Kenya Advisory Board

Eutycus Kariuki
Assistant Commissioner at the Kenya Revenue Authority

Eutycus Kariuki is an Assistant Commissioner at the Kenya Revenue Authority, an agency of the Ministry of Finance. He has been Project Manager of iTax, an IT system that revolutionised domestic tax administration and launched by H.E. The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta in October 2013. Eutycus is a co-author of the book “Revenue Administration Reforms in Kenya (2010)” and has been a member of the East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee (EARATC) which advises Ministries of Finance in the region on various fiscal policy and tax administration developments. Currently based in the Large Taxpayers Office he has vast experience in tax investigations, intelligence and risk. He has previously worked with the Inland Revenue, New Zealand in Wellington as an Assistant Policy Analyst and is also a former elected President of AIESEC University of Nairobi.

Eutycus is a recipient of the prestigious 2005 African Development Bank/World Bank scholarship and holder of an M.A. Economics Degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan and B.A. Economics Degree from University of Nairobi. He is a Registered Certified Public Accountant of Kenya CPA(K) and graduate of the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC), Brunswick, Georgia in Digital Forensics and Investigations.

He has also published a paper titled “Human Capital Accumulation and Mortality in Kenya 2007” which endeared him to the area of funding in health, education and human capital in Eastern Africa. Eutycus has been passionately involved in SHOFCO since the first chance meeting with the founders and is proud to be part of the SHOFCO advisory board.

Julian Kyula
CEO, Mobile Decisioning Africa (MODE)

Julian Kyula is the Group CEO and Co-founder of Mobile Decisioning (MODE), where his leadership responsibilities extend to over a hundred professional employees in over 20 markets.

Famously known for his favourite saying: “Nano credit in nano seconds”, Kyula is actively engaged in Nairobi, the firm’s key operational base in Africa. MODE is also known for its global offices in Johannesburg India, Dubai and the UK.

MODE ( focuses on providing nano credit to consumers who have little or no access to credit using their mobile devices.

Through his stewardship, since its launch in May 2010, MODE has risen to become a force to reckon within the world of technology. It was listed as a Future Fifty Company in 2014 in the United Kingdom, a fete that has multiplied its growth in the European market and has thus grown MODE’s global presence. 

In 2012, 2014 and 2015 Business Daily recognized Julian Kyula among the youngest influential leaders in the East Africa region through the popular publication of ‘TOP 40 MEN UNDER 40’.

Kyula is also the founder and Senior Pastor of The Purpose Centre Church in Nairobi where together with his wife, Amanda, they are committed to touching lives, impacting communities and raising Kingdom Champions in the marketplace.

David Luusa
Managing Director & Head Financial Markets East Africa, Standard Chartered Bank

David is Managing Director & Head of Financial Markets Kenya and East Africa working as part of the Kenya Country Executive Committee (ExCO) and the East Africa ExCO to develop and execute the regional strategic plans. Prior to his current role, David led the East Africa Financial Market Sales team, collaborating with our Corporates and Institutions team to deliver client solutions across the region. David holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen and has broad experience in Banking. David has been involved with Shining Hope for Communities since June 2011 and is extremely proud to be the first Chair of their local advisory Board. David is married with two children.

Sara Menker
Founder & CEO, Gro Ventures

Sara Menker is the founder and CEO of Nairobi and New York-based Gro Intelligence and a founding partner of Gro Energy. Gro Intelligence cultivates opportunities. It gathers, aggregates, and processes data to unlock crucial insights into weather patterns, trade flows, pricing dynamics, and production, providing users with actionable agricultural data to drive higher productivity and greater access to capital. Gro Energy is an advisory firm focused on African oil and gas. It provides highly customized services to government and private sector clients in areas including energy law and regulation, finance, upstream and downstream services, power generation, business development strategy, and fiscal policy development strategy. Prior to founding Gro in 2012, Sara was a vice president in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group. 

She is chair of the board for Truth Aid,  a Trustee of the Mandela Institute For Development Studies, an Advisory Board Member of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Africa at the World Economic Forum. Sara was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.

Deo Onyango
Regional Commercial Growth Leader – Eastern Africa

Deo Onyango is responsible for business development and strategic growth of GE’s portfolio in the Eastern Africa region which includes power, healthcare, rail and aviation. He is based in Nairobi and reports to Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa. Deo began his GE career in 2008 in GE Capital Europe originating and managing a portfolio of clients in the manufacturing/ engineering/ industrials sector. Prior to GE, he was Vice President, Financial Sponsors, in Citigroup's Institutional Client Group responsible for capital raising and underwriting senior debt for private equity and hedge funds. He joined Citigroup in 2001 in the Private Bank’s financial analyst program. Deo completed his high school education at Lenana School and undergraduate degree in commerce and economics at the University of Nairobi. He holds a specialist Masters in Finance (Msc) from London Business School and a Graduate Diploma in Investment Management from London School of Economics. Deo currently serves on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce Kenya and Junior Achievement Kenya and is a past Director of AIESEC International. He and his wife have two children.

Alyana Popat
Marketing Manager, Simba Hospitality & Advisory Council Chair, Simba Foundation

Alyana is the Marketing Manager for Simba Hospitality, a pillar within Simba Corporation, a diversified conglomerate in Motor, Hospitality and Real Estate . She is also heavily involved in setting up and running the Simba Foundation, the corporate social investment arm of Simba Corporation that aims to create sustainable opportunities for empowerment of African communities. She also previously worked in the Strategy and Business Development department as a Business Analyst. 

Alyana has undertaken several internships at the following organizations; Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank & Citibank.  

Alyana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Manchester Business School. 

Alyana has a strong passion for philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Ismaili Economic Planning Board, a committee that helps improve the economic well-being of the Ismaili community by providing guidance and assistance. She is also an avid participant in the SHOFCO mentoring program.


Cynthia Ryan
Director, Schooner Africa Fund

Cynthia Ryan is a Director of the Schooner Africa Fund, an impact investment fund based in Nairobi, Kenya that focuses on the agricultural sector in East Africa.  She also is a Trustee and Senior Africa Advisor to the Schooner Foundation, which focuses on human rights, peace & security, and economic opportunity.  Cynthia ran the foundation from 1998 until 2013 when she moved from Washington D.C. to Nairobi, Kenya. Most recently, Cynthia was appointed as the Aternate Representative of the United States to the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. 

Cynthia has vast non-profit board experience including:  the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Democracy Alliance, the Wangari Maathai Foundation, Women for Women International, the Ploughshares Fund, the Nature Conservancy’s Africa Advisory Council, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in Kibera, Kenya, and the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch.  She is also deeply involved in the global philanthropic community as a member of the African Philanthropy Forum, the African Grantmaker’s Network, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Global Philanthropy Forum, and the International Human Rights Funders Group.  Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Masters of Arts from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in England. She was a contributing author to the book “Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society."