Mary Wamae

Executive Director, Equity Group Holdings 

Mrs. Wamae holds a Master’s degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, UK, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) and member of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), Law Society of Kenya (LSK), the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists and Women Corporate Directors ( WCD).


She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 14 years private legal practice experience. She joined Equity Group a publicly-listed non-operating holding company in 2004 as Company Secretary and Secretary to the board and thereafter was appointed Director of Strategy in 2007. She served in this capacity until 2017 when she was appointed as the Group Executive Director responsible for subsidiary oversight. Currently the group has 7 banking subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ethiopia, in addition to Insurance, Investment Bank and Fintech subsidiaries.


Equity Group has transformed itself from a small building society into a leading financial services provider in the region and one of the most powerful brands in East and Central Africa. Equity Group is executing the “Equity 3.0” strategy, a bold step that will ensure the Group is able to leverage on breakthrough technology and innovation to achieve a convergence of financial products and services, in addition to seamlessly integrating the channels.


The Group has continued to invest in social and impact investments that have enhanced the growth of its customer numbers to over 14.1 Million by the end of 2019. Transformation and modernization of agriculture through agribusiness activities, microbusiness enhancement through financial literacy and entrepreneurship training, inclusion through social payments and development of ethical leaders through scholarships under the Wings to Fly scholarship and Equity Leaders Program are just a few of the several initiatives in this regard.


In 2020 and beyond, Equity Group has positioned itself to take advantage of the opportunities associated with Kenya becoming the hub for financial services in the region. This will be achieved by offering differentiated, high quality offerings driven by segmentation and crossselling initiatives and responsiveness to the needs of the customers across the different segments. Through a business model that is anchored on access, convenience and affordability, we have evolved into a regional financial services provider with more than 14.1 Million customers making it the largest bank in terms of customer base in Africa.

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