Barefoot History

Barefoot Consultancy Ltd was founded in March 2011 when it was identified that there were gaps in the Kenyan hospitality sector especially in revenue management, eCommerce and training.Since then Barefoot has expanded its portfolio into strategic hospitality consultancy such as feasibility studies, operator search & selection, hotel asset sales and to areas outside of the industry such as trade.

Our Vision

To provide simplified solutions to optimise hotel performance

Our Mission

We aim to be the preferred hospitality consultancy company in Eastern Africa harnessing a network of partnerships to deliver on stakeholder expectations

Our Experience

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    In Operation
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    Combined Team Experience
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Our Team

Catherine Gachie

Catherine Gachie

Team Leader and Managing Director

A Nairobian by birth, Catherine graduated with a Bsc. in International Business Administration from United States International University Africa sometime in the 90’s. Since then she has undertaken an MBA at the same institution with a double minor in Strategic Management and Information & Technology Management. Other tertiary studies include Hotel Revenue Management and Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell.

 

Before starting Barefoot Consultancy in 2011, Catherine was the Area Revenue Director Africa for IHG. Other roles over the years have included Group eCommerce Manager – Sarova Hotels, Revenue Manager – Sarova Stanley, Yield Manager – Heritage Hotels to name but a few. When she has a moment, Catherine loves to play golf and the clarinet.

 

She is currently the Business Development Manager for HVS in East Africa and also an Executive member of the Kenya Association of Women In Tourism.

Dr Rosemarie Gachie-Lopokoiyit

Rosemarie Lopokoiyit

Director

Dr Rosemarie is a Paediatrician by profession through the University of Nairobi. She is a Non-Executive Director providing advice and overall guidance on the company strategy.

Kevin Dunlop

Food & Beverage Consultant

Kevin’s F&B experience has spanned from working with some of the best bars and restaurants in Nairobi such as J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen, Quepasa Bar and Bistro, to working with brands that are at the top of their game such as Martell, Remy Martin, Glenfiddich, Hendricks.

 

Currently the co-founder and director of the Bar Sage, a group that is servicing the East African cocktail community through events, consultancy, training and stories.

 

F&B is Kevin’s passion, especially as he gets to use his creativity to enhance the guest experience with amazing results.

Fridah Kariuki

Revenue Manager

Born and raised in Central Kenya, Kirinyaga County, Fridah graduated with a BSc. Ecotourism, Hotel & Institution Management with IT from Maseno University in Kisumu. In 2018 she acquired an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi. Other career growth initiatives include being chosen to join the Management Trainee program at one of the prestigious 5- Star Hotel Groups in Kenya. Late 2015, Fridah was hired as a Revenue Manager in an Africa based Online Travel Agent.

 

After two years in Revenue Management for Hotels in East and Southern Africa, it was clear that this was the path to take. She then moved to Barefoot Consultancy Ltd, as a Revenue Management Executive and thereafter promoted to Revenue Manager.

 

During free time, Fridah loves doing charity work, travelling and watching movies.

Paul Michino

Finance Consultant

Paul is an accountant by profession, a member of the ICPAK, ICSA.
He worked with a medium auditing firm where he rose from the position of an auditor to an audit senior. After that, he joined a prestigious Hospitality Company where he worked for over 9 years.

 

He then left and started his own professional consultancy in audit, tax and business advisory and now partnering with Barefoot Consultancy.