Dr. Chris Kirubi (h. c.), CBS, was a prominent businessman, investor and entrepreneur with interests in Kenya and the East Africa region. Until his death, he was the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius in Kenya, having been appointed in November 2016.
He was an alumnus of Insead Institute in France, Handles University in Sweden and Harvard Business School (Owner President Management Program – OPM 29). Much later in life, in acknowledgement of his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship in Kenya, Dr. Kirubi was conferred with an Honorary Philosophical Doctorate in Entrepreneurship by the Swiss Management Graduate School in 2005.
Dr. Kirubi had invested in the Manufacturing, Media, Real Estate, Insurance and Investment Sectors of our economy. He was the Chairman of Haco Industries, and was recognised as one of Kenya’s first indigenous manufacturers having entered the manufacturing sector in the 70’s and for his many years of service formerly as Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
He was also Chairman of Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, DHL Worldwide Express, Capital FM, International House Limited, and Smart Applications International among others. He was Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited.
Dr. Kirubi was also a Director and majority Shareholder in the Centum Investment Group, East Africa’s leading Investment Company.
Aside from his personal work, Dr. Kirubi has been involved extensively with several African Governments. He served on the National Economic and Social Council which was responsible for crafting Kenya’s current blue print for growth, Vision 2030, under President Kibaki’s regime. He also worked with the Government of Ghana as a Board Member of the Investors’ Advisory Council and as Ghanaian Honorary Consul General in Kenya (2000 to 2008).
He was a passionate Ambassador for the Kenya Country Brand and served as Chairperson of Brand Kenya Board from March 2016 – December 2017 when he resigned due to his illness
Dr. Kirubi was passionate about making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised groups and was involved in a number of social causes. Until his death, he served on the Harvard Global Advisory Council (Massachusetts, USA) with a view to advising the institution on education matters of Africa. He also served on the Institution’s Africa Advisory Council honing in on specific needs of the continent.
Chris Kirubi died on 14 June 2021 after a long battle with cancer.