Irene Irungu Celebrating Women in Project Management

Irene Irungu Celebrating Women in Project Management

Irene Irungu


Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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Irene works as a Senior Manager leading execution of strategic technology driven initiatives at Equity Bank Group Holdings that covers Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and now DRC. This covers the whole life cycle including change management and driving utilization and adoption of the technology solutions deployed to realize the expected benefits. She also works in PMO development and developing strategies for growing maturity of the PMO & training and development of the project managers in the team. She has more than 10 years of experience in the Financial Services, Airline and Telecommunication industries. She is PMP Certified and is a volunteer in the PMI Kenya Chapter Events team. She is also certified in COBIT Foundation and COBIT Implementer.

She holds a Masters in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelors in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

She would like to live in a world where Project Managers are appreciated, the value generated by projects is undeniable and the customer is the center of all that organizations do.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

I enjoy the fact that we are able to create things that were on paper and are now come to fruition. I like to see the impact made and left behind by completed projects.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

Communication and Stakeholder Management
Planning both at a high level and in detail
Resource Management

I build and nurture my professional network by:

I am a volunteer for the PMI Kenya Chapter in the events team. I also attend workshops and project management related conferences.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

Project management requires a significant level of sacrifice and it needs you to develop a character that can then handle the responsibility.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

The Executive Director, Subsidiaries has been my biggest inspiration as she has broken barriers of gender by being great at what she does with style and grace.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Take time to grow and invest in others. No man or woman is an island.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

Remain authentic to yourself regardless of the circumstances. There is only one you and you have what it takes. Believe in yourself.


Hello amazing women of the project management world!

My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
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