Our faculty are experienced Executive Coaches, who coach at Executive Level. Participants on our programmes therefore get first hand supervision and feedback from internationally accredited executive coaches, all very well versed with various coaching models and methodologies, and therefore able to help them relate and bring the coaching skills learnt into real work situation.

Madeleine Dunford

Managing Director & AoEC EA Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Madeleine Dunford is the founding Director of Career Connections, and has been working across all industry sectors coaching energetic, focused and ambitious senior corporate leaders who are striving to better themselves, and as a consequence, their organizations. She graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching in 2010, and her background in occupational psychology assessments has given her a strong grounding in understanding how positive and negative behaviors manifest themselves in the workplace and can derail leaders if not worked on.

She is accredited in various assessment methodologies including Hogan Assessment Systems, Morrisby Profiles, Assessment & Development Centres and the Leadership Versatility Index. Madeleine coaches senior executives as part of global and pan-African leadership development programmers for some of the biggest employer brands in the world, and typically forms strong and lasting bonds with her clients.

Her coaching ethos borrows a lot from her high impact, inquisitive and creative dimensions, and given her entrepreneurial and competitive background she prefers to use her coaching sessions to brainstorm with executives on their goals, challenges, possible action plans and what they might need to build or reflect on. She has a BA (Hons) from York University and MSc (with Distinction) from Edinburgh University, UK, and brings a wealth of knowledge of cross cultural leadership and coaching to the table.

Zia Manji

Director & AoEC EA Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Zia Manji is a Director of Career Connections and leads the Firm’s executive search and leadership development programmes. He was born in Nairobi, and after completing his secondary education in Kenya, he graduated from Edinburgh University in 1995 in Business Management, winning the University’s John MacFarlane Award for Leadership.

He brings a wealth of business experience to the Firm having worked in one of Kenya’s largest manufacturing companies, rising through the ranks to become Managing Director. Zia completed his British Psychological Society recognized training in 2004 in the area of assessment and development centres with the Assessment & Development Consultants, UK. He holds a diploma in recruitment practice from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and is a member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals. As the key client partner in the Firm’s search entity, he has been responsible for the recruitment of a number of CEO and C-Level hires mainly in multinational organizations. He recently spearheaded an alliance with Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive search and talent-solutions company, widening the span of search assignments across Africa and bringing world-class search practices to the Region.

Zia recently completed an Executive Master Degree at INSEAD Business School in Consulting and Coaching for Change, a specialized degree in clinical organizational psychology that provides him with a psychoanalytical perspective in his coaching and leadership development.

Sophie Bruas

Executive Coach & AoEC EA Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Sophie Bruas has developed her career in various international contexts for the past 20 years, leading large teams of individuals in multi-cultural settings. She graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), UK in 2012 as an Executive Coach and is faculty for the Academy to deliver internationally accredited coaching courses in East Africa.  She is accredited in Assessment & Development Center and LVI (Kaplan Leadership Assessment) and a Hogan Assessment Systems user. She holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and Development (with distinction) from Manchester University, UK.

Her approach is strongly influenced by the Co-active Coaching school that emphases the systemic perspective of coaching, highlighting that various facet of the client’s life (family, social network, physical environments) interact in motion and impact work decisions.

Based on her client learning style and appealing to their emotional intelligence, she often uses imagery, mind-mapping, and other visual and creative support to deepen the learning and stimulate the exploration using more than one sense (sight, touch, hearing).

She understands the challenges related to leaving, working, raising a family and developing a balanced fulfilling career and has developed an expertise in coaching across cultures. Her coaching focuses on supporting transitioning career decisions as well as balancing challenges related to international posting. In her facilitation work she displays passion in developing others and in ensuring that the skills gained are applied back at the workplace. Together with Career Connections she actively contributes to supporting organizations to go beyond creating a community of coaches to creating a culture of coaching

John Leary-Joyce

Academy of Executive Coaching, UK

John Leary-Joyce is proud to be the Founder and CEO of the Academy, having worked with his team to rapidly develop the organization into a prestigious brand with International accreditation and University recognition. Prior to that he was MD of Gestalt Centre Ltd. growing the business fourfold in eight years and receiving a Company Director diploma with the Institute of Directors.

As a result, he has the expertise as a coach to focus on improving business capability and in coaching executives/managers/partners on how to develop their personal competence to lead their businesses more successfully.

He is an experienced coach trainer and supervisor and an accredited coach with Association of Professional Executive Coaches & Supervisors (APECS) and the Association for Coaching (AC).

Moira Halliday

Director of Programmes
Academy of Executive Coaching, UK

Moira Halliday joined the AoEC in January 2009 as a Programme Facilitator and became our Director of Training in October 2009. For over twenty years she successfully combined organizational consultancy, executive coaching and psychotherapy and in her own business, working with CEOs, senior managers, leaders and leadership teams and focusing on developing effective leadership skills, organizational learning, managing change and enhancing personal effectiveness. Moira is trained in Humanistic Psychology and Process Oriented Psychology as well as being a trained mediator, experienced in conflict resolution and developing mediator training programmes.

In addition to delivering across AoEC open programmes, Moira also has responsibility for design, quality assurance, faculty development and supervision.

Being a member of the AoEC team provides Moira with an opportunity to feed her passion for realizing potential for people and organizations. Moira is also committed to her own theoretical and experiential learning.

Theresa Ojiambo

Executive Coach & AoEC EA Associate Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Tess Ojiambo is a versatile trainer who has facilitated courses for Board Directors and Senior Management over a span of 23 years. Having graduated in her Masters in Law from London, Tess started training at the Kenya School of Law, which is a department of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Thereafter she moved to the private sector and joined Kenya Commercial Bank as a Lecturer. She progressed from her role as a full-time Lecturer, to take up a role as a Business Head, and was responsible for the establishment of one of the most successful Custody Services departments in Kenya.

Tess has continued training and coaching throughout her career, and is now a consultant and coach. She has extensive experience in leadership and management and has led teams of between 6 and 600 people to deliver outstanding business results. She incorporates her experience in her training to offer a practical 360-degree view of what it takes to manage a successful business unit. Tess holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of London, Queen Mary College. She has a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching and is a trained Assessment & Development Centre Assessor with Career Connections, including in the use of Hogan and LVI tools. Tess has with extensive experience of assessing and coaching leaders for development.

Andrew Musingo Otieno

Executive Coach & AoEC EA Associate Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Andrew Musingo Otieno is an Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) accredited executive coach and Associate Faculty AoEC East Africa, Executive Coaching Certificate Programmes in East Africa. As an Executive Coach he works closely with corporate leaders to unlock their potential and create new possibilities through a solution focused coaching process.

Andrew has extensive international leadership experience over 18 years in Financial and Commercial Management in the USA, South Africa and Kenya. He gained strategic experience across service and consumer goods industries with top multinationals.  As a Director with proven ability in developing creative business solutions, he has achieved cross-functional operational success transitioning from Finance to Commercial and General Management. Andrew is passionate about coaching and mentoring future leaders, building winning teams and inspiring leaders to greater heights.

Andrew holds qualifications in the following areas: MBA from Babson College Graduate School of Business (USA); Bachelor degrees in Finance and Management from Providence College (USA); Certified Public Accountant (USA & Kenya) and a Diploma in Executive Coaching (AoEC-UK).

Dr. Lydia Mpanga Sebuyira

Executive Coach & AoEC EA Associate Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Dr. Lydia Mpanga Sebuyira is an internationally accredited executive coach. Her executive coaching practice in Uganda and Kenya spans leaders and managers at Senior Management and top Talent in the private and health NGO sectors, especially in the context of culture or career change, leadership development and maximizing individual potential. At Imprint, Lydia is responsible for business development of the Capacity Building function, including the training programme in Executive Coaching in partnership with Career Connections, as well as overseeing development and delivery of Imprint products: training, consultancies and executive coaching.

Lydia is a physician and teacher who has led world-class education and training programmes at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) of Makerere University and Hospice Africa Uganda. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health, University of Washington, and a Ugandan Member of the Academic Alliance for Care and Prevention of HIV in Africa. She holds a Medical degree, a Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences, and a Master’s degree from Oxford University; is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and holds an AoEC Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with Distinction in presentation of her Coaching Model.

In addition to having over 19 years’ clinical, educational and research experience in the UK, South Africa and in Uganda, Lydia brings a wealth of leadership and management experience from her work in academia and the health sector, both in public and NGO settings. She has strong facilitator, mentoring, writing and advocacy skills, and is experienced in curriculum development.

Rajpreet Bains

Executive Coach & AoEC EA Associate Faculty
Career Connections Ltd.

Rajpreet Bains is an independent consultant with several years of experience. As a coach she specializes in strategic planning, leadership development and creating a collaborative culture. Her executive track record has produced exceptional performance results in business units. Interested in coaching clients with specific professional goals which may include but are not limited to career transition, interpersonal and professional communication, performance management, organizational effectiveness, managing career and personal changes, developing executive presence, enhancing strategic thinking, dealing effectively with conflict and building an effective team. Rajpreet graduated from the University of North London and has worked in HR with Barclays and as Head of HR within manufacturing industries, including for Kim-Fay. Her coaching expertise lies in leadership, executive, and team performance and development, having conducted CEO/Board level coaching, strategic business coaching and leadership development coaching.

Rajpreet focuses on raising awareness of motivational needs and cultural differences. She feels her coaching approach towards organizations has proven that she can coach executive management and improve team performance with measurable results by coaching on a number of issues in a wide spectrum of industries. She has the ability to point out how a shift in management’s focus and approach makes all the difference in keeping the organization functioning, regardless of the industry the business operates in. Rajpreet graduated from the AoEC Practitioner Diploma with Career Connections, and is an experienced Assessment and Development Centre assessor, including in the use of Hogan and LVI tools for leadership development programmes.