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.
Joyce holds a BA in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Joyce has worked with numerous organizations including GROOTS Kenya and the Gender Violence Recovery Center (at Nairobi Women’s Hospital) that seek to promote women’s human rights. In 2013, Joyce was featured as a TedX speaker in Barcelona.
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.
Veronica earned a degree in Management Science at Strathmore University. Through her studies and work in the community outreach program, she has gained considerable experience working on projects aimed at creating social change. As the Director of the Young Changemakers Program, she provides invaluable leadership development opportunities to through the implementation of programmatic activities.
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.
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.
For over a decade Donna has committed her heart and energy to amplifying women and girls’ voices. She is passionate about enabling pathways for women and girls to determine their own trajectory. At The SAGE Project, a trauma recovery center for exploited individuals, she worked to build a robust network of resources for survivors. In 2014, she joined Resonate, a Rwandan startup that uses the storytelling framework to unleash leadership and confidence in women and girls. Based in San Francisco, Donna is mobilizing a community of supporters for Akili Dada in the U.S. Donna holds a Bachelor's in Sociology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Jennifer strongly believes in empowerment through knowledge. Her keen interest on issues revolving human rights, girl child education and women’s advancement can be traced in both her work and academic experiences.
Her projects have included coordinating a fundraising drive in aid of the girl child education in Northern Kenya. She’s an alumna of the Global Intergenerational Leadership Program, at the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights and a former scholar at the Women’s Rights and Citizenship Training Institute, University of Witwatersrand.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Psychology from the United States International University-Africa and earned her Masters of Science in International and Area studies at the Central Connecticut State University where her thesis examined the Role of African Women in Conflict Resolution: A Case of the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
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.
Having previously worked with the United Nations Development Programme and the Centre for Multiparty Democracy, Samantha aspires to make a difference in the lives of young women and thus decided to surround herself with those who are committed to women's rights and transformative change.
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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 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.