By Favour Nnabugwu
The current Africa Insurance Organisation, AIO, president Dr. Ben Kajwang is currently the Director and CEO of the College of Insurance, Kenya.
He has had a distinguished career in the insurance industry spanning over two-decades where he has held senior positions in Broking, insurance, and reinsurance companies.
He is the current Chairman, Association of Insurance Trainers Educators in Africa under the umbrella of African Insurance Organization (AIO). He is also an Executive Board Member and Chairing the Human Resource Committee of the Organization of East and Southern Africa Insurers (OESAI). He is currently serving as a Board Member and Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Policyholders Compensation Fund (PCF) in Kenya.
Given his vast wealth of knowledge, he has coordinated capacity building for the World Bank Index-Based Weather Risk Management Programs for Eastern and Southern Africa a program funded by European Union’s All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP) and the COMESA USAID/COMPETE sponsored Regional Agricultural Insurance Certification program.
He has also been the Team Leader, Regional Study on Development of Insurance Certification Program by the East Africa Community Financial Sector Development and Regionalization Project (EAC-FSDRP I) and a Member of FARMD – the Global Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development (an arm of the World Bank).
He has also led the College of Insurance in partnering with the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA), Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (Canada) and Association of Retirement Benefits Authority to develop the Trustee Development Curriculum which is being used for the training and certification of Trustees of Pension Schemes.
He is a Corporate Manager. Consultant, Coach. Mentor. Lecturer, Facilitator and Trainer for various Institutions on professional courses especially Insurance and Risk Management across Africa. He has also been a jurist for the Champions of Governance (COG) Award, Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, THINK BUSINESS Insurance Awards and Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya (AIBK) BIMA Awards.
He has and continues to present papers in several forums, locally and internationally. He has also been feted by local Kenyan dailies as a Transformative Chief Executive Officer with Golden Hands (Nation Newspaper and Business Daily) on innovation, transformation, leadership and strategy. He has several publications in both local and international journals.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Management. He is a Chartered Insurer of the Cll London and Fellow of several Insurance Institutes in Kenya and Uganda and others. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Risk Management (UK).
He has cemented his visionary leadership by developing the state of the art, world class 5-star convention Centre, with conference and accommodation facilities that caters for the growing demand for Meetings. Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) and the host venue of the 48th AIO Conference and General Assembly (The Edge Hotel and Convention Centre).