Francis Okomo Okello

Board Member Absa Group and Absa Bank (SA) and Chairman of Serena Group of Hotels

Francis is a Lawyer by profession and holds an LLB Honours Degree from the University of Dar-es-Salaam. He is an Albert Parvin Fellow of Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and a Fellow of The Kenya Institute of Bankers (FKIB), Chairman of Tourism Promotion Services (TPS) Eastern Africa Limited (Serena Group of Hotels and Lodges) available at; and immediate former Chairman of Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited available at; Francis was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Absa Group Limited (AGL)  ( formerly Barclays Africa Group Limited (BAGL) w.e.f 1st October 2014– available at  As part of his responsibilities on the AGL Board, Francis serves in the Board’s Social & Ethics Committee. AGL is the parent company to 10 Barclays subsidiaries in Africa including Barclays Bank Kenya and South Africa (ABSA). After serving his full tenure of professional engagements at the Barclays Bank Kenya  Board  for close to 10 years  and in line with the established corporate  governance practices at the Bank,  Francis stepped down from  the position of the Bank Chair w.e.f  October 7, 2016 but continues to serve  on the  Absa Group Board  as part of the team driving the Group’s  Pan African growth Agenda.


He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Nation Media Group (NMG) available at; at which he chairs the Group’s Editorial Board Committee.  Francis also serves as a member of the Advisory Board  and an Executive Fellow of the Strathmore Business School available at; Strathmore University-Nairobi and is also a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Aga Khan University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences – East Africa. 


In addition to the Board responsibilities as outlined above, Francis also served as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the President’s Award – Kenya (PA-K) between  2006 and 2018 available at; PA-K is affiliated to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association and is a youth empowerment program that is geared towards equipping young people with positive

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