A 2019 top 40 under 40 female leader, recognized for her transformative leadership in HR & Governance, Mary is not only passionate about people but believed that good governance is the foundation of any business and strives to integrate this in her day to day interaction.
Mary Kinyua is the Director in charge of Human Resources and Administration at Oserian, she is charged with the leadership of the compliance, risk management, quality management systems and corporate services for the business.
Mary has also been on the forefront pushing for the interests of the workers at Fairtrade International where she represents the East and Central Africa network . She has advocated for the better treatment of workers and also called upon the setting up of a minimum wage for workers in Africa at the Fairtrade Board which she chairs.
At the Oserian schools she introduced a feeding programme for the children by providing a balanced diet which aims at reducing malnutrition and ensure no child would miss school due to hunger .
Ms. Kinyua said , “the school feeding programme is part of the company’s contribution to the success of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda – food security and Education – by keeping well fed children in school so they could concentrate on education.”
It is also through her leadership that the company introduced scholarships for the top students in the Oserian schools.Theprogramme would sponsor them fully in their high school and university education. In the spirit of being a transformative leader,Mrs Kinyua said, “we will offer an opportunity for the students who studied at the Oserian schools to work in the farm, this would offer a better chance for them to get the jobs and also be part of actualizing the Oserian dream.
She also played a key role into ensuring that the company achieved a status of a workplace inclusivity,with over 80 deaf employees who have been hired and trained as part of the company’s affirmative action.This has seen the deaf employees being the most productive workers with the team producing the best employee of the year for a long time.
She played a vital role into bringing a lending programme where employees can get loans at an interest. This would save them acquiring loans from mobile phones which has become a menace on many workers in Kenya.
Mary has at Oserian been involved in the re- engineering of the business and is currently working with the Board in a diversification process which will include the creation of an Industrial park at Oserian – this Industrial Park is a flagship project for the Nakuru County.
She has worked in senior management roles for the last 12 years in the manufacturing, security, services and the horticultural services. Mary has been at Oserian for 4 years 7 months. Mary is currently undertaking her PHD at the University of Nairobi, holds an MSC in Human Resources, a Business Administration degree and a diploma in Law. She is a Practicing certificate holder and member of the Institute of Human Resource Managers, an Alumni of Nanyang Business School – Singapore, Alumni of the Strathmore Business School and an Alumni of Centre of Corporate Governance
A mother of 2, She sits and Chairs in the Fairtrade Africa Board which represents 1. Million producers in Africa and the Middle East and is currently the Vice Chairperson in the Fairtrade International Board.
An aspiring life Coach, a speaker and blogger on leadership and trade, Mary strongly believes in changing the world one person at a time.Mary was recently invited by French President to speak on Fair – Trade at the Y7 convention in France.