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Jeffers Miruka
Managing Director

Meet Jeffers Miruka, a dynamic and visionary African association management community leader who has now assumed the role of the Managing Director of AFAMCO, a premier firm dedicated to association development and management across Africa, which he co-founded. He's a co-founder and first president of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE); Jeffers is dedicated to elevating the impact and importance of associations in Africa and shaping a sustainable future for the continent's associations. With over 14 years of experience, Mr. Miruka is the outgoing CEO of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, a position he has held for 13 years.  

 

In addition to his leadership roles, Jeffers is a valued member of several prominent associations, including the Association for Kenya Business Events (AKBE), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE), the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), and the Association of Association Executives (AAE).

 

Recognized for his contributions to the field, Jeffers is a sought-after speaker at business events, workshops, conferences, and webinars. In 2019, he received a scholarship by the Center for Association Leadership in Washington DC to pursue the Diversity Executive Leadership Program, which he completed in 2021.

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Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE

Partner: USA

Gregg Talley has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 30 years within the Association/Event Management Industry. Prior to founding TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. (TMG), Gregg worked with a destination marketing organization and for a hotel development company.  In 1987 he founded TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. with his partner and father Robert K. Talley.

With a degree from George town University’s School of Foreign Service in international relations, Gregg has utilized those skills to plan national and international events and manage national and international organizations and boards in an array of industries including Healthcare, Education, Technology and Finance. Gregg gained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999 and his Fellow of the American Society for Association Executives (FASAE) designation in 2008.

Gregg’s experience in association management provides a 360-degree view of the stakeholders and pressures facing organizations when planning major international events. He also understands board perspectives on site selection, finance and local partnerships and support.

Gregg has personally managed literally hundreds of events globally for associations, societies, corporations and religious organizations including one of the largest convention events in North America, the 50,000+ attendee International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous for over thirty years. TMG also managed the World Meeting of Families as part of the Papal Visit to Philadelphia in 2015. In addition, Gregg consults with nations and local destinations on developing business events strategies and destination management organizations.

A recognized professional in the field, Gregg consults, speaks and writes regularly on issues within association management, event management and business event strategy for organizations and destinations. Gregg was Past National Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and its Education Foundation. He currently sits on the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is a Board Member for the Meetings Management Sector at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

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Smith Hempstone Rabong’o

Research

With a degree in Commerce, Finance and Banking from Egerton University, Smith Hempstone Rabong’o is a client relationship associate with 3 years’ experience working alongside the executive team of the Africa Association Management Company (AFAMCO). At AFAMO, Smith opens the line of communication between clients, customers, and businesses to get projects done. Smith has expertise in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. He is also an alumnus of Forum for Young Professionals (FYP 2019) Mentorship program steered by The International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA). Prior to Joining AFAMCO, Smith presided over various projects at the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) and doubled up as a research fellow.

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Kawira Caroline

Strategy & partnership

Kawira Caroline has a BSc in food science & technology from the University of Nairobi and an MSc in nutrition and rural development from Gent University, Belgium. Additionally, she is trained in partnership building, strategy and innovation from Wageningen University, Vlerick Business School and the University of Nairobi. She has 8 years of experience across the sectors of; entrepreneurship and innovation, youth engagement, agriculture and nutrition and management consulting across private entities, social enterprises and NGOs. She also has a keen passion for startups. At AFAMCO, she is a management consultant dealing with strategy, partnerships and directly managing clients.

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Irene L Kemunto Nyagiro

Finance & Admin

Kemunto brings a wealth of experience to AFAMCO in finance and administration with over 10-years’ experience across the finance and administration disciplines. She’s a holder of a BSc. in International Business Management from the Africa Nazarene University. She has also taken several professional development courses in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Economic Evaluation from the University of Washington. She’s a certified accountant and member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Currently, she’s undertaking an MA in Monitoring & Evaluation from the African Nazarene University.

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