Susan Mboya

Principal and International Advisor
Navigators Global

Susan is the Principal and International Advisor for Navigators Global. In this role, Susan leads Navigators international advisory services leveraging her substantial background in international politics and development including the development of strategies and the implementation of successful political campaigns in Africa and on large scale multi-country development programs across the Eurasia region. Susan has served in an advisory role to high level government officials, NGOs, C-Suite Executives and local economic and political leaders and was the first lady of Nairobi from 2013 to 2017.

Prior to this, Susan was the President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and also the Group Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment with responsibility for Coca-Colas development programs across the 90 countries under Coca-Colas Eurasia, Africa Group (EAG). In this role Susan led the women’s economic empowerment programs and partnerships, for the Eurasia and Africa markets, under the 5by20 program, Coca-Colas global commitment to economically empower 5 million women by the year 2020. Under her leadership, Coca-Cola empowered over 800,000 women and Susan established a number of key large scale programs and critical strategic partnerships including the E.N.G.I.N.E (Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises), in partnership with DFID and the Yes Youth Can program partnership with USAID. As President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), Susan led the deployment of the Foundations initiatives in over 50 countries across the Continent, including the signature Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) that provided water and sanitation to 3 million Africans. Under the Foundation, Susan also introduced Project Last Mile, which is strengthening health systems across Africa, and the YES! (Youth Empowered for Success) initiative which empowered 25,000 young Africans as of 2017. Dr Mboya joined The Coca-Cola Company in September 2008 as the General Manager for Coca-Cola South Africa, where she was instrumental in turning around a business that was in decline.

Susan started her career at Procter and Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati Ohio, as an Assistant Brand Manager in the Health Sector, and enjoyed a successful 14-year career in General Management, where she worked in various roles in a number of sectors including Paper Products, Diapers, Healthcare, and Oral Care, including a pivotal role as Global Director for Oral B Brushing, during the acquisition of Gillette by P&G. Susan also worked for several years in P&G’s Customer/Sales organization working with Target, Wal*Mart and other large chains.

Susan obtained her B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut, and her MSc. and PhD.in Industrial Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston Massachusetts.

Dr Mboya has been the Chairman of Liberty Holdings, Kenya Limited since December 2012. She is also the Founder of the Zawadi Africa Educational Fund, a 501c (3) non-profit organization that has provided over $60 million in scholarships for  350 young African women from marginalized backgrounds at 66 top Colleges and Universities in the US, Canada and Africa. Susan has been recognized many times both nationally and internationally. Susan was inducted into the American Advertising Federations (AAF) Hall of Achievement, was named Ebony Magazine’s Marketer of the Year, was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), by the President of Kenya, in recognition of her service to the country, and was recognized as an Internationalist of the Year. Dr Mboya has been awarded honorary Doctorates from Lakeland College (2009) and the University of Massachusetts in Boston (2016) for her work in empowering women and youth.

Dr Mboya is passionate about entrepreneurship, mentorship and women and youth development and continues to dedicate herself both in her public and private capacity to these causes.