CHAIRMAN: LINUS W. GITAHI
Chairman, Tropical Brands Afrika
Mr. Linus Gitahi is the Chairman of Tropikal Brands Afrika, AIB Capital, as well as Home Afrika Ltd.
A Master of Business Administration graduate of USIU-Africa, Mr. Gitahi received his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi. He also earned a diploma in management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Aside from his responsibilities as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at USIU-Africa, Mr. Gitahi is national Chairman of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), a board member of the International Press Institute (IPI), the Media Council and Property Development & Management Ltd (PDM). He is also a Trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund. Mr. Gitahi is a Governor of Kenya Private Sector Association (KEPSA), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and a member of the Media Owners Association.
Previously, Mr. Gitahi was Executive Officer of East Africa’s largest media house - Nation Media Group (NMG), where he still serves as an Advisor. During his nine year career as CEO, turned doubled and profits tripled to KES 3.6 billion. He also consolidated the group’s businesses in East Africa including entry into Rwanda, and expanded platforms in radio, print, and television across all markets.
During his stint with NMG, he won the CEO of the Year Award during the Company of the Year (COYA) awards ceremony in 2010, while NMG won the Company of the Year Award and the Leadership and Management Practices Award. In the same year, he won the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI 50) CEO of the Year Award – a prize recognizing managers who excel in running their businesses sustainably.
Prior to joining NMG, he held a long successful career with pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline in East and West Africa, the Middle East and Europe, culminating in becoming its Managing Director for its West Africa operations.
Mr. Gitahi founded and runs Baraka Foundation - a charity catering to the educational needs of academically-gifted kids from poor families.
President & CEO, Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc.
Carol Wallace is currently the president and & CEO of Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc. Carol Wallace & Associates provides a comprehensive array of facility management, organizational development, and operational consulting services to the hospitality industry. Previously, Ms. Wallace was the president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where she led the 2.6 million square foot bayside facility for over 24 years. She was responsible for the overall management and operation of the facility, oversaw a full-time and part-time staff of more than 420 and an annual budget that exceeded $33 million. Under her leadership, the San Diego Convention Center became one of the most successful global convention and meeting facilities advancing trade, tourism and collaboration across the U.S. and world.
Ms. Wallace has been a leader in advancing key policy and strategic initiatives for the industry over her 35 year career. She is a currently serving on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), a group responsible for advising the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on ways to strengthen the travel and tourism industry and expand economic opportunities for American businesses, including domestic job creation and visa waiver initiatives. Ms. Wallace recently completed service as the North American representative on the AIPC International Association of Congress Centres board of directors, advancing the work of convention and meeting facilities internationally. In September, Ms. Wallace joined the board of directors of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry.
Her other previous professional affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Convention Center Association (ICCA). From 2011-2012, she served on the board of trustees for the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Education Foundation and is a past board member of the International Association of Exhibition Management (IAEM).
Ms. Wallace’s leadership and dedication have earned her numerous industry and community accolades. In 2015, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award presented to an individual recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to both IAVM and the convention center industry. In 2014, Ms. Wallace was named Professional Achievement Supplier Honoree by the Professional Convention Management Association.
Ms. Wallace is a graduate of The Ohio State University, is married and the mother of three adult children.
TREASURER: Kevit Desai, Ph.D
Managing Director, Centurion Systems Ltd.,<br< Mr. Kevit Desai has a Ph. D in Robotics (Systems Engineering), Tokyo, Japan, an Undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and Factory Automation Equipment Research and Development, Toyota, Toyohashi, Japan.
Dr. Desai is the owner and managing director of Centurion Systems Ltd., a member of IEEE Kenya, and holds a Ph.D. in Robotics Systems Engineering from Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan. He serves as Governor of Kenya Private Sector Alliance and is a former Commissioner of the Commission of Higher Education. As a Task Force Member of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Desai was responsible for the development of the University Act; Science, Technology and Innovation Act; and Technical, Vocational Education and training (TIVET) Act of Parliament.
He is professionally affiliated to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Kenya Section, Kenya ICT Federation (KIF) and the Kenya Science, Technology and Innovation Steering Committee.
Aside from his past service as a trustee at USIU-Africa, he is also a Pan African University Trustee, AIESEC, Standing Committee on Investment of Renewable Energy (MOE), Asian Foundation, Task Force on Alignment of Higher Education with the Constitution, TAHEST, Task Force for Research and Development, National Council for Science & Technology Council, University of Nairobi, South Eastern University and National Higher Education Reform Task (Ministry of Education).
Dr. Desai has chaired and directed various organizations such as Linkage of Industry with Academia (LIWA), Kenya Markets Authority Trust, Regional Mega Projects Coordination Council, RMPCC, IEEE East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya ICT Federation (KIF), General Co-chair Africon 2009, Mahatma Gandhi Academy Society, KEPSA, Kenya ICT Board, Engineering Students Exhibition and the University Grants Committee.
He has taken part in social welfare initiatives such as rehabilitation and maintenance for national and city traffic lights systems, donation of computers to non-profit schools, as well as other nationwide communal ICT initiatives.
TRUSTEE: Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS
President of Howard University
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS was elected 17th President of Howard University in July 2014. Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Doctor of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. After fulfilling his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick began his academic career as associate director of the Cancer Center at University of Connecticut, where he also served on the Department of Surgery faculty.
Dr. Frederick has served as interim president, provost and chief academic officer, associate dean in the College of Medicine, division chief in the Department of Surgery, director of the Cancer Center, and deputy provost for Health Sciences, and he also earned a Master of Business Administration.
As a distinguished researcher and surgeon, Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials. He has also received numerous awards honoring his outstanding scholarship and service. In June 2014, Congress recognized him for his contributions in addressing health disparities among African Americans and historically underrepresented groups.
Dr. Frederick’s groundbreaking research and examination of the unconscious bias in academic medicine has been presented to scores of national and international audiences. His research findings recommend changes to pedagogy, curriculum reform, and inter-professional instruction. Through his experience as a scholar and an administrator, Dr. Frederick continues to support innovative solutions to further the mission of Howard University and support the success of its students.