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Board of Directors


Born in 1966, Mr. Jean-Philippe Torres holds a Diploma in Economics from the University of Lille (France), a Master in Finance from The ESCEM School of Business and Management (France), and a Master of Science in Management from the IESEG School of Management (France). He is currently the Executive Vice President of East and Central Africa Division of the Marketing and Services branch of Total Group (Paris La Défense, France) and has previously served as a Senior Executive for the Total Group in various countries including Nigeria, Panama, Germany, France, Congo, Togo, The Gambia, Senegal, and Zaire.


Mr. Stanislas Mittelman, aged 54, has served in various capacities in the Total Group from the year 1990 to date. He is currently the Senior Vice President of the Africa Division Marketing and Services Branch of the Total Group. Stanislas graduated from France’s EDHEC Business School and was appointed as a Company Director on 9th June 2016.


Mr. Olagoke Aluko, aged 45, holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from London School of Economics. He has 20 years of experience in the Downstream Oil & Gas sector within Total Group with Management, Operations, HR, Finance & Accounting, Mergers & Acquisition, Information Systems as well as Audit and Internal Controls experience. He has held several cross-functional roles within the Group including; CFO Total Guinea, General Manager HR & Corporate Affairs Total Nigeria Plc, and prior to this appointment, he was the General Manager Operations at Total Nigeria Plc.


Born in 1973, Ms. Séverine Julien graduated from French Business School HEC Paris and holds a master’s in International Tax Law from the University of Paris-XI and the French Certificate of Lawyer Profession. She is currently a Corporate and Project Finance Manager of the Total Group; she is in charge of both European Refining and Chemicals entities and North and East African Marketing & Services entities. Previously she served as the Risk Manager of Total S.A. She also worked in Singapore, Vietnam, and France in various tax and risk management positions including Regional Tax Manager of Total Oil Asia-Pacific, Compliance, and Risk Manager of Schneider Electric Vietnam and Tax Lawyer in Paris.


Born in 1977, Lawrencia Gichatha holds a Master’s in Business Administration, Strategic Management from Moi University, Kenya, and a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Accounting from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a qualified and registered member of ICPAK. Lawrencia joined Total Kenya in 2002 and has served in several positions within the Total Group. She is currently the Finance Manager of Total Kenya and has previously served as a Corporate & Project Finance Manager, Marketing & Services (MS) Branch - Africa perimeter-based in France, SAP Program Manager for MS, Africa Perimeter based in France, Controlling Manager, SAP Coordinator and Financial Accountant at Total Kenya Plc. Lawrencia is also the Country Ethics Officer and an alternate Director to Severin Julien as well as a member of the Risks and Governance Committee of the Board. In addition to the Total Kenya roles, she is a Director for the Total solar companies in Kenya specifically, Isiolo project Limited and, Isiolo PV Property limited, and also holds the role of the Treasurer of the Safe-Way- Right-Way NGO.


Born in 1962, Mr. John Muchunu has worked for the Total Group for thirty-one years. During his tenure, he has held the following positions; Technical Marketing Representative (2 years), Senior Marketing Representative (3 years), Area Retail Sales Manager (4years), Customer Service Manager (2 years), Aviation Manager (2 years). He was expatriated to Total Zambia in 2001 and appointed to the position of the Commercial Manager, he then moved to Total Uganda in 2004 to hold the same position. In October 2009, John came back to Kenya as Commercial Development Manager for one year. He took over the position of Network Sales Manager in October 2010. In November 2014 he was appointed HSEQ Manager. In February 2020 he was appointed Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director. He also serves as the MD for Gapco Kenya Limited and CEO for SWRW (Safe Way Right Way). Prior to joining Total Group, Mr. Muchunu also worked for BOC Kenya. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi and was appointed as alternate Director to Stanislas Mittelman effective 12th May 2020.


Ms. Margaret Shava, aged 55, is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a practicing advocate, an independent consultant and a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya). Margaret has over 25 years of working experience in law, management, legal consultancy, and peacebuilding & transitional justice. She has worked in various economic sectors, United Nations organizations, and national & international non-governmental organizations. Margaret is a holder of a Master of Arts degree in Democratic Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Buckingham, UK, a Certificate in Oil& Gas from Strathmore University, and a Certificate in Competition Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a Member of Committee on Budget and Finance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Vice-Chairperson of the Audit Committee of ICC. She was appointed a director of the Company on 9 June 2016. She is the Chairperson of Risks and Governance Committee of the Board and also a member of the Audit Committee of the Board..


Dr. Joe Muchekehu, aged 69, has over 40 years’ experience in Accounting, Auditing, Consulting, and Financial Management Services and has been instrumental in the development of the Accountancy Profession in East Africa has been a past chairman of ICPAK council, the founder Chairman and Trustee of KCA University. He served in IFAC Ethics Committee and was the first Country representative at the International Assembly of Chartered Certified Accountants. He was a fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (UK), a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. Dr. Muchekehu was appointed as a Director of the Company on 9 June 2016. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board.


Mr. Joseph Karago aged 57, is a Registered Practicing Architect and has expertise in strategy & policy formulation, program & project formulation, technical audit project management, general management, and team building. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Nairobi and is a member of the Institute of Directors. He was appointed as a director of the Company on 9th June 2016 and is currently a member of both the Audit and Risks and Governance Committees of the Board and Chairman of the Nominations Committee.


Mr. John Maonga, aged 59, is a holder of a B. A. Degree from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Secretary. He is a registered Practising Company Secretary and a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and an Accredited Practicing Governance Auditor. He has over 30 years of experience in Company Secretarial, Share Registration, and Trustee Services. He was appointed Company Secretary of Total Kenya Plc on 1st February 1999.