MEET OUR TEAM

PURITY KAGWIRIA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A journalist by profession, Purity is an active member of the feminist/women’s rights movement and she is committed to analyzing the private and personal spaces and developing strategies that lead to the emancipation of women. On April 1st 2015, Purity Kagwiria was recognized as one of the 18 phenomenal feminists to know and celebrate.Purity holds a degree in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Journalism from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. She is currently an advisory committee member of the FRIDA|The Young Feminist Fund and a HOW Fund Fellow.

PENINAH RINGERA

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Peninah is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya) and holds a degree in Commerce and Finance. She has considerable experience within finance and administration, especially in the non profit sector. Peninah finds joy by engaging in Akili Dada’s leadership training and programs.

CATHERINE KIAMA

PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Catherine Kiama is passionate about the law and in addressing social injustices that affect women and adolescent girls globally. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Catherine previously worked as a Lawyer and Program Associate at the Aids Law Project and undertook her articles at Tripleoklaw Advocates. She also served as a grant manager at the Nike Foundation supporting the Girl Effect Movement. She is an alumnus of the Vital Voices and Moremi Fellowship programs.

SAMANTHA WAMANI ROLFE

YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS PROGRAM LEAD

Samantha Wamani holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the United States International University- Africa (USIU) with a minor in Integrated studies that focused on Gender Studies. She has also participated in various model United Nations Forums that have focused mainly on development.

MISCO MUNGAI

GAP YEAR PROGRAM LEAD

Misco is a graduate from Egerton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with a major in Management Science. She has significant experience in organization and program

DORIS MUGAMBI

INNOVATION IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM LEAD

Doris has a diploma in Mass Communication from Multimedia University. She is currently pursuing her B.A in Journalism and Media Studies with a specialization in Development Communication at the University of Nairobi. Previously she worked for the Naisula Lesuuda Peace Foundation focusing on development issues affecting girls and young women in Samburu County. Doris is passionate and keen on mentorship and empowerment among girls and young women especially the underprivileged.

JOY ZAWADI

COMMUNICATIONS AND BRANDING MANAGER

Joy has a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from the United States International University (USIU) – Africa, where she specialized in Marketing and Management. Joy is currently undertaking a master’s degree in Organisation Development from USIU where she is exploring how organisations can self-assess for growth and sustainability. Joy is looking forward to putting her skills and experience to work in amplifying the work of Akili Dada and young African women leaders.

WACERA NJAGI

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Wacera is a dynamic social scientist and rebellious conceptual artist currently based in the capital city of Kenya.

A naturally enthusiastic creative, she has authored Tunu's Gift, a period comic book for African girls. Wacera enjoys producing literature for African girls and telling engaging stories that reframe Africa's narrative.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WANJA MUGUONGO

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 OMARI

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 HOMBERG

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.

JENNIFER REDNER

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.