Meet Our Mentors

YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS PROGRAM

SHARON HATEGO

Sharon Hatego is a network engineer by profession and a creative thinker at heart. She currently works at Safaricom. She previously worked at Liquid Telecom (formerly KDN), AccessKenya now Internet Solutions) before embarking on a 6 year consultancy in The Gambia. Her career journey tells a story of calculated risks, self-discovery and lifelong lessons. She is a self-proclaimed “fixer”, with an innate ability to analyse problems,

ANN ZACHARY

I am a counseling psychologist student at Kenyatta University and an entrepreneur. I love mentoring youths on career, personal hygiene especially ladies on how to prevent U.T.Is ,self awareness and self care (issues that may bring stress among youths such as body image and maturation)

MARITA AGUFANA

My name is Marita Mmoji Agufana a development practitioner. After my undergraduate studies in Development Studies, I worked with youth in the marginalised areas in Nairobi (Informal settlements). We engaged them in livelihood activities and leadership programmes at an organizational level. Mentorship was one of our key focus areas. I am graduate of professional /postgraduate diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management. Currently I am working for an organization called Youth Alive! Kenya under the different programs one of them being a women’s project in the slums dubbed Wezesha Jamii and the other with youths at different county levels. While at it am pursuing my masters in Diplomacy, Development and International Security at Daystar University. My passion and skill lies in training and mentorship. I would love to see young girls lives improve due to my engagement in career development and life skills.

MARTHA WAKOLI

I am a Pan-African feminist who’s shaping the world she wants as a writer, speaker, mentor and engineer.
I am currently working as a 4th Assistant Engineer at Kenya Power. I am also the editor of a free online publication named Queengineers that provides role models to encourage more young girls to consider pursuing Engineering. I am also the founder of the online platform, Shaping African Conversations, which stimulates youth dialogue on governance, development and progressive initiatives being undertaken by fellow youth.

I have received professional awards as an engineer during my time at Rift Valley Railways and more recently the Power Gaga Award in the energy sector. I was among the 250 best young leaders from across the world selected to participate in the UNCTAD Youth Forum and won the first World Bank Kenya #Blog4Dev contest. I have also been featured on the Africa Leadership Dialogues, the Daily Nation and the People Daily for my various leadership roles.
I enjoy mentorship and motivating teens and I am keen to pass on my experiences with a focus on seeking excellence, servant leadership and STEM careers. I hope to encourage more African girls to take charge of their narrative.

MARION OLUOCH

As a highly creative, seasoned business development and marketing professional, I have experience that spans over a period of 5 years and I seek to provide insight from both personal and professional experiences as a way of paying it forward to awaken the realization in youth that they have skills, talents, and knowledge that others may lack. I inspire them to take action in their own communities and lives and share their gifts to create change for the better. My promise to my possible future mentees is to be open and share my mistakes, failures and wins too, as these are often where our biggest lessons are learned.

BETTY KAGENI

My name is Betty Glory Kageni.My field of expertise is community Resource Management. I have previously worked with children and youth in a mentorship program organized by Compassion International. I have also worked with orphans and vulnerable children supported in a program implemented by Ruiru Bible Baptist Church.As part of your mentor ship team i will devote my time to give; academic guidance,emotional support and spiritual support to my mentee. By doing so i believe she will grow to be a holistic leader and accomplish her dreams.

REBECCA MWOSE

MERCY NJUE

MILLICENT OBANGE

I have just finished my second year of law school at The University of Nairobi. I am passionate about the education of women and girls as the key bridge to dealing with gender imbalances in the world. My passion stems from my work as a teaching assistant at my alma mater, Moi Girls’ High School- Isinya, where I taught and mentored the students for a term before joining university. i have also worked with The Kianda Foundation as a volunteer in their TOT (Training of Trainers) Program in 2015, where I worked with women in Ngarariga Village, Limuru, teaching them simple skills to enable them to start small businesses. These were smart women who were not lucky enough to get opportunities to study past high school and the skills we taught have helped so many of them raise their families’ living standards. I currently volunteer at Fanusi Study Centre, a residence for female university students and young professionals, as the librarian and coordinator of the library project.
I have excellent leadership and public speaking skills. Law school has exposed me to the benefits of using the law and policy to shape society and I hope to impart such knowledge to my mentees, to motivate them to become better citizens of the world. I desire to impart a passion for education, encouraging my mentees to be the best in whatever fields of study they go into. I am also passionate about volunteering, and hope to inspire the same in my mentees. Teaching high school enabled me to connect with students, and I can offer guidance and counseling on career, academics and any other issues my mentees may feel need addressing. All in all, I desire to add value to the lives of my mentees and to inspire them to do the same when their turn comes.

AGNES NAKUTAN

I am Agnes Nakutan Ekeno and I come from Turkana, the Northern part of Kenya. I currently work at SWACEDA as a Programme Coordinator and have previously worked for The World Bank, the Kenya National Agriculture and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP), UNICEF Operations Lifeline Sudan Lokichoggio programme and UNFPA Somalia office. I have 12 years’ experience of working in humanitarian settings in different capacities that cut across administrative support, project support, programs coordination, Gender Based Violence, Reproductive Health and Youth programs. I am a result oriented professional who strives for continued excellence always. I very convinced that my contribution into the life of the young generation as a mentor in the Young ChangeMakers Program will bring a different change that our country needs in the new leaders.

GAP YEAR PROGRAM

JANICE NJOROGE

I am a development communications professional and a student of leadership at the University of
Cumbria.
I have over 13 years experience in development communications and fundraising, having served in
various related roles at the International Livestock Research Institute, Amref Health Africa and currently
serving as Grants Development and Communications Manager for a leading Kenyan health NGO.
I have vast experience in fundraising from individuals, corporates, foundations and donor agencies
including proposal writing skills, as well as brand building, communication for development and advocacy
skills. As a student of leadership and having gone through a robust three-year leadership development
program, I value the role of mentorship in building leadership skills. I can offer learning opportunities for
young ladies to open up their minds to diverse career opportunities as well as work with them to build the
requisite confidence and individual brands that will see them flourish in their careers and personal growth
endeavours.

FRIDAH NYAKUNDI

Has a Masters of Degree in Economics and a Degree in Economics and Statistics. She is an ambassador of
sustainable agriculture practices and natural resource management in developing economies. She is
passionate about sharing with future researchers on their roles and contributions towards preserving
the environment for future generations. She hopes to share her experiences and lessons on skill based learning, career/work preparedness and environmental conservation.

CHARITY WANJIKU

WANJIRU KAMAU

I am currently a fourth year student at Strathmore University studying a bachelor’s degree of Business Science in Financial economics. I am twenty one years old. I have a deep interest in finance and
economics, most especially how these concepts can be used ethically to improve and develop standards of living in Africa. This is why I felt that a course in Financial Economics is the best fit for me.I am a
member of the Community Outreach Programme here at Strathmore University and the class
representative to my class.
When I was in high school, the administration put in so much effort into ensuring that we had constant motivational speakers and organizations coming to administer talks. This gave us an opportunity to have role models and mentors that we could keep in touch with and look up to as we continued studying. I cannot possibly explain the impact that these individuals had on my life as a young woman. I had a little notebook where I would jot down notes from these forums. Those forums turned into words which turned into ideas that turned into dreams; these dreams inspired me to push myself to be the best version of myself in every single aspect.

MARITA AGUFANA

My name is Marita Mmoji Agufana a development practitioner. After my undergraduate studies in Development Studies, I worked with youth in the marginalised areas in Nairobi (Informal settlements). We engaged them in livelihood activities and leadership programmes at an organizational level. Mentorship was one of our key focus areas. I am graduate of professional /postgraduate diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management. Currently I am working for an organization called Youth Alive! Kenya under the different programs one of them being a women’s project in the slums dubbed Wezesha Jamii and the other with youths at different county levels. While at it am pursuing my masters in Diplomacy, Development and International Security at Daystar University. My passion and skill lies in training and mentorship. I would love to see young girls lives improve due to my engagement in career development and life skills.

BETTY KAGENI

My name is Betty Glory Kageni.My field of expertise is community Resource Management. I have previously worked with children and youth in a mentorship program organized by Compassion International. I have also worked with orphans and vulnerable children supported in a program implemented by Ruiru Bible Baptist Church.As part of your mentor ship team i will devote my time to give; academic guidance,emotional support and spiritual support to my mentee. By doing so i believe she will grow to be a holistic leader and accomplish her dreams.

ROSEMARY WANJIRU

As a highly creative, seasoned business development and marketing professional, I have experience that spans over a period of 5 years and I seek to provide insight from both personal and professional experiences as a way of paying it forward to awaken the realization in youth that they have skills, talents, and knowledge that others may lack. I inspire them to take action in their own communities and lives and share their gifts to create change for the better. My promise to my possible future mentees is to be open and share my mistakes, failures and wins too, as these are often where our biggest lessons are learned.

MARION OLUOCH

As a highly creative, seasoned business development and marketing professional, I have experience that spans over a period of 5 years and I seek to provide insight from both personal and professional experiences as a way of paying it forward to awaken the realization in youth that they have skills, talents, and knowledge that others may lack. I inspire them to take action in their own communities and lives and share their gifts to create change for the better. My promise to my possible future mentees is to be open and share my mistakes, failures and wins too, as these are often where our biggest lessons are learned.