ICS signs knowledge-exchange agreement with Essex University Academics


The Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS), is a membership organization, established under the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Act, Cap. 534 of the Laws of Kenya with a mandate of promoting the practice of good governance in both the private and public sectors.  In fulfilment of its core mandate of promoting good governance, ICS has initiated a collaborative research and impact agreement with academics from the University of Essex (United Kingdom).


The agreement aims at facilitating collaboration, through rigorous research, in the broad area of corporate governance. It intends to bridge the ‘academic research-practice divide’ and offers an opportunity for governance practitioners and researchers to work jointly on projects with the aim of developing appropriate governance policies and practices that will have a positive impact on organisations, people and society.


The ICS team is led by CS. Obare Nyaega (Chief Executive Officer), CS. Jeremiah Karanja (Head of Professional Services), and Mr. Gilbert Kiprono (Manager, Research and Business Development). The Essex Team comprises of Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen and Dr. Danson Kimani, both of whom are members of the Essex Business School’s Centre for Accountability and Global Development (CAGD).


As part of this emerging collaboration, the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) scheme provides the University of Essex with funding to support an initial project entitled “Towards improving corporate governance practices within Kenyan State-Owned Corporations: A collaborative project with the Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) of Kenya”. 


This is to notify you that the following candidates have been duly nominated by the Council to vie for positions of Chairman and Council Members in the upcoming AGM scheduled for Friday 28th May 2021. The Council Elections will be conducted online between Wednesday, May 19th at 8:00 am and Wednesday, May 26th at 11:59 am.

The vacancies to vote for:

  1. ONE (1) candidate for position of CHAIRMAN.
  2. TWO (2) candidates for position of COUNCIL MEMBER.



   1. FCS Peterson Mwangi 0502
   2. CS Diana Sawe Tanui 2389



   1. FCS William G. Gatehi 0666
   2. CS Dr Kenneth Mutuma Wyne 1353
   3. CS George Athiambo 1953
   4. CS Martin Njoroge Njeri 3061


  1. We have attached brief profiles of the Candidates for your reference here.
  2. Candidates and Members are reminded to familiarize themselves with the Council Election Guidelines to enhance the election process.

Yours sincerely,

CS Obare Nyaega
Secretary & Chief Executive


Candidate Profile Forms

Council Election Guidelines 2021



In recent years, sustainability has become a crucial focus for individuals, businesses, and governments. At the core of sustainability is the concept of corporate governance, which encompasses the systems and processes used to manage and direct organizations. Achieving sustainability requires effective governance that facilitates decision-making and considers the long-term impacts of actions and policies.

Sustainability thrives when strong corporate governance structures are set up. Corporate structures reveal the organization's and company’s direction and priorities. Each organization must customize its approach based on its business model, structure, available resources, and sustainability goals. Improving corporate structures involves implementing policies and regulations for corporate governance structures and community-based initiatives.

Governance plays a critical role in sustainability on many ways. Firstly, it establishes the rules and regulations that guide behavior and shape outcomes. Secondly, governance establishes environmental regulations that limit pollution and promote sustainable practices Businesses can implement sustainable policies that prioritize responsible resource use and waste reduction. Clear standards and expectations help prioritize and advance progressive, long-term practices.

Establishing and developing sustainable standards can be challenging. Governance plays a central role in facilitating collaboration and coordination among stakeholders. In most cases, sustainable projects require mutual partnerships on various levels. Effective governance structures anchor a framework for bringing diverse parties together and creating opportunities for dialogue and partnerships that drive progress toward shared sustainability goals.

The importance of collaborative governance partnerships is evident in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 target areas adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to promote global development. The goals bring governments, businesses, and civil society organizations worldwide together around a shared vision of sustainability. By raising awareness and providing direction, the SGDs aims to make the world a better place while securing the future of humankind. The SDGs are anchored on three key themes: social and economic prosperity; fairness and social equality; and environmental protection, addressing matters relating to economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Governance plays a critical role in ensuring accountability and transparency, which are components of sustainable decision-making. Audits and clear reporting standards ensure accountability, taking responsibility, and helping ensure sustainable environmental impacts. Transparency, or the disclosure of information, helps build trust among stakeholders and enable informed decision-making. Nowadays, many businesses publish annual sustainability reports, while certain countries have imposed mandatory reporting standards for corporations.

Companies can implement policies and practices that reduce their environmental impact. Effective energy use in a business impacts the business’s economics. This promotes using sustainable materials and investing in renewable energy. Additionally, they can also prioritize social responsibility by supporting local communities, ensuring fair labour practices, and promoting diversity and inclusion. These efforts benefit not only the environment and society but also help companies build a positive reputation and improve their bottom line.

Embracing governance and sustainability brings the benefit of Innovation and adaptation. Both are essential for achieving long-term success and sustainable outcomes. Innovation involves the development of new technologies, processes, and practices, while adaptability enables organizations and societies to adjust to changing environmental conditions and challenges. Effective governance structure supports innovation and sustainability by providing incentives, focusing research and development, promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing, and creating flexible regulatory frameworks.

Collaborations among businesses and individuals provide a promising space for innovation and research across multiple disciplines. This facilitates educational opportunities and better strategies for overcoming current social challenges. The Horizon 2020 Program provides funding for research and innovation in range of areas, from general research to specific targets. Individuals and companies collaborate across diverse fields to promote industrial growth. The impact of such measures has made it possible to develop a strong green-tech sector that cuts across both SDGs 8 and 13.

Achieving sustainability relies heavily on governance, which establishes rules and standards and facilitates collaboration and coordination. This ensures accountability and transparency while promoting innovation and adaptation. Effective governance structures are crucial for anchoring prudent decision-making that considers the long-term impacts.

In conclusion, with the growing importance of sustainability, it is crucial for the governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to collaborate and establish effective governance structures that prioritize sustainability and enable meaningful action.



While mental health has become an increasingly prominent topic, its connection to corporate governance is often overlooked. It is essential to acknowledge the critical role that corporate governance plays in shaping employees mental health and organizational culture.

Corporate governance involves continued institutional improvement through the setting of better corporate rules, practices, and processes  and procedures by which a company is directed and controlled. This encompasses the shared values, beliefs, and norms that shape the work environment and employee behaviour. This article examines the significance of strong governance practices in promoting employee well-being and nurturing a supportive and inclusive workplace culture during Mental Health Awareness Month.

While its primary focus is on ensuring transparency, accountability, and responsible decision-making, corporate governance also plays a substantial role in promoting employee mental health.

The nexus between mental health and corporate governance can be better explained through the following governance parameters:

Ethical Leadership

Ethical leadership is a fundamental aspect of effective corporate governance. Leaders who prioritize integrity and ethical conduct create an environment of trust and fairness, positively impacting employee mental health. By setting the right tone at the top, organizations establish a foundation of authenticity, which helps employees feel supported and valued.

Transparent Communication

Open and transparent communication is a cornerstone of healthy corporate governance. When leaders and managers communicate openly, honestly, and consistently, it enhances employee well-being by fostering trust, reducing uncertainty, and encouraging open dialogue about mental health challenges. Transparent communication also helps break down stigmas surrounding mental health and promotes a culture of acceptance and support.

Fairness and Equality

Fairness is an integral part of corporate governance. By ensuring fairness in policies, procedures, and decision-making, organizations contribute to employees' psychological well-being. A fair workplace culture reduces stress, fosters job satisfaction, and enhances employees' sense of belonging and self-worth. Fair treatment and equal opportunities promote positive mental health outcomes.

Work-Life Balance

Corporate governance practices that prioritize work-life balance positively impact employee mental health. When organizations establish policies and practices that support flexibility, realistic workload expectations, and adequate time off, they promote employee well-being. Encouraging a healthy work-life balance reduces burnout, stress, and the risk of mental health issues among employees.

Corporate governance goes beyond legal compliance and financial performance; it plays a critical role in shaping employee mental health and organizational culture. Progressive institutions must realize the importance of strong corporate governance in driving employee well-being, and fostering a positive culture is crucial for organizations committed to long-term success and sustainable growth.


The Intersection of Corporate Governance and Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities

By Hosea Mutwiri Kanyanga and Gilbert Kiprono


 Keywords: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Corporate Governance


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a disruptive technology that has been rapidly adopted by companies in various industries, including finance, human resource, marketing, communication, healthcare, retail, and logistics among others. The use of AI technology raises many ethical and legal issues, including those related to corporate governance. Corporate governance refers to the system of rules, practices, and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. It ensures that a company is accountable to its stakeholders, upholds ethical standards, and complies with legal requirements. With the increasing integration of AI in businesses, there is a need to examine how corporate governance can effectively manage the risks and opportunities presented by AI.


Evidently, there is the intersection of corporate governance and AI, especially in leveraging on the opportunities that come with it as well as appreciating the challenges that this can pose in corporate governance space. 


 In consideration of this subject, let us examine the opportunities that come with AI.  Despite the challenges, AI presents companies with several opportunities that can enhance their competitiveness and improve their corporate governance practices. Here are some of the most notable benefits.

Improved decision-making: AI technology can analyze vast amounts of data to generate insights that can significantly improve decision-making processes. As a result, AI can assist board members and executives in making informed decisions that align with the company's strategic goals and values.

Enhanced efficiency: AI technology can automate many mundane and repetitive tasks, freeing up resources to focus on more critical and value-adding activities. This may enable companies to become more efficient, productive, and profitable by reducing costs and improving productivity.

Better risk management: AI technology can identify and monitor potential risks in real-time, allowing companies to respond quickly and proactively to emerging threats. This may help businesses to minimize their exposure to risk and protect their assets and stakeholders effectively.

The use of AI in corporate decision-making may also pose myriad challenges for executives and board members which includes but are not limited to:

Ethical considerations: The development and deployment of AI can create ethical dilemmas for companies, mainly when it concerns the collection and analysis of confidential information. The use of AI algorithms for hiring, for example, may raise questions of fairness, privacy, and potential bias in decision-making processes.

Lack of transparency: AI technology is complex, and its decision-making processes can be difficult to understand for average people. This lack of transparency may limit the ability of the corporate governance system to control or govern AI-driven decision-making processes. It can also hinder the ability of stakeholders to hold the company accountable to ethical and legal standards.

Risk management: The use of AI technology carries significant risks, including data breaches, cyberattacks, and technological malfunctions. These risks can harm a company's reputation, financial stability, and the trust of its stakeholders. Therefore, effective risk management is essential to ensure that the company's AI strategy aligns with its strategic goals and values.

In conclusion, to effectively manage the intersection of corporate governance and AI, companies should establish clear policies and procedures for the development and deployment of AI systems. This should include guidelines for data privacy, security, and transparency in decision-making. Companies should also establish oversight mechanisms to ensure that AI is used ethically and in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.



This publication contains general information only and the Institute of Certified Secretaries is not, by means of this publication, rendering any professional advice or services. This publication is not a substitute for such professional advice or services, nor should it be used as a basis for any decision or action that may affect your business. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult a qualified professional advisor. ICS shall not be responsible for any loss sustained by any person who relies on this publication

Institutions Offering CS Courses (CS)

Location: Ole Sangale Road, off Langata Road, in Madaraka Estate, Nairobi, Kenya.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 59857, 00200, City Square, Nairobi, Kenya.

Phone: (+254) (0) 730-734000/200/300

(+254) (0)703-034000/200/300

Fax: +254 20 6007498

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Institute of Pension Management

Crescent Business Centre, 6th  Floor

Crescent Close, Opp. MP Shah Hospital, Parklands

Website: https://ipm.or.ke/ 


Traction School of Governance and Business

Tel: (+254) 700 524 589  (+254) 782 524 589

Website: https://sgb.ac.ke 

Location: 5th Floor, Pioneer House, Moi Avenue, Nairobi



Star College of Management Studies

P.O. Box 837 00200, Nairobi, Kenya

+254 20 3341697, 020 3341698, 0728787974, 0707787974




KCA university main campus, Ruaraka

Thika Road, Ruaraka

Phone: +254 208 070 408/9

Website: https://www.kca.ac.ke/  



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A Certified Secretary (CS) is trained, examined, certified and deemed competent in a number of key roles & responsibilities, namely board services, governance, compliance, administration, public policy, ethics, integrity, communication & records management.

All members of the Institute, currently standing at about four thousand (4,000), are trained and competent on matters of governance, corporate secretarial practice, compliance, management, administration, advisory, consultancy, corporate recovery, and insolvency.  


The membership qualifications are prescribed under Section 20 of the Certified Public Secretaries Act, Cap 534 of the Laws of Kenya that a person is qualified to be registered as a Certified Public Secretary if he/she:

a) Has been awarded by the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) a certificate designated the final certificate of Certified Public Secretaries Examinations;
b) Holds a qualification approved by the Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board (RCPSB);
c) Was on June 30, 2002 both a citizen of Kenya and a member of the professional body known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators;
d) Was on June 30, 2002 both ordinarily resident in Kenya and a member of the professional body known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators;
e) Was on 1 November 1989 registered as an Accountant under section 24(1) of the Accountant Act; or
f) Was on 30 June 2002 an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Membership benefits and opportunities include:

  • Use of the internationally recognized Certified Secretary “CS” designation.
  • Company Secretaries in line with the requirements of the Companies Act No 17 of 2015
  • Secretaries to the County Public Service Board in line with the provision of the County Governments Act, 2012.
  • Secretaries to the Boards of the Cities and Urban areas in line with the provision of the County Governments Act, 2012.
  • Corporation Secretaries in line with provisions of the Code of Governance for State Corporations (Mwongozo).
  • Corporate Secretaries to Saccos, Trusts, Universities, NGOs, Societies, etc.
  • Governance Auditors for State Corporations in line with provisions of Mwongozo.
  • Governance Auditors of Issuers of Securities to the Public in line with provisions of the Code of Governance for issuers of Securities to the Public.
  • Governance Auditors for Pensions Schemes, Sacco Societies and other entities.
  • Governance Advisors and Trainers.
  • Board Evaluators.
The CPS examination in Kenya is administered by KASNEB. In order to register as a KASNEB student a candidate is required to possess the following minimum qualifications:
a) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination with an aggregate of at least C Plus (C+) provided the applicant has obtained a minimum grade of C Plus (C+) in both English and Mathematics.
b) KASNEB technical or professional examination certificates.
c) A degree from recognized Institutions. (Exemptions may be granted to holders of degrees, diplomas and certificates from recognised universities, polytechnics, other institutions of higher learning and other examination bodies in East Africa).
d) Such other certificates or diplomas as may be approved by KASNEB and other examination bodies in East Africa.
Persons holding diplomas, degrees, or other professional qualifications can apply to kasneb for exemptions in some exams.
Qualified persons who wish to register as members are required to apply through the Registration of Certified Public Secretaries Board (RCPSB). Members who desire to practice are required to obtain a practicing certificate issued by RCPSB, after meeting the prerequisite requirements which among other things include being members of the Institute in good standing for at least two years.
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P. O. Box 58218-00200 Nairobi. Kenya

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About Us










Leaders in good governance for a sustainable society

To develop and guide on sustainability and governance standards in organizations


  • Boldness
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Agility


The Institute is governed by a Council comprising of eleven (11) members, out of whom ten (10) are elected by members and one (1) appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance pursuant to the CPS Act. The Council is led by the Chairman who is also elected by members. The Council operates through Committees established to handle various activities touching on the CPS profession.

Globally, Certified Public Secretaries (CPS) have varying titles depending with the type of organization they are working for and the position they occupy in such organizations. Some of the titles applicable include Certified Secretary (CS), Company Secretary, Corporate Secretary, Corporation Secretary, Board Secretary and Chartered Secretary.

In Kenya, members of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) are generally referred to as Certified Secretaries and the designatory letters “CS.” are used before their names. The designation “CS” has already been protected at the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

As a public institution with a statutory mandate of promoting good governance, ICS has over the years partnered with other institutions to undertake various governance initiatives including:


  • Code of Governance for State Corporations “Mwongozo” (on behalf of State Corporations Advisory Committee and Public Service Commission)
  • Champions of Governance (COG) Award
  • Code of Corporate Governance for Issuers of Security to the Public issued by the Capital Markets Authority.
  • The Code of Governance for Private Organizations in Kenya
  • CSIA Corporate Secretaries Tool Kit
  • The Governance Framework for Certified Public Secretaries working at the County Governments
  • Governance Standards and Guidelines
  • Governance Training Manuals
  • Governance Research, Trainings and Consultancies
  • Governance Journal
  • The Weekly Governance Voice (WGV) YouTube Channel.

History & Background


The Certified Public Secretaries Profession has its origin in the United Kingdom, when, in 1891, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries was formed. The profession is now represented in many Countries in the world. The global umbrella body for the corporate secretaries and governance professionals is Corporate Secretaries International Associations (CSIA), whose membership comprises of 14 professional associations from different countries including Kenya


The evolution of the Certified Public Secretaries profession in Kenya is traced to the establishment of the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) in 1969. The Board came into being through an Administrative Order under the auspices of the Directorate of Personnel Management, Office of the President.


The mandate of KASNEB was to examine both Certified Public Accountants and Certified Public Secretaries. KASNEB was included as an institutional structure in the Accountants Act, Cap 531 Laws of Kenya, in July 1977. A provision was made under the Accountants Act to appoint two members to the Board of KASNEB “from the Governing body of such a profession for Certified Public Secretaries and Administrators as may be established with the consent of the Attorney-General”.


The Kenya Government appointed a working party on the certified public secretaries profession in 1978, which made its report to the Attorney General in June 1981, where the enactment of the legal framework on the certified public secretaries profession was recommended. In November 1988, the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya Act, Cap 534 was enacted by Parliament and became operational on November 1, 1989.

Council Members

The overall leadership of the Institute is bestowed on the Council which is the policy making body. The Council is appointed pursuant to Section 8 of the CPS of Kenya Act and operates through Committees and a Secretariat. The Council is comprised of eleven (11) members, out of whom ten (10) are elected by members and one (1) appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance pursuant to the CPS Act. The Council is led by the Chairman who is also elected by members. The Council operates through Committees established to handle various activities touching on the CS profession. The current Council members are:


FCS Joshua W. Wambua, MBS     


FCS Dr. Nicholas K. Letting         

Council Member

FCS Jacqueline Waihenya           

Council Member 

FCS George O. Athiambo  

Council Member

CS Kathryne Maundu

Council Member

FCS Dr. kenneth Wyne Mutuma

Council Member

CS Joyce Koech                        

Council Member

CS Joyce Njeri Mukururi  

Council Member

CS Simon Peter Mwangi Kariuki

Council Member

CS Judy Olive Warui

Council Member

CS William Kiema Sammy 

Council Member





For the day to day running of the Institute’s operations, the Council has put in place a Secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer. The current members of the Secretariat are:


FCS Jeremiah N. Karanja   Chief Executive Officer
CPA Pius Kamau              Head of Finance & Support Services
CS Gloria Kitete Corporate Secretary
CS Humphry Ijakaa Manager, Professional Services
FCS Emily Mugonyi           Manager, Membership Services
Mr. Gilbert Kiprono                Manager, Research
Mr. Julius Kyulu        Manager, ICT
Mrs. Lydia Sandimu Executive Assistant
Mrs. Maureen Nyakwaka         Accounts Officer
CS John Gwada    Learning and Development Officer
Mrs. Marion Koki Marketing and Communications Officer
Mr. Festus Kimeli Capacity Development Officer
Mr. Hosea Mutwiri Research Officer
Mr. James Karonjo ICT Officer
Mr. Daniel Mutai                     Office Driver




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