Sarah Karingi is a serial entrepreneur with multi industry interest and vast experience in Building and Construction, Real Estate, Business Networking, and Speaking. She is currently the CEO and director of Sarma Enterprises Limited, Global Networks Investment, Okolea International, and one of the co-directors of Miles Ahead Investments Ltd.
Sarah’s creativity, innovativeness and ability to create solid business relationships, has enabled her build her businesses from the ground up.
The launch pad to her working life was in civil service where she worked for Government’s Ministry of Finance and the KRA as Principal Revenue Officer. She would later venture in entrepreneurship, co-founding Sarma Enterprises Limited, a company that deals in timber and timber products, construction materials, and interior décor. Later on Sarah and a group of friends would pull resources together to invest in real estate trading under Miles Ahead Investment.
In 2016, she founded Global Networks Investment, an organization that offers training and consulting services to individuals and corporates on Business Networking.
For over 15 years, Sarah, through her businesses, has been able to provide good housing, deliver quality building materials to the residents of Nairobi, and mentored many young entrepreneurs.
Sarah’s remarkable business track record has earned her notable awards. She is the recipient of the Africa Business Excellence Award 2017 from The Voice based in the Netherlands, and The Africa Business Networker Award courtesy of Innovative Thinkers. In March 2018, Sarah received the ABTEI Entrepreneurship Award. ABTEI roots for youth and women empowerment and honors them for their distinguished contribution to society within their spheres of influence. She received the award alongside Kenya’s First Lady HE Margaret Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed.
Sarah serves in various leadership positions including director at the United Kenya Club where she chairs the hospitality department and Director Consultant at BNI. At BNI, Sarah has time and again excelled at being top in Kenya and East Africa at giving most business and referrals to members. Moreover, Sarah is a member Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI), Women in Business Kenya (WIB) and Dubai Business Women Council – an initiative of the Dubai Chamber.
In January 2018, Sarah was appointed the National Chairperson of Global Business Roundtable (GBR) Kenya Chapter. A people centered organization focusing on a person’s holistic growth in line with Kingdom principles.
Popularly known as the ‘Queen of networking’, Sarah is overly passionate about connecting existing brands to prospecting opportunities. It’s not enough to say that networking is Sarah’s cup of tea, actually she lives, eats, and sleeps Business Networking.
Sarah is a holder of BCOM from the University of Nairobi, and an alumnus of Strathmore Business School where she trained in Enterprise Development. Sarah has authored the book Overcoming The Impossible, where she tells the story of her life and the challenges she’s had to overcome to be where she is today.
Still on matters education, Sarah is a believer in the transformative power that comes with acquiring an education – it’s for that reason that she provides financial support to a number of students in Secondary Schools across the country.
All said and done, Sarah is a loving mum and grandma, a committed friend, an adventurer and a learning enthusiast!