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Honoured among the Top 40 under 40 Men in Kenya and featured in the inaugural list of this prestigious group, Muema's influence is undeniable. He currently holds the esteemed position of being a Judge for the Top 40 under 40 for both men and women in Kenya.




In the realm of global business leadership, a select few individuals rise to prominence not only for their achievements but also for the transformative impact they have on the world around them. FCPA Philip Muema, Managing Partner for Andersen in East Africa, embodies visionary leadership and its power to inspire future generations.

Muema’s journey to the upper echelons of the business world began early. Recognised for his exceptional capabilities, he became one of the youngest partners at Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) at the age of 30. This set him apart as a prodigious talent, signalling his potential as a formidable leader. His adept navigation of complex business challenges and ability to drive growth earned him a reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking professional.

Honoured among the Top 40 under 40 Men in Kenya and featured in the inaugural list of this prestigious group, Muema’s influence is undeniable. He currently holds the esteemed position of being a Judge for the Top 40 under 40 for both men and women in Kenya.

As Managing Partner for Andersen in East Africa, his influence transcends regional boundaries, resonating with businesses and individuals well beyond his immediate sphere.

Muema’s legacy in the tax industry is marked by innovative thinking and a commitment to excellence. His deep understanding of complex tax matters, combined with his visionary approach, has positioned him as a thought leader in the field. Through strategic initiatives, collaborations, and thought-provoking insights, Muema has navigated the intricacies of the tax industry and guided others in understanding its nuances. His leadership roles in prestigious professional service firms have played a pivotal role in shaping tax policies, advocating for reforms, and spearheading growth-focused initiatives.

His service to the accounting profession led to his admission as a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) at the age of 40, supported by his role as a Convener for the Public Finance Committee of ICPAK. He has also been involved in Public Policy and Governance within ICPAK, the apex body for policy making decisions in the organisation.

Muema’s commitment to continuous learning is evident through his educational journey as an alumnus of both Harvard Business School (HBS) and Strathmore Business School (SBS). This journey has honed his leadership skills and provided a comprehensive understanding of global business dynamics, allowing him to provide invaluable insights into leadership, strategic thinking, and business management to his peers and the wider community.

The impact of FCPA Philip Muema on future generations of leaders defies measurement. His journey, evolving from one of the youngest partners at a ‘Big Four’ firm to assuming the role of Managing Partner for Andersen in East Africa, vividly demonstrates the transformative potential of determination, education, and innovation. His narrative serves as a compelling testament to what can be achieved when ambition is coupled with unwavering dedication.

Through initiatives involving mentorship, dynamic speaking engagements, and thought-provoking written contributions, Muema generously imparts his wealth of experiences and expertise. His profound insights into effective leadership, strategic decision-making, and the cultivation of ethical business practices provide invaluable guidance to emerging leaders who strive to effect positive change.

Andersen Global is an international association composed of tax and legal professionals across the world. Its advisors possess a multitude of professional credentials and a diverse range of capabilities, enabling the delivery of comprehensive and integrated solutions to clients.

Across East Africa, Andersen maintains a footprint encompassing Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea, offering an array of tax and business advisory services. The collaborative rapport between Andersen in Kenya and other regional firms fosters a seamless delivery of services to clients spanning the region.

Andersen exclusively provides advice and solutions that unequivocally serves its clients’ best interests. Its ethos underscores transparent communication, shared information, and inclusive decision-making.

Andersen distinguishes itself by abstaining from audit services, thus circumventing the potential conflict of interest that often arises when audit and tax consultancy coexist within a single entity. Most notably, the Andersen team has cemented an esteemed reputation as authorities in both local and international tax matters.


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Dr. Hanningtone Gaya

Dr. Hanningtone Gaya

Kenya’s Dr Hanningtone Gaya, holds a PhD in Commerce in Business Management from Nelson Mandela University (NMU), is viewed as an authority in country branding and is the founder chairman of the Brand Kenya Board.

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