Top 25 Most Powerful Women in the C-Suite Impacting Business 2022

With a strong track record in providing exceptional client service to EY clients and growing the EY business, Nancy Muhoya is highly respected in the East African business ecosystem.


Nancy Muhoya


According to posts on Nancy Muhoya is a seasoned C-suite executive with close to 19 years of experience in providing extensive assurance expertise to clients in diverse sectors across Africa. She is currently the Regional Managing Partner of EY East Africa and the Country Managing partner for EY Kenya.

Prior to this, Nancy was the Assurance Leader for EY in East Africa before moving up the ladder as a Partner for over 7 years.

With a strong track record in providing exceptional client service to EY clients and growing the EY business, Nancy is highly respected in the East African business ecosystem. Her expertise has positioned her as a strategic resource for investors and businesses looking to break ground on the African continent.

Nancy is a champion for people-centric leadership and is continually guided by the ethos of integrity, enthusiasm and cultural awareness in her management approach. Having made history as the first woman to be appointed as a cluster leader for EY on the African continent, Nancy has been deliberate with her efforts in sharing the spotlight with other female executives in the industry and mentoring the next generation of women leaders in Africa.

Nancy is extremely passionate about holistic leadership, inspiring young talents and building a better working world. She demonstrates this through various people and culture initiatives which aim to shift perspectives regarding unconscious bias, gender equality and empowerment through education, in the workplace and beyond. Nancy recently launched IamEY campaign in EY Kenya to celebrate special stories and talents of the people. She was sensitizing the world by show casing people as more than their work, and that people are individuals with varied interests and passions. A classic Nancy’s famous quote on people and culture that captures her spirit is, ‘Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are’ (Quote by Mandy Hale).

Yet another favourite from Leadershift First, which Nancy follows and which serves as an advisory read, ‘Surround yourself with people that push you to be better. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions, especially during these unprecedented times. According to Mark Twain, small people always do that, but the greats make you feel that you, too, can become great.’

The launch of ‘IamEY’ confirms EY as a global organization that encourages people to bring their uniqueness to work as they build a ‘better working world’.

Notable career milestones include her recognition as one of the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa (2021). Earlier on, Nancy was recognized by the prestigious ‘Top40Under40 Women Award’ by Business Daily in Kenya (2016).

The 2021 list of the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa, featured leading African Women CEOs from 21 African countries heading various organizations that continue to excel under their leadership on the continent and beyond. The list was curated by Reset Global People in partnership with the SDGs office at the Office of the President of Ghana and Avance Media.

Business Daily’s Top 40 Under 40 list is an annual selection of the most influential and progressive personalities who leave a mark in corporate Kenya and in business. In the list are entrepreneurs, artistes, corporate high fliers, architects, lawyers, doctors, academics, researchers and other people breaking the glass ceiling in their areas of specializations.

Nancy is highly sought-after speaker and thought leader across East Africa, connecting with both executives and young professionals on relevant leadership matters that are actively shaping the future of work. This year, Nancy shared her learnings over the years with other executives and industry leaders at the National Co-operatives Leaders Conference 2022 at the invitation of The Co-op Bank Group, main themes being building a better working world and people and culture.

Nancy’s educational background includes a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) strategic management major (2016) and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree, accounting option, (1998-2002) both from the University of Nairobi (UoN). She is a Certified Public Accountant CPA(K)-Strathmore University, a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) as well as the Institute of Certified Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR). She has risen through the ranks, from auditor, audit manager, senior audit manager to associate director.

Her skills include new business development, business and social sustainability consulting, executive coaching, business transformation, change management, people development, project management and team leadership.

She speaks English and Swahili and currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.


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