Rebecca Miano, is a Kenyan lawyer and corporate executive, who, since November 2017, has served as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of KenGen Plc., the largest producer of electricity in the East African region.
She was confirmed on 1 November 2017, having served in acting capacity since 25 August 2015.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi and attended the Advocates Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. She also holds a Master of Laws in Comparative Law, awarded by the University of Australia.
Rebecca Miano first worked at a Nairobi-based law firm, “Musyoka Annan & Company Advocates”. Later, she worked at “Slater and Gordon”, a law firm in Queensland, Australia.
In 1998, she joined Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), as a senior legal officer.
Over time, she rose in rank to become assistant company secretary. At the time of her promotion to Acting Managing Director, in August 2017, she was the Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary at KenGen, serving both roles since 2008.
In November 2017, she beat 90 other applicants and was appointed to her current position, replacing Albert Mugo, who retired after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
Miano, she is the first female chief executive at KenGen. As of November 2017, she is one of the only two women in Kenya who lead a parastatal company, the only other woman being MaryJane Mwangi, the CEO of National Oil Corporation of Kenya.
She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
In 2010, she was decorated with the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW), in recognition of her body of work.
She is the first woman to hold the position of Managing Director and amp; CEO of Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) since the company was established in 1954.
Mrs. Miano also has close to 30 years consolidated experience in the energy sector, having started off her career at the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) in 1991.
Over the years, she has carved for herself a niche in Business Law and Corporate Governance. In 2010, while serving as KenGen’s Company Secretary & Legal Affairs Director, she won the Company Secretary of the Year award in the Champions of Governance Awards series.
The same year, she was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) by the Head of State in recognition of her outstanding service to the nation.
In 2019, she received another presidential decoration, the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear, from H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta for her contribution to the growth of Kenya’s energy sector.
Between July 2015 and February 2016, Mrs. Miano was appointed to hold brief as Human Resource and Administration Director in addition to her role of Company Secretary and Legal Affairs Director.
This is a period she describes as a defining moment in her career, especially when it comes to working with people.
Mrs. Miano has been a member of St. Paul’s University Council since 2010 where she chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee from 2013 to 2016.
She has also served in the Finance Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK). In November 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Global Compact Network, Kenya.
The same year, she was named among the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa by Reset Global People in partnership with Pulse and Avance Media.
Mrs. Miano has recently joined the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development.
Miano who is the pioneer of KenGen’s own Pink Energy Initiative- a gender inclusion based program at the company, will join an elaborate list made up of representatives from both government and the private sector.
The advisory council plays a critical role in measuring the progress and constrains of gender equality.
The Council was constituted in 2011 and has guided the World Bank work on gender equality and women’s voice.
Miano is expected to serve at the Council for a period of two years effective from July 2.
Mrs. Miano holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree, a Diploma in Law and Post-graduate studies in Comparative Law.
In 2010, she completed the Advanced Management Programme from Strathmore University. She is a registered Certified Public Secretary of Kenya and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
Additionally, she is a Commissioner of Oaths (Since 2001), a Notary Public (since 2003) and a finalist of the Chartered Arbitrator.
During her tenure as CEO, Mrs. Miano has led KenGen’s diversification agenda under the Good-2-Great transformative strategy.
During her tenure, Kengen has been able to make major successful milestone, banking different awards including: Clean Energy Project of the Year by EAPIC, St John Ambulance Kenya First Aid Challenge, Best in Corporate First Aid, Africa Public Service Awards, Runner Up – Rethinking Innovation in Manufacturing 2018, Best Practice in Board Diversity Award by NSE, Public Sector Legal Department of the Year 2019, 1st Runner Up and East Africa’s Best Sustainable Power Producer- Capital Finance International Awards 2019 among many others.
This has seen KenGen venture into the African market offering renewable energy solutions most notably in the horn of Africa where the company is currently implementing two large geothermal development projects.
“I don’t take this position for granted. I value the opportunity because it is significant but I really thank God.
It’s also a testament that hard work, qualifications, competence, confidence do not go unnoticed. I started working in the energy sector as an assistant legal officer, the lowest position possible, so I rose through the ranks.
It is also a testament that one should be ready to walk through the whole system patiently, diligently because eventually it lands you where you should be,” she once said in an interview.
Mrs. Miano is married with two children. She enjoys spending her free time reading, travelling and watching plays and sometimes knitting.
She understands that the big role comes with a lot of pressure. But she is optimistic that the values that have seen her to top position and God, will also see her get good results.
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