Ben Karanja Gakonyo, Kenyan seed company executive, farmer. Recipient Certified Achievement, Department State Agency for International Development, 1971. Member Seed Trade Association Kenya (chairman since 1982), Federal Internationale de Semences (executive board since 1984), Kenya Farmers Association Ltd. (board directors 1972-1984). Anglican.
Bachelor of Arts with honors, Makerere University College, 1960. Marketing trainee to sales representative to personnel development officer Esso Standard (E. Africa) Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya, 1961-1966. From senior administrative assistant to managing director of subsidiary company (Lands Ltd.,) to general managing Agricultural Development Corporation, Kairobi, 1966-1979.
Managing director Kenya Seed Company, Kitale, Kenya, since 1979. Director Naka Inds. Ltd., National Cereal and Produce Board of Kenya, Madhupaper International, Nairobi.