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 Ngumba, Director of Innovation in Leadership Program
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 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.
Veronica Thamaini, Director of Young Changemakers Program
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 Zawadi, Impact 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.
Doris Mugambi, GAP Year Programme 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.
Donna Sinar, Resource Mobilisation Consultant
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 Maende - Programme Associate
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 Rolfe - Programme Associate
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.