This month saw leading Kenyan woman entrepreneur, Flora Mutahi, founder and ceo of Melvin Marsh International, founder of the popular Melvin’s tea brand, taking up two influential global roles. She has been appointed to the board of the United Nations Global Compact by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres where she will be using the platform to support responsible business practices in Kenya and the continent through the integration of the UN Global Compact in business. She has also stepped down from her Chairperson’s role at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers to take up a new role as Head of the Anti-Counterfeit Agency in the country.
In accepting her new role at the United Nations Global Compact, Flora said, “It is an honor to be appointed to this position, I look forward to championing responsible business practices in Kenya and the wider Africa region through the integration of the UN Global Compact principles in business as well as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Vision 2030 and Agenda 2063.” CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Lise Kingo has welcomed the move adding that her appointment will help guide the strategic direction of the UN Global Compact as it works to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world. The UN Global Compact Board acts as the United Nations flagship for responsible business action.
About Flora Mutahi
Flora Mutahi is one of Kenya’s leading women entrepreneurs, with extensive local and international experience in strategic leadership, business development, market penetration and marketing. Flora has a proven ability to innovate, conceptualize, and implement business solutions and to lead and mentor others to achieve company and personal goals. She is a seasoned entrepreneur serving in both private and public sector, and in her role as Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers was its first woman Chairperson in 57 years. Flora is also the Vice Chairperson COMESA Business Council, Board Member Export Promotion Center, Jubilee insurance Ltd, Kenya Private Alliance and SBM bank Kenya. She is passionate about business, especially growing Kenyan and particularly women entrepreneurs being very conversant with the challenges they face. She holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a B.Sc Finance and Accounts (UK).