Mike Eldon is founder chairman and lead consultant of The DEPOT (The Dan Eldon Place Of Tomorrow), a management consultancy that focuses on leadership, strategy, culture strengthening, performance management and coaching. He is also sought after as a speaker and writer on these and other topics.
He is chairman of the Council of KCA University, and is a non-executive director of an insurance company; of one in the water and energy sectors; and of AFIDEP (the African Institute for Policy Development), a think tank that supports the actualisation of the Demographic Dividend.
Mike is an economics graduate of University College London and a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He entered the IT field in 1967, arriving in Kenya in 1977 to become general manager of a multinational computer company, and he has lived there ever since. He was a pioneer in the development of the use of IT in Kenya, and was deeply involved with the development of Kenya’s first national ICT policy.
Thirteen years ago he reinvented himself as a management consultant, and his clients include public and private sector organisations, family businesses, NGOs and the World Bank. He is a Senior Leadership Adviser to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and is a faculty member in the development and delivery of the transformative leadership programme for the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications in their joint initiative with the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Global Partner of the World Bank’s Collaborative Leadership for Development initiative, and runs high level workshops on leadership in Kenya and beyond, as well as being an executive coach.
Mike has been chairman of the Council of the Kenya Institute of Management, he is a Fellow of the Institute and continues to lead board level leadership programmes for them, as well as for the Women on Boards programme. He was a founding director and vice-chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kenya’s private sector umbrella body), where he is now a member of the Advisory Council.
Since 2007 he has been writing a column for Business Daily, having now published over 300 articles, and his 2009 book Kenyans, Yes we Can! is a collection of his articles and speeches. Mike is married to Evelyn Mungai, the author of the recently published book From Glass Ceilings to Open Skies, for which he was the editor.