Board and Management

Philosophy

The Board and the Management of First Re are committed to a strong philosophy of integrity and professionalism which runs across the entire sphere of the Company. This is underpinned by the realization that we are in a globally integrated world of insurance and reinsurance security for the development and prosperity of humankind. However, the  foundation for our success is based on the sensitivity we bring to bear to the needs and desires of the customers. Our focus is to ever add value while not compromising on the principles of Reinsurance and Insurance in general.

Mrs. Jacinta W. Karita

BCom (HONS), MBA, FCII

Group Chairperson
Mrs. Karita is the former Group Managing Director of both First Reinsurance Brokers Africa Ltd and Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Ltd.
She has been in the insurance industry for more than 28 years.
Mrs Karita is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (ACII) and has the rare distinction of being the first lady in Kenya to qualify as a Fellow in Reinsurance.

Her career started at the Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd where she acquired invaluable skills in both Treaty and Facultative Reinsurance Underwriting. At FirstRe she has been exposed to the broking Profession through training locally and internationally.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (BCom) from Daystar University, a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Mrs. Karita served in IIK as the Examination Secretary and was responsible for the CII exams. She has also served as a Board Member of the Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya (AIBK).

Mr. Kabage Karanja

BA (Hons) Arch, RIBA

Deputy Chairperson
Mr. Kabage Karanja is the deputy Chairperson for both First Reinsurance Brokers Africa Ltd and Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Ltd.
He plays an advisory role in the Strategic IT & Digital space development for the Group

He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Architecture from the University of Brighton, in the United Kingdom. He is also a Postgraduate Graduate Diploma holder in architecture with distinction from the University of Westminster, and is a Chartered Architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Pauline Wanjohi

MBA, BA, LLB, ACII, IIK

Group Managing Director
Pauline Wanjohi is the Group Managing Director of both First Reinsurance Brokers Ltd and Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Ltd. She is responsible of managing both First Reinsurance Brokers and Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Ltd.

Additionally, she is also the Principal Officer of Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Ltd.

Pauline has over 20 years of Corporate Leadership and Management experience in the insurance sector having previously worked at UAP Insurance Limited in various management positions and also with Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Limited as the Executive Director. She was also instrumental in starting and growing the UAP Insurance Rwanda Limited Company and successfully positioning UAP in the Rwanda market.

She also holds a Master of Business Administration Strategic Management major (MBA), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University respectively. She is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute London (ACII) and Associate of the Insurance Institute of Kenya (AIIK).

Pauline has held various leadership roles in the insurance industry having served as Secretary to the Executive Board of Rwanda’s Insurers Association (ASSAR) and previously in the Executive Council of the Insurance of the Institute of Kenya (IIK) and Convener of the Legal Affairs and Profession Standards Committee. She also has been a Member of the Executive Board of the Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya

Mr. Daniel Kathitu

BA (Marketing), Dip. Marketing

Managing Director - First Reinsurance Brokers Ltd.
Daniel M. Kathitu has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience and training both locally and internationally in reinsurance business treaty and facultative. Until his appointment as Managing Director in 1st October 2020, Daniel was the Director, Business Development at FirstRe.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kathitu worked with Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd where he handled Claims, Underwriting, Retakaful, Marketing and Business Development

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Marketing major) from Kenya Methodist University and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing and Insurance, Institute of Kenya Diploma (Dip. IIK).

He has held various leadership roles in the industry. He is the Chairman of the newly formed Association of Reinsurance Brokers of Kenya (ARBK).

Mr. Francis Gakui

BCom (Hons) Insurance Option, DPCII

Director, General Business & Claims
Mr. Gakui is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce degree Insurance option (BCom), from the University of Nairobi. He has a diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (DPCII).

Mr. Gakui is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce degree Insurance option (BCom), from the University of Nairobi. He has a diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (DPCII).

Prior to joining First-Re, Mr. Gakuhi worked at Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd for 8 years, where he handled both local and international reinsurance claims. He has worked in First-Re at various levels for a considerable period handling Reinsurance Claims and Investigations of both Treaty and Facultative Claims.

Mr. Francis Mwema

BSc (Maths), PGD - (Actuarial Science)

Assistant Director - Life
Mr. Francis Mwema is a holder of Bachelor of Science degree (BSc – Mathematics) and Post Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Science from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and University of Nairobi respectively.

Prior to joining FirstRe, Mr. Mwema had worked at Pioneer Assurance Company Ltd for 5 years, where he gained a wealth of experience in Life Business.

He has participated in a number of seminars locally and internationally, relating to Life & Pension business. Mr. Mwema heads the Life Department of First Reinsurance Brokers Ltd.