Mrs. Jane Karuku is the Managing Director, Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), overseeing the strategic direction of one of the largest manufacturing operations in East & Central Africa. Mrs Karuku is a dynamic business leader, with strong management experience spanning over 20 years in FMCG and Non-Governmental organisations. A consummate leader, her experience straddles strategy development, operational management, marketing as well as change management. Mrs Karuku has been a Board member of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL) since September 2013, a seat she continued occupying even after the company appointed her as the MD of the its largest subsidiary, KBL, last year. Prior to joining KBL, Mrs. Karuku was the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she was responsible for one of Africa’s largest grant-making organisations in the food security and agricultural development sector. She led the AGRA team towards realising its vision: a food-secure and prosperous Africa achieved through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on small-holder farmers. Previously, she has held a host of senior positions in various other organisations including Cadbury’s East & Central Africa as Managing Director before joining Telkom Kenya, as Deputy Chief Executive and Secretary General. At Cadbury’s, she was responsible for operations in 14 countries across Africa and during her tenure she conceived and implemented a highly successful growth programme for the business in this period. Prior to that Ms Karuku worked with Farmers Choice Kenya and Kenya Cooperative Creameries. She has been a member of Barclays Bank of Kenya Board and Junior Achievement-Kenya. She’s also currently serving as a Trustee at the United States International University (USIU) and is a board member at Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Mrs Karuku holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Marketing from the National University of California, USA. In her free time, Mrs Karuku is involved in charity work – she’s a Trustee of Precious Sisters, an organisation that empowers bright and underprivileged girls though education. She’s also an ardent golfer and enjoys travelling. She is married with two children.