Isaac has considerable experience in the financial services industry having worked for more than 33 years in the Kenyan and regional banking industry.
He is currently the Chairman of NCBA Bank Kenya PLC the result of a merger between Commercial Bank of Africa Limited and NIC Group PLC which took effect on 1st October 2019. NCBA Bank is the 3rd largest banking Group in Kenya. He was Group Managing Director of Commercial Bank of Africa Limited (“CBA Group”) the largest privately held commercial bank in Kenya with a regional focus and operations in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ivory Coast for over 20 years. CBA Group was one of the strongest and ethically managed commercial banks’ offering a comprehensive range of banking services, including Mobile and Digitally enabled financial solutions and is recognized as the market leader in the provision of Mobile Lending and Savings solutions, in partnership with Safaricom (Kenya), Vodacom (Tanzania) and MTN (Uganda, Rwanda and Ivory Coast). NCBA Group presently serves in excess of 50 million customers in its five main markets.
Prior to joining CBA Group (more than 23 years ago) Isaac was Chief Financial Officer and director at Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd operations in Kenya and the East Africa region for over 8 years. Isaac graduated from University of Nairobi in 1980 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and finance. He trained in London as a chartered accountant qualifying in 1984. On his return to Kenya he worked with the firm of Githongo and Company as an Audit Manager. In 1986 he was appointed Group Auditor of Nation Printer and Publishers Limited (now the Nation Media Group) and eventually became the Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary.
Isaac is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Certified Public Accounts of Kenya (ICPAK) and Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management. Isaac sits on the Boards of several public and private organisations, including Bata Shoes Company Kenya Limited, ArtCaffe (as Chairman) and Kenya Airports Authority (as Chairman). Through his involvement in charitable and philanthropic activities, he is Chairman of the Kenya Conservatoire of Music, University of Nairobi Alumni Association and WWF Kenya; former Chairman of The Rhino Trust, a conservation charity involved in preservation of environmental biodiversity; and Trustee of the Zawadi Africa Education Fund, an educational charity which provides scholarship support to disadvantaged girls from Africa (and presently operating in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana) to Universities mainly in the US and Canada and more recently the UK and Japan.
He is a keen golfer, music enthusiast and a collector of contemporary African Art, an area of interest for more than 30 years.
Isaac represents the Capital Markets Challenge Fund on the CDSC Board