IWF member profile

Lillian Karuri-Magero

Lillian Karuri-Magero

Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer at Absa Group Ltd

Lillian is Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer at Absa Group Ltd.

An industry respected expert in Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics with over 16 years of international experience and thought leadership in managing multi-million dollar commercial partnerships in various industries, she has worked for some of the world’s largest corporations including IBM, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Eskom and Absa.

She brings over 10 years of Board experience in private companies and non-profits where she advises primarily on strategy, communications, and leadership.

She is a passionate advocate for literacy programs in Africa, and chairs a charitable non-profit that focuses on capacitating rural schools through programmes that develop teachers and enhance curriculum, as well as delivering critical school supplies.

Lillian holds a BSc. In Business Strategy and an MBA from the University of Maryland in the United States, and a Masters in Laws from University of London. She is also a Certified Master of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Centre for Leadership.

She has been received numerous awards for business leadership and numerous facets of the “Women in Leadership” initiatives at Absa Group.

She is a ghostwriter for a number of business publications on topics related to leadership.

She mentors and coaches over 20 female in various industries in different parts of the world as part of her commitment to (IWF) the International Women’s Forum where she is Fellow. IWF is an invitation-only, membership organization comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents, and dedicated to building better leadership locally and globally.

Lillian is an avid runner and is hoping to climb Mt Kilimanjaro next year (but not in heels!). She loves reading and has a private library of over 4000 books.

Her proudest achievements are her 2 children: Alex (2019 alumni of St Anne’s) and Christian Joseph (Grade 10: Michaelhouse, who has just gotten a scholarship to go play basketball in the States).