Ryden's success is closely due to the values instilled by its founder, Iain Illingworth, who placed great importance to personal integrity, prompt and efficient service, and a personalized approach to the business. We are dedicated to a standard of values that promote honesty, trust and openness. We aim to be dependable and consistent in all our dealings.
In 1995 Iain Illingworth moved to Kenya, qualifying as a Member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya and as a Registered Valuer, and joining and eventually acquiring the firm of Ryden International, based in Nairobi. With a degree in Land Economics, Iain had worked as a Chartered Surveyor for over 31 years, first with Strutt & Parker in Scotland, and thereafter with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), as their Scottish Land Agent.
As Managing Director, between the years 2000 - July 2015, Iain oversaw tremendous growth in the company undertaking property valuations in East Africa, including farms, commercial and residential property. He also guided the expansion of the real estate agency function of the firm, and Ryden International has now become one of Kenya's most respected Estate Agents.
Iain had a particular interest in wildlife conservation and eco-tourism, and in rural property matters in general. He succumbed to a brain tumour in July 2015 and his values of integrity, efficient service, and a personalized approach to the business reign supreme at Ryden.
Rose Thogo, M.I.S.K
Managing Director, and Head, Valuation Department
Rose Thogo has over 15 years of diversified experience in real estate valuations spanning all sectors of real estate, real estate marketing, property and facility management, investment feasibility studies, property negotiations, and environmental impact assessment.
Rose obtained a student placement with Ryden International in 1998, and later in 1999 as a trainee valuer. She has remained with this firm up to the present date, becoming a director of the firm in 2008.
She holds a degree in Land Economics, and various post certifications in Marketing, Environmental Studies, and real estate finance. She is a qualified and licensed valuer, and a full member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya, a registered estate agent and property manager. She is also registered Lead Expert with NEMA.
James Odenyo, A.M.I.S.K
Head, Real Estate Marketing Department
James heads our marketing department and has ably handled various large projects such as Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate, Cottage Estate (residential plots) and Alpha Business Park (office suites), Ngelani City (residential plots), Baltimore Estate (residential plots), among others.
James has close to 10 years of diversified experience in the marketing of Real Estate Developments, including feasibility studies, marketing plan formulation and execution, deal origination, real estate research, and negotiations.
James joined Ryden in 2011 and previously gained marketing experience from Citivillas Limited and Techno Brain Ltd. He holds a bachelors degree in Marketing, and is an associate member of Institution of Surveyors of Kenya.
Raphael Ndunda, A.M.I.S.K
Head, Site Acquisition Department
Raphael heads the Site Acquisition Department. He has over 10 years of diversified experience in the Real Estate field, including land surveying, site acquisition and negotiations, and feasibility studies, marketing plan formulation and execution, and environmental assessments. In the course of his site acquisition experience, he has acquired over 1000 sites for telecommunication companies spanning all corners of this country, negotiating with landlords, county offices, and various government departments.
He joined Ryden in 2008 and previously gained marketing experience from Geomaps Africa, and Peta Aviation & Electronics. He holds a bachelors degree in Surveying, and is an associate member of Institution of Surveyors of Kenya.