Meet Phyllis Wakiaga


Phyllis Wakiaga is the Chief Executive of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), one of Kenya’s leading business associations with over 800 members.

Prior to her appointment, Phyllis was the Head of Policy Research and Advocacy Unit at Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). The Unit provides the overall direction in the policy and advocacy work of the Association. She has successfully led the partnership with the National Council on the Administration of Justice to develop the Enforcement Manual to Combat Illicit Trade in Kenya and worked with the Commission on Revenue Allocation on the County Money Bills Project amongst other achievements.

Phyllis represents KAM on the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), Anti Counterfeit Agency (ACA), COMESA Business Council and is a member of the Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (KECOPAC). She is also the Chair of the Kenya Water Industrial Alliance and a member of the Governing Council of the Management University of Africa.

Before joining KAM she was the Manager for Government and Industry Affairs at Kenya Airways where she was a key member of the Government of Kenya delegations negotiating bilateral air services agreements and was responsible for building and maintaining Government and Industry relations. She was a member of the East African Community Facilitation Team that ensured improvements across all airports in East Africa. She previously worked at Otieno Omuga and Ouma Advocates.

Phyllis is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Masters in International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Nairobi, Masters in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law, a and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resources Management Kenya.

Phyllis is an alumnus of the Swedish Institute Management Program on Sustainable Business Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility and was part of the inaugural program for Africa in 2014. She has also been trained in the Role of Private Sector in Government Policy by Strathmore Business School and John Hopkins University; Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration- Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) UK London and High-Performance Boardrooms- Institute of Directors. She has also undertaken a number of leadership and management courses.

Phyllis is also the United Nations Global Compact Network Representative in Kenya and sits in the Board of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN).


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