Hon. Moses K. Kuria is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry, Government of Kenya. He is an experienced and dedicated public servant with over 30 years of experience, progressively and significantly contributing to the social, political, and economic space in Kenya. He is also a distinguished professional who has an entrepreneurial career in manufacturing, banking, and investment both in Kenya and internationally.
He has been elected and served twice as a Member of Parliament for Gatundu South, Kiambu County, Kenya, and served as a member of various committees including Budget and Appropriations, Transport, Infrastructure, Public Works and Housing as well as served as a member of the Bicameral and Bipartisan committee on electoral reforms.
Over the years, Honourable Kuria has developed a global network of relationships mostly in the Middle East as well as in Europe and China. He has spent most of his working life abroad dealing with business people at the highest level, so having a clear vision of the big picture.
He has worked as the Chief Operating Officer, WAMAD information technology and consulting group, in Saudi Arabia where he put together a portfolio of products and services and oversaw the growth of up to 50 top-notch consultants, representing major vendors from Europe, USA, and India. In his capacity, he spearheaded the set-up of a resource center in Jordan and an international office in Dubai that led to Wamad Information Technology and Consulting Group emerge as one of the leading IT companies in the region, especially in the banking and financial services sector.
He was also involved in setting up the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority on a consulting role. This involved the set-up of a “One-Stop” center- a center that offered government services such as immigration, licensing, export promotion among others to foreign investors. He assisted in creating partnership agreements with leading manufacturers and business people with the Fujairah Free Zone Authority. This helped the Authority establish investor networks in Saudi Arabia, a model that was replicated in other Gulf Countries.
Hon. Kuria has worked with Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia, one of the largest Islamic banks in the world as a Process Improvement Manager, where he spearheaded business process re-engineering at a time the bank faced major challenges such as ageing systems that were manual, fragmented and inefficient. In this role, He managed to set up a team of qualified business analysts and set up multiple projects to focus on areas of high impact to the business leading to growth of remittances by up to 300% in 4 years.
As a result of the many improvements and solid foundations based on quality systems, people and processes that we put in, as a result, Al Rajah Bank is now the most profitable bank in Saudi Arabia and it is the second largest bank in terms of assets. It is also the leading bank in Saudi Arabia in terms of market capitalization
He has also worked as the Process Improvement Manager, at Standard Chartered Bank Africa. As head of the Process Improvement team, He was tasked with ensuring that the banks implementation of new systems, products, and services was accompanied by a high degree of efficiency and quality customer services. This He achieved through making business processes an integral part of any product designs, system implementation and even HR transformations. He also ensured that performance management methodologies and key performance indicators were rolled out throughout the bank as a basis for improving processes and customer service. The success of his team lead model initiatives especially in the banking operations areas were replicated beyond Kenya to other African countries principally Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Uganda and Tanzania.