Zephania Thaisaiyi Opati is currently the Head of Department Riara School of Business He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from Maseno University, an MBA from University Teknologi Mara- Malaysia and is currently pursuing PHD in Marketing at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He has a seven years’ experience and has taught in Riara University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has consulted for United Nation Volunteer Association and Global Village Publishers as a business writer. He has presented three papers one in Lagos Nigeria about “Effects of Foreign Advertising on The Kenyan Millennials” at Lagos Business School in August 2016. He also in conjunction with the dean school of business JKUAT Dr. Margaret Oloko he presented a paper that looked at the critical factors that determine brand loyalty of children to the adulthood at “Africa Rising” at Riara University in August 2014. He has also presented a paper “Branding to Children – the adults becoming” in the International Commerce Advertising, Marketing and Retail Conference (INCOMAR) Maleka Malaysia in 2010. He has also conducted the “Campus Climate Survey study” at University Technology Mara Malaysia that gave light to the DVC, Dr. Fauziah Nordin addressing issues affecting international students at the university. His master’s paper thesis was focused on “Strategic fit of the diversification of the KFC and Pizza Malaysia.” of the two outlets.
He has contributed widely in the Business Daily, The Marketing Society of Kenya “sokoni” Magazine and Diplomat East Africa and the African Executive. He has published two books “Personal branding – King Solomon way in (2012) and The Terrorist in the Boardroom 2016. He is a commonwealth scholar, a member of the Charted Institute of Marketers (UK). He is also a member and serves as the election board member of Academy of International Business AIB (sub-Sahara Chapter). His interest is in Branding strategy and international Marketing.
CPA Rogers Kinoti M’Ariba is an accomplished Economist, Accountant, Corporate Secretary and investment practitioner and consultant. He holds a Master of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) – First Class Honours from the University of Nairobi. Mr. Kinoti is a doctoral student in Finance at JKUAT. Professionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA (K)), Certified Public Secretary (CPS (K)) and Certified Investment and Financial Analyst (FA). He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) where he also serves in the Finance and Strategy Committee.
Mr. Kinoti has over 13 years progressive corporate experience gained from various organisations working in Accounting, Finance and Investment fields. He joined RU in 2014 as lecturer and teaches Economics and Finance courses at Riara School of Business. He also serves as the independent Chairman of the Teachers Service Commission Audit Committee. Previously, he served as General Manager in charge of Finance and Investment at Kenya Reinsurance Corporation, Chief Manager, Finance & Investment at LAPTRUST (Now CPF) and as a portfolio manager in a number of investment management firms including Pinebridge Investments, Sanlam Investments and ICEALion asset management.
Gladys is currently a PhD student in Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology. In addition she holds an MBA in Finance, Bachelors in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) and a Certified Public Accountant (K). She is coupled with over 10 years working experience in Accounting and Finance from a wide number of corporation which include the multinationals. Because of her passion in lecturing, Gladys left the corporate field to join the academia, where she first taught as an adjunct lecturer at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and PAC University.
She is a member of the Academy of International Business and have presented her paper titled” An Investigation of the effect of tax incentives on the FDIs; a case of EPZs in Athi River Kenya” in an international conference held at Riara University in August 2014.With personal attributes such as being pro-active, self-driven, result-oriented, excellent technical, analytical and planning abilities, Gladys is set to add value in the academic field especially in the areas of research and lecturing. She joined Riara University in 2014 taking accounting and Finance courses.