Amb. Francis MuthauraChairman of the board, KRA
Opening CeremonyAmb. Dr. Muthaura holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Nairobi. He has served as the Secretary to the Cabinet and a career diplomat.
Mr. Githii MburuCommissioner General, Kenya Revenue Authority
Opening CeremonyMr Githii Mburu is the Chief Executive Officer of KRA. Until his appointment as Commissioner General on 1st July, 2019, he served as Commissioner for Intelligence and Strategic Operations (I&SO).
Peter NjonjoCEO, Twiga Foods
Plenary Two – Customs Administration in the Globalised AgePeter Njoro is the Co-Founder and Group CEO of Twiga Foods, an e-commerce company that focuses on food and grocery in the informal retail. He was voted “Top 40 Under 40” on Business Daily and currently serves as vice chairman on the Global Board of Junior Achievement.
Dr. Mugambi Mwirigi,Commissioner/Head, Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA)
Public Lecture – Transformation on Stilts: Towards Tax Administration 3.0Dr. Mugambi is the Commissioner of KESRA and prior to joining KRA, he was the founding Director of the Mombasa Campus of JKUAT and was the Director for 7 years. He has published three books and more than 30 research papers in refereed journals.
Mr. Rex ArendsenLeiden University, Department of Tax Law.
Public Lecture – Transformation on Stilts: Towards Tax Administration 3.0Rex Arendsen is a Leiden University Professor on Social and Historical Context of Tax Law since June 2015. He currently is an advisor at Netherlands Tax Administration and from November 2018 till July 2022, was an advisor of the OECD’s Forum on Tax Administration secretariat. He contributed to the Tax Administration 3.0 series of products.
Mr. Brian NyangenaPracticing Scholar
Plenary One – ii.Data & Analytics to Drive Tax ComplianceBrian holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. Currently undertaking a co- current Master of Science in Financial and Data Engineering at World Quant University and a PhD in Block Chain Technology and Deep Reinforcement Learning for Universal Energy Access in Africa at Strathmore University.
FCCA Rispah Simiyu, (Mrs) Advocate, EBSCommissioner, Domestic Taxes, KRA
Plenary One – i. Tech for VAT Compliance: TIMS in Kenya & Other Best Practices (Mexico & Rwanda)She is a seasoned tax professional with over 21 years of experience. She is the Commissioner for Domestic Taxes Department at the KRA. She holds a Master of Laws degree with a bias on International Trade and Investment, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a post-graduate Diploma in Law.
Ms. Lilian NyawandaCommissioner, Customs & Border Control, KRA
Plenary Two – Scaling the Tide: Customs Administration in the Globalised AgeMs. Nyawanda has a broad wealth of experience in Customs and International Trade within the East African Region and the African continent at large. She also has extensive experience in policy and legislation, having been part of various legislative reviews and changes and is member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Mrs. Yvonne Wafula, PMP, CBAP, Prince IIChief Manager, Data Governance, KRA
Plenary One – ii .Data & Analytics to Drive Tax ComplianceYvonne has over 15 years’ experience in the implementation and support of tax administration systems. At KRA, she leads the implementation of corporate data analytics capabilities and data governance practices. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science a master’s degree in IT Management from Strathmore University, Nairobi.
Justin ZakeUnit Chief, TADAT Secretariat, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Plenary One – Keynote Speaker – Enhancing Risk-Based Compliance: Achievements, Challenges & ProspectsJustin has over 30 years of experience in revenue administration operations and technical assistance delivery at the Uganda Ministry of Finance, Uganda Revenue Authority and the International Monetary Fund. He has been a member of and also led capacity development missions to various countries around the world.