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Learn to Make.
Make to Learn.

Global Minimum Inc (GMin) is an organization that encourages young innovators and leaders in Africa to engage with creative problem-solving skills and hands-on learning programs to tackle challenges affecting their communities.

Creativity of the individual

Ideas are as unique as the individuals from which they were borne. We embrace and encourage this diversity and provide resources to apply new ideas using critical thinking skills and hands-on learning programs. Our approach always begins with the individual with the goal of a greater culture of creativity and innovation.

Collaboration that builds better communities

Collaboration is part of everything we do. It includes an understanding of others, care for their interests, and the self- awareness to know what will achieve mission impact. It’s our ability to work in a team towards a common goal, impacting the growth of community, country, and continent.

Curiosity that propels learning and growth

Curiosity is unstoppable. It fuels the desire to learn, improve, and grow. It opens new doors, moves us forward, and takes us down new paths. As those who possess this trait, we can relate when we see it surface in others.

Catalyst of change

To effect change, we have adopted a mindset that does not limit possibility. We’re not afraid to be bold and think big. This is our approach both at the student and management level. Each serves to inspire the other, producing powerful and influential stories of visionary thinkers, doers, and makers.

Our Team

Lola Aleru

Lola Aleru

Executive Director

Lola Aleru

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.

Richard Bikko

Richard Bikko

Program Manager, InChallenge Kenya

Richard Bikko

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.

Emmanuel Abdulai

Emmanuel Abdulai

Program Manager, Innovate Salone

Emmanuel Abdulai

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.

Faith Ngogoyo

Faith Ngogoyo

Program Director, Lumen Labs

Faith Ngogoyo

Faith Ngogoyo is the program director of Lumen Labs. She is a business development and stakeholder manager with over 6 years of experience leading growth efforts for both private and development organizations. Faith is very passionate about building tech-driven solutions and is a summa cum laude graduate in finance.

Brenda Nyakoa

Brenda Nyakoa

Program Associate

Brenda Nyakoa

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 Kipkurui

Kevin Kipkurui

Program Associate

Kevin Kipkurui

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 Okaisu

Wangu Okaisu

Program Associate

Wangu Okaisu

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

Mohamed Alpha

Program Associate

Mohamed Alpha

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.

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Board of Directors

Ashley Kegan

Ashley Kegan

Board Chair
Ashley Kegan

Ashley Kegan

Board Chair

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.

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Mike Willis

Mike Willis

Board Treasurer
Mike Willis

Mike Willis

Board Treasurer

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.

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Joyce Kabayadondo

Joyce Kabayadondo

Board Secretary
Joyce Kabayadondo

Joyce Kabayadondo

Board Secretary

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.

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Sunand Bhattacharya

Sunand Bhattacharya

Board Member
Sunand Bhattacharya

Sunand Bhattacharya

Board Member

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.

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Roy Ombati

Roy Ombati

Board Member
Roy Ombati

Roy Ombati

Board Member

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.

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Craig Bida

Craig Bida

Board Member
Craig Bida

Craig Bida

Board Member

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.

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Eva  Warigia

Eva Warigia

Board Member
Eva  Warigia

Eva Warigia

Board Member

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.

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GMinContributors

David Sengeh

Jamie Appleseed

Mathias Esmann

Jacob Lennheden

Malcolm Seymour

Anna Waleron

Ariam Mogos

Heather Cole Lewis

Desmond Mitchell

Ablorde Ashigbi

Elli Suzuki

Jake Fisher

Janice Williams

Jimm Meloy

Kate Mitty

Kelvin Kang'ethe

Mahmoud Javombo

Michelle Ngure

Nicholas Okafor

Rashmi Sharma

Stefan Louw

Surath Wijetunga

Wanjiru Mwenja

Abdallah Mohamed

Eunice Kariuki

Grant Bridgman

Delphine Nyaboke

Oprah Muthoni

Aaron Kipng'enoh

Anthony Mugiluri

Oladije Araromi

Pauline Gangla

Wamuyu Mahinda

Dorine Kanaiza

Millicent Mutheu

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