Judges

2021 Judges

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. 

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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.

ESTHER KINUTHIA


Esther Kinuthia is a young, inspirational Digital Expert based in Dublin Ireland. She has experience working at Google, Facebook and recently graduated from Trinity Business School with a Masters Degree in Digital Marketing Strategy. She runs a youth motivational blog known as Miss Independent Blog where her mission is to Inform, Inspire and Ignite the African youth. She is also the Co-Founder of Young Kenyans in Tech, a Community that unites sharp, youth techies in Kenya to collaborate on job and entrepreneurship-related conversations. She is currently a Masters student at HEC Paris pursuing Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

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).

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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..

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.

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.

Maureen Mwangi

Audit Manager at Ernest and Martin Associates.


Maureen holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a member of ICPAK, with 14 years’ work experience.

She is a seasoned Accountant and Banker with experience in banking, accounting, auditing and business advisory. Prior to joining Ernest & Martin Associates, she held various positions of increasing responsibilities in the banking industry.
She is an expert in financial reporting, auditing, management accounting, credit and business Analysis.

She is currently the Audit Manager at Ernest and Martin Associates, a firm of Certified Public Accountants, leading of team of 30 staff.

She has offered support to the selection of honorees of the Zuri Awards.

MWANAHAMISI HAMADI

Media Personality


Mwanahamisi Hamadi is a media personality currently working as a news anchor/producer at Citizen TV.
Mwanahamisi is the Producer of the popular mwanamke bomba show which features women who have made a difference in the society.
She has been awarded for efforts to empower women through the Mwanamke Bomba show.
Mwanahamisi has a bachelor of arts degree from the university of Nairobi and over 15yrs experience in journalism.

WAVI MUNGALA

Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Experience at the Higher Education Loans Board `{`HELB`}`


Wavi  Mungala, a seasoned Communication & Customer Experience Specialist, is current the Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Experience at the Higher Education Loans Board [HELB]. A role 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, a Program for Management Development [PMD] executive education certification from Strathmore Business School [SBS], Kenya and a Certified Customer Journey Architect. She has over 15 years’ experience in communication and customer experience across the hospitality industry [The Marriott Hotels, US], banking sector [KCB Bank, Kenya] and now in Public Sector [HELB].

She is an active member of:

  1. The Institute of Customer Experience [ICX] – Kenya and occasionally writes on the ICX-Kenya Blog https://icxkenya.co.ke/
  2. The Public Relations Society of Kenya [PRSK] https://www.prsk.co.ke/
  3. 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 five 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
  3. Best in Crisis and Reputation Management at the 2019 Public Relations Society of Kenya [PRSK] Awards and;
  4. The HELB Customer Satisfaction Index has also steadily improved from 67% in 2014 to 77% in 2019.

Weru Mwangi – MA, BSc. ACIB (UK)

Executive Director & Lead Consultant at Ultimate Management Solutions


Weru is the Executive Director & Lead Consultant at Ultimate Management Solutions. He also serves as an associate consultant in finance, risk management and leadership at Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Kenya Institute of Bankers, Metropol Corporation and Blue League Consulting.

He has over 22 years’ experience mainly in banking and microfinance. During his banking career he held senior management positions in banking operations, trade finance, credit and training. He has been involved in consulting, training and capacity building for the past 11 years which include holding the role of Training Manager at Equity Bank between 2008 and 2010. He has also worked as a trainer in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, risk management, Banking Operations, Credit and International Trade Finance at Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Kenya Institute of bankers and Metropol Corporation amongst others.

Weru has been involved in strategy development, risk audits, policy and procedure development personal financial counselling and training.  He has worked with clients in the cooperative movement as well as Alliance for Green Revolution of Africa and International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Weru has worked as a part-time tutor and examiner specializing in lending and trade finance at Kenya Institute of Bankers since 2003 as well as part-time lecturer in business leadership and banking at Cooperative University of Kenya, PAC University, Management University of Africa and University of Sunderland @ Intel College.

Weru is a PhD candidate at Management University of Africa. He holds Master of Arts in Leadership (Business & Entrepreneurship) from Pan Africa Christian University and BSc in Financial Services from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science & Technology. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) of England and a member of the Professional Trainers Association of Kenya.

MENTEE JUDGES

ABIGAIL WANGARI MBURU

A member and mentor in AKAD Education Group Africa


She is a high school student who finished her Cambridge IGCSEs in 2020. She is a member and mentor in AKAD Education Group Africa. Additionally, she is also mental advocate and peer counsellor.
On 28th July 2020, she and Joan Nekoye hosted an AKAD Gap Year Online Session on The Imposter Syndrome and Personal Branding. She presented what she learnt on Personal Branding through research.
On 27th November 2020, she and Danphill Nthei were hosted on KBC English Service by Julie Wanjiku where they spoke to the nation addressing Teenage Delinquency. Recording link: https://podcasts.kbc.co.ke/index.php/2020/11/26/english-service-teenage-delinquency/.

On 31st November 2020 she, Cecilia Kang’ara, Esther Akothee, Rose Misati and Mary Magubo were on an Instagram and Facebook live, titled ‘Akothee Na Adolescents’, where they discussed the rise of
teenage rebellion in the nation and how it should be handled.

On 2nd December 2020 she, Wahu Kagwi, Rose Misati and Stephen Kaliti were hosted on Citizen TV Live
where they addressed SGBV, rape culture, teenage pregnancies and sexual abuse. As the only
adolescent she got to explain the perspectives of the youth and make the adults more aware of what goes
through their minds. TV discussion links: https://youtu.be/C1usFpOSdfs https://youtu.be/ObPAmct9bC4
On 19th December she and her peer mentors; Adams Mateo, Castine Njeri and James Ruigu were hosted
on Citizen TV where they talked about how teenagers are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TV
discussion link: https://youtu.be/KPU-wMjrNa0
Mental health is a vital matter that most of the world doesn’t does treat with the seriousness it requires.
She is a high school student who finished her Cambridge IGCSEs in 2020. She is a member and mentor
in AKAD Education Group Africa. Additionally, she is also mental advocate and peer counsellor.
On 28th July 2020, she and Joan Nekoye hosted an AKAD Gap Year Online Session on The Imposter
Syndrome and Personal Branding. She presented what she learnt on Personal Branding through
research.
On 27th November 2020, she and Danphill Nthei were hosted on KBC English Service by Julie Wanjiku
where they spoke to the nation addressing Teenage Delinquency. Recording link:

English Service: Teenage delinquency


On 31st November 2020 she, Cecilia Kang’ara, Esther Akothee, Rose Misati and Mary Magubo were on
an Instagram and Facebook live, titled ‘Akothee Na Adolescents’, where they discussed the rise of teenage rebellion in the nation and how it should be handled.
On 2nd December 2020 she, Wahu Kagwi, Rose Misati and Stephen Kaliti were hosted on Citizen TV Live where they addressed SGBV, rape culture, teenage pregnancies and sexual abuse. As the only adolescent she got to explain the perspectives of the youth and make the adults more aware of what goes through their minds. TV discussion links: https://youtu.be/C1usFpOSdfs https://youtu.be/ObPAmct9bC4
On 19th December she and her peer mentors; Adams Mateo, Castine Njeri and James Ruigu were hosted on Citizen TV where they talked about how teenagers are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. TV discussion link: https://youtu.be/KPU-wMjrNa0
Mental health is a vital matter that most of the world doesn’t does treat with the seriousness it requires.This leads to increase of suicide rates that are especially high amongst teenagers. To help tackle the matter she aspires to create a Mental Health Organization specializing in helping teenagers from ages 13 to 19 with anxiety, depression and schizophrenia disorders.
She is also a certified member of the Brigade Members of St John Ambulance Kenya First Aid.
At Mount Kenya Academy she was awarded for exceptional leadership in areas of responsibility: she was the talent coordinating and class prefect. She was part of the Mount Kenya Academy school band where she played the alto saxophone. Her love and passion for football and tennis enabled her to attain medals, certificates and a trophy for her sportsmanship during interschool tournaments.
At Viraj International Academy she and her friends formed a singing group that performed during assemblies events such as talent shows and cultural shows. Additionally, at International Christian Centre Imara she is the Praise and Worship leader of the teen’s church.

 

DAVID KARIUKI

Founder and Group chairman of CAES International LTD


David Kariuki is United Nations Security Council Chair at the Kenya Model United Nations; a student run, youth led, non-governmental organization affiliated to the United Nations Information Centre with a student base of more than 1,000. He is also an Associate, brand ambassador, and peer mentor at AKAD AFRICA under Dr. Rev Julius Weche. He has appeared on national Television aside his mentor discussing various matters.

David also volunteers at the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry as a Youth focal Point. He currently chairs the Economic diplomacy youth sub-committee at the Chambers where he is leading a team towards a policy document that shall help include youth in international trade. He successfully planned and executed a youth geared event with KNCCI in 2020 on the International Youth Day. This event brought awareness to opportunities for youth in business and attracted in excess of 762 youth across the region.

He equally volunteers as a youth executive in Narc-Kenya where together with other youth, advises on policy matters and inclusion.
David is also the Founder and Group chairman of CAES International, a company that is leading Kenya and the region in efforts towards electric mobility. David is currently at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political Science and International Relations;

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He recently got admitted into the Watson Institute in the United States for a 4-month Social Entrepreneurship course in the fall of 2021 on a scholarship worth $17,500/ KES 1,925,875. His life philosophy is “Strong to serve.”

NYANCHAMA ATAYA


Nyanchama Ataya, a former student of Loreto Convent Valley Road, is an
associate of a mentorship programme called AKAD Education Group Africa. She is also a swimmer who has participated in national and international competitions receiving various awards. She runs a fitness program called Mindful Health and Body Fitness that has a goal to help people be accountable for their fitness journeys which in turn teaches consistency. She is currently exploiting her ideas on a couple of art projects like designing a kitchen and dining room which enable
her to apply her creativity freely.

SAMMY KIBE

Data-Driven Digital Marketer, Content Creator, and Startup Mentor.


With 3+ years of experience working in the Digital Marketing and Business Development fields, he has garnered exceptional skills, knowledge, and networks. Sammy holds a Bcom degree from Kabarak University & is also pursuing CPA & CIM certifications at Strathmore University.

He’s also a LinkedIn & Upwork Coach- Sammy’s personal LinkedIn account has acquired 10,000+ followers in less than 18 months. He’s been able to land 20+ short term clients and 2+ long term clients, all from LinkedIn. He now helps his clients achieve the same, but much faster and easier. Sammy has aided 35+ clients to create an exemplary Upwork profile and bid for jobs/gigs. His clients have landed 25+ short term gigs & 10+ long term gigs.

Additionally, he’s a Startup Mentor- having participated in & won numerous national & international startup competitions. Sammy currently mentors 5 Kenyan startups & 2 Intl startups before connecting them to various media houses for interviews. So far, he has connected his mentees to 10+ TV interviews by both local and international media houses.

Sammy is also a mentee at AKAD Africa under Dr.Rev Julius Weche.

 

2020 Judges

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. 

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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.

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.

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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..

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].

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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.

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.

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.

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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. 

 

2019 Judges

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.

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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..

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.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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 Kenyathat willenable better Countyservicedeliveryin thenext 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 GorMahia 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 preparesgraduating 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.

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].

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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.

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.

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:

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• 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.

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.

2018 Judges

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.

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).

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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 Life&Style 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 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.

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).

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.