Board Members

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Board Members represent leading business and civil society professionals in East Africa. The Board is chaired by Erastus Mwencha, who is the former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC); Vice Chair Patrick Obath– Managing Consultant at Eduardo and Associates, Kenya ; Pascal Lamy– who served as General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for two consecutive terms; Rob Rudy– who is a senior private sector development adviser at Department for International Development (DFID) ; Rosette Chantal Rugamba– Managing Director, Songa Africa Ltd, Rwanda ;Patricia Ithau of Patricia Ithau Ltd, Kenya; Anthony Masozera-CEO of Econet Wireless, Burundi; MAGGIE KIGOZI a motivational speaker in the areas of leadership, business and an expert on women in Business; EMILIAN BUSARA– Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Management and Development for Health (MDH) and Duncan Onyango– the East Africa Regional Director of Acumen Fund, New York; Earl Gast, an independent consultant and Scott Cameron-Chief, Office of Regional Economic Integration, USAID | Kenya and East Africa.

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    Erastus Mwencha

    Board Chair

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    Erastus Mwencha

    Board Chair-

    Erastus Mwencha is the former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC).  He is also a former Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).  Prior to COMESA, Mr Mwencha also served in the Government of Kenya in several capacities including as Head of Industrial Promotion Department and Secretary to Industrial Sciences Advisory Research Committee (ISARC) and the Kenyan Industrial Survey and Promotion

    Centre as a Senior Economist.  He holds an master’s in economics from university of York and has received several awards and honours- the “Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH)” in 2009 by the President of the Republic of Kenya; the “Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS)” in 1998 by the President of the Republic of Kenya ;Officer of National Order in 1977 which is the highest national award in the Republic of Madagascar; the highest Presidential Award by the President of the Republic of Djibouti and lastly, he led COMESA to the ‘International Gold Award for Excellence and Business Prestige’ in 2002 during the Quality Summit Award in New York.

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    Patrick Obath

    Vice Chair

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    Patrick Obath

    Vice Chair

    Patrick Obath is managing consultant for Eduardo Associates, a private practice consultancy specializing in energy and management optimization. Prior to Eduardo, Patrick worked for Shell in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including a period as the managing director and county chairman for Kenya Shell Limited and Shell Tanzania. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Nottingham University and is a member of the Institute of Petroleum (UK), the Petroleum Institute of East Africa, and the Institution of Engineers in Kenya. He once served as chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and of PZ Cussons EA Limited. He sits on the boards of Afren Plc, African Alliance Investment Bank, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited and Wanachi Holdings Limited and is an honorary director of the Kenya Cultural Centre Council and Liverpool VCT. He was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) in 2009 and the Order of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2011 by H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya. Patrick is a Fellow of the second class of the African Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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    Pascal Lamy

    Board Advisor

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    Pascal Lamy

    Board Advisor

    From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

    Pascal Lamy was appointed, in Mai 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the vice-presidency of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Co-chair of the Equitable Access Initiative (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), his participation to the Global Ocean Commission and UNAIDS as well as different subjects related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre of Grenoble MDLG (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International and of the Oxford Martin School and affiliate Professor at HEC. He also currently serves as chair of the Global Agenda Council on global governance at the World Economic Forum.

    Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are: Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term” (2013, http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/commission/Oxford_Martin_Now_for_the_Long_Term.pdf ) ; “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014)

    In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect (April 2014), Pascal Lamy is in the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also ranked among the 100 most influential thinkers of the “Thought leader Map 2015” published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

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    Rob Rudy

    Board Member

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    Rob Rudy

    Board Member- SENIOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT ADVISER, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)

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    ROSETTE CHANTAL RUGAMBA

    Board Member

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    ROSETTE CHANTAL RUGAMBA

    Board Member- Currently: Managing Director, Songa Africa Ltd

    Ms Rugamba is the founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa one of the leading tour companies in East Africa. She has been involved in travel and tourism for the past 25 years, first with Euro Star in the UK, and then as Sales and Marketing Manager, British Airways, for Uganda and Central Africa. She returned to her native Rwanda to spearhead the revitalisation of the tourism Industry as Director General of Rwanda Tourism and later as Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Development Board. Ms Rugamba also serves on the board of Equity Bank, Rwanda, Sonarwa-Insurance Company and the African Parks Network. She is a special adviser on sustainable tourism in Africa, to the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Makerere University and is an Aspen Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa, class of 2010.

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    PATRICIA ITHAU

    Board Member

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    PATRICIA ITHAU

    Board Member- Currently: Managing Director, Patricia Ithau Ltd

    Ms Patricia Ithau is the Regional Director for the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies Seed. She previously served as Managing Director at L’Oreal East Africa, EABL International and Uganda Breweries Ltd. She currently also serves on the boards of Barclays Bank Kenya Ltd, The Foschini Group Kenya, Strathmore University Foundation and KEPSA. Ms Ithau deepest desire is to use her experience to create opportunities that transform the quality of people’s lives in Africa. She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya, Member of the African Leadership Network and a Member of Institute of Directors, Kenya

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    Anthony Masozera

    Board Member

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    Anthony Masozera

    Board Member- Currently: CEO, Econet Wireless, Burundi

    Anthony Masozera is currently the CEO of Econet Wireless, Burundi. He has previously served as CEO of MTN Guinea. He currently serves as board member of Econet Wireless Burundi, Higher Life Foundation and Burundi Backbone System. Masozera posts 18 years’ experience leading companies to accelerate revenue growth. His areas of expertise include Executive Management & Leadership, Financial Management and Strategic Business Planning.

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    Duncan Onyango

    Board Member

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    Duncan Onyango

    Board Member- Currently: Acumen Fund, New York – Regional Director/CEO – East Africa

    Mr Duncan Onyango is currently Regional Director/CEO of Acumen Fund, a social venture fund. He has served on the boards of eight major organisations in East Africa and the UK, including Rift Valley Railways Ltd, Scion Real, Philafe Engineering Ltd, Acacia Medical Centre Ltd, Botanical Extracts EPZ Ltd, Western Seed and Provident Capital Transfers Ltd (UK). He has expertise in strategic and business planning, organisational alignment and business transformation and holds an honours degree in Computing and Retail Management from Oxford University.

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    Scott Cameron

    Board Member

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    Scott Cameron

    Board Member- Currently: Chief, Office of Regional Economic Integration, USAID | Kenya and East Africa

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    Earl Gast

    Board Member

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    Earl Gast

    Board Member

    Mr. Earl Gast is a senior U.S. government executive with 24 years of experience in international development and foreign policy, with deep expertise in creating and implementing high-impact programming around the world. He has held various positions at USAID including Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, Mission Director, Afghanistan, Acting Assistant Administrator / Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Africa Bureau and Mission Director, Ukraine.

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    Maggie Kigozi

    Board Member

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    Maggie Kigozi

    Board Member- Currently: : A motivational speaker in the areas of leadership, business and an expert on women in Business.

    Prof. Maggie Kigozi is a Medical doctor by profession. She joined the private sector in 1994 as Marketing Director Crown Bottlers (Pepsi) Ltd . The company evolved and diversified into one of the most successful companies in Uganda producing high quality beverages and contributing to the national economy. She was elected as a Board member of the Uganda Manufacturers Association and played a key role as Chairperson of the sector subcommittee in advising Government on Private Sector friendly policies.

    A fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute. She is a trustee of the Shell Foundation and Chairman of the Africa Scout Foundation. She is a highly motivated leader who is knowledgeable, has excellent organisational skills, global networks and media savvy. Her focus areas are investment promotion, entrepreneurship, leadership and women economic empowerment.

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    Emilian Busara

    Board Member

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    Emilian Busara

    Board Member

    Emilian Busara has over 15 years working experience in development industry on senior managerial level positions with international and national reputable organizations such as Management and Development for Health (MDH), EngenderHealth (EH), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Plan International (Plan) focusing on health, water, environment, sanitation, education, micro finance and income generating interventions. Busara is experienced in strategic planning process including identification of issues and set up of strategic long-term budget for development programs, implementation and monitoring.

    He is a certified board member trained and registered with Centre for Corporate Governance and a member of Kenya Institute of Directors (KID), and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Dar es Salaam and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).