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Madeleine Dunford

Founder & Managing Director

Madeleine Dunford

Founder & Managing Director

Biography

Madeleine Dunford is the Founding Director and Managing Director of Career Connections. She is accredited in various assessment methodologies including Hogan Assessment Systems, Morrisby Profile, Assessment & Development Centres and the Leadership Versatility Index, having introduced the tools into Africa. She brings 24 years of experience in consultancy, putting together large selection, restructuring and development programs for some of the most successful organisations in the banking, airline, telecommunications sectors. She is an ICF accredited Executive Coach, a faculty member of the Academy of Executive Coaching, UK, and is currently doing her Systemic Team Coaching Masters Practitioner qualifications. She has a BA (Hons) from the University of York, an MSc (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh, and a Certificate in the Art and Practise of Leadership Development from the University of Harvard.

Zia Manji

Director and Senior Client Partner

Zia Manji

Director and Senior Client Partner

Biography

Zia is a Director and Senior Client Partner. With over 25-years of multidisciplinary business experience in a variety of sectors, Zia has held executive and leadership roles in a family business, consumer goods, and consulting. He leads the largest executive search business in East and Central Africa, and through an alliance with Korn Ferry, leads pan-African search assignments for Board, CEO and C-Level hires. In the last decade, through a partnership with the Academy of Executive Coaching, he has contributed to the development of accredited executive coaches in East Africa, and helped organisations design sustainable and personalised leadership development. He is dedicated to helping senior executives and boards of multinational and large local companies by offering a unique perspective that combines an entrepreneurial heritage, a breadth of business experience and an extensive network. This, combined with his depth and specialisation in organisational psychology, supports CEOs and business leaders to understand their leadership, leverage talent, understand complexities and bring about change. He is a graduate of the renowned Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD Business School (with distinction), and has an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Edinburgh, where he was recipient of the John MacFarlane Award for Leadership. Complementing his vocational specialisations, is his passionate avocation of monochrome waterscape photography, and he regularly holds exhibitions to raise money for conservation and environmental causes.

Neha Kapila

General Manager

Neha Kapila

General Manager

Biography

Neha Kapila is General Manager of Career Connections. She is Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with over 14-years’ experience. Her tenure spans over 8 years in Career Connections, overseeing the internal finance and operations functions, including IT, Marketing and HR. Currently, she is responsible for designing and driving the execution of the Company strategy and leading key projects, while also playing the role of advisor to the Directors and Shareholders. Neha is also a certified executive coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching. Her passion lies in delivering value through designing and offering unique solutions. As a result, she has recently launched the fourth business division of Career Connections – the Innovation Consultancy and Training unit. The business division focusses on innovation as a solution, in partnership with Innovator’s DNA, a US-based innovation consulting and training company that works with some of the most innovative companies including Tesla, GE, Microsoft and AT&T. Prior to joining Career Connections, Neha gained extensive experience in financial management and corporate audits gained working with international audit firms, PKF (Kenya) and BDO (East Africa).

Teckie Karoki

Lead Consultant, Leadership Coaching and Change

Teckie Karoki

Lead Consultant, Leadership Coaching and Change

Biography

Teckie Karoki is Lead Consultant in the Leadership Coaching and Change unit at Career Connections. She is a qualified talent development professional with experience in leadership development program design and advisory, delivery, executive coaching, competency-based interviewing, and assessments for leadership development. Her passion lies in developing individuals to achieve their potential while making a meaningful contribution to their organisation’s strategy. ​ Teckie completed her doctoral studies in Leadership and Management from Walden University (USA). Other qualifications include an MBA (Marketing) from Kennesaw State University (USA), a Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing from Daystar University. She has also completed the Academy of Executive Coaching Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching programme. ​Teckie is certified in the application and feedback on various leadership assessments tools; including Hogan Assessments, Leadership Versatility Index (LVI), and is also a certified behavioural assessor. She is accredited by PSI Talent as a facilitator of the Competency Based Interviewing Skills Certification.​

Amrita Choda

Client Partner, Talent Advisory

Amrita Choda

Client Partner, Talent Advisory

Biography

Amrita Choda is a Client Partner in the Talent Advisory unit at Career Connections. In this capacity, she supports multi-nationals and large local organisations in managing and developing talent from selection, recruitment of senior management, on-boarding, restructuring, reorganisation and outplacement. ​ Amrita is certified from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), UK, in the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and Systemic Team Coaching. She is certified by PSI A&DC in the Assessor Skills Training, the Leadership Versatility Index (LVI), USA, and Hogan Assessment Systems (HAS), USA. She is a trained facilitator of the Assessor Skills Training programme and the Competency Based Interviewing Skills Certification.​ Amrita has over 15 years work experience both locally and internationally in diverse industry sectors. She holds a BA (Hons) Business Administration from the University of Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK. Majoring in Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Market Research and New Product Development. ​

Adnan Noorbhai

Chief Operating Officer

Adnan Noorbhai

Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Adnan Noorbhai is the Chief Operating Officer for Career Connections, East Africa’s leading talent consulting firm and a global alliance partner with Korn Ferry, the global organisational consulting firm. He supports the management in developing and implementing corporate strategies, executing operational frameworks and overseeing the Finance, Administration, IT, HR and Marketing functions at Career Connections. Prior to joining Career Connections, Adnan headed the Finance and Operations division across various sectors like FMCG and Construction. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a BSc in International Business majoring in Finance and Marketing from USIU-Africa.

Cornelius Ng'etich

Finance & Administration Manager

Cornelius Ng'etich

Finance & Administration Manager

Biography

Cornelius Ng’etich is the Finance & Administration Manager, Career Connections. Cornelius has over 10 years work experience. Prior to joining Career Connections, he worked at Kericho Water & Sanitation Company Limited as the Finance & Commercial Manager with the responsibility of all financial and commercial aspects of the Company. He holds a Master of Science (Finance) from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor of Commerce degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Institute of Certified Investments and Financial Analysts (ICIFA) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).‍

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