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 Nandi Tea Estates), 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 totaling more than 500,000sq. ft. of built up area in show rooms and offices as well as Rivaan Centre in Westlands with lettable area of 72,000 sq. ft. in offices, showrooms and restaurants).
Dr. Naushad Merali contributions to the Kenyan Economy and the wellbeing of its people earned him the Presidential National Awards of ‘Chief of the Order of Burning Spears (CBS) and Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS). Through his leadership skills, Kabarak University awarded him with an honorary degree in Business Leadership in year 2015.
Dr. Merali also served as a member of, the National Poverty Eradication Commission, the Kenya Export Promotion Council, the National Economic and Social Council, Board Trustee Member of the National Cancer Institute of Kenya all of which were Presidential appointments. He was also a member of World Economic Forum up to year 2015.
His vision for Africa was to build the best future possible for the generations to come through progress and dynamism in business and industry.
Mrs. Zarina Merali became the Chairman of Sameer Group of Companies in August 2021 after the demise of her husband Dr. Naushad Merali in July 2021.
She is also the Chairman of “The Zarina and Naushad Merali Foundation.’ This is a charitable foundation established in September 2006 for the purposes of betterment and promotion of health, advancement of education and relief of poverty for the residents of Kenya. Zarina is a well-known philanthropist in the community and serves as Advisory Member of the Kenya Paraplegic Organization. She is also an Honorary Trustee for the Palm house Foundation.
Mr. Sameer 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.