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Rebecca Miano, CEO & MD, KenGen

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) CEO Rebecca Miano has been enlisted in The Africa.com Definitive List of Women CEOs, unveiled during The Definitive List Summit held on 13th October, 2021.

She is part of the 50 African women who qualified from an initial list of a total of 526 women who run 355 companies.

This is either CEO of publicly listed African corporations, division heads of publicly listed African corporations, or the Africa-region heads or Africa country heads of global corporations.

Other Kenyan women CEOs named in the list are EABL CEO Jane Karuku and Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Group CEO, Naseem Devji.

Africa.com undertook a rigorous, data-driven research project that identified not just high-profile personalities, but the women who run the largest, most complex businesses on the African continent.

This included reviewing all publicly listed companies on all of the twenty-one stock exchanges in Africa – a list of over 1400 companies.

Skills and wealth of experience

Miano took over KenGen in August 2017 after she emerged tops beating 90 other applicants for the corner office.

KenGen has continued to be innovative in the energy sector signing progressive contracts in the region.

The state-owned power producer has used its in-house expertise & experience to enable other African countries to exploit their geothermal resource, thereby creating more value for our shareholders.

In February 2019, KenGen was among the consortium of companies awarded Sh7.6 billion contract to drill geothermal wells for the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) in Aluto, Ethiopia. The project is at an advanced stage.

2019: Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) Managing Director and CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano (purple suit) with Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darrell Boyd soon after signing the contract in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ©Addis-Standard

This was quickly followed by yet another deal to drill twelve geothermal wells in October 2019. The latter contract worth Sh6.3 billion was entered with Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO) PLC.

Furthermore, KenGen won yet another tender to drill geothermal wells in Djibouti, adding to its rapidly growing portfolio.

The contract worth Sh709 million currently being executed involves the drilling of two confirmed and one optional well for the Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy Development (ODDEG) in Galla Le Koma.

Currently, a partnership proposal to drill geothermal wells in Rwanda is under discussion.

At the helm of the KenGen, she has been instrumental in driving innovations in the business.

From left to right: Energy Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Charles Keter, KenGen Managing Director & CEO, Mrs. Rebecca Miano, Dr Kayad Moussa Ahmed Head of Djiboutian Office of Geothermal Energy Development. This is during the signing of the Sh709 million contract.

Ms Miano joined KenGen in 1998 and worked in various roles including senior legal officer, assistant company secretary and legal affairs director before her appointment as CEO & MD.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honors, a Diploma in Law and post-graduate studies in Comparative Law.

She is also member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and sits at the World Bank Gender Council.


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