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Dr. Monica Kerretts-Makau

Dr. Monica Kerretts-Makau is based at Strathmore Business School as Senior Faculty while also undertaking several projects. She currently teaches in the MBA and MPP programs- Managing Change & Strategy and Institutions and Public Policy programs. Dr. Kerretts earned her PhD in Australia (UNSW) with a focus on Institutional Governance Management.  She earned her MSC in the UK (Salford University, Manchester) and her undergraduate studies in Communications (Major and Business Minor) with Cum Laude Honors from Daystar University –Athi-River Campus.

Dr. Kerretts-Makau is passionate about three areas. First, Change Management and Institutional Governance. In this area Dr. Kerretts-Makau is passionate about leadership and Change management.  She has facilitated several training programs at executive level at SBS and trained several boards on the same. Her current project includes Change Advisor to the Judiciary Transformation Secretariat 2017 to 2020 under Justice David Maraga and 2012 to 2015 under Justice Prof Joel Ngugi in the office of the Chief Justice Office. . Dr. Kerretts has authored several reports for the Judiciary which are found on the law Reports website  She was previously involved in the Kenya Police Reform Program where she was previously technical change advisor under the UNODC Police Reform Program.  Dr. Kerretts-Makau served as Board Director Bank of Africa where she chaired the Credit Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee (2013 to 2015).  Her recent work in this area includes CIC policy analysis and the WFD work on the Senate Review conducted in 2016 and 2017. Dr Kerretts-Makau was appointed  to the New African Development (NEPAD)/Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Kenya Governing Council on 27th October 2016 for a three-year term by the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning.

Second, Critical thinking in Education – She believes that a holistic education is what is needed in Kenya where critical thinking forms the bedrock of the pedagogical methodology of teaching.  In the area of Education and teaching she has co-edited a book titled “Youth Unemployment in Kenya” –A Ticking Time Bomb (2016) (Editors: H. Danner/M Kerretts/J.M. Nebe) with her own chapter as well is titled “An education System in Bondage” and focuses on the need for re-evaluation on the issues of critical thinking and innovation which are the bedrock for education that is to produce entrepreneurs. The Book was launched in 2017 by the Cabinet Minister for Education Dr. Matiangi. She has also edited the book  ‘New Perspectives in Management Education’ (2012) published by Excel publishing in Europe with a chapter on education.

Third, ICT and Policy – Dr. Kerretts-Makau currently sits in the Advisory Board of the World Banks World Development Report 2016 focusing on the role of ICT and Development. She is one of the representatives for Africa in this panel which is chaired by the President of Estonia.  Dr. Kerretts-Makau has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank since 1997. She has served in Rwanda as the ICT Policy Adviser on Regulation and Universal Access in RURA (Rwanda’s Regulatory Body – 2007-2009). She worked on several World Bank ICT Policy projects most recent Botswana’s ICT Regulatory Framework (2012- 2014), South Sudan (2009 – date), Somalia (2014 to date). She has authored several reports for the World Bank on ICT policy. She also served as Board Director in the former Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK – 2011-2014) where she chaired the Audit Committee.


Top 100 Influence Africans 2016

Dr. Kerretts-Makau was nominated top 100 Influential Africans in 2016 by the New African Magazine, one of Africa’s longstanding and respected magazines. The annual edition of the 100 Most Influential Africans, now in its fifth year, aims to celebrate the 100 personalities who have shaped the year and have made an impact and was in company with the likes of Others who were listed in education include: Stacey Brewer – Spark Schools, Sizwe Nxasana – FirstRand, Prof. Olive Mugenda – former Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University, Patrick Utomi – Lagos Business School, Anis Haffar – GATE Institute, Amadou Diaw – International School of Management, Calestrous Juma – Havard University, Jonathan Jansen – University of the Free State, Graeme Bloch – Wits University, Roshni Mooneeram – Nottingham University, Chinezi Chijioke – Nova Pioneer, Patrick Awuah Jr – Ashesi University, H.E. Dr Graca Machel and Mahmood Mamdani – Makerere Institute of Social Research.

Dr. Kerretts-Makau was a panelist together with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, at the Presidential Launch of the GES summit in Kenya, discussing the role of ICT and Education. This can be found on Youtube. She also featured on DSTV live as a commentator during the GES launch with USA’s H.E President Barrack Obama.

She was also awarded for top 20 Women influencing ICT sector in Kenya by IHUB.

Current boards:

  • Nepad APRM Kenya – Board Council Member 2017 to 2019. Chairs Finance Committee
  • Saham Assuarance Kenya – Chairs HR and Governance Committee and Marketing Committee
  • CPRSouth – Board Member 2017 to 2020. – An intentional Academic Board dealing with ICT policy and Reguation in the Developing South (Asia and Africa)

Previous Boards 

  • Bank of Africa – Chairing the HR & Governacne Committee and the Credit Committee (2013 to 2016)
  • Communications Commission of Kenya – Chaired the Audit committee (2011 to 2014)
  • Kenya Society for the Blind – Council Member (2011 to 2013)

She remains an active member in society engaged in transformation activities in Machakos County where she is involved in environmental change through her project Kanake. She is passionate about cleanliness in society and believes that transformation begins with being the change and making a change where you are.  She can be reached on or

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