Nicanor joined AFAMCO as the company’s first Managing Director and to oversee the company’s growth in Africa. Nicanor brings a proven track record of success in the non-profit and association space. Earning his bachelor’s degree from Egerton University in Kenya, he went on to secure a Master’s Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. He has more than 15 years of practical experience in managing Associations as a senior executive.
Prior to joining AFAMCO, Nicanor served as the CEO of the East Africa Association of Grantmakers, Association of Professional Societies in East Africa and most recently as the CEO of the Kenya Association of Travel Agents(KATA).
Gregg H. Talley
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).
Mr. Jeffers Miruka is the Founder and President of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE). AfSAE is a pan-African professional community of association executives formed in 2015 to serve as the professional society and voice for those within the Association Management profession in Africa. Mr. Miruka is also the CEO of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), a Nairobi based association of agricultural and development economists with over 1000 members spread globally. Mr. Miruka has over 14 years combined experience in association management and business events. Jeffers has also served as a member of the government-appointed Taskforce on the establishment and operationalization of the Kenya National Convention Bureau. Mr. Miruka is also the founder and director of the African Association Management Company (AFAMCO), a joint venture with the Talley Management Group Inc. (USA). Together with other industry players in Kenya, he helped establish the Kenyan Association of Business Events (KABE), a new association for Kenyan businesses industry engaged in Business Events. Mr. Miruka is a well-renowned speaker in international association forums, a contributor to various association channels, and has extensively traveled around the world. Currently, Mr. Miruka is a scholar with the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) with the Center for Association Leadership (ASAE)
Smith Hempstone Rabong’o
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.
Kawira Caroline has a BSc in food science &technology from University of Nairobi and an MSc in nutrition and rural development from Gent University. Additionally, she is trained in partnership building, strategy and innovation from Wageningen University, Vlerick Business School and University of Nairobi. She has 8 years’ experience across the sectors of; entrepreneurship and innovation, youth engagement, agriculture and nutrition and management consulting across private entities, social enterprises and for NGOs. She also has a with a keen passion for startups. At AFAMCO, she is a management consultant dealing with strategy, partnerships and directly managing clients.