JUDGING PANEL

The EABC BEAs has a seven-member Panel of Judges to adjudicate entries. The Panel comprises individuals of the highest caliber, who command in-depth understanding of the EAC integration processes, the business dynamics of the EAC region as well as the role that the private sector can play in shaping the development of the region.

Mr. Faustin Mbundu, MFK Group

Faustin Kananura Mbundu holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from Makerere University Kampala. He has a lot of entrepreneurial experience having started and run several companies in East Africa. He was formerly a Managing Director of Kananura Enterprises Ltd, an import-export and real estate investment company in Uganda.

Currently he runs MFK Group, an investment company with a diversified portfolio of investments which include but not limited to; Gorilland Safaris Ltd and its subsidiary Limoz Car Rental which provide car rental and transportation/logistics services, CAFERWA Ltd which exports Rwandan Coffee, ANKO Properties which is a real estate investment/development company, MK Consult which provides business advisory and consultancy services to foreign companies intending to invest or otherwise participate in projects in Rwanda

Eng. Patrick Obath – Kenya

Patrick is an Associate Director at Adam Smith International Africa Limited (ASI) and is also Managing Consultant for Eduardo Associates, a private practice consultancy in Energy, Extractive Industries, and Engineering with special emphasis on Leadership, Governance and Sustainability.

Patrick held management positions in Shell and Shell advised companies in Kenya, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Malaysia working in the areas of general management, distribution, engineering and sustainability having joined in 1976.

Patrick is a past chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and sits on the boards of several Business Member Organisations and is a member of the National Economic and Social Council of Kenya – a presidential think tank. He is  also Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Kenya Committee and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.

He holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University and is a Member of the Energy Institute (UK), the Petroleum Institute of East Africa and the Institution of Engineers in Kenya.

He is Chairman of PZ Cussons EA Ltd, African Alliance Kenya Investment Bank and General Plastics Limited and a Non Executive Director in companies involved in banking, energy, manufacturing, international development, automotive, FMCG and ICT sectors.  He is a Fellow of theAspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) and the African Leadership Initiative (ALI). He has been awarded several national recognitions in Kenya

Consolata Ndashimiye

 Consolata is in business for more than 20 years and recognized as a successful businesswoman in Burundi, doing well in male-dominated 2 sectors: - Merchandising of the coffee in all its different forms and - Development and renting of Offices and Apartment Buildings.

She has started her business with a famous restaurant and showroom of interior decoration and equipments. Consolata has developed a body of knowledge in several years of reflection, study and practice.  She has been elected in 2010 as the first woman President of Burundi Federal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and during the year 2011, she has been the chair person for the East Africa Business Council. Within this field she has been a global leader for Burundi and for the East Africa being actively involved in different regional and international organizations.

Member of the Burundi Peace Building Steering Committee, she made speeches, raised money, convinced people to work against precarious situation of woman’s in a post conflict country. This long-time entrepreneur and advocate for women economic recovery believes that one of the key condition for peace consolidation is citizens’, especially women’s, financial and economic independence.

As her reputation grew, she was drawn into larger fields of creating income for woman. She believes that women should make their voices heard so she spoke for them. She created opportunities and gave through her organizations, Association des Femmes Entrepreneurs         (AFAB) and WISE (Women Initiative for Self Empowerment, Micro-finance) access to credit to hundreds of rural women. She bring people from business, together by strategizing outreaches for social and economic development for woman in local and international settings as well as support the development of community.

Eng. Jennifer Gache



Eng. Jennifer Gache is a Mechanical Engineer with over twenty years’ experience in industrialization and energy sectors in the EAC region. She is currently a Senior Industrial Engineer at the East Africa Community Secretariat where she works in the Industrial Development Section responsible for promoting industrial growth and manufacturing in the region.  Her key responsibilities involves facilitating the harmonization of policies, strategies and programmes aimed at  increasing competitiveness and boosting investment in manufacturing industries in the republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

She played a key role in developing:  the EAC Industrialization Policy and Strategy; the EAC Industrial and Upgrading Programme for the small and medium enterprises;  EAC Regional Manufacturing Plan of Action for the Pharmaceutical sector; regional value chains for Cotton, Textiles & Apparels; Leather and Leather products; Dairy and Sugar sectors; mainstreaming of the EAC regional Industrial development programmes with those of  EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite Free Trade and African Union Commission and partnered closely with the East African Business Council to convene the East Africa Manufacturing and Business Summit .

She holds a Bsc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture And Technology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Operations Management and Research from the University of Nairobi. Prior to this appointment Eng. Gache worked  for the Geothermal Development Company, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Kenya Power and Lighting Company and Kenya Bureau of Standards.  

Mr. Godfrey Simbeye

Mr. Godfrey Simbeye has a general background in business managementpossessing solid managerial and supervisory experience, detailed understandingand knowledge of the business policies and processes, excellent decision makingskills, excellent leadership skills, business planning and budgetingcompetences, ability to conduct and direct work on projects, interpersonal andnegotiation skills, excellent communication in a clear and concise manner,ability to analyse private sector advocacy issues and private sectordevelopment.  Mr Simbeye is a qualified accountant having obtained hisACCA qualification in 1989 in the United Kingdom and registered member of theNational Board of Accountants and Auditors. He also posses a Master of Sciencedegree in Information Systems Management and Technology from University ofStrathclyde in the UK.  His key competences are in the financialmanagement, development of financial management systems, auditing, systemsreviews and analysis, business re-engineering, institutional development,project cycle management, performance management, and development of ICTpolicies/ strategies. Mr. Simbeye is currently the Executive Director ofTanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) since 9th March 2012.  TPSF is an effective Apex privatesector organization, established on 4th November 1998 because of multi-foldedefforts by various stakeholders of the Private Sector to provide a focal pointfor the articulation of private sector-led approaches to Tanzania’s economicand social development. TPSF is a member based organisation with the capabilityof reaching out to more than 5 million entrepreneurs throughout the country.TPSF core function is to advocate and lobby the Government for conducivebusiness environment and investment climate so as to ensure private sectorbecomes the engine of economic growth.   TPSF other functions is alsoto ensure effective Public Private Dialogue is in place at all levels such asCentral Government, MDA’s, Local Government, Regional, District and Village andParliament.  TPSF’s major achievement was in 2001 when it vigorouslyinfluenced the need for the establishment of the Tanzania National BusinessCouncil (TNBC) as a joint platform for smart dialogue between the Private andthe Public Sector.  The TNBC which is chaired by the President of theUnited Republic of Tanzania and co-chaired by TPSF Chairperson has a total of40 members, 20 members from the private sector (nominated by TPSF) and 20members from the Government.  Since his appointment as TPSF CEO hasundertaken various institutional reforms with a focus to improve image andeffectiveness of the Foundation. Experience onPublic Private Dialogue (PPD) Being the Executive Director of a business advocacyorganization, my job involves dialogue between the Government and privatesector on a day to day basis.  I seat in many public private committeeswhere we discuss private sector development and the Government facilitation. The TNBC being our official PPD platform in the country meets twice a yearunder the leadership of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania but ithas an Executive Committee which meets quarterly for which I attend allmeetings.  The dialogue extends to the regions, where we have RegionalBusiness Councils (RBC) and at the low level where local businessmen reside wehave a District Business Council (DBC). We also have dialogue platforms withSpeaker of the National Assembly, Standing Parliamentary Committees and PPDcommittees in the East African Community. Member of theNational Constituent Assembly in Dodoma 2014 Mr Simbeye wasappointed by the H.E Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republicof Tanzania to be a member of the constituent assembly which took place betweenApril 2014 and October 2014 in Dodoma.  The objective of the ConstituentAssembly was to review draft constitution of the country that was prepared bythe Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and to propose a new constitution. Ifully represented the private sector in the Constitutional Assembly and madesure that the private sector agenda is fully represented in the newconstitution. I managed to convince and influence members of the constituentassembly that the Private Sector is the “Engine of Growth”. My presence was soimportant that we managed to include a provision under Chapter 2 article 13 (2)(e) of the proposed constitution which states as follows; “To put in placeconducive business environment and expand investment opportunities”. Otherprovisions that were vigorously included by private sector in the newconstitution are curbing corruption and public procurement.

Mr. Moses Ogwal

Moses, 51, Is a Specialist on Trade (in the context of Regional Integration - Especially EAC) and Private Sector Development & EAC Regional Integration Ugandan, 51
For over 10 years Moses support the private sector at both enterprise and sector level on Export development and promotion. This then brought him deep into the actual private sector (12 years) where he supported again enterprises and sectors in policy development / advocacy and business development. This experience span in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

Moses is known also for developing and managing the oldest recognition awards in Uganda, the Best Exporters Awards which eventually graduated to Presidential exporters Awards. At institutional awards he has been part of the management of the PSFU awards which has run for over 8 rounds. Lastly since its inception he has been a judge in the prestigious Nile Breweries ltd, KICKSTART awards aimed at awarding youth talent in business and now farmers in professional farming business. Moses has been retained in this awards for the last 3 rounds of awards as a judge.