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Ben Karanja Gakonyo

farmer , seed company executive

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.

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).

Interests

  • Other 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