Lola Aleru is GMin’s Executive Director, responsible for business strategy, strategic partnerships, and management. Lola is passionate about enabling access to hands-on STEM education for marginalized communities. She has functioned in Business Development, Operations and Program Management roles at IBM Research Africa and the Aquaya Institute. Lola’s passion grew out of her leadership and management roles at The Exploratorium and SACNAS. She received a B.S. in Business Management from UC, Santa Cruz.
Program Manager, InChallenge Kenya
Richard (Richy) Bikko is GMin’s Program Manager of InChallenge in Kenya. Prior to that, Richy worked at TASSC International in DC, before moving back to Kenya to start working with organizations that promote peace and sustainable community development initiatives in the East African region. Richy holds a BA in Peace & Development from Eastern Mennonite University.
Program Manager, Innovate Salone
Emmanuel is a Program Manager of Innovate Salone, in Sierra Leone. He has over 10 years of experience in international development and research through consulting agencies, UNICEF and NGO’s in Sierra Leone. He volunteered as an intern with GMin in 2012 to assess the implementation of the Innovate Salone program in Six districts in Sierra Leone. He is passionate about working with young people and helping to build an environment in which they can thrive. Emmanuel holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Brenda is a Program Associate in Kenya. She is a Graduate Electrical Engineer who is passionate about technology and innovation with a particular interest in human-centered design, design for social impact and user experience. Her primary role is to design, test and implement hands-on workshops that equip youth in Kenya with 21st-century skills through design thinking, Entrepreneurship, and visionary leadership training. When she is not working she enjoys mentoring young people in STEM, reading and learning new things including programming and dancing. She formerly worked at Thrust bore Technics to plan, design, and implement projects on optical fiber networks.
Kevin is a Program Associate in Kenya. He is certified and fully trained in customer care service and engineering skills from the Samsung Engineering Academy. Kevin holds a diploma in Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
Wangu is a Program Associate in Kenya. She has previously volunteered at St. Georges Primary School as a Fun Science Club facilitator. She has also been involved in Safaricom’s Kidz Go Tech and 47-in-1 programs, introducing young children to technology and mentoring high school girls respectively. Wangu holds a BSc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nairobi. She is a licensed Cisco Certified Network Associate.
Mohamed Alpha is a Program Associate in Sierra Leone. He previously served as a fellow with Innovate Salone for four years. In 2018, he founded the Next Gen Innovators Network which serves as a hub in solving pressing community problems. Alpha has previously held several positions in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation and recorded great achievements. Alpha holds a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Technology from the Njala University, Sierra Leone and certificates in Civic Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship programs. He currently lives in Sierra Leone and is working towards the SDGs and the Africa Agenda 2063.
Millicent Mutheu is an intern for the InChallenge program in Kenya. She graduated from the Multimedia University of Kenya with a Bachelors’s degree in Journalism. Millicent loves storytelling for impact in her community. She is a champion of gender equality and volunteers for One girl can to advocate for girl education through video campaigns on Instagram. Millicent hopes to impact people's lives by giving them a platform to better express themselves and become the best version of themselves.
Dorine Kanaiza is an intern for the InChallenge Program in Kenya. She has a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Literature from The University of Nairobi. She’s passionate about people and creating impact with a keen interest in youth empowerment. When she’s not working, she enjoys mentoring young people, researching, reading, and writing stories. She’s published some of her stories on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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Ashley is a Manager at Accelerated Growth Advisors, where she helps entrepreneurs execute their vision through implementing sound accounting practices and building financial infrastructure so founders, investors, and leadership teams can focus on growth. Previously, Ashley was a Manager at Davis & Hosfield Consulting, where she was a damages consultant for corporate litigation. Prior to that, she was a senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. While at Deloitte, she worked on a telecommunication start-up company’s IPO, as well as provided services for large retail, a not-for-profit, and an energy client. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from the DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a minor in Professional Writing. Ashley is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.Email Ashley
Wamuyu was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2010 in recognition for her social innovation, entrepreneurial qualities and potential to achieve impact in the area of youth employment. Wamuyu Founded the Youth Banner in January 2010 to create a generation of enterprising young people, most of whom are women and the majority of whom are rural. Wamuyu is energized by the success she has had in sparking youth entrepreneurship and has taken steps through The Youth Banner to establish a framework that others can tap into to emulate her success. Prior to founding the Youth Banner, she worked in Technoserve, Allavida, and Kenya Youth Business Trust. In 2016 while in Technoserve She spearheaded the first national youth Business Plan competition in partnership with the Ministry of Youth dabbed ‘chora bizna’. The competition created a pipeline of youth businesses for funding by the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. Wamuyu is also a strong advocate of social and business co-creation which connects social entrepreneurs and businesses with complementary strengths to collaborate for maximum social impact. Wamuyu is currently a Consultant working with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Wamuyu holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from United States International University.Email Wamuyu
Mike is a Director of Finance at Precision Castparts Corp, a global manufacturer of complex super-alloy components for the aerospace and defense industries. With 10 plus years of progressive experience, he's worked in numerous operational and financial management roles at the corporate, commercial, and business unit levels. Mike graduated from Penn State University with an MBA and from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. In addition, Mike is a Certified Management Accountant(CMA). Mike also serves as a Director for the Paramount Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.Email Mike
Joyce is originally from Zimbabwe and is passionate about youth development and coaching. Her mission is to cultivate self-confidence and inspire visionaries who will lead the African continent through innovative community-based solutions. Joyce is a Houston-based REALTOR ®, who specializes in residential real estate. Through her work, she helps families create a meaningful legacy for future generations through homeownership and real estate investments. Prior to that, she was an Audit Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP with 12-years of experience managing U.S. GAAP and IFRS audits across multiple industries. Her significant client experience includes SEC filings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, complex accounting areas, as well as fraud-related investigations. Joyce also led various advisory projects ranging from revenue recognition, lease implementation, carve-out financial statements, control remediation and fresh start bankruptcy accounting. While at Deloitte Joyce was a member of Deloitte’s National Audit Faculty and devoted her time to training, mentoring, and developing young professionals. Joyce graduated with a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Houston and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas since 2009.Email Joyce
Sunand is the Associate Vice Provost for Design and Innovation Strategies at Boston College. Among other things, his responsibilities include the creation of a brand new Engineering department dedicated to Human-Centered Engineering with a design focus. This is part of BC’s growth strategies for the future via its upcoming Schiller Institute Initiative.Email Sunand
Roy is the Co-founder and CEO of African Born 3D Printing(AB3D) a Nairobi based hardware social enterprise that manufactures 3D printers from recycled electronic waste. His background is in Mechanical Engineering. Roys is a Stanford Fablearn Fellow and an alumnus of the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) 2013 where he has continuously taken the lead in organizing IDDS summits for 2014,2016 and 2018. Roy was named as one of the Impact Design Hub's Top 40 Under 40 awardees and also Top 20 Young African Entrepreneurs in 2018. He is passionate about Technology and making innovations geared towards social impact and development.Email Roy
Craig is Founder and CEO of THINK DESIGN DISRUPT, an impact-focused, brand-building consultancy that designs, reimagines, and activates brands to create social and environmental impact. He is also a Partner, Brand Strategy + Activation at Hairpin, a strategy and design collaborative that builds brands for world-changers, do-gooders, and hell-raisers. Previously, Craig was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Nonprofit Marketing at Cone Communications, a leading marketing and communications agency, and a marketing executive at Procter & Gamble, where he developed purpose-driven marketing strategies across a portfolio of leading global brands. Craig has his BA and MBA from Yale University, and MA from the University of Vermont, and is an Executive in Residence, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation, and Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College. He is on the Board of Directors of the Charles River Conservancy.Email Craig
Kenya Board of Directors
Eva’s passion is Africa’s Prosperity. Her mission is serving the continent as its change agent. She is currently Executive Director with East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EAVCA), a trade organization for private capital investors who collectively manage close to US$4billion in funds under management. Her role entails promoting East Africa as a capital destination. Her professional experience spans a near-decade working in consulting in at least 13 Countries, having started as a corporate strategy analyst and later as an investor relations consultant for listed companies in East Africa. She is also a guest lecturer of strategic communication at the University of Nairobi.Email Eva
Pauline Gangla has 20 years of progressive experience in the design and delivery of donor-funded education programs in the international development sector. She manages large and diverse cross-regional projects aimed at strengthening university systems in Africa, Asia and the Middle East funded by UK Aid at the British Council. She chairs Kenya’s Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK)’s soft skills panel. She is a certified career coach, motivational speaker, mentor and resume writer. Pauline sits on two NGO boards, Kenya Education Fund, and Global Minimum. She holds a Master’s degree in Public & Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Kenya Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Kenya.Email Pauline
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