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CABI is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard (Leo) Kimutai Tonui as its next Chief Financial Officer. Mr Kimutai has also joined the CABI Board as an Executive Director following the approval of his appointment by CABI’s 48 Member Countries. He will be based at CABI’s Nairobi office.

Dr Daniel Elger, CABI’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to welcome Leo to the CABI team. As we continue to grow our organization and its global impact, Leo brings highly relevant experience in financial leadership and strategy development.”

Prior to joining CABI, Mr Kimutai was Chief Financial Officer for Almasi Beverages in Kenya. Mr Kimutai previously held several senior roles within Unilever companies, including Unilever East Africa, Unilever Tea East Africa and Lipton Limited, Kenya, and was the Strategy and Performance Director of Coca Cola Beverages Africa.

Mr Kimutai said, “I’m delighted to be joining CABI, whose mission very much aligns with my own vision and values. This includes supporting efforts to improve food security and livelihoods while addressing major challenges such as climate change.”

Leo holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi, and he is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

Mr Kimutai replaces Rob Sloley, who is retiring in June. Dr Elger added, “I would like to thank Rob Sloley for his sterling service to CABI and his many achievements as CFO, and wish him all the best for his retirement.”

Mr Kimutai’s appointment was made after a rigorous international search conducted for CABI by Odgers Berndtson as their search partner.


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Photo: Leonard Kimutai Tonui has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at CABI.

About CABI

CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as improving global food security and safeguarding the environment. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge. Our 48-member countries guide and influence our core areas of work, which include development and research projects, scientific publishing, and microbial services.

We gratefully acknowledge the core financial support from our member countries (and lead agencies) including the United Kingdom (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), China (Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs), Australia (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research), Canada (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Netherlands (Directorate-General for International Cooperation, and Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). Other sources of funding include programme/project funding from development agencies, the fees paid by our member countries and profits from our publishing activities which enable CABI to support rural development and scientific research around the world.