Eunice Maina

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Eunice Maina
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Eunice Maina. Image retrieved from Kenya Current on 26 July, 2021.
Alma materThe University of Nairobi
OccupationEntrepreneur
Known forBeing the Co-founder & CEO of Bismart Insurance
Websitewww.eunicemaina.com

Editor: Charissa Cassels

Eunice Maina is an accomplished insurance business leader with over nine years of experience in managing insurance products and distribution channels development. She has hands-on experience in sales and relationship management in conventional and microinsurance. Maina is passionate about insurtech and its ability to provide excellent customer experience to the insurance consumer[1] as she has experience working in insurance companies.[2]

She is the Founder and CEO of Bismart Insurance, [3] a Kenyan online insurance marketplace.[4] She is the author of, Sell me this Pen, her debut book that focuses on the art of selling, and on her journey of being a wife, growing in the insurance industry and becoming a celebrated award-winning sales agent and entrepreneur.[5]

Education

Maina attended the University of Nairobi where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from 1999 to 2003. While being a student, she was also the Secretary of the Chiromo Campus Christain Union from 2002 to 2003.[6]

She is also a Microsoft-Certified Systems Engineer.[7]

She has her N+ certification from Microsoft,[8] certification that is a sign of a competent networking professional.[9] Maina is also a Microsoft Certified Professional and received her A+ certification,[10] which indicates competency in supporting Intel-based personal computer hardware and software[11] from Microsoft as well.

She received her International Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies from NCC Education,[12] the UK awarding body and global provider of education[13] in 2006. Additionally, she received her ICDL certification[14] that is an internationally recognised certificate, certifying practical skills in the most commonly used computer applications,[15] from ECDL.

Career

She was a trainer/instructor for the Institute of Advanced Technology,[16] which was established by experienced teachers who worked in educational institutions and have strong expertise in IT industries,[17] from October 2003 to February 2009 in Mombasa.

In that same year, she started her position as Financial Advisor and remained in that position until September 2010 at Britam,[18] a diversified financial services group,[19] in Mombasa. Thereafter she became the Unit Manager for the company until February 2015. In that same month, Maina became the Sales and Relationship Manager and remained in this position until February 2017.

Maina has volunteering experience as a facilitator in personal financial management for the Nairobi Chapel and started her work here in April 2015 and still continues to offer her assistance and to ensure the spread of economic empowerment.

Her work at Bismart Insurance commenced in May 2017 when she became the Managing Partner and Founder in Nairobi, Kenya. She became the CEO and Founder of the company in 2017.[20] Maina started Bismart to ensure that she designed and offered products that were relevant to the African market.[21]

She became a board member at the Kariara Primary School in January 2020 in Nyeri, County.[22]

Investments

Maina invested her savings to start Bismart Insurance.[23]

Awards and Achievements

In 2013 Maina was listed as one of the Top 20 Life Insurance Agents in the country by the Association of Kenya Insurers.

Standard Chartered together with the Zahn Innovation Center at City College of New York started the community project, the Women in Tech Incubator programme, launched in October 2014 by Standard Chartered Americas. The aim of the project is to support female-led entrepreneurial teams with training, mentorship and seed funding. Maina was one of the recipients of this seed funding for her business after participating in an open call for participation, presenting a compelling startup and going through a fixed-term incubation period.[24]

Maina was invited to speak at the 9th Annual Africa Insurance and Reinsurance Conference in Nairobi, as an expert speaker, under the theme “Innovations Disrupting the Insurance Industry – 2019 and beyond.”[25]

Honoris United Universities in partnership with Women In Africa is committed to supporting women’s empowerment and leadership. Every year, they award 54 women entrepreneurs from 54 African countries the opportunity to attend a programme that aims to empower them with the skills and knowledge to exceed in their entrepreneurial ventures. Maina was one of the laureates of this award[26] in 2020.[27]

She was a speaker at the Leveraging AI to Enhance The Digital Face of Customer Interaction event that took place on Wednesday 09 September, 2020.[28]

References

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