Merab OlangMerab Olang


Kenya

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Human Resources

Occupational Position: Human Resource Director in East Africa, Glaxo Smith Kline Merab Olang' is a Kenyan HR practitioner with 15 years of experience in the practice across various sectors.

Professional History


Merab began her career in the consultancy field serving clients in both the public and private sector across Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan - now South Sudan) and Ghana. Her assignments spanned across various industries with major focus on manufacturing, financial services, education and transport. She has had upwardly mobile experience, working in the healthcare and the telecommunications industries. Merab is responsible for successful delivery of the HR agenda in 8 countries in the region. As part of the Africa leadership team, she is one of the drivers of the Business' objective to ensure access to medicine for the population in the continent.

Qualifications


A graduate of Banking and Finance from the Kenyatta University in Kenya; A graduate of the Strathmore Business School, Senior Management Leadership Program and a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya.

Programs


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Aidan Eyakuze
14 July 2017

A colleague, with a long career in Tanzania’s public education system as a teacher and school inspector under his belt, visited a school in a rural district to check on whether the teachers were present at school and teaching in the classroom. When he walked into a Standard Two class, he found about 50 eight-year olds sitting there, unsupervised and untaught. They did not know where their teacher was. He went to investigate and the head teacher could not explain the teacher’s absence either.

A few minutes later, my colleague returned to the class, to find the children in fits of laughter. Their teacher, sporting shoeless, muddy feet and looking rather sheepish, had returned and was standing at the front of the classroom.

Kabelo Motsoeneng
13 July 2017

The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 2014 Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, will once again be leading an expedition to trek Mount Kilimanjaro.  Popularly known as the Trek4Mandela, the group is scheduled to summit Kilimanjaro on July 18, in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The sponsored trek to the summit of Africa's best-known peak - which rises more than 19,000 feet above sea level - is to raise funds for a sanitary pad campaign to keep girls in school.

Kabelo Motsoeneng
12 July 2017

Tanzanian politician and 2013 Tutu Fellow, January Makamba - since his appointment as Minister of Environment and Union in President John Magufuli’s cabinet - has led initiatives and missions committed to protecting the environment. Some of the key areas he currently addresses focus on protection of forests, implementing solutions for aquatic wildlife, and addressing the prospective water crisis. His point of view regarding the environment is very much in keeping with the saying: we’ve not inherited this planet from our fathers, we’ve borrowed it from our children.

Norman Smit
06 July 2017

We are excited to announce a new Tutu Fellows’ column in African Business magazine, with the inaugural piece appearing in the July 2017 issue.   In the column, the Tutu Fellows, as thought-leaders and influencers across the continent, will give their perspectives on the evolving realities of the continent. Lanre Akinola, Editor of African Business magazine, said "The column is a dedicated space for the thoughts and ideas of a new generation of leaders that need to be heard. The Tutu Fellows are already reshaping the face of leadership on the continent, and we are delighted and honoured to be able to make this platform available."

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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