Kenyan marketers announce election of a new chairperson and board

By our News Team | 2023

Zuhura Odhiambo heads up new 14-person board at Marketing Society of Kenya. Michael Ogillo is the Vice Chair.

The Marketing Society of Kenya announced the election of new board members, including a new Chairperson and Vice Chair, at its recent annual general meeting held at the Monarch Hotel in Nairobi.

“The new board members bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation and will work to enhance MSK’s profile as the leading professional body for marketers in Kenya,” the society said in a media statement.

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MSK’s outgoing Chairperson, Charles Kariuki, addresses members at the AGM. Photo credit: MSK via Facebook

Zuhura Odhiambo is the new Chairperson, while Michael Ogillo takes up the Vice Chair role on the 14-person board.

In her acceptance speech, Odhiambo expressed her gratitude for the confidence shown in her and the new board. 

“We are honoured to be entrusted with leading the Marketing Society of Kenya. We will work tirelessly to promote the marketing profession and contribute to the growth and development of the marketing industry in Kenya,” she said.

She added in a social media post: “It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to serve and lead such a talented group of professionals.

Ongoing technological advancements will shape marketing’s future

“Since I know the future of marketing is likely to be shaped by ongoing technological advancements and evolving consumer expectations, we must be dynamic and adaptive in order to keep pace with the changing demands of our clients and customers.”

Odhiambo is the Founder and CEO of New Revenue Solutions Africa, a through-the-line agency based in Nairobi.

She has extensive practical experience in business and commercial development, and describes herself as “an expert in leveraging data analysis to develop strategies focusing on new revenue streams for local and international organisations”.

Ogillo, the new Vice Chair, is General Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communication at the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. The foundation is a strategic parastatal charged with the provision of educational materials.

MSK has also paid tribute to outgoing Chairperson, Charles Kariuki, who becomes an Ex officio member.

“We express our sincere gratitude for your unwavering dedication, remarkable contributions, and valuable insights during your tenure,” the society said in a social media post.

“Your leadership and commitment have been instrumental in shaping MSK. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.”

The newly elected board members are:

  1. Zuhura Odhiambo – Chairperson
  2. Michael Ogillo – Vice Chair

Corporate Member Representative

  1. Joel Chacha  
  2. Christopher Madison 
  3. Fred Otieno 
  4. Flavia Othim 
  5. Julia Sungu

Full Member Representative

  1. Jane Nzomo, 
  2. Dr. Lydia Mwai
  3. Steve Abeka
  4. Jackson Gevera
  5. Lucia Musau

Associate Member Representative

  1. Mukui Mbaluka

       Student Member Representative

  1. Javan Otieno

The Marketing Society of Kenya is a founder member of the African Marketing Confederation.

Dr Kin Kariisa

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Dr. Kin Kariisa is an extraordinary force at the helm of Next Media Services, a conglomerate encompassing NBS TV, Nile Post, Sanyuka TV, Next Radio, Salam TV, Next Communication, Next Productions, and an array of other influential enterprises. His dynamic role as Chief Executive Officer exemplifies his unwavering commitment to shaping media, business, and community landscapes.
With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

  • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
  • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
  • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
  • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.