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Our Leadership Team

Meet the MoKo “Dream Team!” We’re intelligent and innovative, and work towards our one common goal: providing customers with brighter, better, more comfortable lifestyles.

Our rich company culture creates a results-driven and customer-focused experience. It’s rewarding and fun for our employees, while guaranteeing smiles from satisfied customers. When customers are happy, we’re happy. Simple as that.

All team members bring their “A” game to help us achieve our mission of an affordable and better home lifestyle for all. The quality of our teams is at the core of the success of our mission. Members of our senior leadership team are responsible for developing their teams and motivating them to deliver ambitious results that ensure continued growth of our constantly-evolving company. 

Every successful mission is built on the foundation of strong leadership. As a member of our leadership team, you can help us create the “Moko magic” that makes life better for so many! 

Eric Kouskalis

CO-FOUNDER

One half of Moko’s founding team, Eric has a history of joining organizations at their early states and creating successful projects from promising ideas. Before founding Moko, he worked as a Programs Director with top global charity Evidence Action, leading a program that scaled to serve over 1 million people in 3 countries. Although born and raised in the USA, his first full-time job was in Kenya, and he has remained here since, constantly dreaming up new ways to bring comfort to people’s lives. 

As Moko’s inspirational captain, Eric builds and supports all of the Moko departments, sets the strategic direction of the company, and manages relationships with investors. 

Great ideas aren’t the only thing Eric cooks up! After spending his days steering the Moko ship to new horizons, you’ll find Chef Kous whipping up delicious food in the kitchen.

MoKo Co-founder Fiorenzo

Fiorenzo Conte

CO-FOUNDER

Fio is the other half of Moko’s founding team. Before his Moko days, he worked in public health as a Technical Project Lead with Dimagi, leading the implementation of a new mobile-based drugs distribution system that reduced stock out rate and was scaled nation-wide in Senegal.

Fio is integral in creating and operationalizing Moko’s core culture values across all teams. He also leads the team in innovating new furniture products that are sure to put smiles on customer faces and grow the number of “Mokofied” families.

Don’t let Fio’s cool demeanor fool you. He has a serious talent for inspiring employee passion and excitement. And that enthusiasm translates flawlessly to his football team, Napoli, as he cheers them on with high-pitched screams that he swears helps lead them to victory.

Prince Ochako

CHIEF OF STAFF

Prince has a wealth of general management experience, with a specialization in operations management, project management and value-stream optimization. Before joining Moko, he worked with Kenya Airways overseeing maintenance for KQ’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, including preparing it to launch the first direct flight from Nairobi to New York. 

As Moko’s Chief of Staff, Prince is in charge of all inter-departmental projects as well as company-wide performance management.

Full speed ahead! A certified adrenaline junkie, Prince is a lover of all things fast: cars, bikes, and skates. His epic tales of off-road biking would make even the most adventurous of us think twice!

Eileen Wainaina

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING

“E” is for efficiency and Eileen is all about it! Beginning her career at USG Sweetwater, Texas as a project and process engineer, she eventually worked her way up the ladder to manufacturing management.

As the Head of Manufacturing at Moko, Eileen’s role is to ensure that we’re making enough products in the most efficient, productive, and safe way. More efficiency = more Mokofied homes!

Eileen likes to keep things real chill when she’s not busy overseeing product manufacturing. To unwind, she enjoys a good book, a comforting cup of hot tea, and music. In fact, in another life, she’d probably be a singer.

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Alexander Etsabo

DEPUTY HEAD OF MANUFACTURING

Alexander brings almost two decades of manufacturing and operations experience to Moko. He has processed tea, macadamia nuts, and dried fruits, and has managed the Macadamia, Cashew and Fruits supply and value chains. When employed with Tensenses Africa (EPZ) Ltd, Alex oversaw a 400% increase in manufacturing capacity for macadamia nuts, as well as aggressive manufacturing expansion into dried fruits for export. 

As Moko’s Deputy Head of Manufacturing, Alex is in charge of the day-to-day manufacturing operations and functions to ensure the cost effective, safe, and efficient production of high quality products. Alex also monitors the strategic growth and expansion initiatives, with the current focus on the foam production line. 

A man of deep faith, Alex enjoys spending time with family, watching Christian movies (his favorite is Courageous) and jamming to Christian music. 

Stanley Shitemi

HEAD OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Stanley began his career in customer care at ISON BPO, then moved to Jumia Kenya where he worked in a variety of roles, eventually progressing up to Head of Global and third-party logistics. While at Jumia, in just six short months, he impressively increased the number of logistic partners from 11 to 26, while also reducing the cost and increasing Jumia’s visibility outside of Nairobi. 

As the Head of Business Ops at Moko, Stanley heads up the team responsible for supporting all departments in creating and implementing standard operating procedures. Stanley helps make Moko the well-oiled machine that it is, allowing each department to do its part in creating the products that bring smiles to so many.

The heat is on! The Miami Heat, that is! Stanley loves the NBA and is a big fan of the Miami Heat.

Yvonne Muita

RETAIL OPERATIONS MANAGER

Our Retail Operations Manager, Yvonne, has experience in FMCG sales, business development consultancy and operations management, Before joining the Moko family, she worked with Triggerise Kenya as the Operations Lead. There, she launched the SRH focused Non-Profit, and implemented programs that scaled to 8 counties, positively impacting the lives of thousands of Kenyan girls.

At Moko, Yvonne heads up the management and growth of the retail operations team, implements Moko’s expansion plans and runs the day-to-day retail operations.

Yvonne is not only a talented manager, she’s got some serious culinary skills too! Baking is her secret stress reliever, and she’s pretty darn great at it. Don’t believe us? Just try her carrot cake! *mouth waters*

James Mwaura

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

James brings nine years of experience in the professional services and healthcare industry to his role as Accounting Manager at Moko. Prior to joining Moko, James worked at Meridian Health Group developing standard operating finance procedures that ultimately led to improved efficiency and standardization of finance and accounting processes. 

As Accounting Manager at Moko, James is responsible for ensuring that the finance systems and reporting processes run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. 

James loves the outdoors and is a hiking fanatic! And when it’s time to relax and bring the fun inside, you’re likely to find him gaming!

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Ochieng Edward

JUNIOR ENGINEERING MANAGER

Otieno has tons of manufacturing experience ranging from the oil industry, beverage industry, and the clean cooking sector.  He’s worn many manufacturing hats, from Quality Control and Assurance, to Research & Development, Capital Projects, and Maintenance. This manufacturing marvel has done it all!

Ready to be super impressed? Otieno set up a fully functional Research and Development Lab at his previous role at Burn Manufacturing, and additionally set-up two research programmes in Kilifi and Ruiru that enabled simulation of actual use of the stoves that were being manufactured. This enabled the team to predict failure modes and research alternative design and material options for better products. Ultimately, his work led to the launch of a key product and multiple major improvements in the current products. 

At Moko, Otieno is tasked with figuring out new ways to improve the manufacturing operations, which includes researching potential investment projects. He also leads the maintenance team in managing factory, fleet and facility maintenance. 

 

A supporter of the greatest team in North London, The Mighty Arsenal, (keep your comments to yourself! 😉 Otieno is a huge football fan! When he has downtime, you can find him playing a game of FIFA, reading, or watching a good series (He has a weakness for late Medievil movies)

Ranjith Ravindranathan

VP OPERATIONS

Ranjith is a Mechanical Engineer and a Management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He began his career with Suzuki Motor corporation and has more than 25 years of experience in managing manufacturing firms. Prior to joining Moko, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Commercial Finance of one of the biggest retail chains in Southern Africa. Ranjith is also an alumnus of London Business School and has  completed the exam requirements needed to earn a CFA Charter.

Ranjith implemented a pan-organisation participative management program titled “together we win” and developed a channel to promote entrepreneurial spirit of all the employees of that organisation, thereby generating innovative ideas for the betterment of the firm.

As Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing at Moko, Ranjith works towards optimising the operations of the company to help elevate Moko to the next level. He also heads the procurement function of the company. 

This proud father of 3 is an avid football fan of Real Madrid CF and is a lifelong Brazil fan. He’s also very into mathematical puzzles and handles classes on Maths aptitude development.

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Carolyne Wambui

PRODUCTION MANAGER, FOAM LINE

Carolyne started as an intern at Walter Reed, and worked her way up to production lead in the pharmaceutical industry. A true team player, her greatest passion is helping her team achieve their greatest potential. In her tenure as a production lead at Regal Pharmaceuticals, she worked closely with her team and saw over 50% of them rise into leadership positions. 

As a production manager at Moko, Carolyne’s focus is ensuring that Moko meets customer needs in terms of timeliness and quality, while at the same time, maintaining efficiency in processes.  

This stylish scarf-wearing lady enjoys constructing LEGO creations, and is also a puzzle-solving machine! (Think: 1000 piece puzzles!) 

Peninah Anne Njeri

MARKETING SPECIALIST

Peninah has tons of experience in product marketing and content creation.  At Moko, Peninah manages the marketing team and helps to ensure remarkable customer experiences that cultivate brand love and really get those “Moko smiles.” She also pilots lead generation by running targeted ads on various digital channels. She’s proud to have helped Moko grow from a mattress company to the big brand specialising in a wide variety of home products that it is today.

Marketing may be its own sort of art form, but Peninah has a particular penchant for painting–if only she had more time to do it!

Margaret Waithera

JUNIOR MANAGER, RECEIVABLES

Margaret previously worked with farmers, organising farmers’ exhibitions to connect suppliers with the ‘interior’ Kenya by providing a platform that showcased their products and brought the end-users, who were farmers. 

 

Margaret’s been a Moko-er for several years, having risen through the ranks from officer to junior manager. Over her time with Moko, she has worked with many people who have challenged her to be the best version of herself, and helped her lead the introduction of a new product line, filter foam. She oversaw everything from its inception to the market-to- sale strategy, which led to a huge revenue increase within a few months. Filter foam is now responsible for 30% of monthly sales. She embraces the idea of continued growth and development at Moko. 

 

When Margaret needs a break from the real world, she finds comfort in the realm of fantasy books. Forgetting her troubles and getting lost in a fantastic fictional world is Margaret’s recipe for relaxation.

Diana Wambui

B2B SALES MANAGER

Forever passionate about sales, Diana has left her mark in several industries, including Healthcare and SaaS. She started her sales career with a marketing agency called Yellow Moon Marketing, and worked her way up from there.

At Moko, she manages the Kenya B2B sales team. She is responsible for guiding the team in strategy implementation for improved revenue performance. One of her greatest accomplishments was diversifying the customer portfolio for the organisation from solely being B2C to successfully introducing B2B as a sustainable revenue stream. This contributed to an increase in absolute revenue by 30% and was adopted as a project to be scaled across several regions in the country.

Games, anyone? If you’re lucky, you may get an invitation to Diana’s place–she loves hosting game nights! She’s also an avid Formula One (F1) fan who supports Mercedes.