Mentor and entrepreneur Lucas Marang’a is the embodiment of the energy and drive needed to develop and grow businesses. Since childhood Lucas has had an active entrepreneurial mindset. He is well versed in the nuances, pitfalls and peaks of business in Kenya.
After completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Daystar University, Lucas pursued his MBA in International Business Administration and Marketing at USIU. In 2000 he launched Happening Ventures, an events company that provides quality tent and décor services for the fast-growing social and corporate events market in Kenya. Under Lucas’ stewardship, the enterprise achieved consistent growth in turnover, profit and staff. By 2014 Happening Ventures was a vibrant business that attracted external investment, allowing for further expansion and new collaborations.
Throughout his journey, Lucas has been committed to using his skills to build people, and more recently to growing other entrepreneurs. He has increasingly focused on being a Business Mentor. He is also a Certified Professional Mediator. He was a business coach with Invest to Impact (I2I), helping women-led businesses in East Africa become investment-ready and pivot, especially during the Covid19 pandemic. He also served on the Social Impact Awards Kenya chapter as a business mentor and judge and served on the committee of the Ethical Leaders Network (ELNET)
from 2013 to 2016. He played a pivotal role in the ELNET Ethics Conference & Awards in 2014 and 2015, a forum celebrating ethical leadership.
Lucas is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Kenya, a body that “champions director professionalism and development through good corporate governance for the benefit of organisations, stakeholders and the prosperity of Kenya.” Through board (governance and advisory) engagements he shares his insights and skills to enhance business and strategic decisions. As part of his commitment to good governance, Lucas holds a number of board positions including with AfriLink Entrepreneurs International, a global non-profit dedicated to tackling youth unemployment through building business skills, and Cedar Consulting, a bespoke training and consulting firm.
He is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), certified by the Coaching Development Institute of Africa (CDI-A), the only Coach Training Organization (CTO) domiciled in East, West and Central Africa that has been accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Lucas is a Halftime certified coach by Halftime Global after completing the requirements of the HALFTIME® certification program in using the principles of Halftime to help people discover their calling and experience a fulfilling second half of life. As a transition coach, he is passionate about helping high-impact individuals progress through seasons of their lives, find significance and have an impact.
Lucas became an avid golfer in 2004 and has been active in golf leadership over the last decade. At his home club, Limuru Country Club, he served in various committee roles, which culminated in his being elected as golf captain and board member in 2012. Under his leadership, Limuru Country Club became one of the fastest growing and most active golf clubs in the country.
In 2013 Lucas was elected as an executive of the Kenya Golf Union, Kenya’s premier golfing association. His contributions led to his election as chairman of the Union in 2018 whereby he ran a successful term till May 2019, having been tasked with steering growth in the sport and with representing Kenyan golf to international constituents. Furthermore, Lucas is a Director of Kenya Open Golf Limited and played an instrumental role in the Kenya Open at 50 celebrations in March 2018.
It is as a result of his engagement with golf that he serves as a member of the Sports, Culture and Arts Sector Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).
As a speaker, event moderator and writer, Lucas uses his communication skills to build fellow entrepreneurs, host events, and capture the challenges of the human spirit through his blog Lucas Marang’a: A Man at 40.
Lucas is a seasoned businessman, board member and active citizen. He is committed to using his skills and experience to influence the marketplace and improve the quality of life of individuals, their organizations and their communities.