Dr Mary is the Group MD & CEO , Ndiema Industries Limited. She is a lawyer and business professional with 20 years of experience operating across Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Throughout her career she has worked in multi-cultural, global environments, providing sophisticated legal and strategic advice to multi-national clients. Dr Mary is passionate about Africa and opportunities which enable her to use her broad experience to contribute to the development of the continent and make a difference in the lives of its people.
Dr Mary is currently Director of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Africa Research Office where she is the primary lead for HBS activities on the continent. In her role Mary is focused on developing and strengthening relationships with business and academic leaders across sub-Saharan Africa, enabling HBS engagement and activities on the continent and supporting the deepening of HBS faculty understanding of African management issues, trends and practices, to develop locally relevant case studies and materials for use in business education around the world.
Prior to Joining Ndiema Group, Mary was an independent legal & strategy consultant engaged in projects including those designed to empower and educate young Africans, particularly girls. She was also Legal & Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft South Africa where as chief legal officer and member of the leadership team she was responsible for all the company’s legal and corporate affairs matters.
She held several leadership roles with The Coca-Cola Company across Africa. She served as Director of Pan-African Strategic Initiatives driving the acceleration of still beverages across the continent through exports. In this role, she was also responsible for management of the Pan-Africa System Council of senior Company and Bottler leaders. While at The Coca-Cola Company, Mary also served as General Counsel for Coca-Cola East & Central Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya where she was responsible for the company’s diverse legal affairs across more than 38 countries in the region.
Dr Mary is a member of the board of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and of the Harvard University Alumni Association of South Africa, She is also the author of “National Jurisprudence in International Tribunals”, in International Law Decisions in International Courts, published by Transnational, 1996.