Wairimu Mwangi - Founder & Team Leader

Wairimu Mwangi is a Creative Artist, a Writer and the Founder & CEO of Literature Africa Foundation (LAF), an NGO with a mission to advance access to education and economic empowerment opportunities to vulnerable young people living in rural areas and urban informal settlements of Kenya through academic and literacy support, skills training and mentorship. She is passionate about raising a generation of self-reliant individuals through LAF’s 3 programs; the Book_a_Child Campaign, the ILead Program & the Somo2kazi Program. To date, over 4,000 children and youths have benefitted from the programs since 2015.

She has authored eight Educational Books, five of which have been approved for use in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana by the relevant Curriculum Development Centers. Her book titled “Disability is not Inability” published by The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation has been rated among top 5 books in Schools and Library Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa by Worldreader for 2 years (2016/2017). In addition, Wairimu is the Co-Founder of Ubunifu Studio and currently serves as Africa Director for KAHINI, a global platform whose writing programs provide the space and opportunity to create, revise, and develop new literary work so as to deepen the creative practice and finalize work for publication or public performance.

An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (USA), Wairimu is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow, a 2016 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC East Africa Fellow and was among The 2018 Top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya Award recipients.

Winfred Mutinda – Programs Co-ordinator

Winfred Mutinda is an award-winning Electrical Engineer, with over 5 years’ experience in the energy sector and currently working at the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited as a Transmission System Planning Engineer. She holds a BSC in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing an MSC in Energy Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Winfred is a Mandela Washington Fellow 2019 hosted at the University of California- Davis, a YALI Women in African Power alumni and the Women in Energy East Africa Community Student Award winner 2019. Winfred is a council member of the FGM to STEM Initiative. She is currently a member of the Gender Mainstreaming Committee at KETRACO as well as a technical member of the LCPDP Committee in the Energy Sector in Kenya.

She is passionate about mentorship, volunteerism, women empowerment and eradication of energy poverty She is a volunteer STEM mentor with “Akili Dada Foundation” where she mentors young girls towards greatness by encouraging them to pursue STEM related careers which are mainly viewed as male-dominated careers, an e-mentor with the Awedi Network and the initiator of the “Blessed to Bless” Community Initiative, an initiative aimed at giving back to the community through charitable activities, mentorship programs as well as energy-related sensitization and capacity programs hence positively impacting lives. Winfred is committed to actively participate towards eradication of energy poverty in the society and her inspiration comes from fellow human beings who in their own small ways and acts of humanity have ensured that the world is a better place.

Mohamed Salat - Public Relations & Events Co-ordinator

Mohamed is a public sector reforms specialist with a strong Finance background and 8 years extensive experience in grants management, treasury management, development planning, project management, budget formulation, execution, reporting and auditing. He currently serves as a Permanent Secretary Agriculture and Fisheries Development in the County Government of Wajir where he monitors and reports on the implementation of donor funded projects including European Union's Instrument for Devolution Advice and Support (EU-IDEAS), World Food Programmes' Sustainable Food Systems Programmes, World Bank's Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme and Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project among others. He has organized and trained youth and women groups on grant application, financial management, book keeping, value addition opportunities and entrepreneurship. In addition, he has experience in evaluating business proposals from youth groups, conducting pre-award surveys to vet the potential applicants and facilitated access to grants.

Lucy Wacera Muiruri - Curriculum Development & Education Specialist

Lucy Wacera is currently a High School Teacher in a Nairobi Secondary School with over 6 years' experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University & a certificate in inclusive Education from the Kenya Institute of Special Education. She is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, East Africa Cohort 6 Alumni-Business & Entrepreneurship track.

She has a special interest in empowering & mentoring Youth as well as creating & running businesses. She is the Managing director of Ostium Limited.

Jordan Hartt - Advisory Board Member

Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2020. His lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life. To do this, he edits Kahini Quarterly; facilitates annual writing retreats in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world.

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