Business Development Manager at CBI 360
Kenneth Njeru joined Strathmore in 2001 to pursue CPA after finishing Form 4 in Lenana School. Since then, he has completed a BCom in Marketing at Kenyatta University and has a certificate in Presentation and Business Proposal Skills from the British Council.
His specialties include Team Leadership/Building, Relationship Management, Business Development, B2B Sales, Banking, Real Estate, Business Advisory and Unique Customer Experience.
A firm believer in Corporate Leadership. He is always open to new & innovative approach to work, keen on People Performance, Diversity-Inclusion and ready to roll up his sleeves to get work done. He enjoys coaching and directing his team while leaving a smile on customers’ faces.
Kenneth currently works as a Business Development Manager at Capacity Building Institute (CBI 360) where is main tasks include Implementing Business Strategic Action Plan & Programs, Developing Annual Business Plans and Operating Budgets and Providing Institutional & Professional Leadership to Grow Business. He also spends time Identifying, Recruiting, Growing Diversified Human Resources & holding senior-level business meetings with Corporates. Previously, he had worked in a similar role at Rapid Communications Limited.
Kenneth has also worked for Bridge International Academies as a Senior Officer – Business Development and as a Relationship Manager at Standard Charted Bank.
Aside from work, Kenneth likes spending time with the needy, having volunteered with the Red Cross Society. One of his short term objectives includes joining a non-profit board and skills based volunteering.
His major areas of concern include Children, Economic Empowerment, Education and Environment.
Kenneth is a member of ICPAK and the British Council.
He states that Strathmore equipped him with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and mind-set which included the necessary professionalism required when working in the corporate world. He also learnt essential personal development values through regular Personal Enhancement Program (PEP Talks) held at the Institution.
He urges the current students to keep their focus on short and long-term personal goals:
‘Always have “Excellence” in mind because that’s what the business and corporate world rewards.’
For young graduates, he advices them to be ready to start small! From there they will learn and empower themselves more that way. They should be unique and stand out from other graduates as that is what employers look for. He emphasizes on the importance of creating a personal brand and living it!
‘Whenever, you attend interviews in any organization, present, think and give responses as an entrepreneur, not as a candidate or job-seeker. – That will guarantee a win in any situation.’
To finish, he states that students should start creating valuable networks now.
‘Don’t wait! In your career and business journey, you will always need those networks. I wish I started this practice as early as my 20’s.’