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Kenya: Introduction of FPEAK New Board of Directors

FPEAK announces a new set of board of directors for the association. This process kicked off on October 28, 2022, during the annual general meeting with the election of two directors, while the remaining three were appointed during a board meeting held on February 17, 2023. The directors have since undergone governance training, and last Friday, they held a handover meeting with the retired directors. "We are therefore delighted to introduce to you the new FPEAK board of directors who will steer the organization to greater heights."

Robert Kotut is the current chairman of the FPEAK Board. Robert is an Executive Director at Karen Roses, a family-owned business with over 18 years in agribusiness. Prior to agribusiness, Robert was in IT consulting and banking. Robert holds a Master's Degree in Communication and Control Engineering from the University of Manchester (UMIST).

Leah Meja Sonkoi is the current vice chair of the FPEAK Board. Leah is the Managing Director for Spisa Kenya Limited, a leading exporter of fresh herbs in Kenya. Leah has over 15 years of experience in the fresh produce industry and is passionate about food
safety, lean manufacturing, and value addition.

Dennis Mwirigi is the current Finance Director at FPEAK. Dennis is a Director at Flamingo Horticulture Kenya Ltd (FHK) and Managing Director of FHKs Central Services business unit. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Hons) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Business Leadership degree from the University of South Africa, is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPAK), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Edwin Gakonyo is the General Manager- Africa at Royal Flora Holland, a cooperative that has brought together growers and buyers for more than a century, where fresh flowers are auctioned to various destinations around the world. He has a solid background in accounting & reporting, corporate finance, tax, coupled with skills in cross-functional management in human resources and administration.

Dickson Kimathi is currently the head of Agriculture at Kenya Horticulture exporters, with over 18 years of experience in the agriculture field. He holds a master's degree in Entrepreneurship from Nairobi University and a graduate in Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Egerton University, he is also BASIS and FACTS qualified.

Peter Njonjo is in charge of Public Relations for the Vegpro Group. His work involves Legislation, Regulations, and Stakeholders Representation for their business. Peter has a wealth of experience in Strategic Planning, Strategic Control, and Management
Control. He is also an alumnus of The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Simon Odhiambo is the Executive Head – Corporate Affairs at Kakuzi Plc. Simon is a social scientist with over 18 years experience in developing and implementing socio-environmental management systems, Food Safety Management Systems, Occupational Safety and Health Systems, and has done extensive work with communities in implementing development and relief interventions when he was working at various NGOs.

Asif Muhammad is the Managing Director of Keitt Exporters Limited. Keitt Exporters Limited is one of the leading exporters of Fresh fruits and Vegetables from Kenya. Mr. Asif is an active player & one of the key contributors to the Horticulture industry in Kenya. He is extensively involved in promoting Kenyan fresh produce in different parts of the world for more than two decades now and holds in-depth knowledge and experience on international market & ever-changing fresh produce sector expectations.

FPEAK firmly believes that this new Board of Directors will play a vital role in shaping the strategic direction of the organization, ensuring effective governance, and fostering innovation and sustainable growth. The board is committed and ready to work with FPEAK members and the horticulture sector in general in order to continue making Kenyan horticulture the global choice.

FPEAK extends its sincere appreciation to their retired directors for their dedication, vision, and unwavering support. Their contributions have been invaluable, and we will forever be grateful for their leadership during their six-year tenure.

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