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James Mwangi

Dr. James Mwangi CBS

CEO & MD Equity Group


Born in Kenya

James holds three Honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Kenyan society.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. James has been honoured twice with Presidential national awards. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya's Vision 2030 Delivery Board charged with the responsibility of ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030.

James serves on several international bodies as an advisor and sits on the Board of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa. James has over 22 years of management experience.


Business Address

Hospital Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director | Group HQ | Equity Bank Limited
Nairobi, Kenya | 2004 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance



Board of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa |

Chairman | Equity Group Foundation | Equity Bank Limited

Social Development and Community Services

Equity Group Foundation purpose is to create the financial and operational infrastructure for social programs aimed at low-income populations.

EGF is the focal point for partnerships with Equity Bank on programs aimed at low-income populations. Its goal is to transform the socioeconomic status of people in Africa.


Previous Position(s)

Finance Director and Change Agent | Equity Bank Limited
Nairobi, Kenya | 1994

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Educational history

Tertiary

University of Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option)

Kenya Methodist University

Nairobi, Kenya | Awarded in 2007

Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (Honoris Causa)

Cited for his visionary leadership that transformed Equity Bank from a technically insolvent institution to become one of the leading banks in Kenya, which has made banking affordable and accessible to ordinary Kenyans.

Kenyatta University

Nairobi, Kenya | Awarded in 2007

Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa)

Awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree (honoris causa) during the 23rd graduation ceremony held on 14th December 2007 in recognition of his outstanding achievements in transforming the lives of thousands of ordinary people and in recognition of the that fact that these achievements are in tandem with Kenyatta University’s mission of service to humanity.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Nairobi, Kenya

Doctor of Entrepreneurship

Strathmore Business School

Nairobi, Kenya

Advanced Management Program (AMP)

Joint certification program between IESE Business School Spain and SBS

Achievements

Awards

Ernst and Young Entreprenuer of the Year | 2012

Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Kenya’s Equity Bank Limited was tonight named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 at an awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo’s Salle des Etoiles.

James was picked from among the 59 country finalists vying for the title across 51 countries, each of whom had already been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in their home country.

Kenya National Heroes and Legends | 2011

Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) | 2011

Presidential award honoured to the leading business and private sector leaders for their outstanding contribution to nation building.

First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), which is the highest order for private citizens, were Equity Bank Group Chairman Peter Munga, and Managing Director James Mwangi, Bidco Industries CEO Vimal Shah, and Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda.

Africa Investor Series Awards - Africa’s CEO of the year | 2009

CEO Top 50 Emerging Market Business Leaders | 2010

The Financial Times of London named Equity Bank’s CEO Dr James Mwangi as one of the top 50 emerging market business leaders. Mr Mwangi was named alongside Mr Atul Shah, Kenya's Nakumatt Holdings MD, with other business leaders from the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and other emerging market economies.

African Banker of the Year | 2010

Washington D.C

African Banker of the Year | 2011

Washington D.C.

Testimonials

Ruben Vardanian, President, Troika Dialog and Chair of the judging panel

"“Not only has James really transformed people’s lives across Africa by offering them access to funding that they have never had before, Equity Bank continues to grow quickly through a strong financial performance.”" -

Jim Turley, Global Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young

"“Over the past 26 years, entrepreneurs have done more than any other group to stimulate innovation, job creation and prosperity during both periods of growth and in challenging economic conditions. James epitomizes the vision and determination that set entrepreneurs apart and is very worthy of the title Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012.”" - 2012

Maria Pinelli, Ernst & Young’s Global Vice Chair for Strategic Growth Markets

"“James has been pivotal in the transformation of Equity Bank into one of Africa’s brightest business success stories. His is truly an inspirational story of entrepreneurial spirit with an innovative business model that has the potential to be replicated globally.”" - 2012

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