Judges

2019 Judges

Rev. Dr. Julius Weche

Founder & CEO Akad Education Group – Africa. 

Reverend Dr. Weche is ordained by the Anglican Church of Kenya, Butere Diocese. He is Founder & CEO of Akad Education Group – Africa, a capacity building, education based, Social Enterprise organisation providing mentorship and value based leadership training to youth through academic & career success, targeting upper primary, high school and college youth. Over the years, tens of thousands of youth have been reached through this work, in collaboration with schools, universities, churches and supported by philanthropic CSR and individual contributions. Exemplary AKAD youth leaders and programs are regularly featured in the Kenyan national media – press, radio and TV as seen by clicking here.
Several dozen youth who catch the vision and knowledge of leadership empowerment regularly proceeded to obtain admissions and scholarships to top, world class universities, such as the Ivy League Universities – Harvard, Yale and UPenn Universities.

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Dr. Weche has twice been invited as a speaker-panelist at Harvard Business School (HBS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA as well as HEC MBA Paris, France. His successful mentorship is seen through thematic, signature programs such as “Mentoring Future Engineers” with Kenya Power and KENGEN, “Mentoring Future Leaders” with Billionaire, Dr. Vimal Shah of Bidco Africa and several other Billion Shilling organisations.
Rev. Dr Weche has been a Business Development Consultant, trainer and MBA lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Inoorero University, Executive Director for the Jebii Kilimo Foundation, One Kenya Foundation, Head of Mentorship for Africa 2.0 – Kenya. For 15 years he was Managing Director, Leruo Services (Pty) Ltd. in Botswana, largest supplier of veterinary products to Government of Botswana with ZAR 40 million offer to establish local manufacturing. He has been Continuous Professional Development Manager, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Assistant Complex Manager, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) in Galana, Kenya. This work has entailed worldwide travels; through several African countries; South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia; internationally from USA, Europe, Middle East, China up to Fiji.
Rev. Dr. Weche is currently a PhD candidate in Leadership & Management, Management University of Africa – MUA. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from DeMontfort University (UK), Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi, with graduate studies in Dispute Resolution (UMass, Boston), Negotiation (PON – Harvard Law School), Governance (NIST), Financial Management (Strayer University, USA) Mediation certificate (MMS, Boston). He is has been a Sensei and Discipler for over 30 years, and is the published author of “Conflict and Deception in Relationships and Marriage”, published on Amazon.com.
Details of his mentorship solutions such as the annual “Gap Year” programs are available by clicking here and website www.akadeducationafrica.com – demonstrating his deep seated passion for growing and developing young African leaders through mentorship, training and value adding collaborations. As a result of this, he has literally become a father to many youth, scattered all over the continent of Africa, and the world…

Ms. Jane Gitau

Communications Consultant and a Lecturer, St Paul’s University.

A British Chevening alumnus, Jane is highly inspired, with excellent communication skills gained through constant training and interactions, coupled with leadership skills for responsive, effective and efficient service delivery and eager to offer service with humility and thoroughness.
Her wealth of experience spans international, regional, professional, development, academic and religious organisations. These include the International Livestock Research Institute, (ILRI), Uganda Christian University, (UCU), Mukono, Uganda, the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) KAMPALA, Uganda, the Anglican Church of Kenya and some media exposure.

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Ms Gitau is endowed with Leadership skills gained through experience over the years, she has served as the Chairperson Public Relations Society of Kenya, Chairperson Chevening Kenya Alumni Association, Secretary General African Public Relation Association, General Secretary of the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU), Editor of the Trumpet, and official publication of the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU). Member International Public Relations Association, IPRA, published many articles in newspapers and journals touching on many subjects including education, agriculture, governance, corporate communication, Corporate Reputation and Communication and community welfare.

Felix Kipkosgei

Lead/Senior VAS and IT services planning engineer by  profession.

His experience spans a decade of IT value added related services strategy, planning and delivery in the telecommunications industry and having worked with leading operators and in East Africa and vendors globally.
Interests besides work include mentorship, Educations, Media and Content, IoT, digital forensics, digital transformation, agriculture and tourism.
Felix enjoys staying with his family during his free time, socializing with friends to build my network, reading journals on technology and teaching. As part of this process, Felix would bring in previous judging and coaching experience for technovation global challenge and Sauti-Tech, a Safaricom technology initiative representing digital IT and championing culture change and appreciations in the larger technology department. Some of the areas of interest while performing would be pitching and presentation, application development, solution relevance to context, SDGs, cost optimization and long-term viability among other factors.

Lilyanne Ndinda

Women Rights Programme Officer at Oxfam in Kenya

Lilyanne has over 10 years experience as a development practitioner working on sustainable livelihoods and women economic empowerment. She had developed and managed projects  in both rural and urban areas in Kenya and is particularly experienced in women empowerment, social protection, urban development, building resilience for vulnerable populations, market systems and value chains development, and enterprise development. Lilyanne is a champion for women voices and actively challenges practices that sustain gender inequalities and elevate patriachy; and is an ardent promoter of women inclusion in social, economic, and political spaces.  She firmly believes that given the opportunity, women and girls have capacity to contirbute significantly to all sectors of development.  When not engaging with civil society, Lilyanne enjoys working with Kenyan artisans to design and produce fashion goods. She strongly believes that trading fairly has potential to reduce poverty, and restore human dignity to all.  She holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management; and a Bachelors degree in Design and Development both from the University of Nairobi.

Zuhura Ogada

Leading expert in Business Management, Organization Development, a Communication and Media Expert

She  has got over 15 years experience in Marketing. For the past two decades she has had extensive experience in the field of communication, marketing strategy and brand management. She has been instrumental in exploring the convergence between marketing strategies and the use of data for organizational transformation. Her desire is to see businesses develop winning strategies, generate multiple income streams and nurture strong brands. Over the years she has enabled companies to turnaround in East Africa through enhanced consumer experience and increase of revenue for sustainability. Some of her clients include Airtel Group, Safaricom, Nation Media Group, South African Tourism, Profile
International, South African Airways, and DSTV among others. She is the current CEO of New Revenue Solutions Africa a prolific revenue generating company which enables organizations accelerate profitable revenue through the use of data, strategy and commercial development. Previously she was a Managing Director of Cocoa by Design an events- management firm with activities in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania.

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Her experience in media sector spans over 10 years at the Nation Media Group and Capital Group and CNBC as a Commercial Manager.
Some of the key achievements in her career history includes: (i) Couching and Mentoring startups to develop award winning business cases and plans during incubation with ibiz Africa a standard Chartered Bank Initiative, (ii) A leader in the formation of the first Female Governor’s Network in Kenyathat willenable better Countyservicedeliveryin thenext 5 years

(iii) Instrumental in introducing various revenue activities which generated high revenue,

(iv) Initiated partnerships with large sports organizations/events: Kenya Open Golf, Standard Chartered Marathon, and also involved other Women Forums in Kenya.
Her desire to ensure that Affirmative Action is embedded in organization’s polices has seen her develop frameworks for gender diversity in the workplace and has undertaken the Women Directors Leadership Summit at the Strathmore Business School (SBS). She is also an alumni of Female Future Force programme from FKE (FFP), Senior Management Leadership Program & Developing Leadership Competencies from SBS.
Her leadership skills have made her serve in several Boards namely; Vice Chair of 30% Club E.A that advocates for gender diversity in boards, she is also a Vice Chair at the Events Managers Association of Kenya (EMAK) board and has also served on the GorMahia Sacco which empowers members socio-economically.
She holds a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) from Kenya Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Limkokwing University, Malaysia. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), MSK (Marketing Society of Kenya), PRSK and CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing). She is aleadership mentor at Kenyatta University, and preparesgraduating students byto transition to the work place through mentorship and internship programs. In addition to this she is a volunteer Sunday school teacher at CITAM church where she works closely with teens by molding them spiritually at a tender age and has been married for over 10 years and blessed with a Son and Daughter.

Wavi Muigai

Head of Corporate Communication & Customer Experience at the Higher Education Loans Board.

Wavi is a born optimist, a possibilitarian and passionate about what she does. She believes in making a difference and in last mile excellence. Her career spans 15 years across various industries namely the Hospitality Industry [Hilton & Marriott Hotels], Banking [KCB] and now Public Sector [HELB]. Her work involves conceptualizing, planning and overseeing implementation of corporate communication, marketing and customer experience strategies, initiatives and policies that translate into strong brand, increased brand visibility and cutting-edge customer experience.

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She holds a BSc. Hotel Management: United States International University [Magna Cum Laude Honors]; Masters of Science in Management: Friends University, Wichita KS USA [Awarded the Outstanding MSM student 2006] and Executive Education Program for Management Development: Strathmore Business School 2015.
She is an active member of the Institute of Customer Experience Kenya and Women in Media and PR in Kenya network. She is also a Board Director at the St. Lucia Educational Complex, Machakos County.
Wavi loves to read and is currently following the #50BooksIn2018 challenge by Sunny Bindra. Her current read [Number 42] is Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Samuel Mburu Mwangi

Telecommunications engineer

Is  a telecommunications engineer with 9 years’ experience in the technology field. Having worked for Telkom Kenya and Microsoft, he is currently an Enterprise Solutions Manager at Safaricom. Together with his team, he is involved in the designing and deploying digital transformation solutions to enterprises and government. He holds a bachelors in Telecommunications and Information Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at Strathmore Business School. He is registered as a Professional Engineering Technologist registered by Kenya Engineers and Technologists Registration Board and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Samuel is also a humanitarian with Rotary International where he serves as an Assistant Governor in District 9212. Through Rotary, he has been involved in projects such as boreholes to provide water to communities in Kitui, computer lab for the Muranga School for the Hearing Impaired, Dental Clinic for Kilimambogo Mission Hospital and many others.

Patience Nyange

Media, Communications and Public Relations Consultant 

Patience believes in a just society and is a strong believer of Ralph Waldo Emerson words: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”True to her mantra, Patience is proficient in:

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• Communications Management
• Marketing Communications
• Corporate Branding
• Public Relations and Media Relations
• Adept at documentation & reporting
• Content Editing
• Governance
• Human Rights Issues
• Advocacy-Women and gender; and
• Social Media Strategies which she leverages upon to drive the change she desires to see in the society.
Her wealth of experience and expertise has not gone unnoticed in her career journey as a communications specialist with 12 years of multinational experience in public, private and nonprofit making sectors with strong background in communication, broadcast journalism, human rights and events management.

Wangechi Muriuki

Wangechi is passionate about creating opportunities and capacity building to supporting the growth of SMEs in Kenya and beyond.
She is a mission driven leader who has championed initiatives that have positively impacted the performance of both large corporate entities as well as the Small and Medium Enterprises in the region over the last ten years.
Wangechi previously worked with the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) on the Company of the Year Awards (COYA), and the Organizational Performance Index (OPI) that transformed many organizations in the region and recently the African Partner Pool (APP), a- unique online technology platform, that connects local SMEs to do business ethically, transparently and seamlessly with the larger corporates. The APP platform to date has grown to a vibrant community of over 2000 thousand SMEs across different sectors and offers various other services.

2018 Judges

Barbara Akelo

Barbara is a firm believer in communication strategies. Soft spoken with bubbly laughter, she is keen to see the latest communication strategies meeting the needs of all parties and supporting program manifesto. Her mark of success is timely, accurate, well packaged and relevant messages getting to the right people, right time. While at it she is keen to establish and maintain good relations with all stakeholders using strategic PR tactics. Besides blogging on technology trends she loves to tell stories through various platforms.

Barbara has a long spanning working experience in corporate communications. She has held progressive positions starting off her career as an editor, journalist, online marketer, through to her current role managing communications, Safaricom technology division. She has driven corporate communications for NGOs, publishers and Safaricom online among others.

She holds a MBA in Corporate Communications from Daystar University.

Dinah Musindarwezo

Feminist & Gender and Development Expert

Dinah Musindarwezo is a feminist and a Gender and Development expert who is passionate about creating an environment, systems and structures that work favourably for all people without any form of discrimination. For over 13 years, Dinah has dedicated her time to work towards achieving Gender Equality, Women and Girls Human Rights and Empowerment of women and girls in particular and social justice and human rights for all in general. Working at national, regional and global levels, Dinah has mainly focused on policy analysis, advocacy and influencing as well as organizational development. Currently Dinah is the Director of FEMNET (the African Women’s Development and Communication Network).

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Dinah serves on UNWomen East and Southern Africa Regional Civil Society Advisory Group, is a Co-Chair of NGOCSW Africa, a Board member of Center for Citizens’ Participation at African Union (CCPAU), Article 19 and Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH). Dinah is also a member of several steering committees and councils working on women’s rights and gender equality including Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR), Equal Measures 2030. Dinah holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Connect with Dinah at director@femnet.or.ke/dinah.musinda@gmail.com and/or @DinahRwiza

Derek Bbanga

Strategic Communications Skills, Image Strategist Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur and Managing Director of Public Image, Derek works with organizations and professionals on improving the necessary soft skills, people branding, communication skills, and image which are crucial ingredients for success today. He calls these strategic communications tools – he works on equipping people with the strategic communications tools to enable them to carry out their duties with an air of confidence, sophistication and above all – professionalism that will mark them out as the best in the business. He believes your professional image should reflect your position, the organization’s mission, and how you interact with others can influence perceptions of your skills, talents, performance, and career advancements. Derek has helped his many clients develop soft skills and an image and brand that truly represents who they are and how they want to be seen.

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The organizations he has worked with range from banking, telecoms, hospitality, media, non-profit, manufacturing, and has trained senior executives, managers, professionals, athletes, public figures, politicians and students. Derek is a well known contributor in the media giving advice on communication skills, branding and image and is a regular writer in several magazines and newspapers He is currently finishing writing his first book on Civility and Etiquette in Kenya.
Derek has a political science degree from Connecticut in the U.S and studied for an MBA at the Helsinki School of Economics. He is a graduate of the Strathmore University Enterprise Development Centre and is certified in Image and Etiquette from the prestigious Colourworks International in South Africa. He has had over 12 years working in the corporate world in finance and communications. He worked in New York for the financial services firm Bloomberg in business development. He also worked for the Edhec Risk Institute in France a leading asset management research centre where he did analysis and research on asset, risk and portfolio management. He was also asenior consultant for the UK based strategic communications consultancy africapractice and set up their office in Nairobi.
Derek is also a keynote speaker at conferences, launches and sales meetings.He is known for his ability to connect with and capture an audience and has also emceed and moderated many events both local and international. Derek is involved as an ambassador with the Pan African Advocacy group Africa 2.0 and is also a fitness and nutrition trainer.

Evelyn Chibole

Creative Designer & Entrepreneur

Evelyn is a Creative Designer & Entrepreneur with over 13 years experience stretched across relevant fields of the Marketing, Communication and the Media world. Design in general is her hobby as well as her profession. She spends time expressing ideas in different creative fields keeping up to date with the current trends as she enhances her creativity. She is a professional with experience having worked as a Graphic Designer in a retail company, a Graphic Designer & a Calligraphy Artist in a Wedding Supplies and Services company as well as a Marketing Assistant intern at an audit firm. She is an arts and design professional who holds a Certificate and Diploma from Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Passion Profit School of Entrepreneurship.

Faith Oneya

Journalist, Daily Nation

Faith Oneya is a writer and editor. She has been working professionally as an online journalist with Nation Media Group since 2013. She manages the Life&Style pages of the Daily Nation site. Her writing has appeared in various publications like the Standard Newspaper, African Woman Magazine, Saturday Nation and the East African among others.Before assuming the role of a web producer, she worked for ten years as a market researcher at SBO Research Company in Nairobi.
Faith holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has a Certificate in Online Journalism from the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) in the Netherlands and a Media Management Certificate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism at Agha Khan University, Kenya.
She is a board member of the Association of Media Women in Kenya.

Faith Ruguru Mutwiri

General Manager Transken Links Limited

Faith Mutwiri is a PhD Candidate in Project Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Faith holds a Master’s of Science in Biochemistry (Nutrition Biochemistry) from University of Nairobi.
She has worked as:Deputy Registrar-Administration Kenya Methodist University;
Chairperson Pest Control Products Board; Deputy Registrar Administration at Kenya Methodist University; Group Quality Assurance Manager and Logistics Manager at Unga Holdings;Government Chemical Analyst.
Faith has made remarkable contributions to the agricultural and food Industry, which include; Development of standards for food raw materials and finished products; Spearheaded the fortification of maize and wheat flour to address micronutrient deficiency; Setting of quality control systems required for fortification process and she has trained people in the industry on quality assurance and quality management systems.

Jennifer Muindi

Senior Corporate Relationship Manager, KCB Bank Kenya Ltd

Jennifer is a Professional Banker with a wealth of experience in Commercial Banking spanning Corporate and Retail Banking. Over the years she has successfully managed portfolios of diverse clients ranging from the Large to Medium Sized businesses in different sectors. She is an experienced Team Leader in strategy formulation, motivating and mentoring teams to achieve sustainable challenging Business Growth targets. She has extensive knowledge in risk and credit analysis of financing proposals. Jennifer is passionate about customer satisfaction and wealth creation among businesses and individuals that lead to improvement of people’s lives. She has valuable skills in conducting Assessment and Development Centres for talent development.
Jennifer holds a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from United States International University (USIU) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Egerton University. She is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM) and Associateship of Kenya Institute of Bankers (AKIB).

Paul Ndirangu Mugambi

CEO, Kytabu Company Limited

With over 20 years’ experience in telecoms and IT, Paul worked in senior management at Telkom Kenya, Safaricom and Econet Wireless in Zimbabwe where he championed product development and implemented several award-winning products such as Skiza Music, M-KOPA Solar,  Eneza Education and iCow among others.
In 2014, Paul teamed up with his business partner and implemented Kytabu the education-technology platform that enables students to micro-lease digital curriculum books and other content at a fraction of the normal price, making education content extremely affordable.
Among other qualifications, Paul is a PRINCE2 practitioner and he holds a masters degree in project management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering (telecoms). Paul is also a long-term youth pastor at Chrisco.