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.

Mr. Karanja Kabage

BSc, MBA (USIU), LLB and LLM

Group Chairman
Mr Kabage is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, East Africa Law Society, International Bar Association and Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

In the past, he has held positions in Public Institutions. He was appointed the first Chairman of the Communications Authority of Kenya, Board Member of National Oil Corporation of Kenya, Commissioner of Energy Regulatory Commission, Board Member of National Social Security Fund, and a founder member of Nuclear Electricity Project Committee, the forerunner of the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board.
Mr Kabage has also served and held key positions in the Private Sector as Chairman of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), Chairman Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Board Member of East African Business Council. He is currently a Board Member of African Reinsurance Corporation, which is the leading Reinsurance Company in Africa with its Headquarters in Nigeria.

Mr Kabage’s specialization and focus is in International Trade & Investment law, Intellectual Property Rights, International Commercial Arbitration, Insurance Law and Practice, Energy Law with particular bias for Nuclear Technology application in generation of Electricity and Constitutional Law. He is the Senior Partner of the EKN LLP Advocates with responsibility for networking and practice development.

He is a holder of BSc and MBA (USIU), LLB and LLM (University of Nairobi). He is a Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), a Patent Agent with Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). He holds an International Nuclear Law Diploma from University of Montpellier, France. He has a passion for professional advancement and education.

Mrs. Jacinta W. Karita

(BCom (HONS), MBA, FCII)

Board Member
Mrs. Karita has been working for the past 17 years in Pacific Insurance Brokers (EA) Ltd and First Reinsurance Brokers Ltd where she has held various technical and management positions in both direct and reinsurance broking services.

Overall, Mrs. Karita has been in the insurance industry for more than 25 years.

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.

Presently, Mrs. Karita is the Group Managing Director of both Pacific and FirstRe. 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).

Jacinta is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (FCII) and has the rare distinction of being the first lady in Kenya to earn Fellowship Diploma in Reinsurance by qualification. She is responsible for the day to day management of
the Insurance and Reinsurance Broking operations of the Group. Additionally she
is a Director of our subsidiary, Pacific Insurance Brokers (T) Ltd in Dar-essalaam,
Tanzania.

Mrs. 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

Mrs. Lucy W. Ngugi

BSc, MBA, ACII

Managing Director - First Reinsurance Brokers Ltd.
Mrs. Ngugi is a holder of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSc) and a Masters degree (MBA) in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship both from United States International University (USIU) – Nairobi.

She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of London (ACII) and a Chartered Insurer.

Mrs. Ngugi prior to joining FirstRe worked at Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd for 10 years, where she handled both local and international reinsurance businesses.

She has been with FirstRe for a considerable period and has wide exposure on both Treaty and Facultative Reinsurance with extensive training in her field both locally and internationally.

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. Daniel Kathitu

BA (Marketing), Dip (Marketing)

Underwriting, Retakaful, Marketing & Business Development
Daniel has extensive experience in Underwriting, Retakaful, Marketing and Business Development. He is in charge of Business Development and International Business
He has a wealth of experience in insurance spanning for over 28 years.

Prior to joining FirstRe he worked at Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd where he handled Claims Management, Underwriting, Retakaful, Marketing and Business Development.

He is a holder of Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing) from Kenya Methodist University, Kenya. He also holds Advanced Diploma in Marketing. He is also a qualified ISO 9001:2008 Certified Lead Auditor.

Daniel has attended and facilitated many seminars and courses locally in Kenya and internationally.

He is a very competent manager with strengths in marketing, insurance and reinsurance underwriting, claims processing, planning & coordination.
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Mr. Francis Mwema

BSc (Maths), PGD - (Actuarial Science)

Manager 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.