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Ms Nyamu's leadership boasts an impressive 27-year track record, characterised by dedication to excellence and a commitment to ensuring client satisfaction.




Kathure Nyamu is an accomplished professional with extensive expertise in the field of business advisory and investment banking. As the esteemed Managing Director (MD) of NCBA Investment Bank (NCBA-IB) since 2019, she spearheads the organisation with unparalleled leadership and a visionary approach.

Ms Nyamu’s leadership boasts an impressive 27-year track record, characterised by dedication to excellence and a commitment to ensuring client satisfaction. Widely respected as a specialist in various key areas, including mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, valuations, finance raising, wealth management, business strategy, corporate finance, and securities brokerage, she stands as a prominent thought leader in the industry.

In 1997, she embarked on her career at Deloitte, one of the renowned Big 4 accounting firms, where she started as an Auditor. She progressed to the company’s corporate finance unit as a Senior Consultant, gaining valuable insights into financial matters.

In 2004, Ms Nyamu joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), another member of the Big 4, further refining her expertise in corporate finance.

Two years later, driven by her unwavering passion for investment banking, Ms Nyamu found herself at CBA Capital, the investment banking arm of the former Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), now known as NCBA Bank Kenya. Ms Nyamu’s journey at CBA Capital was one of continuous growth as she steadily climbed the corporate ladder, ultimately becoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2014. Her tenure as CEO spanned five successful years, during which she played a pivotal role in the prosperous merger of CBA with National Industrial Credit (NIC) Bank, forming the new entity NCBA.

Academically, Ms Nyamu is a Certified Public Accountant, CPA (K), and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi (UoN). Additionally, she has participated in the Advanced Management Programme, a highly regarded joint initiative by Strathmore Business School (SBS), Lagos Business School (LBS), and IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Ms Nyamu’s commitment to professional development is evident through her memberships in revered organisations such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA).

She takes immense pride in her alma mater, Precious Blood Riruta. Her dedication knows no bounds as she finds true joy in coaching and mentoring young women, guiding them on the path to leadership.

As a devoted mother of two sons, Ms Nyamu also holds a profound concern for the well-being and growth of boys. She seeks to unite with like-minded mothers who share her inspiring vision, with the hope of making a lasting impact on the lives of the youth and creating a better future for the next generation.

With an air of regal confidence, she wears her natural kinky African hair when not sporting braids, exuding the aura of a true “Afro-Queen”. A seeker of knowledge, she indulges in a wide range of reading materials and unwinds by immersing herself in a diverse selection of music genres. Among them, classical music holds a special place in her heart.

Ms Nyamu possesses not only remarkable talent but also a profound passion for playing the piano. When she isn’t at home working on her music, she indulges in another captivating pursuit – organic farming. Skillfully managing her farm in real-time, she relies on ICT, which proves to be an indispensable tool in her green endeavours.

Ms Nyamu’s exceptional leadership, extensive experience, and impressive academic achievements make her a valuable asset to the financial industry. Her pivotal role in shaping the success of NCBA-IB and its clients is undeniable. Under her guidance, NCBA-IB is flourishing as a reliable partner for those in search of sophisticated financial solutions, and standing out as a beacon of excellence in the industry.

NCBA-IB is the wholly-owned investment banking subsidiary of NCBA Group PLC. Licensed by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), and the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA), it offers comprehensive financial solutions in advisory, investments, and brokerage services.

The go-to financial partner for corporate finance advisory, capital raising, and project finance, NCBA-IB facilitates seamless connections between investors and issuers. Leveraging on its universal banking model and regional presence, the bank has unlocked a robust pipeline of opportunities, solidifying its leadership position in debt capital markets transactions.

For instance, NCBA-IB recently reported a robust financial performance, with a noteworthy increase in revenues by 9 percent, profit before tax (PBT) by 12 percent and a significant expansion of assets under management (AUM) by 16 percent, making it the second-largest player in the investment banking market.


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