ZuriPlanet Appoints Mr. Michael Baraka Esilaba as Executive Director


Nairobi, January 2023 — ZuriPlanet, a pioneering social enterprise headquartered in London, United Kingdom, with Africa offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and dedicated to empowering individuals, organizations of all types, large or small, and communities in Africa through sustainability initiatives, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Baraka Esilaba as its new Executive Director, effective January 22nd, 2023. Mr. Esilaba was selected after a rigorous and comprehensive search process, which included interviews with the Board of Directors and key stakeholders.

Mr Esilaba’s appointment is a testament to ZuriPlanet’s commitment to sustainability and community empowerment. His passion for these areas and extensive experience in strategic marketing, brand management, community outreach and engagement, advocacy, sustainable development, and education make him the ideal leader to guide the organization into its next phase of growth and impact.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael Baraka Esilaba to the ZuriPlanet team,” exclaimed Dr Kirsty Bailey, Founder and Chairperson of the Board. “With Michael’s strong marketing background, training and education, community outreach and engagement, and sustainability skills, we are confident that ZuriPlanet will continue to thrive and expand its reach across Africa under his dynamic leadership.”

Mr. Esilaba has a diverse background and a blend of specializations, bringing a unique perspective and expertise to the role. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK, and is certified Carbon Literate accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, UK. His other qualifications include a Postgraduate Program in Artificial Intelligence for Leaders from McCombs School of Business, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the United States International University – Africa, and an Associate’s degree in Marketing/Marketing Management from The Marketing Leadership Masterclass. Additionally, Mr Esilaba holds a Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute, UK, and a Diploma in Digital Marketing and Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Mr. Esilaba’s multifaceted experience spans critical positions in various organizations, where he led initiatives focused on climate change adaptation, renewable energy, and community engagement. His work experience includes serving as Director of Marketing and Member of the Management Board at Africa Nazarene University, a constituent university of the Church of the Nazarene in the USA. In this role, he collaborated with the Director of Fundraising on initiatives supporting projects such as the University church expansion and free community clinics for the communities neighbouring the university. These initiatives resulted in a significant increase in community engagement and a more sustainable use of resources. For instance, his leadership led to a 30% increase in community participation in the University’s sustainability programs and a 20% reduction in the University’s carbon footprint.

In addition, Mr Esilaba serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Strathmore University, instructing learners in Sustainability Marketing and Digital Optimization, qualifications examined by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He has also been a part of various Executive Education programs run by Kenya’s leading business school, Strathmore Business School, as a trainer. Furthermore, he is a lecturer in Digital Marketing and Business Communication at Boma International Hospitality College. Mr Esilaba has also held other senior roles in various organizations in Kenya and East Africa, contributing significantly to developing and implementing sustainability and marketing strategies.

“I am honoured to join ZuriPlanet as the Executive Director,” said Mr. Esilaba. “I look forward to working with the dedicated team at ZuriPlanet and our partners to drive meaningful change and individuals, organizations and support communities in their journey towards carbon reduction and sustainability. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the environment and the lives of those most affected by climate change.”

ZuriPlanet’s commitment to sustainability is not just a part of our mission; it’s our DNA. Under Mr. Esilaba’s visionary leadership, we are poised to expand our programs and partnerships and deepen our impact, reaching more stakeholders and making a significant difference on the African continent and beyond. 

About ZuriPlanet

ZuriPlanet is a social enterprise, a business model that combines profit-making with social and environmental goals. We are dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations of all types, large or small, and African communities through sustainability initiatives. By investing a portion of its profits into providing no-cost Carbon Literacy training to marginalized African communities, ZuriPlanet aims to foster sustainable development and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.zuri-planet.com 

For more information about Michael, please visit his LinkedIn profile and website.

Dr Kirstie Bailey

DR Kirsty Bailey


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