George Wachiuri – WealthFest Africa

George Wachiuri


George Wachiuri is an entrepreneur par excellence. He captains one of the most trailblazing organizations in the region, Optiven Group, which was recently singled out as one of the companies that will inspire Africa in 2019, by the London Stock Exchange.

Under his stewardship, Optiven Group has continued to grow from one level to the next. It currently has a number of successful subsidiaries that include Optiven Limited, which deals in Real Estate and Optiven Construction, which produces concrete products.

Inspired by a drive to economically and socially transform the society, Optiven Group aims at creating over 30,000 direct employees by the year 2030. George has indefatigably been at the fore-front of empowering Kenyans and Africans in Diaspora, especially to invest in the real estate sector.

Having started over 15 different businesses which ended up folding, he has continued to prudently steward the Group of Companies that have so far received numerous accolades both locally and internationally. This includes scooping the best employer in East Africa 2019 by East Africa Best Employer Brand Awards. Optiven was also the overall winner in Top 100 Mid-Sized Companies Survey, 2014/2015 by KPMG and Nation Media Group. The firm also scooped the Best Company in Customer Orientation & Marketing in Kenya (COYA AWARDS) – 2015.

George has won several awards across the globe, including the African Business Personality Award, 2018 by the Voice Achievers Award, Netherlands, Best Entrepreneur in Africa, 2017 – Diaspora Entertainment Awards and Recognition (D.E.A.R) awards 2017, Best and Most Innovative Entrepreneur, Business and Entrepreneurship, Mashujaa Awards 2015 (USA), amongst others.

This pace-setting innovator and entrepreneur holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Option) and is a Certified Public Accountant CPA (K). He is also a passionate philanthropist and the Chairman and Trustee of one of the most vibrant Foundations in the region, Optiven Foundation. He is also a motivational speaker, a lecturer and serves as a church elder.

To top it up, George is also a family man and a celebrated author of bestselling books; ‘Soaring like an Eagle’ and ‘Unleash your full Potential’.