Kennedy Nwaruh was appointed the Executive Director, Operations of NIRSAL Plc on the 5th of December 2016. Before joining NIRSAL, Kennedy was a senior management staff of the Standard Bank Group of South Africa. He was a pioneer Executive Team Member of The Standard Bank Group Shared Services and contributed immensely to the creation and stabilization of the business unit.

Kennedy is a world-class leader in agribusiness with extensive private sector experience in designing, marketing and selling financial products and services to corporate and smallholder businesses in the agricultural sector, especially in Southern Africa. He is an expert in finance, strategy and information technology, and has vast experience and international exposure in Banking, Mining, Health and Agric Business. 

He was educated at the Milpark Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) after his HND in Accountancy. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Project Management (Wits Business School), Budgeting and Integration Strategy (Wits) and an Executive Certificate in Management from INSEAD. He is presently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration and Management (DBA) degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal School of Business Leadership.  Kennedy is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (ICAD) and a professional member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).