Management Profiles

Chief Executive Officer

Rose Mambo

Rose is the Chief Executive at CDSC and is responsible for strategic leadership for the corporation and corporate governance. She has steered the company to achieve a number of key milestones including a T+3 settlement cycle, full dematerialization of the market, several large successful IPOs, and improved efficiency and risk management in the settlement function of the corporation with a Guarantee Fund value that has grown over five times since she joined CDSC in 2007.

Under her stewardship, CDSC maintains over 1.5 million active CDS accounts safeguarded in its CDS system. The company’s financial performance has significantly improved over the years of her ongoing tenure, in line with the growth in Kenya’s capital market.

Rose is a Director at CDSC Registrars Limited, and with her guidance,the company efficiently manages several listed companies’ registers, including the register of the revolutionary mobile phone bond M-Akiba, which garnered over 300,000 registrations by its second offer.

Under her leadership, CDSC has transitioned to a brand that is more customer-centric in product and service offering, as it endeavours to become the leading provider of innovative solutions for custody, clearing and settlement services.

Rose holds an MBA from Strathmore University, a Master of Laws degree from the American University in Washington DC specializing in international business law and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya. Rose has worked as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Office and at the Nairobi Securities Exchange as Company Secretary and Head of Legal and Compliance.

Head of ICT

James Gikonyo

James Gikonyo is the Head of Information and Communication Technology at CDSC and he participates in policy and decision making at executive management level regarding the future direction and proposed information systems in CDSC.

James holds a Master’s of Science in Information Systems specializing in Strategic Management of Information and Communication Technology as well as Information Systems Security. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Nairobi.

James is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and has over 18 years experience in the Information and Communication Technology fields with 16 years experience in Banking IT systems having worked with Barclays Bank of Kenya and Transnational Bank Limited.

Head of Operations

Marion Kioi

Marion Kioi heads the Operations Department which is charged with the safe custody of securities in CDS and management of the daily electronic clearing, delivery and settlement processes. She is also the secretary of CDSC’s Business Conduct Committee.

Marion holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nairobi. She is currently pursuing the MSC Finance degree at the University of Nairobi and has over 10 years experience in Operations at CDSC. Prior to joining CDSC, Marion worked for Nairobi Securities Exchange in the Delivery & Settlement department.

Head of HR & Corporate Affairs

Irene Mutiso

Irene Mutiso heads the HR and Corporate Affairs department and represents CDSC in Investor Education Working Committee (IEWC), Securities Industry Training Institute East Africa (SITI), and is a member of Champions of Corporate Governance Award (COG) taskforce.

Irene holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce both from the University of Nairobi. Irene is a qualified Executive Coach, Certified Human Resource Analyst (CHRA), a Full Member of Women on Boards Network, Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Society of Human Resources (SHRM). Irene has over nine years experience in Human Capital Management and Corporate Communication. Prior to joining CDSC, she worked at Nairobi Securities Exchange and held various positions.

Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance

Hilda Njeru

Hilda Njeru heads the Legal, Risk & Compliance Department whose mandate is to provide legal services to CDSC and its subsidiaries, oversee risk management and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. She is also the CDSC Group Company Secretary.

Hilda holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) both from the University of Nairobi. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She is a Certified Public Secretary, CPS (K) and has successfully completed the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) course. Hilda is also a certified Governance Auditor. She has over 10 years experience in the field of financial law and compliance, and has worked in the Banking and Capital Markets industries.

Head of Internal Audit

Francis Kibathi

Francis Kibathi heads the Internal Audit Department which is primarily charged with Risk Management and Internal Control.

Francis holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Finance option. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a CFA Charter holder and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has served in various capacities as both external and internal auditor, and has a wealth of experience in Audit, Risk and Compliance.

Manager, CDSC Registrars Limited

Lucy Nyakwaka

Lucy Nyakwaka – Omol is the Manager, CDSC Registrars Limited, which offers company Registrar Services.

Lucy has over 10 years experience in share registry services – managing share registry operations, transfer processes, immobilization, customer service, dividend payments, bonus, splits issues among others. She was a key resource in the NIC Bank, Kenya Airways and Olympia Capital rights issues, HFCK, Umeme, STANLIB IPO, Centum and the Barclays Bond issue. Lucy also managed the takeover of SCBK, BAT, CMC, NMG, CENTUM and SAMEER registers.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a diploma in Leadership and Management. Lucy has worked in the Banking and share Registry sectors.