Caroline Gathii

Caroline Gathii

President of the Organization of Women in International Trade, OWIT Nairobi

Caroline has twenty (20) years multi-sectoral and regional professional experience in governance, risk,
financial management and trade. She excels at creating systems and processes that bring order,
efficiency and profitability to clients’ organizations by helping them to manage risks and not crisis. She
has hands on experience in various sectors including manufacturing, education, health, hospitality,
County Governments, Development Partners, Not for Profit amongst others. She has extensive skill in:
risk mapping, risk implementation support, risk evaluation, risk monitoring, business continuity plans,
public financial management, governance, assessments, training amongst others. She commenced her
career at PwC, then moved to KPMG East Africa and then to the European Union. She is currently
managing a boutique risk advisory company, FirstIdea Consulting (FIC) Limited.
Caroline is a Non-Executive Board Member at Faulu Micro-Finance Bank, she also serves in the Audit
and Risk Committee as an External Expert at Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Her role on
the board is to provide expert advice in relation to enterprise management risks and internal control
systems, accounting and grant management policies and practices, and internal and extern audit
functions. She is the current President of the Organization of Women in International Trade, OWIT
Nairobi. OWIT Nairobi has a membership database of 1,350 members. Her responsibilities include:
providing strategic leadership, ensuring the implementation of the OWIT Nairobi strategy, designing
suitable programs for the members along the four key objectives: Access to Markets, Access to Finance,
Capacity Building and Mentorship. She is a Board Member at the Wetlands International Board.
Caroline holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Management, a Degree in Bachelor of Science in
Accounting. She has an International Certification in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk
Management (IRM) in the United Kingdom; she is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. Caroline
also holds a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Institute of
Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), a practising member of the Institute of Human Resource
Management (IHRM) and the Kenya Institute of Supplies and Management (KISM).