By Etaarifa Contributor
Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga is now the Chief Executive of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). She picks the mantle from Betty Maina who has served the Association for over 11 years but has according to KAM left to pursue other interests and engagements in similar fields in Kenya and outside the country.
A statement by KAM’s Chairman Pradeep Paunrana, says that “the move is part of the transition process, which the organisation has been undergoing for the last one year. Betty has mentored Phyllis for the past year and the KAM Board is confident that Phyllis will deliver on her mandate, grow the Association and spur growth in the manufacturing sector.”
Phyllis is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resources Management Kenya. Additionally she is set to graduate with a Masters in International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Nairobi in December 2015.
She has been the Head of Policy Research and Advocacy Unit at KAM since 2013. The Unit provides the overall direction in the policy and advocacy work of the Association. She successfully led the partnership with the National Council on the Administration of Justice to develop the Enforcement Manual to Combat Illicit Trade in Kenya and worked with the Commission on Revenue Allocation on the County Money Bills Project among other achievements.
She represents KAM on the Board of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and is a member of the Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (KECOPAC).
Before joining KAM she was the Manager for Government and Industry Affairs at Kenya Airways and was a member of the East African Community Facilitation Team that ensured improvements across all airports in East Africa. She previously worked at Otieno Omuga and Ouma Advocates.
KAM represents over 850 members in the manufacturing industry and the manufacturers arguably contribute about 11.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.