logo logo

Ben Karanja Gakonyo

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.

Background

  • Gakonyo, Ben Karanja was born on October 11, 1933 in Muranga, Kenya. Son of Paul and Esther Wangui (Gakonyo) Karanja.

  • Education

    • 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.

    Career

    • Officer Esso Standard (E. Africa) Ltd.

    Religion

    Denomination: Anglican

    Membership

    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.; Clubs: Karen (Nairobi).

    Personality

    Interests

    Reading, fishing, swimming.

    Connections

    • Married Theresa Wanjiku Karanja, August 10, 1963. Children– Constance Wangui, Evelyn Njeri, Eric Karanja.
    • father: Paul Karanja
    • mother: Esther Wangui (Gakonyo) Karanja
    • spouse: Theresa Wanjiku Karanja
    • children: Constance Wangui Gakonyo
    • Evelyn Njeri Gakonyo
    • Eric Karanja Gakonyo
    See on larger map
    Born October 11, 1933
    Nationality