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From Shopkeeper To CEO: The Inspiring Journey Of Imran Osman

Imran Osman is the current CEO of Avenue Group of Hospitals. He has a wealth of experience in healthcare, manufacturing, audit and retail sectors. In a recent interview with Business Daily, the CEO revealed that he once worked as a shopkeeper before rising to the pinnacle of success. 

Here is his story as told by WoK.


He was raised by a father who was a mechanic in Eldoret. He lost his father 12 years ago, which was a great loss as the two were close. He attended Uasin Gishu High School and went to KCA where he graduated as a Certified Public Accountant. Later, he pursued a Master of Business Administration at Liverpool University. 

Professional Career 

From July 2005 to the end of 2007, he worked as an audit manager at PKF Eastern Africa. This was followed by a stint as the director of finance and administration at Kisumu’s Agha Khan Hospital branch. 

From October 2014 to mid 2021, he served as a consultant business performance manager for United Millers Limited. 

He also took up a role as an honorary assistant treasurer at MP Shah Hospital from 2019 to September 2021. 

Within the same time frame, he served as advisor to the finance committee and chair to board committee and also became a nominated board member at Lions Sightfirst Eye Hospital Loresho. 

Mr. Imran went on to join Kingsway Tyres Limited in 2017 as a chief financial officer before becoming Chief Investment officer at Kingsway Family office from March to September 2021. 

The executive joined Avenue Hospital as the Chief Financial Officer in October 2021. In February 2023, he was made the Chief Executive Officer. 

Personal Life 

A devoted family man, he has been married for more than a decade to Dr. Naznin Sokwalla, a pharmacist by profession. The couple have a 9-year-old daughter called Zoya. 

Imran Osman is very involved in her life and even told Business Daily that he was training so he could participate in a match at her school when parents would get called to race.

He intends to win. The 40-year-old has learnt the virtue of patience thanks to fatherhood and marriage gave him stability.