO, GE Healthcare in East Africa, is a seasoned business leader whose vision is to open up space for individuals and industry to deliver transformative change in emerging markets.  Born and raised in Kenya, Andrew developed a keen interest in Information Technology while attending a part time course during his gap year and went on to carve out a 24 year career, spanning several geographies.
 
His dual passion for Africa and ICT has seen him hold several leadership roles across the continent, starting at IBM, before proceeding to Microsoft and SAP. A highly-regarded ICT professional, Andrew’s focus on the use of ICT to drive industry and change in Africa have seen him sit on various advisory boards; he is the sitting Vice Chair of the ICT sector committee of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex private sector body in Kenya. Andrew is further involved in growing the next crop of successful local companies and is the Chair of Manifest Destiny, a Kenyan private equity fund.
 
His drive to extend the use ICT as a key pillar in solving everyday challenges in Africa saw him join the healthcare space as the CEO of GE Healthcare in East Africa in 2016 where he is involved in the execution of transformative healthcare projects and also acts as the ambassador for the digital industrial strategy within the company. Andrew believes that technology based intellectual property will form a major pillar in drawing Africa into the 21st Century, breaking away from the shackles of low-value exports and extractives on the continent.
 
Andrew holds a Masters in Computer Science from University of Liverpool, and lives in Nairobi with his wife Esther and twin daughters.

Tom Onyango

Tom Onyango

Board Member

Tom is a partner at TripleOKlaw Advocates where he is in charge of the Conveyance Department and deals primarily with bank security documentation, commercial law including contract documentation, mergers and acquisitions and conveyance of property. He has been involved in major property transactions and has done extensive work in mergers and acquisitions. He advises a large number of businesses in Kenya and sits on the boards of a number of companies.

Prior to becoming a partner with the firm TripleOKlaw Advocates , he worked with the law firm R.A. Kassam & Company Advocates until April 1993 when he left to form the law firm Onyango, Ohaga & Company Advocates jointly with John. Ohaga. Subsequently he and Mr. John Ohaga joined up with James Ochieng and Jinaro Kibet to form the firm TripleOKlaw Advocates.

Tom has vast experience in legal services having been in the profession for over twenty years. He has professional membership in the Law Society of Kenya; East African Law Society, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and Institute of Certified Public Secretaries.

James C. Rigassio

James C. Rigassio

Board Member

Jim Rigassio is the Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. Jim represents the Commerce Department at U.S. Missions in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Jim and his Nairobi team open doors and advocate for U.S. exporters and companies, and work to implement Commerce Department priorities for East Africa. Previously, Jim served as Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China (2013 to 2016) and opened the first Commerce Department office in Wuhan, China (2014).

Sebuh Haileleul

Sebuh Haileleul

Board Member

Sebuh Haileleul is the General Manager for Microsoft in East and Southern Africa (ESA) covering 8 Countries; Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. His key focus is to steer the business to the next phase of expansion through commercial and government engagements while building and growing a high performing team.

Prior to his appointment to this role in 2015 Sebuh was the Enterprise Services Director for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, where he led and managed the service delivery function for forty-eight (48) countries within the region including Service Sales, Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and Premier Support Business.

He held this role since November 2010, and has over 18 years of progressive experience in supporting, implementing, managing and deploying rapidly changing system technologies, for diverse projects. At Microsoft, Sebuh previously served as Program Manager and Engagement Manager for Federal and Mid-Atlantic practice, overseeing all projects for FAST and ensuring engagements are on schedule and on budget while meet and exceed customer expectations.

Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked as a Senior Business Analyst/ Project Manager at Number Six Software. Other industry experience includes serving as Senior Business Analyst/ Project Manager and IT Business Analyst/Project Manager at National Institute of Health/ CPS in Bethesda and ICMARC in Washington.

Sebuh is originally from Ethiopia, grew up in Tanzania and Kenya and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from John Hopkins University – Baltimore USA.

Humphrey M. Lilech

Humphrey M. Lilech

Board Member

Mr. Lilech is the Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive at IBM East Africa since June 2016. In this business support role, Mr. Lilech works across the full range of IBM business operations that can be affected by government policies and regulations, at the national, regional and multinational level to drive business objectives and results.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lilech was the Senior Commercial Specialist, the principal advisor to the Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, on trade and commercial issues in Kenya for 14 years. In this role, Mr. Lilech specialized in commercial program support including counseling U.S. exporters on market development issues, trade policy and analysis, market potential, trade logistics, and problem resolution. Consequently, Mr. Lilech has extensive experience in the commercial and public policy arena as well as personal relationships with decision-makers in both the private and public sectors at the highest levels in East Africa, and coordinates with various USG trade facilitation agencies to promote IBM’s business interests in the region.

Mr. Lilech has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the United States International University and a Bachelor in Science (Biochemistry and Chemistry) from the Kenyatta University. He is married with two children.

History

2005

AmCham Kenya is established

AmCham Kenya receives accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with Bill Lay as President

2015

10 year anniversary

AmCham Kenya celebrates 10 years of operations in Kenya, enjoying steady growth in membership, influence and impact.

2015

Peter Njonjo elected President

Peter Njonjo of Coca-Cola is elected President with Reece Jenkins of Earnst & Young as Vice President.

2017

Ahmed Rady is elected President

Ahmed Rady of Coca-Cola is elected President with Vivek Sunder of Procter & Gamble as Vice President.