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Carole Wainaina
Former HR Director for the Eurasia and Africa Group
The Coca-Cola Company

HOPE Global Board of Advisors Member: September 2009 - May 2013

Carole is the HR Director for the Eurasia and Africa Group. (EAG) responsible for all aspects of human resources and a key member of the EAG leadership team. In addition to her HR leadership responsibilities,
she will also have responsibility for helping lead the Enabling Growth and Productivity Initiative throughout the group.

More recently, Carole was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola. In this role, she was the Chief of Staff for the Chairman’s office and Strategic thought partner for Mr. Neville Isdell particularly in the areas of sustainability and community Affairs.

Prior to this role, Carole was the President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and Corporate Responsibility Director for The Coca-Cola Company in Africa, responsible for the overall strategy and management of the Foundation with responsibility for 54 countries. Under Carole’s leadership, the Foundation strengthened its partnership approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and wired its funding to the business performance of the Company, in order to ensure sustainability and enhance the impact and effectiveness of its programs in environment, health, education and entrepreneurship. Drawing on her experience in Human Resources, Carole adopted a “people-centred” approach to CSR and ensured that the Foundation was structured in order to unleash the creativity and potential of its staff for the benefit of African communities. Greater emphasis was placed on multi-year flagship programs which have a real impact on development in Africa as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Previously, Carole was Africa Group director, Human Resources where she worked with the Africa Leadership Team and Business Units to build capability and implement people initiatives that contribute to the achievement of business objectives.  She joined The Coca-Cola Company in July, 1998 in Nairobi Kenya. She held a number of senior Human Resources positions in Coca-Cola Africa before moving to run the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

Carole started her career as a consultant at Price Waterhouse in 1989.  She has also worked for the Kenya Wildlife Service, for three years, where she supported the Executive Director, through a major change initiative to transform a government department into an effective parastatal organisation. She continues to take a keen interest in wildlife particularly in Africa. Immediately prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Carole was an independent consultant with a wide range of clients in both private and public sector in different parts of Africa.

Carole has a Business Degree in HR and Marketing from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. She likes to participate actively in community initiatives, particularly in support of the education  and development of girls and young women. She was, for two years, the President of young business and Professional Women’s Club in Kenya and is proud to continue her commitment  to leveraging her experience to provide career counselling for girls in high school. She is the Chairman of the Junior Achievement Board for Africa and member of the JA of Georgia  Board. She also sits on the Boards of the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership and the Africa America Institute.

She is married with two children aged 14 & 11.