Catherine Musakali is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
Prior to founding Dorion Associates, Catherine worked for Kenya Shell Limited (Now Vivo Energy Kenya Limited) as their Company Secretary and Head of Legal for over fifteen (15) years, during which period she managed the Legal Functions of Shell operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. She has worked for shell in the United Kingdom during which period she specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions and other commercial transactions as well as being the Legal Focal Point for all Contracting and Procurement matters for its businesses in the 23 Countries in Africa. She represented her employer on the Board of Petroleum Institute of East Africa, the Industry body and represented the Industry in the committee that was set up to draft the current Energy Act.
Before this she set up and managed the Legal department of UAP Provincial Insurance Limited during which period she represented her employer in the Industry body, the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI).
Catherine was, until May 2014, the Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and has also served as the Chair of its Education and Professional Development Committee as well as the Legislation and Corporate Governance Committee. She also sat on the Council of the Corporate Secretaries International Association, which is a global body bringing together governance professionals.
Catherine has led the development of three codes of Corporate Governance. These are;
- Mwongozo, The Code of Corporate Governance for State Corporations.
- The Capital Markets Code of Corporate Governance Practices for Issuers of Securities; and
- The ICPSK Code of Corporate Governance for Private Companies.
She is a founder and Chairman of The Women on Boards Network and is currently the Company Secretary of a number of Companies and sits on various Boards including Faulu Microfinance Bank and KASNEB.
She also served as the Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Corporate Governance steering Committee and is currently a member of the Capital Markets Master Plan Implementation Committee.
Catherine has also served as Company Secretary of Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited, and has been a Board member of Nairobi Securities Exchange, Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) and the Chairman of Kenya Seed Company Limited.
Catherine is a trained Corporate Governance Trainer, Governance Auditor and Board Evaluator and has developed policies on governance for a number of institutions.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi, a Higher National Diploma in Law (Kenya), as well as a certificate in Securities and Investment from the Securities and Investment Institute (London).