Elected Chairperson of the Council

John Karani is the Chairman of Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, the national body for professionals in the practice of procurement and supply chain management in Kenya. 

John Karani is a seasoned Supply Chain professional with over 27 years experience in major blue-chip multinationals.    He has worked with Coca-Cola Africa for 18 years in various capacities – Head of Global Strategic Procurement & Supply Chain, Regional Strategic Procurement Manager, and Regional Procurement & Logistics Manager.  He has worked for Wrigley’s East African Limited as Purchasing & Materials Manager.  Mr. Karani has also worked in the public sector for Kenya Cooperative Creameries and Kenya Meat Commission. 

Mr. Karani holds a masters’ degree in MBA-Strategic Management form United States International University (USIU) and a degree in BA Economics from University of Nairobi.  He has a post graduate diploma from Chartered Institute of Purchasing (CIPS) –UK, and a post graduate diploma from Chartered Institute of Transport & Logistics (CILT). 

Mr. Karani has proven track record in; entrenching strategic procurement thinking, enhancing total supply chain solutions, implementing innovative procurement solutions and improving procurement processes.   He has experience in designing and developing procurement policies, manuals and, internal standard operating procedures including, establishment of workflows aimed at improving procurement performance within an organization.  Mr. Karani also has in-depth experience in business strategy, operations, change management, consultancy, capacity building /training, procurement audit, and risk management. Mr. Karani is focused on transformational leadership, empowering and developing teams to achieve their innate potentials.   He is passionate about developing people by nurturing and motivating a new generation of Procurement & Supply Chain Professionals.

Mr. Karani is also the Kenya Board Chair of Biblica Africa.  He has been a Board Chair -Strategy & Governance Committee at Uchumi Supermarkets Limited.  He has also served as, Board Member-Strategy & Human Resources Sub-Committee for Youth for Christ International, Kenya Chapter.  Mr. Karani has also served in the Mentorship Council of Greenhorn Mentorship Program.