Kenya’s biggest telecom operator Safaricom has named Stephen Kiptinness as its new chief strategy officer with effect from 1st May 2022, subject to relevant regulatory approvals.
If approved, he will be replacing Stephen Chege who is the current Vodacom Group Chief External Affairs Officer.
Kiptinness will be responsible for the organization’s reputation management, public policy, and legal and regulatory affairs. He will also steer the development and implementation of Safaricom’s corporate investment strategy as well as oversee internal and external communications.
Prior to his appointment, Kiptinness was a Senior Partner at Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates LLP where he headed the Technology and Intellectual Property practice for the last 10 years. Before starting his practice, Stephen worked at Telkom Kenya Orange, heading Regulatory Affairs for 3 years, from 2009 to 2012.
He has also held various legal roles including Legal Officer and subsequently Senior Legal Officer at the Communications Authority of Kenya, and Legal Manager at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, having commenced his legal career as a Trainee Advocate at Oraro & Co. Advocates. Stephen also teaches at the University of Nairobi School of Law.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B Hons) from the ILS Law College, University of Pune, a Diploma in Computer Science, a Certificate in Human Resource Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Information Technology & Telecommunications Law from the London School of Economics.
Stephen is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Member of the Law Society of Kenya and is a Certified Public Secretary with the Institute of Certified Secretaries.
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