Board of Directors

Thomas Konditi

An alumnus of Strathmore College, Mr. Konditi is President & CEO of Foreign Assignment LLC, a global travel and leisure network serving diplomats and expats. He is also on the board of Global Aviation Research, LLC, an aviation industry investment firm based in Washington, DC. Previously Mr. Konditi served in several senior positions in the General Electric Company, including as President of GE Asset Intelligence, Senior Vice President of GE Trailer Fleet Services, and Chief Financial Officer of GE Plastics South America. Mr. Konditi received his B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and his M.B.A. in Operations and Finance from Washington University’s Olin Business School. An experienced pilot, he is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Air Transportation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

Martin Mbaya

Martin Mbaya is a Project Execution Manager with Dalberg Research based in Nairobi. He is also co-founder and Director of Nairobi Capital, a US based mobile money financial intermediary with a wholly-owned Kenyan operating subsidiary.  As part of the core founding team, he led the start-up’s growth over a 2-year period from concept through incubation in cooperation with MIT Venture Mentoring Service and MassChallenge (a startup accelerator and competition program of the State of Massachusetts) into an established angel-backed company. Previously, Mr. Mbaya served as a Financial Analyst and Management Fellow at Harvard University’s Office of Treasury Management. He provided project management and analytical support in various strategic initiatives at the university focused on liquidity and financial risk management. Prior to Harvard, Martin was a technology consultant for several years with Electronic Knowledge Interchange in Chicago, and he was a founding member of Strathmore Business School in Kenya. Mr. Mbaya  is also a co-founder and Advisor of MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation (MIT-AITI), a multidisciplinary group of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) that promotes development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. Mr. Mbaya received his Bachelor of Science degree (Mechanical Engineering) from MIT and his Masters of Public Policy degree (International Trade and Finance) from Harvard University.

 

Bernadette Wanyonyi Musundi

A recently appointed member of the Strathmore University Council, for which she chairs its Fundraising Policy Committee, Mrs. Musundi is a former Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Kenya. Among her major accomplishments while in government was co-ordinating the passage by the Kenyan Parliament of the landmark Children’s Bill after 18 years of debate. Active in women’s issues, she also served as Executive Director .of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization, the largest women’s NGO in east Africa. Her other educational pursuits include membership on the university council of Regina Pacis University College in Nairobi, a constituent college of Catholic University of East Africa. She also serves as a board member of Transparency International’s Kenya chapter.

 

George Njenga, Ph.D.

Dr.George Njenga is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Quality Assurance at StrathmoreUniversity. In addition he has special responsibilities for teaching, development, and fundraising at Strathmore Business School. An accountant by profession, Mr. Njenga also teaches ethics and management at Strathmore. Dr. Njenga began at Strathmore in 1992 as University Registrar, where he managed finance systems, upgraded financial controls, and computerized accounts. He also served as Director of the Strathmore School of Accountancy from 2002 to 2005 before undertaking  doctoral studies in Spain. Before Strathmore, Dr. Njenga worked at Ernst and Young as a senior auditor. Dr. George Njenga has served as a Trustee for the University’s Provident Fund Scheme and as a member of the University Management Board and Academic Council. He is also a founding director of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) which promotes excellence in African business management education. He is a director of Pacis Insurance Company and serves on the boards of Waumini Insurance Brokers Ltd. and of Medical Supplies (MEDS) in Nairobi.  Dr. Njenga received is Ph.D. in political philosophy with highest distinction from the University of Navarre. He received both his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in accounting from the United States International University in Kenya. He completed his CPA training at Strathmore College.

 

Vincent Ogutu 

 Vincent Ogutu is an alumnus of Strathmore College where he received his “O” level and “A” level certificates. He holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nairobi. Mr. Ogutu has served as Bursar and then later as Deputy Principal of Strathmore School for over ten years. He was the founding Director of the MBA program at Strathmore Business School before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States. He is currently a final-year doctoral candidate at Rutgers Business School conducting research in Organizational Behavior while keeping up an active correspondence with Strathmore alumni worldwide.

 

Thomas H. Pyle

Mr. Pyle is a banker, businessman, and social entrepreneur who served as Strathmore University Foundation’s founding Executive Director from 2004 to 2009. Under his direction, SUF established itself as a fully functioning 501(c)3 non-profit advancement enterprise serving all the functions of a university advancement office. Mr. Pyle also serves as a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Mercer County, NJ Chapter), and Access of New Jersey Credit Union, a newly forming financial institution by and for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. He previously served as chairman of TerraCycle, Inc., a eco-consumer products company founded by students at Princeton University. Before entering the non-profit sector, Mr. Pyle worked  for 20 years in international banking with JPMorganChase, Deutsche Bank, and Bank Austria in Hong Kong and New York. Mr. Pyle began his career as an English teacher at Singapore’s Nanyang University, where he also studied Mandarin Chinese. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

 

Elise Rockart

Mrs. Rockart was for many years a systems engineer for IBM in the United States and Africa. When living and working in Kenya, she served as one of the “pioneer” first teachers at Kianda College in Nairobi, the first multiracial college for women in Kenya now merged with Strathmore University. For the past 13 years she has served in various leadership capacities on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in Roxbury, MA, a significant community services organization providing shelter services for victims of domestic violence and after school programs and college preparation for disadvantaged youth. A graduate of Wellesley College, Mrs. Rockart is also an active community volunteer in her home town of Weston, MA.

 

David C. Sperling, Ph.D.

Dr. David Sperling is Research Professor and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at Strathmore University. He is also the former Chairman of the Governing Council of Strathmore University and Associate Professor of History and Islamic Studies at Strathmore University. Previous to his current academic appointments, Dr. Sperling served as Lecturer in the Department of History of University of Nairobi from 1989 to 2001. Dr. Sperling’s education career began in 1961, when he became founding principal of Strathmore College, the predecessor of Strathmore University. A native American and since 1971 a naturalized Kenyan citizen, Dr. Sperling received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, Master of Arts degree from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In 1997, Dr. Sperling was Visiting Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University. In 1995, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Harry Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently a fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Sperling’s ongoing research concerns Fundamentalism and African expressions of Islam and Christianity in East Africa. For his pioneering work in Kenyan education as a founder in 1961 of Strathmore College, Kenya’s first multiracial school, Dr. Sperling is a recipient of The John Phillips Award from Phillips Exeter Academy, recognizing alumni whose lives and contributions to the welfare of community, country, and humanity exemplify in high degree the nobility of character and usefulness to humanity that John Phillips sought in establishing the Academy.

 

Mark Thaiya

An alumnus of Strathmore College, Mr. Thaiya is founder and owner of Synergy International Group, LLC, in Atlanta, GA, a management consulting firm specializing in financial and operating management software applications. He previously served as a Senior Management Consultant and Manager at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, LLC and as a Principal of the project management team of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, both in Atlanta. Receiving a B.A. (Honors) in Economics from College of Wooster as well as an M.A. in International Affairs and and M.B.A. from Ohio University, Mr. Thaiya is a PeopleSoft Financial Management Certified Consultant. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honorary Society of Economics) and the Project Management Institute. Mr. Thaiya is also the founding president of the Association of Kenyan Professionals in Atlanta, now with over 100 members.