Zuri Awards

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Rev. Dr. Julius Weche

Founder & CEO Akad Education Group – Africa.

Rev. Dr. Weche is the Founder & CEO of Akad Education Group – Africa, a capacity building, Social Enterprise organisation providing mentorship and value-based leadership training to youth for academic & career success.
He is ordained by the Anglican Church of Kenya for Education Ministry. Exemplary AKAD youth leaders are regularly featured in the Kenyan national media; press, radio and TV as seen by clicking here. He has twice been invited as a speaker-panelist at Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA, as well as HEC MBA Paris, France.
His solutions programs include “Mentoring Future Engineers” with Kenya Power and KENGEN, “Mentoring Future Leaders” with Dr. Vimal Shah & BIDCO, Mentorship Conversations as well as being a judge in competitions such as the US$ 1 Million Hult Prize (Kenya), Zuri Awards and YouWin Awards.
Rev. Dr Weche has been a Business Development Consultant, trainer and MBA lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at universities and foundations. He was Managing Director of Leruo Services (Pty) Ltd (Botswana), the largest supplier of veterinary products to Government of Botswana for 15 years. He has been Continuous Professional Development Manager, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Assistant Complex Manager, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) in Galana, Kenya with worldwide networks in 10 African countries, Europe, USA, Middle & Far East (China).
Academically, Rev. Dr. Weche is a PhD candidate in Leadership & Management candidate, and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from DeMontfort University (UK); Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi, with graduate studies in Dispute Resolution (UMass, Boston), Negotiation (PON – Harvard Law School), Governance (NIST), Financial Management (Strayer University, USA) Mediation certificate (MMS, Boston). He is has been a Sensei and Discipler for over 30 years, and is the published author of “Conflict and Deception in Relationships and Marriage”, published on Amazon.com.

Rev. Dr. Julius Weche

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Ms. Jane Gitau

Communications Consultant and a Lecturer, St Paul’s University

A British Chevening alumnus, Jane is highly inspired, with excellent communication skills gained through constant training and interactions, coupled with leadership skills for responsive, effective and efficient service delivery and eager to offer service with humility and thoroughness. Her wealth of experience spans international, regional, professional, development, academic and religious organisations. These include the International Livestock Research Institute, (ILRI), Uganda Christian University, (UCU), Mukono, Uganda, the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) KAMPALA, Uganda, the Anglican Church of Kenya and some media exposure.
Ms Gitau is endowed with Leadership skills gained through experience over the years, she has served as the Chairperson Public Relations Society of Kenya, Chairperson Chevening Kenya Alumni Association, Secretary General African Public Relation Association, General Secretary of the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU), Editor of the Trumpet, and official publication of the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU). Member International Public Relations Association, IPRA, published many articles in newspapers and journals touching on many subjects including education, agriculture, governance, corporate communication, Corporate Reputation and Communication and community welfare.

Ms. Jane Gitau

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Felix Kipkosgei

Lead/Senior VAS and IT services planning engineer by profession

His experience spans a decade of IT value added related services strategy, planning and delivery in the telecommunications industry and having worked with leading operators and in East Africa and vendors globally. Interests besides work include mentorship, Educations, Media and Content, IoT, digital forensics, digital transformation, agriculture and tourism. Felix enjoys staying with his family during his free time, socializing with friends to build my network, reading journals on technology and teaching. As part of this process, Felix would bring in previous judging and coaching experience for technovation global challenge and Sauti-Tech, a Safaricom technology initiative representing digital IT and championing culture change and appreciations in the larger technology department. Some of the areas of interest while performing would be pitching and presentation, application development, solution relevance to context, SDGs, cost optimization and long-term viability among other factors.

Felix Kipkosgei

Lilyanne Ndinda

Women Rights Programme Officer at Oxfam in Kenya

Lilyanne has over 10 years experience as a development practitioner working on sustainable livelihoods and women economic empowerment. She had developed and managed projects in both rural and urban areas in Kenya and is particularly experienced in women empowerment, social protection, urban development, building resilience for vulnerable populations, market systems and value chains development, and enterprise development.
Lilyanne is a champion for women voices and actively challenges practices that sustain gender inequalities and elevate patriarchy; and is an ardent promoter of women inclusion in social, economic, and political spaces. She firmly believes that given the opportunity, women and girls have capacity to contribute significantly to all sectors of development. When not engaging with civil society, Lilyanne enjoys working with Kenyan artisans to design and produce fashion goods. She strongly believes that trading fairly has potential to reduce poverty, and restore human dignity to all. She holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management; and a Bachelors degree in Design and Development both from the University of Nairobi.

Lilyanne Ndinda

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Zuhura Ogada

Leading expert in Business Management, Organization Development, a Communication and Media Expert

She has got over 15 years experience in Marketing. For the past two decades she has had extensive experience in the field of communication, marketing strategy and brand management. She has been instrumental in exploring the convergence between marketing strategies and the use of data for organizational transformation.
Her desire is to see businesses develop winning strategies, generate multiple income streams and nurture strong brands. Over the years she has enabled companies to turnaround in East Africa through enhanced consumer experience and increase of revenue for sustainability. Some of her clients include Airtel Group, Safaricom, Nation Media Group, South African Tourism, Profile
International, South African Airways, and DSTV among others. She is the current CEO of New Revenue Solutions Africa a prolific revenue generating company which enables organizations accelerate profitable revenue through the use of data, strategy and commercial development. Previously she was a Managing Director of Cocoa by Design an events- management firm with activities in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania.
Her experience in media sector spans over 10 years at the Nation Media Group and Capital Group and CNBC as a Commercial Manager. Some of the key achievements in her career history includes:
(i) Couching and Mentoring startups to develop award winning business cases and plans during incubation with ibiz Africa a standard Chartered Bank Initiative,
(ii) A leader in the formation of the first Female Governor’s Network in Kenya that will enable better County service delivery in then ext 5 years
(iii) Instrumental in introducing various revenue activities which generated high revenue,
(iv) Initiated partnerships with large sports organizations/events: Kenya Open Golf, Standard Chartered Marathon, and also involved other Women Forums in Kenya.
Her desire to ensure that Affirmative Action is embedded in organization’s polices has seen her develop frameworks for gender diversity in the workplace and has undertaken the Women Directors Leadership Summit at the Strathmore Business School (SBS). She is also an alumni of Female Future Force programme from FKE (FFP), Senior Management Leadership Program & Developing Leadership Competencies from SBS.
Her leadership skills have made her serve in several Boards namely; Vice Chair of 30% Club E.A that advocates for gender diversity in boards, she is also a Vice Chair at the Events Managers Association of Kenya (EMAK) board and has also served on the Gor Mahia Sacco which empowers members socio-economically.
She holds a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) from Kenya Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Limkokwing University, Malaysia. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), MSK (Marketing Society of Kenya), PRSK and CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing). She is aleadership mentor at Kenyatta University, and prepares graduating students byto transition to the work place through mentorship and internship programs. In addition to this she is a volunteer Sunday school teacher at CITAM church where she works closely with teens by molding them spiritually at a tender age and has been married for over 10 years and blessed with a Son and Daughter.

Zuhura Ogada

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Wavi Muigai

Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Experience at the Higher Education Loans Board [HELB] which encompasses PR, Brand Marketing and Customer Experience.

Wavi Muigai is the Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Experience at the Higher Education Loans Board [HELB] which encompasses PR, Brand Marketing and Customer Experience. She holds a BSc. Hotel Management from USIU-Africa and a MSc. Management from Friends University, Wichita KS USA as well as Program for Management Development [PMD] executive education certification from Strathmore Business School [SBS], Kenya. She has 15 years’ experience in communication and customer experience across the hospitality industry [Marriott Hotels], banking sector [KCB Bank Kenya] and now in Public Sector [HELB]. She is an active member of the Institute of Customer Experience [ICX] – Kenya and occasionally writes on the ICX-Kenya Blog https://icxkenya.co.ke/. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya [PRSK] https://www.prsk.co.ke/. She is also a member of the Membership Drive & Partnerships Committee of the Association of African Higher Education Financing Agencies [AAHEFA] https://www.aahefa.org/At HELB she leads a team of over 75 staff and over the last four years, has also significantly improved the HELB brand awareness resulting in the following awards and milestones: 1. Most Social State Corporation at the September, 2016 Social Media Awards [SoMA] for using social media to transform lives; 2. Digital Brand of the Year at the Digital Media Awards for innovatively using digital media for the 2018 HELB Loan Recovery Campaign and; 3. Best in Crisis and Reputation Management at the 2019 Public Relations Society of Kenya [PRSK] Awards. 4. The HELB Customer Satisfaction Index has also steadily improved from 67% in 2014 to 77% in 2019.

Wavi Muigai

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Samuel Mburu Mwangi

Telecommunications engineer

Is a telecommunications engineer with 9 years’ experience in the technology field. Having worked for Telkom Kenya and Microsoft, he is currently an Enterprise Solutions Manager at Safaricom. Together with his team, he is involved in the designing and deploying digital transformation solutions to enterprises and government.
He holds a bachelors in Telecommunications and Information Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at Strathmore Business School. He is registered as a Professional Engineering Technologist registered by Kenya Engineers and Technologists Registration Board and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Samuel is also a humanitarian with Rotary International where he serves as an Assistant Governor in District 9212. Through Rotary, he has been involved in projects such as boreholes to provide water to communities in Kitui, computer lab for the Muranga School for the Hearing Impaired, Dental Clinic for Kilimambogo Mission Hospital and many others.

Samuel Mburu Mwangi

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Patience Nyange

Media, Communications and Public Relations Consultant

Patience believes in a just society and is a strong believer of Ralph Waldo Emerson words: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”True to her mantra, Patience is proficient in:
Communications Management • Marketing Communications
• Corporate Branding
• Public Relations and Media Relations
• Adept at documentation & reporting
• Content Editing • Governance
• Human Rights Issues • Advocacy-Women and gender; and • Social Media Strategies which she leverages upon to drive the change she desires to see in the society.
Her wealth of experience and expertise has not gone unnoticed in her career journey as a communications specialist with 12 years of multinational experience in public, private and nonprofit making sectors with strong background in communication, broadcast journalism, human rights and events management.

Patience Nyange

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Wangechi Muriuki
Wangechi is passionate about creating opportunities and capacity building to supporting the growth of SMEs in Kenya and beyond. She is a mission driven leader who has championed initiatives that have positively impacted the performance of both large corporate entities as well as the Small and Medium Enterprises in the region over the last ten years. Wangechi previously worked with the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) on the Company of the Year Awards (COYA), and the Organizational Performance Index (OPI) that transformed many organizations in the region and recently the African Partner Pool (APP), a- unique online technology platform, that connects local SMEs to do business ethically, transparently and seamlessly with the larger corporates. The APP platform to date has grown to a vibrant community of over 2000 thousand SMEs across different sectors and offers various other services.

Wangechi Muriuki