Mary Waceke Muia
Life, Business and Executive Coach, Unconscious Bias Expert and TrainerCompany: wacekethecoach
Role: Session Presenter
2021 Conference Session:
WAKE UP TO CLASS: How DEI Can Stop Ignoring It
Mary Waceke Muia is an inspirational and transformational leader with recognized expertise in organization design and development, strategy formulation and execution, business transformation, change and performance management, and HR. She is an expert on gender, diversity and inclusion, and a facilitator on unconscious bias, future fluency and cultural intelligence.
Mary has successfully led several business and culture transformations both in the private and public sectors. She has worked for a multinational oil company in Kenya and regionally, and was head of performance and change in a public utility company. Her previous role was HR director at Central Bank of Kenya. She has overseen diverse business change projects from business process re-engineering, job evaluation, automation rollout and ICT upgrades, to sustainability efforts focused on a “triple P” (people, profit and planet) bottom line.
Currently, she is a management consultant, a life, business and leadership coach, a facilitator on unconscious bias, sits on the panel of leadership faculty, and coaches for United Nations. She is also undertaking her PhD in governance and management, with focus on climate change and value chains.
Mary holds a Master of Arts in environmental management with focus on sustainable development and Change Management Certification–Prosci USA. She is a mechanical engineer, accredited executive coach, certified Master Professional in Balance Score Card from George Washington University, Certified Project Management Professional–Prince II UK, Certified Public Secretary, and an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
She is a much-sought-after speaker and moderator at local and international forums, UN agencies’ retreats, and the annual UN Women Empowerment Principles (UNWEP) Forum, New York. She facilitates consensus- and clarity-building in complex multilevel stakeholder meetings.
Mary is passionate about championing diversity and inclusion, challenging unconscious bias and working with organizations to embed contextualized and customized sustainability frameworks. As a leader, she believes she has “the competency, inspiration, discipline and the courage to drive broad-based social change and sustainability initiatives that enhance governance, inclusion, social, economic and environmental justice” and that we must contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs) through individual and collective choices in a way that creates a more sustainable, just, fair and equitable world.