Wanjira Mathai is Director of Partnerships for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER), Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI) at the University of Nairobi. Previously she served as Director of International Affairs at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. Prior to joining GBM, Ms. Mathai was a senior program officer for disease eradication at the Carter Presidential Center. She is chair of the board for Wangari Maathai Foundation, the Green Belt Movement and is on the boards of WMI, GBMI Europe, GBMI-USA, and Resonate. She holds degrees from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta School of Business.
Njeri Gakonyo is an Agricultural Economist on consulting assignment in the Resource Mobilization unit at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Nairobi since 2010. Prior to the AGRA engagement, Njeri facilitated strategy development for both business and non-profit organizations on a consultancy basis in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi. Njeri studied economics at the undergraduate level at Grinnell College (Iowa, USA) and Agricultural Economics at Cornell University where she obtained her Master’s degree and PhD. Njeri also serves as a Board member or alternate on several boards including the Green Belt Movement and the Wangari Maathai Foundation.
Kennedy Odede is the CEO & co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). A former street child who lived most of his life in Kibera, he founded SHOFCO with savings from his $1 per day factory job. SHOFCO’s programs will collectively serve over 76,000 individuals in 2015. The organization is scaling across Kenya’s slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, currently focused on the Kibera and Mathare slums. Odede was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and recently won the Mohammed Ali Humanitarian Award. Kennedy received a full scholarship to Wesleyan University, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.
Jackie is the Managing Partner of Umsizi LLP, a firm of Advocates, Corporate Secretaries, Arbitrators and Mediators. Her passion lies in negotiating and structuring transactions for mutually rewarding outcomes, and she will therefore invest as much time with the firm’s clients as required to enable them articulate their specific needs, and work with them to get results. She’s also committed to making organisations tick – demystifying corporate governance in a way that makes sense for each entity that she deals with – and she is adept at tackling regulatory compliance.
Jackie has had considerable experience in a broad range of corporate advisory matters ranging from shareholder negotiations; capital raising and legal due diligence. In addition to her legal and corporate secretarial qualifications, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a Certified Mediator and holds an MBA in Global Technology Management. She currently serves on various Boards ranging from non-profit to State corporations in the capacity of Director.
Sheila Kahaki Muindi is the Executive Director of Daykio Plantations Ltd, a real estate firm in Nairobi. Prior to joining Daykio, Kahaki worked with Family Bank Ltd in the Human Resources Department as a Senior Human Resources Officer in charge of Staff Benefits. Kahaki is a Hotelier by profession, having undertaken a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Hospitality at the Les Roches International School of Management, Switzerland. Kahaki worked in the Hotel industry for 5 years in both Switzerland and Florida USA. Kahaki is an Alumni of the Fast Forward Leadership Class (2013) with Sunny Bindra one of Kenya’s leading management consultants.
Kahaki sits on the Board of Dhamana Insurance Agency, and is the Chairperson of the Family Bank Staff benefits retirement Scheme. She is also an advisory member of One Lamb, a non for profit organization that works with marginalized communities to end child prostitution.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Health Sciences, university of Nairobi. Graduated with BA and MSc Degree from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and holds a PhD from New York University. She serves as a member of the Board and Honorary treasurer at the Green Belt Movement
Waweru Mathai is an Attorney at Law and the Founder member representative of the Wangari Maathai Foundation. Waweru received his Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University, his Masters in Chemistry from Drexel University and a Law Degree from New York Law School. He is also the son of the late Wangari Maathai.