Safaricom has appointed Stephen Kiptinness as its Chief Corporate Affairs Officer effective 1st May 2022, responsible for the organisation’s reputation management, public policy, legal and regulatory affairs.
Stephen is expected to also drive Safaricom’s corporate investment strategy, oversee its internal and external communications and lead the development of a roadmap that will embed purpose in everything at Safaricom and its stakeholders.
Stephen brings on board more than 27 years of cumulative legal experience. He joins Safaricom from Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates LLP where he was a Senior Partner heading the Technology and Intellectual Property practice for the last 10 years. Before starting his practice, Stephen worked at Telkom Kenya Orange, heading Regulatory Affairs for 3 years, from 2009 to 2012.
Prior to his role at Telkom Orange, he held various legal roles including Legal Officer and subsequently Senior Legal Officer at the Communications Authority of Kenya, and Legal Manager at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, having commenced his legal career as a Trainee Advocate at Oraro & Co. Advocates. Stephen also teaches at the University of Nairobi School of Law.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B Hons) from the ILS Law College, University of Pune, a Diploma in Computer Science, a Certificate in Human Resource Management, a Post graduate Diploma in Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Information Technology & Telecommunications Law from the London School of Economics.
Stephen is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Member of the Law Society of Kenya and is a Certified Public Secretary with Institute of Certified Secretaries. Stephen replaced Steve Chege who moved to Vodacom Group as the Group Chief External Affairs Officer.