Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Kenya and spent my formative years living and studying there. I attended the University of Nairobi and specialised in accounting. After university, I was hired by Deloitte and worked with them in their office in Kenya for 6 years. I come from a family of 7 siblings, and as the second eldest my mother spent virtually all she had on my elder brother’s and my education. Once qualified, I felt obligated to support my mother and my 5 younger siblings.
For economic reasons, I left Kenya to work for KPMG in the Cayman Islands. I enjoyed my time there, working with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. However, while the lifestyle and the salary levels were higher than in Kenya, I felt I needed broader opportunities than the Cayman Islands provided at the time to progress in my career.
It was a big move, going from the sunshine of the Cayman Islands to the blustery cold of Ireland, but it was the right move for me. I spent 12 years with Deloitte in Ireland, moving up the ranks from an experienced audit senior to an audit director. In a bid to get industry experience, I then got a role with the Bank of Ireland in Dublin, where I work today as the technical accounting lead within the Global Markets Finance team. The exposure I got in each country and company was very influential to me, while at the same time allowing me to continue supporting my family.