Monica Kerrets Makau

Dr. Monica Kerretts-Makau is based at Strathmore Business School as Senior Faculty while also undertaking several projects. She currently teaches in the MBA and MPP programs- Managing Change & Strategy and  Institutions and Public Policy programs. Dr. Kerretts earned her PhD in Australia (UNSW) with a focus on Institutional Governance Management.  She earned her MSC in the UK (Salford University, Manchester) and her undergraduate studies in Communications (Major and Business Minor) with Cum Laude Honors from Daystar University –Athi-River Campus.

Dr. Kerretts-Makau is passionate about three areas. First, Institutional Management & Governance. In this area, Dr. Kerretts-Makau is passionate about leadership and management.  She has facilitated several training programs at executive level at SBS and trained several boards on the same. Her most recent project includes Change Advisor to the Judiciary Transformation Secretariat (2012/2013) in the office of the Chief Justice Office. She continues to support the work of transformation through the Judiciary Training Institute. She is also currently involved in the Kenya Police Reform Program where she was previously technical change advisor under the UNODC Police Reform Program.  Dr. Kerretts-Makau served as Board Director Bank of Africa where she chaired the Credit Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee (2013 to 2015).  She has previous worked with KPMG (2001 to 2005) serving in the capacity of Regional Knowledge Manager EA, and as well in Australia as Business Analyst and with Standard Chartered Bank (1999-2001) where she was Institutional Banking Manager. She trained as a management trainee under the KCB training program.

Second, Critical Thinking in Education – She believes that a holistic education is what is needed in Kenya where critical thinking forms the bedrock of the pedagogical methodology of teaching.  In the area of Education and Teaching she has co-edited a book titled ‘New Perspectives in Management Education’ (2012) published by Excel publishing in Europe. She is also an author in the upcoming book Youth Unemployment in Kenya –A Ticking Time Bomb (2015) (Editors: H. Danner/B. Ndemo/J.M. Nebe) her chapter is titled “An Education System in Bondage” and focuses on the need for re-evaluation on the issues of critical thinking and innovation which are the bedrock for education that is to produce entrepreneurs.

Third, ICT and Policy – Dr. Kerretts-Makau currently sits in the Advisory Board of the World Banks World Development Report 2016 focusing on the role of ICT and Development. She is one of the representatives for Africa in this panel which is chaired by the President of Estonia.  Dr. Kerretts-Makau has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank since 1997. She has served in Rwanda as the ICT Policy Adviser on Regulation and Universal Access in RURA (Rwanda’s Regulatory Body – 2007-2009). She worked on several World Bank ICT Policy projects most recent Botswana’s ICT Regulatory Framework (2012- 2014), South Sudan (2009 – date), Somalia (2014 to date). She also served as Board Director in the former Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK – 2011-2014).

She remains an active member in society engaged in transformation activities and in Machakos County under the banner of Kenya Mpya (An I Choose Life Project).  She is passionate about cleanliness in society and believes that transformation begins with being the change and making a change where you are.