Dr. Monica Kerretts

Academic Director at Thunderbird's Centre for Excellence for Africa

Dr. Monica Kerretts

Dr, Monica Kerretts-Makau is the Academic Director at Thunderbird's Centre for Excellence for Africa based in Nairobi and Professor of Practise at Thunderbird in Arizona State University. Dr. Kerretts-Makau has deep experience with both multilateral institutions and the business world. She has advised and served as Consultant with the World Bank, UNCTAD, IDLO and GIZ on the digital revolution and Governance and represented Africa on the Digital Dividends multistakeholder collaboration with the World Bank in the Advisory Team. She is very well travelled and is a speaker at several international events. She currently chairs the technical committee of the African Union- NEPAD Kenya Council, and previously worked at KPMG, Standard Chartered Bank and Strathmore Business School.
She has served on several boards and chaired several board committees for over 10 years, a big champion for women sitting at the “table”. Dr. Kerretts-Makau is also a certified Trainer by IFC under their Governance program. She earned her PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia and her Masters from Salford University, Greater Manchester UK.
Some of her accomplishments include being nominated as the top 100 Reputational Africans 2018 and Top 100 influential Africans 2017; Founding Co-Director of iLab Africa, a Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation and Development at Strathmore University; Top 20 women influencing ICT in Kenya in 2015 and an author on critical and applied thinking in education.
Dr. Kerretts-Makau is also a passionate gardener/environmentalist and blogs on Instagram as @kanakegardens. She sits on Chair for the Kenya Horticultural Society-Gardening Kenya Lower Eastern Kenya and Council member (www.gardeningkenya.org).
Twitter: @monicakerretts


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