We are one of the fastest growing enterprises in Kenya

 

Copia, which is Latin for “abundance”, was founded in 2012 by Silicon Valley veterans, Tracey Turner and Jonathan Lewis. Their vision was to bring the power of e-commerce to the middle and base of the economic pyramid, transforming this historically neglected market into empowered global consumers. Starting in Kenya, where Tracey previously lived, they envisioned “e” where there is no internet, commerce where there are no big wallets, deliveries where there are no modern roads or addresses and empowered people where the world sees none.

Today, Copia is one of the fastest growing enterprises in Kenya. We aim to make living easier - everyday, by delivering underserved consumers and their communities the choice, convenience and opportunity they deserve through a network of digitally-enabled Agents located close to their home.

OUR BOARD

Tracey is a well known social entrepreneur who founded three companies before starting Copia.But her most challenging job is serving as mom to three tiny kids and one large dog. In her free time she has killed a few brain cells completing 11 Ironmans. Tracey holds a degree in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Tracey Turner

Founder & Chairman

Tracey is a well known social entrepreneur who founded three companies before starting Copia.But her most challenging job is serving as mom to three tiny kids and one large dog. In her free time she has killed a few brain cells completing 11 Ironmans. Tracey holds a degree in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

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Shakir Merali

Board Member

Shakir oversees the investment activities of LGT Impact across Sub-Saharan Africa. He previously managed the Africa Healthcare Fund and has also been responsible for growing investment value in sectors including logistics, banking, manufacturing and unashamedly, fashion retail. His prior experience includes doing early stage investing in technology businesses in Western Europe as well as strategy consulting for the Monitor Company and Coopers & Lybrand.

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Jerry Held

Board Member

Jerry has served as a board member of Copia since its founding. He has been a successful entrepreneur, executive and investor in Silicon Valley for over 40 years where he has been involved in managing all growth stages of companies from conception to multi-billion-dollar global enterprises. He enjoys travel, photography, many sports and spending time with his family.

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Chuck Rozwat

Board Member

Charles (Chuck) is Executive Vice President of Oracle Support Services and a member of Oracle Corp’s Executive Committee. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President of of Oracle Product Development. Before joining Oracle in 1994, Charles spent 17 years with Digital Equipment Corp where he had management positions in the database division. He holds a Bachelors degree from Marquette University and a Masters degree from Harvard University.

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Peter Van As

 Board Member

A Dutchman born and raised in Latin America, Peter has a Masters in Economics from Erasmus University. For the last 20 years of his career he has worked all over Africa (23 markets!) for Unilever, DIAGEO, Smollan & SCANAD and Phatisa – where he is currently Senior Partner. Peter has lived in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Mauritius and has been a Copia board member since the beginning. Happiness to him is being on the ground and rolling up his sleeves.

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Tim Chege

Board Member

Tim's career has spanned more than 25 years in which he has served in several senior marketing, sales and general management positions in Kenya. He has been Marketing Manager at East Africa Breweries Limited, GM with Nation Media Group, CEO of Kenya Tea Packers and Regional Managing Director for Adcock Ingram. He was the founding MD of Toyota Tsusho Fertilizers Africa and is a Board member of multiple organizations. Tim attended the University of Nairobi and has an MBA from United States International University/Columbia Business School. He enjoys golf, photography, sports and music.

OUR SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Tim Steel

Chief Executive Officer

Tim is British, has a finance background and 25 years transport and service industry experience leading diverse teams to deliver quality service and fast growth in emerging markets. Tim has lived in 6 and worked in over 50 countries. He loves travel (obviously!) and tries to stay fit by mountain biking and hiking.

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Kenneth Karoki

VP Supply Chain and Logistics

Ken is responsible for Copia’s Warehousing and Logistics operations. He is an experienced supply chain specialist with experience across multiple industries including consumer goods, retail, technology and telecommunications with companies such as Coca Cola, Nestle and Safaricom. He is also a strong technology professional who has a track record of SAP ERP deployments in East Africa. He is an E-Commerce enthusiast who is inquisitive about mobile technology. He is also a father, husband and professional thespian who enjoys travel as well as going to the gym!

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Anne Mwihaki

Human Resources Manager

Anne provides HR leadership and management to the business and is fully responsible for the company’s HR operations such as developing HR processes and policies, compliance, employee relations, performance management, recruiting, benefits, compensation and maintaining a highly engaged work force. Besides being a HR generalist, she is a foodie, loves interior designing and travels to fuel her soul.

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Dominic Dimba

Chief Financial Officer

Dominic is responsible for all financial aspects of Copia’s business that drive the execution of the company’s long term vision. He has spent the last 20 years in financial, strategic and business development roles in 3 different continents and is a sports enthusiast with a particular passion for rugby.

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Benjamin Kahungo

Head of Engineering

Kahungo is tasked with the responsibility of understanding Copia’s strategic vision and seeking out technologies to fulfill that vision for the benefit of the business. As a hands-on operator, he develops systems that control costs, increase efficiencies and optimise processes. He is married, has four kids, likes animals, enjoys playing hockey and traveling around the world.

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Lizzie Nduta

Project Manager

With over 10 years of Project Management experience, and a PRINCE2 Project Management Certification, Lizzie is a seasoned Project Manager. Copia’s use of technology and embracing of processes to guide growth means projects are always being launched and implemented to keep up with innovation within the company. Lizzie enjoys reading - anything really, books, articles, magazines, tweets, anything so long as it’s interesting!

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Nikki Germany

Chief Growth Officer

Nikki is tasked with growing Copia’s revenue and ensuring the engagement and growth of all our Agents and Customers. Providing innovative solutions to low-income customers is challenging but rewarding! After a career in large, multi-national companies around the world, she loves living in Kenya and enjoying the amazing travel and outdoor opportunities.

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Crispin Murira

Business Development & Replication, Founding CEO

Crispin is a Kenyan born serial entrepreneur who spent many years in the US. In 2012 he moved back to Kenya to get Copia up and running. Once the concept was rooted and seeded for growth, Crispin moved back to the US and is currently focused on ideating and testing high value revenue streams that leverage Copia’s distribution network as well as determining how to migrate the business model to other countries. Crispin enjoys golfing, fishing, running, (hopefully soon) skiing and anything technology and sci-fi. He holds a degree in Economics and Physics from Bowdoin and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

OUR INVESTORS

Copia makes living easier - everyday. We deliver underserved consumers and their communities the choice, convenience and opportunity they deserve through a network of digitally-enabled Agents located close to their home.

Copia Office
Tatu City, Nairobi Kenya