Awards and Recognition

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  •  On 26th June 2016, Susan Achieng had a TV interview with Ebru Africa where she spoke about her project.

  • On 16th June 2016, ‘The day of the African Child’ Program Director, Veronica Thamaini and Gap-year student Leah Kibe were featured on the’ Morning Drive

  • On 11th June 2016, Susan Achieng, 2016 fellow was featured in the Saturday Nation Giving Women a 2nd Chance at Secondary Education
  • On 6th June 2016, Yvonne Akoth, Akili Dada 2015 fellow was featured in The People Daily newspaper for the amazing work she is doing to promote peace using art
  • On April 1st 2015, Akili Dada Executive Director - Purity Kagwiria was recognized as one of the 18 phenomenal feminists to know and celebrate.
  • Akili Dada was a finalist in the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.
  • In July, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was named winner of the 2013 Most Influential Woman in Business and Government Awards, Civil Society Sector.
  • In December 2012, African International Achievers (AfIA) and its partners named Akili Dada Founder & Executive Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg“Person of the Year 2012.”
  • On November 26, 2012, NewAfrican Magazine named Akili Dada Founder and Executive Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg to its 100 Most Influential Africans list for 2012.
  • On November 13, 2012, the Ford Foundation honored Akili Dada Founder and Executive Director with aChampion of Democracy award for Eastern Africa. Read the Foundation’s news release and Akili Dada’s blog  about this award.
  • On June 11, 2012, the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women honored Akili Dada with an “Award in Action for Female Education’ at the Dialogue for Action Africa in Libreville, Gabon. Read Akili Dada’s press release about this award.
  • Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was selected as a 2012 HOW Fellow.  HOW Fellowships are awarded annually by the HOW Fund to recognize global innovators whose programs provide scholarships and mentoring for adolescent girls
  • On Monday, January 30, 2012, the White House honored Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as one of fourteenChampions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa. Read Akili Dada’s press release about the award.
  • Akili Dada founder and Executive Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is awarded the coveted Cordes Fellowship to attend the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration
  • Akili Dada Founder/Executive Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg has been awarded the 2011 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Yamashita Prize, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Change at the University of California at Berkeley. Read the press release
  • Akili Dada founder and Executive Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg wone the 2011 African Achievers International MDG Awards, sponsored by the NILE African Development Organization and the Ferguson Centre for African Studies at the University of Bradford in the UK. This award honors individuals and organizations for their grassroots work toward the attainment of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) aimed at alleviating poverty by 2015.
  • Winner, 2010 United Nations Marketplace of Ideas competition sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.  Click to read more on the UN’s site for the Intercultural Innovation Award and view photos
  • Akili Dada founder and Executive Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg wins the 2009 Whitman College Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni for her work with Akili Dada. Read the story

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