Zuri Awards

Seleyian Partoip

Murua Girl Child Education Program


Seleyian has 12 years’ experience in community development and project management. She is the founder and director of Murua Girl Child Education Program. She is passionate about child protection, human rights and women/girls empowent a skilled community Facilitator and Researcher. She Serves in the secretariat of the Youth Anti FGM network in charge of programs. Narok County Gender Technical working group and the Narok County Children advisory committee.

Phoebe Kariuki

The Ambassador's Ladies Cup


Phoebe is a degree holder in Exercise and Sports science and a Multisport Coach for kids. Founder of The Ambassador’s ladies cup that aims at creating a level playing field where every girl has the opportunity to create a better future for themselves by offering them a platform to showcase their talents in a safe and supportive space, address issues affecting females in sports(Gender inequality) and ensuring girls see sports as a viable career path for them through mentorship by females in the sports industry.

Muchunku Kawira



Muchunku Kawira is the Programs Lead at Dada STEM, where she plans and implements programs that are aimed at bridging the gender gap in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). She created a network of women in STEM in Tharaka Nithi County in Kenya while organizing the very first Women in STEM Conference in Tharaka Nithi County, a platform to help women and girls to interact and network so as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and good practices among themselves from relevant industries and fields while demystifying that STEM is a male field. With her passion for kids, she tailored a program to help kids in the rural areas to learn about technology and STEM at large, which is achieved through ‘Kids Coding Week’ that happens when children close school for holidays. She is also a doctoral student in Computer Science while working as a lecturer at the university. Here, she mentors the university students while acting as an active role model.

Wangu Ngunjiri

Bargain Craft


Meet Wangu Ngunjiri, Founder and Creative Lead at Bargain Craft. She is the Honoree in the Zuri Awards 2023 manufacturing category for her work in promoting gender equity and inspiring and creating opportunities for women in the furniture manufacturing industry. With a professional background in Civil Engineering, Wangu is a seasoned professional with a passion for empowering women and promoting inclusion in a male-dominated industry. Despite the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry, she has remained committed breaking down gender barriers by training women who start as casuals and acquire artisanal skills that improve their earning potential. She has also implemented policies that ensure equal pay for equal work thus pushing back gender bias. In addition, Wangu has implemented a personal development program at Bargain Craft called the Morning Meeting, which aims at growing her team both personally and professionally. 

Elizabeth Mwangi

Gwiji for Women

Young Achiever

Elizabeth Mwangi is the founder and director of Gwiji for Women, a tech startup in the gig economy that empowers low income women from the slums through a mobile app. Gwiji identifies, vets and trains these women before onboarding them on to their platform where they are exposed to a pool of readily available and well-paying cleaning jobs. Through Gwiji, these women have raised their incomes from less than $2 to an average on $10 a day, allowing them to provide for their children. For her impactful work, Elizabeth was named among Business Daily Top 40 Under 40 Women of 2023. Download the Gwiji App Here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleaning.gwijico Gwiji 

Aruna Varsani

Rintz Industries


Aruna Varsani #ZuriAwards 2023 Innovation Honoree is the founder Rintz Industries an organization dedicated to saving underwater life and restoring the marine ecosystem by 2030, as well as reducing the number of deaths and illnesses caused by pollution and contamination. She has collaborated with local government to implement programs that reduced waste generation and promoted sustainable practices in a coastal community which led to the protection and restoration of the local marine life and improved access to clean water and sanitation for the residents.

Ann Gacheke

Neema G.B.V Rescue Centre

Young Achiever

Ann Gacheke #ZuriAwards 2023 Young Achiever Honoree is the founder of Neema G.B.V Rescue Centre where they rescue Children who are sexually abused, abandoned and orphans.They fight for their justice,medical treatment ,counseling and take them back to school.So far she has 44 children under her care, the youngest being 1year and 2 months, the oldest being 16 years old.

Wanjiru Mambo

Wedgehut Foods Ltd


Wanjiru Mambo #ZuriAwards 2023 Agriculture Honoree is a seasoned entreprenuer with over 10 years experience doing business the and the founder Wedgehut Foods Ltd a value addition business focusing on potatoes.They supply eateries,Hotels and institutions with ready to cook potatoes in different cut ;Chips/French fries,Cubes,Lyonnaise/Bhajia and Wedges.

Waruguru Kiai

Legal Advisor

Arts & Culture

Waruguru Kiai #ZuriAwards 2023 Arts and Culture Honoree is a Women and Youth Worker passionate about Leadership and Good Governance. She is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Law, a Public Relations and Diplomacy Diploma from Mount Kenya University. She serves as a Legal Advisor and sits as a Director in the Youth Agenda Advisory Board. She is also a Ms. President Leadership Show Finalist, Obama Leaders Fellow, Africa Women Writers Fellow as well as a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni founded by President Barack Obama. She is the Founder Village Girl Thoughts and Dreams, an online writer’s platform with over 298,000 followers, where she uses humor and satire to address societal issues ie Gender based violence, Post-Partum Depression, body positivity, mental health awareness, self-awareness and development affecting women and girls in Kenya, and across the Continent in simple English.

Nasra Mohamed



Nasra Mohamed, #Zuri2023 Business Honoree is on aninspiring journey from counselor to corporate wellness champion! With a passion for mental health, Nasra transforms workplaces globally. Having witnessed the impact of toxic environments, she now empowers organizations to prioritize employee wellbeing. Nasra’s lived aexperience and expertise are making a real difference in corporate mental health.

Grace Kiboi

Springs of Hope Childrens Home


Grace Kiboi #ZuriAwards 2023 Humanitarian Honoree is the director at springs of hope childrens home an organization started in 2007 with the aim of helping the less fortunate children due to the high level of HIV infections which leads to high mortality rates, leaving most of them infected and orphans.The organization also goes an extra mile to rescue other children in need ,this include the street children and those whose parents are drug addicts and fail to perform their parental responsibilities.

Fatma Ali

Path Youth Organization


Fatma Ali #ZuriAwards 2023 Education Nominee is the cofounder of Path Youth Organization based in Mombasa Kenya. Path is a youth led organization that tackles the issue of academic transition through mentorship, career guidance and offering psychosocial support to learners both in and out of school. Fatma also has a personal initiative to offer mentorship to young girls, providing dignity packs to young girls as well as providing psychosocial support and househouse levels. Through her initiative she has been working closely with other stakeholders in the education sector including teachers and community focal persons.

Judith Musembi

Mojo Skincare


Judith Musembi #ZuriAwards 2023 Manufacturing Nominee is the founder Mojo Skincare a premium skincare solution based in Nakuru producing lotions for both men and women and currently selling the lotions at several outlets at Chandarana,Bestlady Cosmetics,Woolmatt Supermarket in Nakuru,All shivling branches in the western region of Kenya and all Jamaa supermarkets based in Olkalou, Nyahururu and Naivasha.

Mumbi Ndung'u

Innovation Expert


Mumbi Ndung’u #ZuriAwards 2023 STEM Honoree is a social innovation expert and leader having launched several enterprises since university, recent innovation is a tech learning platform dubbed: Power Learn Project (PLP) is a Pan-African social impact organization whose goal is to drive transformative change for youth in Africa by powering them with relevant Tech skills through the provision of quality and decentralized Tech training.