Human Rights Activist and Executive Director of UHAI- the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative. Her mission is to nurture grassroots activism around sexuality, health and human rights in Africa, moving society toward equality and non-discrimination. Wanja is a 2012 Yale World Fellow and has previously worked for a variety of NGOs in East Africa, India, and Pakistan, where she managed community development projects.
Vallen is a lawyer with an LLB degree from Moi University, Kenya and an alumna of Akili Dada’s Young Changemakers program. She a driven young woman with a passion for promoting the politics of equality and inclusivity in all spheres of global leadership. Vallen is currently working to become an advocate of the High court of Kenya. In the past, Vallen has worked at UHAI, and interned with Akili Dada and The Center for Intellectual Property (CIPIT) at the Strathmore Law School.
Mechtild van den Hombergh
Mechtild works as an international, independent consultant for VandenHombergh Consultancies. Core business is to strengthen the capacity of organizations and further develop governance, management and leadership. Mechtild serves as the interim Country Representative for PharmAccess Foundation Kenya, manages a grant-making fund, developed and implemented a Management and Leadership Programme for the African Biogas Partnership Programme in 5 countries, and facilitates strategic planning processes.
As Principal of Redner Consulting, LLC, Jennifer connects people, ideas, and opportunities to positively and measurably impact the lives of millions through the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and scale-up of evidence-based policies and programs. Jennifer incorporates a human rights-based and holistic model to provide a range of long and short-term consulting services. Jennifer recently relocated back to the San Francisco Bay Area after working in Washington, DC for over ten years. In Washington, Jennifer was a leader in a number of technical and advocacy coalitions and working groups; spoke regularly in public forums; designed and executed trainings, workshops, and events; provided radio, print, and television interviews; and educated Members of Congress and Administration officials about the importance of and benefits gained from investing in girls, young people, and women. Jennifer also previously worked for non-governmental organizations assisting with the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of programs and policies. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and her Master of Arts in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C.