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Angela Ng'ang'a - Business Monthly

Angela’s illustrious corporate career started in 1998 where she was part of a dynamic sales and marketing force that pioneered health insurance in Kenya through AAR Health Services.

Angela Ng’ang’a is a seasoned corporate affair professional, well renowned for her contribution to the discipline of public relations in Kenya and advancing public policy across Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Angela has served in senior corporate management capacities and currently leads the government relations and policy of Microsoft across multiple countries. In her day to day assignments, Angela is responsible for policy advocacy and driving alignment between government priorities and Microsoft’s strategic goals in the emerging markets of Middle East and Africa. Her key areas of focus are public policy, information security, data protection, privacy and cyber security.

Angela Ng'ang'a - Business Monthly

Angie, as she is affectionately known to her peers, has over 20 years multi- sectoral experience in tourism, health, telecommunications and IT sectors. Most recently she steered her career towards IT policy and regulatory affairs working across several industry verticals that includes government, judiciary, telecoms, health and financial services sector to name but a few. Her key engagements involve interactions with heads of states, ministers and regulatory authorities in the markets she oversees working as a trusted advisor on public policies that aim at facilitating economic growth, encouraging strategic partnerships and achievement of SDG goals for these countries.
Angela’s illustrious corporate career started in 1998 where she was part of a dynamic sales and marketing force that pioneered health insurance in Kenya through AAR Health Services. In time, the AAR expanded its range of services to include running outpatient medical centers and rescue emergency services. Due to its successful growth and demand in Kenya, AAR expanded operations across East Africa, her role being instrumental in launching successfully into Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda from a business development, branding, marketing and stakeholder management perspective.

Over time, Angela’s career at AAR grew in leaps and bounds from the initial marketing executive role to landing a seat in the C-Suite, rising to Group PR and Communications Manager for AAR Holdings by the time of her exit in 2008.

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Strategic Planning & Business Development Transformational Change Government relations Public policy and advocacy Brand management & Public relations
What drives me
“Passion - for what I do – the change that I am able to inspire around me and in others and witnessing the difference made my little seeds I have been a part of sowing”
What does it take?
“Smart decision making, willingness to take up new challenges, hard work, focus, resilience and persistence- giving up doesn’t belong in my vocabulary”
Pastime
I still find time for a good read (despite working in IT I am yet to get to really enjoy the kindle experience – it’s just not the same as flipping pages of a good book, I enjoy travel , spending time with my loved ones and listening to good music. I’m a 90s girl.

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As a sure testament of her versatility, Angela made a bold move from healthcare to the telecommunications sector in 2008 taking on the Chief Corporate Communications Officer position at Telkom Kenya, then commercially branded as Orange. Her expertise in PR and Communications saw her skillfully maneuver a larger than life objective to turn around the image of the then quasi – state owned enterprise (SOE) Telkom Kenya, then known derogatively as the sleeping giant, to a private, profit making and customer centric brand.

Through implementing effective communication strategies and working across a very dynamic team within the operation, Angela was able to drive cohesiveness, collaboration and cultural transformation at Telkom Kenya, an impact that would leave a good legacy of her stint at the telco for years to come.

During her tenure at Telkom Kenya, she was the alternative spokesperson to the CEO, a role that she executed meticulously. Coupled with her open-door policy, Angela nurtured great talent in her team, most of who have since gone on to have great career journeys for themselves. Following a successful headhunting in 2017, Angela transitioned from Telkom Kenya to the multinational IT world joining Microsoft Corporation as Corporate Affairs Lead for East Africa. Testament to her high-performance capabilities, Angela’s career at Microsoft has consistently been on an upward trajectory. Currently, Angela is Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft Middle East and Africa – Emerging Markets.

Angela has a deep understanding of regulatory affairs and public policy and building trust with relevant stakeholders that has resulted in her proven ability to influence and advance favorable corporate policy positions and operating regulations with multiple government and regulators within Middle East and Africa.

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Alongside her corporate experience, Angela has a passion for her country Kenya and more so to mentoring future leaders in her career path that has panned out to be a great success for her. She has served actively for over a decade in boards of both the marketing and PR professional bodies, including the Marketing Society of Kenya, Public Relations Society of Kenya and the prestigious Brand.ke. Currently, Angela serves as a board member for Machawood – Machakos County and the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kenya. She is a member of Chartered Institute of

Public Relations (UK), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) where she plays an active role in the ICT sub – committee.

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