Dr. Naushad N. Merali was awarded a doctorate degree (Honoris Causa) in Business Leadership by Kabarak University in 2015. He is an astute businessman and the Chairman and founder of the Sameer Group of Companies. The Sameer Group of Companies is a leading conglomerate in Kenya (and has a regional presence in East Africa) with interests in Agriculture and Agribusiness (Sasini PLC and Sameer Agriculture & Livestock (Kenya) Ltd), Trading and Commerce (Sameer Africa PLC and Eveready East Africa PLC ), Construction and Engineering (Warren Enterprises Limited), Commercial and Leasing (Ryce East Africa Ltd and Yansam East Africa Ltd), EPZs (Sasini EPZ Park Ltd, Sameer EPZ Ltd, Sameer Industrial Park Ltd), Energy and Real Estate (Sameer Business Park is an ultra-modern building comprising five units totalling more than 500,000sq. ft. of built up area in show rooms and offices as well as Rivaan Centre, Westlands with lettable area of 72,000 sq. ft. in offices, showrooms and restaurants).
Dr. Merali has also served on various Presidential Committees relating to trade and social services and was a member of the National Economic and Social Council. He is a Board Trustee Member of the National Cancer Institute of Kenya. Owing to his contribution to the development and economic growth of Kenya, Dr. Merali has been honoured twice with Presidential national awards. He has been awarded the honour of the highly coveted national award of the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) and Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS)
Mr. S. N. Merali holds a Master of Science degree in Banking and International Finance from City University Business School, London and Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences from Kings College, London. Mr. Merali initially worked with Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited in the United Kingdom as an Investment Analyst between October 2000 and February 2003. He joined Sameer Investments Limited in March 2003 and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of that company. He is the Chairman of Ryce East Africa Limited, Nandi Tea Estates Ltd and Warren Enterprises Ltd. He is a Director of Sameer Africa PLC, a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange Ltd. He is also a Director of Sameer ICT Ltd, Sameer Telkom Ltd and Fidelity Shield Insurance Company Ltd among others. Mr. Merali has extensive experience in strategic leadership, business initiation and development, corporate management, audit and risk management as well as prudent financial management and planning.
Mr. A H Butt is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA) and has a wealth of experience, acquired over time, in financial management, corporate planning and strategic management. He previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Kenya and the East Africa Region, Liberia and England. He joined the Sameer Group in 1989 and is currently the Group’s Finance Director. He represents the interest of the Sameer Group on the boards of various companies. Mr. Butt is also a Director of Sameer Africa Ltd and Eveready East Africa PLC, which are quoted on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.