Zuri Awards

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MS. Christine Kaari

Programme Officer at the Ministry of Public Service and Gender.

She is a highly experienced development and operations expert with over 16 years technical experience in academic, development, non-profit, and commercial organizations such as Nyumbani Children’s Home, Ananda Maga Universal Relief Team (South Sudan), Old Mutual, and Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA & ASI). She has served as a Lecturer at Moi University and a motivational speaker in various forums.
In the course of her career, she has developed expertise in the areas of service operations, research, project planning, implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E). She has also worked to develop strategic partnerships with multilateral, private sector, and civil society organizations.

She has key skills in Programme Development and Management; Social Science Research; Impact Evaluation; Community Mobilization; Volunteer Management and Facilitation/Training.
She is keen on the improvement of lives for others and is conscious about environment conservation and the mentorship of young people.
She holds a Masters in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Administration from Moi University.

MS. CHRISTINE KAARI

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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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Wavinya Muigai

Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Experience at the Higher Education Loans Board [HELB]

Wavinya 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.

Wavinya Muigai

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Lilyanne Ndinda

National Programme Coordinator (PROSPECTS), at the International Labour Organization

Lilyanne has over 10 years experience as a development practitioner working on sustainable livelihoods and social economic inclusion; and currently working on promoting decent work and social inclusion for refugees and host communities in Kenya. 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 patriachy; 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 contirbute 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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Yuri Coret

Founder and acting Chief Executive Officer of Coret and KENUSCO

Yuri Coret is the founder and acting Chief Executive Officer of Coret and KENUSCO. Coret is a tech start-up company that is building an AI companion that will help its users to become more emotionally intelligent by helping them apply and learn the core skills of EI. KENUSCO is a non-profit start-up company that offers college preparation services and personal development to Kenyan high school graduates that plan to matriculate into top-tier colleges in the United States. He is also the lead pioneer of the ‘Maji Kwa Wanafunzi’ borehole rehabilitation projects in partnership with East Africa’s leading water solutions company -Davis & Shirtliff- having Kawangware Primary School and Kiboro Primary School stand as the first beneficiaries of a fully funded $15000 CSR project that has impacted over 3500 primary school kids representing over 2000 households, in Kawangware slum and Eastleigh, and further fulfilling 9 Sustainable Development Goals. He is an associate at AKAD Africa, Public Image Africa, and Achieve Solutions.

Yuri is a graduate volunteer teaching assistant from PACEMAKER international (class 2019) after completing 460 hours of service at Kawangware Primary school. He is also the co-founder of the African Footprint Initiative that mainly aims at empowering the youth. Yuri is a class 2018 alumnus of The Lenana School and an alumnus of the Watson Institute after studying social entrepreneurship in the fall of 2019. He is passionate about Emotional Intelligence, Muay Thai, Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, and Portrait Photography.

He has been part of the gap year program offered by AKAD Africa from which he has learned how to build socio-economic capacities to connect, dialogue and share ideas and strategies that can deliver accelerated problem-solving capabilities. It is through this program that he has been granted the invitation to attend state events such as the National Prayer Breakfast, and the Annual National Conversation in 2019.

During his time in high school, he co-organized the Campaign Against Drugs Festival held at Ruaka Baptist Church in 2016 to create awareness on the harmful effects of drug abuse. Yuri has witnessed the launching of the two-thirds gender principle by the National Gender and Equality Commission in 2019 and has had his submission essay be posted on their website after positively challenging key stakeholders of the commission in a consultative forum regarding the age consent for sex in Kenya 30th April 2019. Yuri has been privileged to attend the Youthspark Pan African Youth Conference 3.0 in Kigali, Rwanda whereby he successfully coached participants from eight different African countries on developing their emotional intelligence. During his time at Watson, he has been able to build socio-economic relations with the St.Vrain Innovation Centre, Idea forge, Galvanize, Techstars and Junior Achievement USA.

Yuri desires to study in Harvard College, and continually pursue his passions. He has a noble aspiration to be recognized as an African change-maker by empowering the youth through social entrepreneurship and Heart-led leadership.

Yuri Coret