Board of Directors


Kevin Kihara is the Chairman of the board. He has over 20 years of professional experience in development finance with Senior Executive roles in diverse financial institutions that include Family Bank of Kenya, Housing Finance Group with his last role as Head of Strategy, Market Development and Performance at Shelter Afrique. He is a Non-Executive Director at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and the Water Service Providers Association (WASPA). He is also the MD of Earthview Management Limited. He holds a Masters in International Public Policy (Finance & Development) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC and B.A in Government and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also an accredited Advanced Mortgage Professional (AMP) of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA).

Salil Patel was the Company's CEO until his retirement in 31st March 2020 but continues to be a Director of the Board. He has been instrumental in taking the company through tumultuous changes caused by wholesale and unchecked importation of second had vehicles. He has been in the company for 26 years. He planned and executed the building of the new factory in Limuru. He has also successfully built up a number of manufacturing concerns in East Africa. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Miami USA.


David Owino is a partner at Ascent Capital Advisory Services LLP. He has worked in the private equity sector in East Africa for 16 years. He has previously managed in excess of $150 million at Centum, the leading East African investment holding company.
He holds a BSc. (Business Administration) from USIU – A and an MBA from Strathmore Business School.

Marieke Geurts is an investment director at Ascent Capital Advisory Services LLP. She has 7 years of private equity, consultancy and operational experience.
Prior to working at Ascent, she was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, after starting her career as finance and operations manager at Lazada in South East Asia.
Marieke holds a MSc. in International Business from RSM Rotterdam and a Master in Management (MiM) degree from CEMS.

Bilal Vaiani is a private equity professional at sub-Saharan private equity fund Ethos Private Equity.
He also holds directorships at Rafiki Group of Companies, a family owned group with investments in real estate, trading and manufacturing. Bilal Vaiani has a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering, Masters in Finance and is a qualified accountant (ACA).

Wilfred Wangari is a seasoned engineer with close to forty years’ experience in diverse industries in operations, maintenance, design and general management. Specifically, he has twenty years in the motor vehicle industry and ten years in the energy sector. He is currently the general manager of power systems division of Simba Corp. He is a consultant in energy audits, efficiency improvement and total quality management (TQM) He has a Masters Degree in International Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering.








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