The 7th Annual Aspire Leadership Conference is excited to bring to you its keynote speaker, Arthur Ondago.

Arthur is a seasoned supply chain professional with over 20 years hands on experience in the FMCG manufacturing and distribution with the last 14 years spent in various senior management positions.His experience spans across the different supply chain and operations.He is an alumni of the School of business with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and  Member of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing &Supplies Management (MCIPS).

Arthur’s career begun in 1997 when he joined Odds & Ends as a sales executive. He has built his career across various multinational companies both locally and abroad such as Smithkline Beecham (currently GSK), Colgate Palmolive, Beiersdorf East Africa Limited and his current work place L’Oreal East Africa.

(African Beauty Brands)

He joined L’Oreal East Africa Limited ( L’ORÉAL is the world’s leading cosmetic group with 26,02 billion €uro sales and more than 90,000 employees operating in 140 countries.), a subsidiary of L’Oreal SA, in 2012 as the Operations Director where he was part of the leadership team that helped set up the local subsidiary, managed the acquisition and integration of the local company under the Nice & Lovely umbrella brand in 2013. In this leadership role, Arthur has been responsible for setting up the local Supply Chain organization,
overseeing the Factory Operations (during the transition period), Sustainability Programme – Sharing Beauty With All, Site Security as well as being the Local Ethics Coordinator of the L’ORÉAL Ethics programme that has been internationally recognized 9 times by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

I was privileged to interview on of the best Supply Chain managers in Africa, Arthur Ondago for the upcoming Aspire Leadership Conference and he shared the following:

What is your occupation and which organization(s) do you work for?

Operations Director – L’Oreal East Africa Ltd

If you were to pick one adjective to describe yourself, which would it be?

Responsible (My 6 Strength Themes: Responsibility, Focus, Analytical, Maximizer, Developer & Relator)

Briefly describe to us an opportunity or event that significantly changed your life

Having passed my KCPE exams back in 1987; got admitted to Nairobi School and my parents (junior government workers- SS) had to literally give everything to meet my term one school entry fees that was almost 5 times their combined earnings. I had to walk almost 11kms from Siaya to Ngi’ya market with my dad to go and sell two cows to top up the fees. All his friends advised him against sending me to Nairobi School terming it a school for the rich; he however promised me that as long as he lives, I will study where I had rightfully qualified. I literally left my family with no single coin.

What is your biggest motivator?

Relationships (Family/Friends)

Why is it your biggest motivator?

My family gives me the strength to go through very challenging careers and situations in life. I want to give them what I never had and my parents what they only dreamt of.

What has been your major obstacle to date to monetizing your passion?

The balance/conflict between specific family and career needs at different stages in life.

Who has been your biggest supporter towards turning your passion/hobby/talent into a lucrative venture?

Different people at different times: My parents through the various motivational discussions we had when growing up / my various managers in the different companies I have worked for/ my wife through her sacrifices to support my career ambitions.

What do you hope to achieve from the 7th Annual Aspire Leadership conference on the 22nd of March as as a keynote speaker?

To have inspired, challenged and motivated the young students to go for the best they can in their lives; by setting challenging and ambitious goals/ having no limits and believing they can do it. I have always relied on one simple phrase: The secret to success is commitment to your goals, a belief in yourself and trust in God.