Mental Health Practitioner
Bernice N. Nderitu is an independent consultant with eleven-years-experience in mental health and psychosocial support and child protection. Her academic background is: Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Daystar University), a Master of Arts degree in Child Development (Daystar University), and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Candidate, United States International University-Africa). She is passionate about providing early intervention services, community mental health, and gathering evidence to inform policy and practice. She advocates for mental health services to be accessible and affordable to all. Bernice has a deep appreciation for African history and culture and is driven to empower Africans and persons of African descent. She is energized by nature and the expressive arts.
Communication and Governance Specialist
Caroline is the Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust, Kenya’s pioneer Parliamentary monitoring organization where she is leading her team in keeping an eye on Kenya’s Parliament to enhance legislative transparency and openness, using tech for good governance and generating research products for inclusive politics. She also occasionally writes, speaks and moderates on local governance issues in local media and events. Previously, she served as the Development Communications Manager at the Society for International Development where she was part of the team that won the 2017 PRSK Public Affairs Campaign of the Year and the SABRE 2018 Best Public Affairs Campaign in Africa for the RedCard Campaign for Integrity. She has also held senior positions at the ShuleYangu Alliance Campaign at Transparency International –Kenya, the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution and the Tourism Trust Fund
Social Innovator and technology enthusiast
Derrick is a social innovator and technology enthusiast. He is passionate about tech-innovation and entrepreneurship and how the fusion can solve Africa's urgent socio-economic problems.
Derrick works with Afya Plan, an early-stage startup that is helping communities organized in micro-savings groups to save and pool resources to be able to afford healthcare, and is a representative of Faster Capital-a virtual hub that supports impact scale ups in Africa. His local, continental & global experiences coupled with failure shaped his perspective of 'Real problem solving innovation in context' and believes in innovations that makes life better for the global poor. He has been privileged to speak on Health innovation in Africa at the International German Forum, a Federal Dialogue chaired by the German Chancellor on global health.
He is a startup Bootcamp health fellow and has worked with award-winning teams with MYouth - EU, GIZ-Make-IT in Africa and World Summit Awards.
Human Resource professional
Diana is a Kenyan female Human Resource professional, she has lectured and mentored several university students across the country, both in the public and private universities. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Human Resource Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is passionate about employees primarily in the higher education sector in Kenya, focusing on university's organizational behaviour and how employees in the universities may be rewarded for them to achieve optimum performance.
Entrepreneur, Optimist, Disability inclusion champion.
Elly is an entrepreneur and a disability advocacy champion. Having acquired a
physical disability in his early twenties, Elly has learned to overcome adversity and
is keen to offer hope. Elly ambulates using a wheelchair which has opened him to
see obstacles in the community making him passionate about disability inclusion
and an avid advocate for persons with disability. He is a board member of NETT
Kenya (Network of Transformed Thinkers) an organisation that offers hope to
street families and destitute Persons’ with disability.
Elly speaks to different groups and individuals on matters accessibility, inclusion
and the dignity of persons with disability. He is a former head of department for
persons with disability at CITAM valley road. He has previously been privileged to
sit at the UN’s world disability day organizing committee and work with the
KYES-USAID program as a TOT and a disability mobilizer.
Farmer / Co-founder Fin-tech start-up.
Finn is a Kenyan, Agriculturist, Environmentalist, history buff, blue sky thinker. Having worked
in Sierra Leone and Zambia and East Africa in both the commercial and aid sectors. He has
been fortunate to be exposed and enjoyed friendships amongst many African cultures.
MD Ghetto Radio
Julius Ondijo Owino aka MajiMaji Is first through God's gifts a musician popularly known as MajiMaji. He started from 'drumming' tins and buckets to creating music at home as a young boy to transforming Kenya democratically through music in 2002; where he participated in the fight and realization of Kenyas Democratic space and Leadership through music with the song Unbwogable ushering in the first fully Democratically elected Government. His immediate references are Former President Hon. Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister and statesman Hon. Raila Odinga and His fellow patriotic Kenyan citizens.
He is a Life Transformation, community and people development enthusiast. He considers himself a Protagonist and People servant.
He is a media manager with 9 years experience and founder at Ghetto Radio. Electronic Publisher, Leadership and Governace scholar at ILU (International Leadership University).
He is a Father of 2 and counting, married passionate about youth empowerment and development.
A passionate lover of Film, Animation and Theatre, who is pursuing a Doctorate in Film Studies. One of her favourite plays she watched at the Kenya National Theatre is Sarafina in 2019. A Film Scholar who aims at making films that deal with societal issues and offer solutions. She is a mentor, film trainer and has spoken in various forums countrywide. Her passion is equipping young minds with the ability to tell stories through Film and collaborating with other filmmakers to make films. Her dream is to see African stories being told by Kenyan Filmmakers.
Chief Data Officer, CIAT
Leroy is the Chief Data Officer at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, commonly referred to by its Spanish acronym CIAT. In his current role, Leroy oversees organization-wide data governance, data and information management, and statistics services, with a primary focus on the organization and use of data as a strategic asset in international agricultural research. In addition, he loves using agricultural research data to create solutions that will bring value to small scale farmers globally.
Leroy is passionate about leveraging data and information technology not just to understand, but also to solve societal challenges. He has been instrumental in building data-based ICT solutions for the public and private sector, and international research organizations in various industries ranging from Health, Education, Trade, and Agriculture. As data becomes more democratized, Leroy remains keen on ensuring the use of the transformational power of data for public good.
Creative communicator, educator, speaker & activist
Lilly Bekele-Piper is an education & communication strategist, speaker and activist and is the Executive Producer and host of the Up/Root podcast. She holds a BA in Speech Communication from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Education from Harvard. She has led technical teams in 14 countries as a consultant for leading multinational organizations and is currently a Senior Communications Strategist at the World Bank. Up/Root is a global podcast on identity and culture that elevates stories of joy, resilience and justice in the region, continent and diaspora. Up/Root curates lives podcast events throughout Nairobi and in 2019, produced two episodes with UNICEF in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Lilly is a frequent speaker in Nairobi, at Lavington Vineyard Church and was selected to address thousands of creative entrepreneurs at Alt Summit in California, USA in March. Her greatest joy and privilege is parenting Selah, Solomon, Silas and Saron with Ben, her college love of 20 years.
Mackrine is experienced in product management and general management having worked in various capacities at Safaricom Plc for over 18 years and having been Chairperson of the Safaricom Investment Cooperative for eight years.
As a counselling psychologist affiliated to Nawiri Centre for Health and Wellness, Mackrine applies her knowledge to champion the promotion of mental wellness. Her key focus is the prevention of mental illness, reduction of stigma and promotion of timely intervention.
The full appreciation of the importance, application and value of psychology is lagging behind in the Kenyan space. Its her desire that through her involvement together with others in the field, they will be able to expand this scope. That they will make it possible for the increased appreciation of positive psychology, that more of those in need of therapy will appreciate the existence of their need, that they’ll seek timely intervention and to obtain early relief from their distress.
Marketing and Communications Enthusiast.
Mary Gitari is a Marketing Communications enthusiast dedicated to working with entrepreneurs to monitize their ideas.
She has a background in communication and is trained to derive tangible insights from complex business strategies to amplify key messages that increase visibility and credibility for organizations.
Having spent over 15 years as a PR practioner, Mary has a knack for educating consumers about products and services in simple ways that build trust. Her particular expertise is her ability to connect with people and encourage collaborative thinking to achieve overall objectives.
An entrepreneur since 2010, Mary has been running a PR Advisory firm called Brand Spark PR, where she has successfully implemented route to market campaigns for over 100 International blue-chip companies and local SMEs across 11 sectors.
Mary is a wife and a mother of 3 boys. She is also a mentor at professional and social fronts through active engagement in the community.
Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Programs Leader.
Mary works at True North Society, where she supports Military veterans to re-integrate into
society after their service. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University, New
Jersey, United States and a Master’s Degree from United States International University (USIU-
Africa). She has been practicing psychology for over 10 years.
In 2019 she supported civilians affected by the terrorist attack at 14 Riverside Nairobi.
Mary has worked with victims of torture and war trauma from our neighboring countries of
Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
She has held a managerial and supervisory position of trauma counselors in the northern areas of
Kenya. In this capacity she was also a trainer who provided needs based trainings for personnel
from various organizations such as UNHCR and Red Cross.
Executive Leader unlocking Africa's Potential
Sam is passionate about leadership for Africa and empowering livelihoods; conserving our resources whilst generating sustainable profits. A believer in home grown solutions for Africa’s challenges.
Sam is an accomplished strategic, commercial development leader with extensive experience in domestic and international markets in strategy and operations, involving both start-up and growth organizations, a career spanning over 17 years. He has served in different leadership roles for different multinational organizations in Africa; providing vision and direction necessary for growth of these organisations. He holds a Global MBA, Post Graduate in Marketing and BS.
He is currently part of the SATO Global Leadership Team responsible for SATO Africa Operations for LIXIL. SATO is LIXIL's social business, which offers a range of innovative and affordable toilet products designed for base-of-pyramid consumers in peri-urban and rural communities across the world.
Trainer, Life Coach, and Public Speaker
Sheba Njagi is the Head of Training and Communications at Centonomy Limited. Her
purpose is to catalyze people towards growth and transformation while in their pursuit
to live abundantly and create wealth.
To accomplish her purpose, she serves as a coach for individuals and entrepreneurs
who need an accountability partner and support system while in their journey to
achieve their personal and business goals. She is also a trainer and speaker at various
workshops and events and you’ll find her sessions are interactive, practical, applicable
Sheba is also an entrepreneur who has served and continues to serve in various boards
in Kenya such as the Event Managers Association of Kenya, ECHAD Investment
Company Limited and AIESEC - USIU. She was awarded the IDIN Scholarship for
the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program by Colorado State University.
She is the Founder of a vibrant Integrated Marketing Services Agency called Roarke & Bartley in Kenya.
Consultant Psychologist and Research Mentor
Wangari has 14 years' experience in designing and implementing Psychology and Research programs. Her niche is empowering people with disabilities/special needs and their caregivers, particularly the Deaf. She is a founder member of Afrika Hai, where she uses expressive arts to co-produce knowledge in local communities and to restore African indigenous healing knowledge ways. She founded a program called Study Smart, which provides mental health and wellness support for researchers. She earned a global award at the American Psychological Association 2018 Convention on a research titled: Barriers to Mental Health Access for Deaf Adults in Kenya: A Review. She is a candidate of Doctor of Psychology, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, at United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), where she is also a Doctoral Teaching and Research Assistant. She was a founder of the USIU-Africa Disability Policy and the Sign Language Club.