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Board of Directors


Mr Jean-Philippe Torres - Chairman of the Board

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 but not limited to Nigeria, Panama, Germany, France, Congo, Togo, The Gambia, Senegal and Zaire.


Mr. Stanislas Mittelman - Non-Executive Director

Mr. Stanislas Mittelman, aged 53, 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 - Managing Director

Mr. Olagoke Aluko, aged 44, holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from London School of Economics. He has 19 years 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


FCPA, Dr Joe Muchekehu - Independent Director

Dr. Joe Muchekehu, aged 68, 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 having 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 - Independent Director

Mr. Joseph Karago aged 56, is a Registered Practicing Architect, and has expertise in strategy & policy formulation, programme & 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 the Risks and Governance Committees of the Board.


Lawrencia Gichatha- Finance Manager​

Ms. Lawrencia Gichatha holds a Masters in Business Administration, Strategic Management from Moi University, and a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Accounting from the University of Nairobi. She is a qualified and registered member of ICPAK. Lawrencia has over 15 years of experience in Finance and Accounting and, prior to this appointment, she was the Project Manager at Total Kenya Plc. She has worked in France for the Marketing & Services Branch of the Total Group where she served as a Corporate & Project Finance Manager and SAP Program Manager. Other positions held in Total Kenya Plc include Controlling Manager, SAP Coordinator, and Financial Accountant.


Ms. Margaret Shava - Independent Director

Ms. Margaret Shava, aged 54, 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 working experience in law, management, legal consultancy and peace building & transitional justice. She has worked in various economic sectors, United Nations organization 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. Macharia Irungu - Strategy & Corporate Affairs Director

Dr. Macharia Irungu, aged 53 years, holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Nairobi along with a Masters in Business Management (Marketing) from Newport University (USA). He joined the Strategy and Corporate Affairs department in November 2017. He is also the Managing Director of Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation (GAPCO) Kenya Ltd. He has over 28 years’ experience in different Senior Management roles in the Oil Industry in and outside Kenya. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Kenya Institute of Management and Institute of Directors. He has held several Director positions in charitable and government organizations as well as guiding and supervising Masters and PhD Candidates in his area of expertise. He is the current CEO of Safe Way Right Way (SWRW), an NGO handling road safety.


Ms Séverine Julien - Non-Executive Director

Born in 1973, Ms Séverine Julien graduated from French Business School HEC Paris and holds a Master in International Tax Law from 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 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.


Mr. John Maonga - Company Secretary

Mr. John Maonga, aged 58, is a holder of 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.