Zuri Awards

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Barbara Akelo
Barbara is a firm believer in communication strategies. Soft spoken with bubbly laughter, she is keen to see the latest communication strategies meeting the needs of all parties and supporting program manifesto. Her mark of success is timely, accurate, well packaged and relevant messages getting to the right people, right time. While at it she is keen to establish and maintain good relations with all stakeholders using strategic PR tactics. Besides blogging on technology trends she loves to tell stories through various platforms. Barbara has a long spanning working experience in corporate communications. She has held progressive positions starting off her career as an editor, journalist, online marketer, through to her current role managing communications, Safaricom technology division. She has driven corporate communications for NGOs, publishers and Safaricom online among others. She holds a MBA in Corporate Communications from Daystar University.

Barbara Akelo

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Dinah Musindarwezo

Feminist & Gender and Development Expert

Dinah Musindarwezo is a feminist and a Gender and Development expert who is passionate about creating an environment, systems and structures that work favourably for all people without any form of discrimination. For over 13 years, Dinah has dedicated her time to work towards achieving Gender Equality, Women and Girls Human Rights and Empowerment of women and girls in particular and social justice and human rights for all in general. Working at national, regional and global levels, Dinah has mainly focused on policy analysis, advocacy and influencing as well as organizational development. Currently Dinah is the Director of FEMNET (the African Women’s Development and Communication Network).
Dinah serves on UNWomen East and Southern Africa Regional Civil Society Advisory Group, is a Co-Chair of NGOCSW Africa, a Board member of Center for Citizens’ Participation at African Union (CCPAU), Article 19 and Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH). Dinah is also a member of several steering committees and councils working on women’s rights and gender equality including Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR), Equal Measures 2030. Dinah holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Connect with Dinah at director@femnet.or.ke/dinah.musinda@gmail.com and/or @DinahRwiza

Dinah Musindarwezo

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Derek Bbanga

Strategic Communications Skills, Image Strategist Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur and Managing Director of Public Image, Derek works with organizations and professionals on improving the necessary soft skills, people branding, communication skills, and image which are crucial ingredients for success today. He calls these strategic communications tools – he works on equipping people with the strategic communications tools to enable them to carry out their duties with an air of confidence, sophistication and above all – professionalism that will mark them out as the best in the business. He believes your professional image should reflect your position, the organization’s mission, and how you interact with others can influence perceptions of your skills, talents, performance, and career advancements. Derek has helped his many clients develop soft skills and an image and brand that truly represents who they are and how they want to be seen. The organizations he has worked with range from banking, telecoms, hospitality, media, non-profit, manufacturing, and has trained senior executives, managers, professionals, athletes, public figures, politicians and students. Derek is a well known contributor in the media giving advice on communication skills, branding and image and is a regular writer in several magazines and newspapers He is currently finishing writing his first book on Civility and Etiquette in Kenya. Derek has a political science degree from Connecticut in the U.S and studied for an MBA at the Helsinki School of Economics. He is a graduate of the Strathmore University Enterprise Development Centre and is certified in Image and Etiquette from the prestigious Colourworks International in South Africa. He has had over 12 years working in the corporate world in finance and communications. He worked in New York for the financial services firm Bloomberg in business development. He also worked for the Edhec Risk Institute in France a leading asset management research centre where he did analysis and research on asset, risk and portfolio management. He was also asenior consultant for the UK based strategic communications consultancy africapractice and set up their office in Nairobi. Derek is also a keynote speaker at conferences, launches and sales meetings.He is known for his ability to connect with and capture an audience and has also emceed and moderated many events both local and international. Derek is involved as an ambassador with the Pan African Advocacy group Africa 2.0 and is also a fitness and nutrition trainer.

Derek Bbanga

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Evelyn Chibole

Creative Designer & Entrepreneur

Evelyn is a Creative Designer & Entrepreneur with over 13 years experience stretched across relevant fields of the Marketing, Communication and the Media world. Design in general is her hobby as well as her profession. She spends time expressing ideas in different creative fields keeping up to date with the current trends as she enhances her creativity. She is a professional with experience having worked as a Graphic Designer in a retail company, a Graphic Designer & a Calligraphy Artist in a Wedding Supplies and Services company as well as a Marketing Assistant intern at an audit firm. She is an arts and design professional who holds a Certificate and Diploma from Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Passion Profit School of Entrepreneurship.

Evelyn Chibole

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Faith Oneya

Journalist, Daily Nation

Faith Oneya is a writer and editor. She has been working professionally as an online journalist with Nation Media Group since 2013. She manages the Lifestyle pages of the Daily Nation site. Her writing has appeared in various publications like the Standard Newspaper, African Woman Magazine, Saturday Nation and the East African among others. Before assuming the role of a web producer, she worked for ten years as a market researcher at SBO Research Company in Nairobi.
Faith holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has a Certificate in Online Journalism from the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) in the Netherlands and a Media Management Certificate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism at Agha Khan University, Kenya.
She is a board member of the Association of Media Women in Kenya.

Faith Oneya

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Faith Ruguru Mutwiri

General Manager Transken Links Limited

Faith Mutwiri is a PhD Candidate in Project Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Faith holds a Master’s of Science in Biochemistry (Nutrition Biochemistry) from University of Nairobi. She has worked as: Deputy Registrar-Administration Kenya Methodist University; Chairperson Pest Control Products Board; Deputy Registrar Administration at Kenya Methodist University; Group Quality Assurance Manager and Logistics Manager at Unga Holdings; Government Chemical Analyst. Faith has made remarkable contributions to the agricultural and food Industry, which include; Development of standards for food raw materials and finished products; Spearheaded the fortification of maize and wheat flour to address micronutrient deficiency; Setting of quality control systems required for fortification process and she has trained people in the industry on quality assurance and quality management systems.

Faith Ruguru Mutwiri

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Jennifer Muindi

Senior Corporate Relationship Manager, KCB Bank Kenya Ltd

Jennifer is a Professional Banker with a wealth of experience in Commercial Banking spanning Corporate and Retail Banking. Over the years she has successfully managed portfolios of diverse clients ranging from the Large to Medium Sized businesses in different sectors. She is an experienced Team Leader in strategy formulation, motivating and mentoring teams to achieve sustainable challenging Business Growth targets. She has extensive knowledge in risk and credit analysis of financing proposals. Jennifer is passionate about customer satisfaction and wealth creation among businesses and individuals that lead to improvement of people’s lives. She has valuable skills in conducting Assessment and Development Centres for talent development.
Jennifer holds a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from United States International University (USIU) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Egerton University. She is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM) and Associateship of Kenya Institute of Bankers (AKIB).

Jennifer Muindi

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Paul Ndirangu Mugambi

CEO, Kytabu Company Limited

With over 20 years’ experience in telecoms and IT, Paul worked in senior management at Telkom Kenya, Safaricom and Econet Wireless in Zimbabwe where he championed product development and implemented several award-winning products such as Skiza Music, M-KOPA Solar, Eneza Education and iCow among others.
In 2014, Paul teamed up with his business partner and implemented Kytabu the education-technology platform that enables students to micro-lease digital curriculum books and other content at a fraction of the normal price, making education content extremely affordable. Among other qualifications, Paul is a PRINCE2 practitioner and he holds a masters degree in project management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering (telecoms). Paul is also a long-term youth pastor at Chrisco.

Paul Ndirangu Mugambi