Julius Kipng’etich holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) degree from the University of Nairobi. He joined Equity Bank after an eight year successful career as the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Wildlife Service. As Chief Operating Officer of a bank with the highest customer base in East and Central Africa (over 8.7 million), he oversees the day to day execution of strategic initiatives and operations of the Bank. His tenure at the KWS has seen him transform the government parastatal into a serious business outfit. In a bid to ensure World Class Parks, Dr Kipng’etich has greatly improved the management of Kenyan parks, while giving conservation a strong scientific approach. Before Kenya Wildlife Services, he was the Managing Director of Investment Promotion Centre. He is a member of the Kenya Tourist Board, and serves on various boards. He was Director of the Student Welfare Authority, University of Nairobi, where he also lectured in the Department of Management Science. He is also the Patron of AIESEC – University of Nairobi. Dr Kipng’etich is the acclaimed winner of the Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award, COYA 2009. His hobbies and interests include philanthropy, systems theory, mountain climbing (climbed to Point Lenana, Mount Kenya), traveling, reading, golf and classical music.