Dr. James Mworia
Group Chief Executive Director
Centum Investments, Kenya
Dr. James Mworia Mwirigi is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Centum Investment Company Limited (Centum), a position he has held since December 1, 2008. Centum is the largest listed investment company in East Africa, with an asset base of approximately Kshs 66 Billion (USD 660mm) up from Kshs 6 Billion (USD 60mm) at the time when James took over the leadership of the organization. The Group’s primary focus is on the development of investment grade assets of scale across key sectors of the economy, including real estate, power, financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, education and healthcare.
During James’ tenure as CEO of Centum total assets have increased 10 fold and he has conceived and initiated the establishment of many significant enterprises which include; Two Rivers, Vipingo Development, Peal Marina in Uganda, Almasi Beverages, Nabo Capital and Green Blade Growers amongst many others.
James is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a CFA Charter Holder, a Chartered Global Management Accoun- tant, a Fellow of the Kenyan Institute of Management and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also a World Economic Fo- rum Young Global Leader, and an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow. James is the recipient of a Doctorate Degree in Business (Honoris Causa
) from Machakos University.
James is the Chairman of the Boards of Almasi Beverages, a Coca Cola bottling and distribution company with manufacturing plants in Nyeri, Eldoret and Kisii, and Sidian Bank. In addition to these roles he serves on the Board of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and between June 2015 and May 2018 he was a member of the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange. James is a member of the Boards of at least 40 other companies that form part of the Centum Group. James previously served on the Boards of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, The Central Depository and Settlement Corporation and was a member of the Committee that development the Kenya Capital Markets Cor- porate Governance Guidelines.
In October 2016 James was appointed by H E the President as the first Chancellor of Machakos University.
James has since his appointment established The Machakos University Chancellors Scholarship Fund which has offered over 80 full scholarships to deserving and needy students who are enrolled in the Schools of Mathematics, Engi- neering and Pure Sciences.
In 2018 James was appointed Chairman of the Laikipia County Development Authority a body that is charged with the mandate of promoting economic and social development in the County of Laikipia.
James has received numerous awards in his career. The awards include the East Africa Business Leader of Year 2015 at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Nairobi, the Corporate Council for Africa, Africa Business Leader of the Year 2014 which was presented in Washington DC, the Africa Young Business Leader of the Year 2011 at the Africa Business Leaders Awards in Johannesburg, the Champion of Governance CEO of the Year Award presented by the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries in 2015, amongst many other awards.
James is passionate about leadership and entrepreneurship, and is a mentor to many emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs.
James, 40 years, is married and he is a father of 3.