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Dr. Monica Kerretts-Makau - PhD

Dr. Monica Kerretts-Makau is a Female Kenyan.  She earned her PhD in 2006 in Sydney, Australia and has been a practicing academic- practitioner for over 12 years. She has been based at Strathmore University Business School since 2009 as Senior Faculty in Management communications and Institutions/Organization behavior and Change in the MBA/MPPM and Management Leadership Programs. She is also a board trainer on several SBS programs, having earned several board training certificates including the IFC Board Program training of trainers.

She is passionate about Governance and Management practices in Africa and utilizes Teaching and Research and Consultancy as a tool for practical and applied learning where work-place dilemmas are tested and debated against existing theory. She has served with the World Bank in advisory consultancy capacity since 2007 to date on ICT policy and has also served as Change Advisor to the Change management process at the Kenyan Judiciary between 2012 and 2015 and 2017 to 2018.

She is well published with the most recent book being – “A Ticking Time Bomb’- Education at Crossroads”

She is passionate about the environment and  an addicted Gardner who runs a garden a green space called @Kanake Gardens in Machakos, Kenya.  . Further detail can be found at or contact or

Recent Recognitions

  • Top 100 Reputational Africans 2018 –
  • Top 100 Influential Africans 2016 –
  • 2015 GES Summit – Presidential Launch of the GES summit in Kenya.
    • Dr. Kerretts-Makau was a panelist together with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss the role of ICT and Education.
  • See and also featured on DSTV live as a commentator during the GES launch with President Obama
  • Award for top 20 Women influencing ICT sector in Kenya by IHUB. See anniversary-party/

Board Leadership Roles:

NEPAD AFRICA – Governing Council Board for Kenya – 2017 to 2020

Appointed by the Minister of Planning and Devolution for a period of 3 years coordinating Kenya’s implementation of NEPAD programs.

  • Board Chair – Finance Committee

SAHAM Insurance (former Pan African Insurance) – Board Director (2017 to date)

  • Board Chair – Human Resources and Governance Committee
  • Board Member – Audit Committee


Communications Policy Research South (CPRSouth) – Board Member

An International academic policy think tank in the area of ICT for Development.


Advisory Panel – World Development Report – 2016

  • A member of the Advisory Panel for the World Development Report (2016) chaired by the President of Estonia 

  • Providing feedback on report. Attending a number of the meetings and facilitating workshops on the same. See


Board Director – Bank of Africa – Kenya (2013 to 2015)

Appointed through Bank of Africa Group and Central Bank of Kenya Approval Process. 

  • Board Chair – Credit Committee 

  • Board Chair – Human Resources Committee


Board Director Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK/Now CAK):

Appointed as Independent Director to the ICT Regulatory Board representing private sector (4 year term from February 2011 to April 2014)

  • Chair Audit Committee 2012 to 2014 

  • Chair Finance Committee – 2011 to 2012 

  • Deputy Chair Technical Committee 2011 to 2013.


Board Council Member (2011 to 2013) – Kenya Society of the Blind

  • Served on Voluntarily Basis as council Board Member
    Chairlady Resource Mobilization – Oversee the support of the resourcing of funds and partners in the support of visually impaired persons in Kenya.


Dr. Kerretts-Makau is well travelled across the globe, and is International Speaker on issues of Public Policy & Regulation, Innovation and ICT, Leadership and Change Management.


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