This past week has been a phenomenal one. I got to sit down with one of Kenya’s greatest intellectuals whom I consider a role model. Kithinji Kiragu is a name not so many Kenyans are familiar with but those that do, let me say you’re indeed blessed. I first met KK, as he’s best known while I was undertaking my bachelor’s degree at his private college in Embu during an event I had helped organized and he had been among the chief guests. We got into talking after the event and let me say, a friendship was struck from then on, with him and some of his family members, who are also directors at the college.
After over four years of silence, I reconnected with him this week on Monday, at his African Development Professional Group (ADP Group) offices at K-rep Centre, Wood Avenue, Kilimani where coincidentally my bank’s headquarters are housed. We got to talking, briefing him on a project I have been working that I needed his input one and on other issues. After the meeting, I left feeling like a new soul had been pumped into me. The inspired kind of feeling.
So probably you’re wondering who KK is. According to Wikipedia:-
Kithinji Kiragu (popularly known as KK), is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya), and also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Universities of Strathclyde, UK and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
As of 2014 he was a director responsible for public sector reforms consulting services at the ADP Group. Until June 2007, he was a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) responsible for public sector management advisory services in the Africa Central region, which covers most of Sub-Sahara Africa. He had joined PwC in 2002, when ADP Group legacy firm, KK Consulting Associates, merged with PwC. In 1995-98, he was Chief Technical Adviser for public sector reform in the President’s Office of the Government of Tanzania.
Since embarking on his consulting career, Kithinji has successfully carried out many and varied consulting assignments in governance, institutional, organisational, financial and socio-economic analyses, and systems design, implementation and management, in both private and public sectors. Besides, consulting extensively, he has lectured, published and presented papers on governance and public sector management in many regional and international forums..
After receiving his master’s in 1979, Kiragu joined Coopers & Lybrand, now part of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, as a management consultant. He rose through the ranks and became a director before founding his own firm, KK Consulting Associates. Since 2008, he has been chairman and director of Africa Development Professional Group Ltd., an independent consulting firm which also incorporated KK Consulting Africa. He had worked on a number of public sector reform projects in Kenya and Tanzania, including the Kenya Rural Access Roads Program, and he served as the chief technical adviser for public sector reforms in the Office of the President of Tanzania from 1995 until 1999. He also was a certified public accountant in Kenya.
On Jamhuri Day, 12 December 2006, President Mwai Kibaki awarded KK the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW). This was in recognition of his contributions to areas of capacity development and civil service reform and also as a facilitator of seminars for local senior government officials. In August 2010, the President appointed KK the Chairman of the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC) in his Office. In 2011 Kibaki bestowed on KK the honour of Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS).