Oracle, Microsoft executives appointed to boards of Kenya’s parastatals


Oracle and Microsoft executives – Ronald Osumba and Betty Addero Radier – are among the beneficiaries of the recent government appointments to various boards of parastatals in the country.

Oracle Kenya’s Head of Public Sector Ronald Osumba is among those named to chair various boards in the country in the appointments.

Mr Osumba – who was previously the Senior Manager, Government Relations at Safaricom before moving to enterprise vendor Oracle – was appointed the non-executive chairman of the Youth Advisory Board for a three-year term. The Youth Advisory Board’s broad mandate is to advise the government on youth issues.

With the new appointment, Osumba – whose current job at Oracle entails providing thought leadership to the Public Sector teams in Kenya across all lines of business with a revenue target for the Technology Business – is in familiar territory as he’s a previous chairman of the Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (YES) Kenya and vice chairman of the Nairobi County Youth Advisory Board.

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(L-R) Neway Beyene, Business Development Manager, Ethiopia Microsoft East and Southern Africa (ESA); Debretsion Gebre Michael, director general EICTDA; Girma Woldegiorgis, president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and Betty Radier, Microsoft (ESA) Business Marketing Organisation Lead, during the launch of Amharic software. (Picture courtesy: Addis Fortune). (TOP: Ronald Osumba)

Before moving Oracle, Osumba had worked at Safaricom from 2008 where he joined as a Corporate Account Manager in late 2008. He’s also worked as Regional Manager of Adwest Communications in Uganda.

Osumba, who was Peter Kenneth running mate in the 2013 general elections, describes himself as a ‘person deeply engaged in youth development’.

“I have followed my roadmap to become a person deeply engaged in youth development with a sole aim of imputing values into young people that model them into leaders in touch with the 21st century problems…My core values are well embedded in a philosophy of focus, perseverance and excellence. My political philosophy is anchored in a belief that strong and accountable leadership does not necessarily emanate from years of sitting in political office but in being able to inspire a majority of the citizens to organize for the purpose of improving their lives. With this diverse experience, I am very well equipped to help drive Kenya’s development agenda to the next level,” he stated on his LinkedIn profile.

Betty Addero Radier, currently the Partner Strategy & Programs Lead for West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands (WECA) at Microsoft, was also appointed board chair of Tourism Research Institute. The Tourism Research Institute handles research and monitoring activities in the tourism sector in order to guide in policy direction.

Ms Radier has held senior management positions at various organisations, including McCann Erickson and Samsung East Africa.