Winnie Muriithi (Chemistry, Darwin, 1992), a Kenyan resident in the UK, was this month (13th September) announced in The Telegraph (UK) as a finalist for the prestigious Black British Business Awards 2017. These are the only premium awards programme which are designed to recognise exceptional and inspirational achievements of black entrepreneurs and professionals operating across the UK. The awards support and promote business excellence, transcend stereotypes and highlight the often-unsung contributions of black business people to the British economy. The winners will be announced in a high profile gala in London on 19th October.
Winnie has a distinguished and glowing career built in Corporate Leadership positions at Unilever plc, PriceWaterHouseCoopers LLP and currently, British American Tobacco plc in UK. Her professional journey has seen her hold senior roles in USA, UK, The Netherlands, India, China, Brazil and South Africa.
She is the first woman to be accorded a chemistry doctorate from the University Of Cambridge under the distinguished Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust Scholarship. She then went on to study for an Executive MBA at The Warwick Business school where she graduated with a distinction. She holds a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) and a Professional Diploma in Projects and Change management. Winnie has authored 32 peer reviewed publications, delivered multimillion dollar corporate projects and presented thought leadership talks in Nairobi, Capetown, Los Angeles, Boston, Lisbon, New York, Cambridge (UK), Mumbai, Bangalore and São Paulo.
Winnie is a holder of several professional accolades, a fellow of the Cambridge University Commonwealth Society and a non-executive in several charitable organisations. She is passionate about career peaking and mentors topflight professionals under the jurisdiction of EMpower Outstanding and the 30% Club, organisations that were founded in the UK with the vision of increasing representation of BAME and Women professionals in corporate boards. Her mentees have gone on to pursue successful careers in Management Consulting, Fast Moving Consumer Goods Corporations and Top Legal firms in as far afield as London, Shanghai, São Paulo, Florida and Cape Town. Winnie is married to Ben Kariuki and is mum to Alan and David.