JOHN WALI – Country Director -Junior Achievement
John Wali is an Acumen Fellow and a Commonwealth Scholar who serves as the Executive Director for Junior Achievement (JA) Kenya. JA Kenya is the Country’s largest Organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to own their economic success. JA Kenya works in partnership with the Government and the private sector to equip youth with skills on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to make them successful at work.
He is also the Founder/Country Lead for the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Kenya, which is the host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).
John has extensive experience in working with start-ups and social enterprises and nurturing them into the market. Mr. Wali serves in various Boards such as; Kenya Private Sector Association – Youth Sector Board & Industrialization and Enterprise Development Board, Youth Agenda Kenya and the National Advisory Committee of the International Labour Organization ( ILO).
EUNICE KHAGULI – International Development Consultant
Eunice is an international development consultant with 9 years of combined Private Sector and Public Private Partnership work experience in consulting and FMCG. In the last 6 years, she has worked in projects funded by international agencies such as the World Bank, USAID, DFID, Dutch (DGIS), AusAID and IFAD and UN HABITAT along with local government ministries, parastatals and county authorities in Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Tanzania.
Her sector experience includes Agriculture/ Agribusiness, Trade Facilitation, Youth Employment, Social Enterprise Investment, Housing and Housing Finance, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and FMCG. In Africa she has worked in Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and South Africa. She has mapped gender and verified impact support to companies in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC and Somaliland for the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF). Her technical experience ranges from working in private sector at the grassroots levels to supporting PPP geared at developing policies and large scale programmes with a Sustainable Development Goals/ Millennium Development Goals focus.
VERONICAH KOMBE – HR& Education Manager – I Choose Life
Veronica has worked in the NGO setting for the last 10 years in different capacities including: Resource mobilization to a tune of about Ksh. 2 billion. In the last three years she has worked in the capacities of corporate engagement, Education management and Human Resource management at I Choose Life Africa.
She possesses skills in Human Resource Management, strategic planning, development and management of educational related project designs. She also comes with skills in resource mobilization and especially when working with volunteers. Other skills include training for peer to peer educators and fundraising.
DOMINIC MUASYA – Country Director – Kenya Education Fund
Dominic Muasya is the Co-Founder and Country Director of Kenya Education Fund (KEF), a position he has held for 10 years. KEF is a scholarship organization that currently supports 650 scholars and work with over 180 schools countrywide. Before KEF, Dominic worked with the Ministry of Health Kenya as a Public Health Officer in Kajiado and Kiambu Counties, holding senior positions.
He possesses compressive knowledge of the education sector and is heavily involved with youth empowerment and leadership. He believes in empowering young people who will be responsible and dependable citizens with a deep sense of community and giving back. He is an awardee of “Community Builder Award” by Segal Family Foundation.
GERALD WALTERFANG Founder – WDS Africa
Gerald has over 15 years’ experience in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, with his most current roles being Chief Executive Officer in three leading NGOs. He is widely travelled having hosted and attended conferences locally, regionally and internationally. He has served on diverse boards of directors spanning the sports world, high schools, health partnerships, investment and private companies.
He was sponsored to an intense 1-year postgraduate MSc Executive Organizational Development programme for which he was granted a full scholarship by USIU and Coca Cola as part of their commitment to imparting Transformational Leadership knowledge and skills to the next generation of Africa’s leaders.
PERIS WAKESHO Director – Ashoka East Africa
A passionate believer in humanity driven by the desire to understand why people do the things they do, the way they do them and create platforms to enable them succeed. Peris began this journey at the age of 9-10 giving other young children extra moral lessons, becoming a first aider while in primary school. At high school, she joined clubs such as: a youth peer education, wildlife, interact, debate and Young Christian students’ where she held several positions and offered guidance to other students.
On completing her high school she continued to volunteer in several roles some being: youth peer educator and trainer, Kenyan youth advocate, Health information Centre coordinator, initiating several programs to support and continue the journey to understand people so as to help them make the most of their lives.
A result oriented, passionate, problem solver and team player trained as a Forensic Psychologist & Criminal Investigator with 18 years of experience in Design, Management, Implementation and Evaluation of programs in Social Entrepreneurship, HIV and AIDS, Reproductive Health, Youth, workplace and Gender.
MAURICE OMONDI Executive Director -Strathmore University Foundation
Maurice Omondi is a development and fundraising professional with over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit sector. He has held several strategic positions in the NGO sector including ActionAid International, Plan International, Victoria Institute for Research in Environment and Development and Youth for Conservation.
He currently heads the Strathmore University Foundation. In these engagements, Maurice has provided leadership in fundraising cycle management, project design and management, change management, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building. Some key highlights of his career include leading a change management process in ActionAid Tanzania, providing fundraising advice and capacity building for staff in 12 African countries, leading international projects for fundraising products development etc.
Maurice believes that every person deserves a chance to pursue happiness and access their basic human rights. In his free time, he blogs on social issues, human rights and believes in the power of mentorship of younger people in leadership development.