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Transforming the Public Sector: Nancy Karigithu on Integrity and Lessons Learnt

  Jul 22, 2016

Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary of Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is the face behind the transformation of the Maritime sector.

Ms. Karigithu a maritime law expert with over 20 years’ experience has previously served as the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) Director- General. She is also an alumna of the Advanced Management Program at Strathmore Business School.

Through her diligent practice of virtuous and ethical leadership, Ms.  Karigithu has grown into one of the most vibrant women leaders in the public sector.

Some of her notable interventions include: Setting up a risk assessment test so as to block the loopholes for corruption practices. She developed the ethics code of conduct currently in practice, a whistle blower that has kept her sector in check.

She epitomizes the the values of transparency and true character in leadership; pearls of wisdom she shares with the Women in Executive Leadership League class of 2016.

Borrowed from her experiences Ms.Karigithu shares the following lessons:

The Noah’s Ark

Don’t miss the Boat:  Don’t miss the opportunity when it strikes to shine.

Stay fit.When you are 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big: You never know when trouble will come to haunt you so get prepared.

Plan ahead! It wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark. Planning is the best practice to cushion fatalities.

Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

For safety’s sake, travel in pairs. Identify people whom you share similar values with who will hold you accountable and help you live up to your values.

Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting. Nurture perseverance and be good at what you do.

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