CLASS OF 2020

Marian Murunga

Cohort 2

Marian Abukayo is a graduate of Business and Information Management from Kisii University with a major in Business Intelligence. She is a youth advocate and a blogger. She is passionate about leadership, governance, education and gender equality. She uses most of her time promoting these issues using stakeholder forums, online platforms and one on one conversation to engage leaders on these issues.

She runs a blog; girlsissuescom.wordpress, where she shares what she does in the community as far as girls are concerned and helps to bring to light the plight of the girl child in her community. Through this, she was able to be featured by UNICEF in November 2019.

She is a YALI Network member and she helps coordinate its activities in Busia county YALI Chapter. This includes organizing YALILearns events every month, a platform that brings young people and the community to a learning space.

Diana Chepkorir

Cohort 2

Diana Chepkorir is a Community developer who is committed and very passionate about changing the lives of the community members from a less desirable to a more desirable state she is a self-motivated and visionary person who is willing to work in challenging and pressurizing environments in ensuring that our society becomes a better place for human existence. She is passionate about empowerment of the vulnerable groups in the community. Currently, she is an entrepreneur. In most of her working or undertakings in the community, she involves herself more on provision of voluntary services in ensuring that the problems or issues pertaining the community are well addressed. This is what makes her happy. She has a Bsc. In community development. Career wise, her career objectives include being: -Honest and trustworthy person, Committed and visionary, Seeking a challenging position, team builder, self-starter and finisher and conflict resolver. In terms of skills demonstration, she is very attention to detail, has good Planning and organization skills, she is a quick learner, good at managing time, self-driven, Good interpersonal skills, Team player and proactive, Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, Integrity and accountability, equipped with liaising skills, Excellent analytical and writing skills, Conflict resolutions and leadership skills, currently, she is the organizing secretary for the youth network forum in Kericho as well as ward leader in the local youth network known as Waldai youth network.
In her profession, she has majorly worked with Non- governmental organization working with the communities directly. Her activities running from community mobilization and sensitization. Community development is in her. Her address is dianabett @yahoo.com

Christine Namaindi

Cohort 2

Christine Namaindi is a Youth Civic Educator Currently Working with Siasa Place (CSO) that Champions on Budget Process Making, Public Participation and Social Audit/ Accountability through Various County Projects majorly based on Water and Health.
I also advocate to the Youth on understanding the Impact and Recommendations to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH)
Am Vocal on Matters or Issues that affect the youth through our Busia County Local Radio Station as a Presenter to reach to our Community listeners.

John Wabwire

Cohort 2

John has over seven years’ experience working with youth in the communities in Busia county , volunteering in YES youth can project as a youth master trainer, community facilitator in entrepreneurship, DOT KENYA youth leadership program ,coordinating JIACTIVATE youth declaration in Busia county and volunteering with organization of African youth in ICPD25 Sensitization in Busia Youth advocate KAYSRHR NETWORK, Budget Champion URIAIA, SIASA PLACE. He is also a Community health volunteer

Nerea Bilia Anyah

Cohort 2

Nerea has worked with Save the Children as a Community Health Volunteer
on communication and counseling skills, Ante- natal care promoting heath facility, delivering home care for pregnant mothers, danger sign for mothers and newborns, post- natal care, household/home visits, KMC and skill training. Currently, she is a Village elder a role she uses to support her community to access to healthcare through education. She also supports community organizing initiatives through convening and registration of Youth and Women Groups.

Agatha Amase Kaburu

Cohort 2

Agatha is a fellow from Busia county, Teso North sub,_county. She is a graduate from the university of Eldoret with diploma in social work. Agatha has worked with local microfinances and has an intimate understanding of the economic plight of residents. She is a champion of community empowerment through engaging locally based companies. She is also an advocate for family planning and a campaigner against teenage pregnancy.

Wilberforce Ochieng

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Philip Idewa

Cohort 2

Philip Idewa, holds an impressive profile as a community based, youth volunteer, civic educator, and child rights ambassador. He has trained over 200 Youth across Busia County and support Women Groups with information on Governance and management. He is also an advocate against childhood marriage and a campaigner for education of the Girl-child in the community.

Joseph Oduor

Cohort 2

Joseph is a Director with Leaders for Leaders a community based organisation which is community youth based which does a meaningful engagement in totality to leadership with inclusivity of Mentorship, Advocacy and Creativity/Innovation.With diverse programs of Katiba Mashinani ,Boychild Thementor,PeaceamongstUs,Greenisthe colourandKikwetuCreativityNetwork.ItisbasedinKisumuCounty,withofficeatMilimani

Joel Alex

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Faith Akinyi

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Otieno C Owidi

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Mildred Alice

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Mary Susan Lavender

Cohort 2

I am currently in the process of submitting my thesis for a Master of Arts degree in Regional Integration and Development from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. I was driven to undertake this Master’s degree after two years of working in Ethiopia and the realization that the world is becoming global. The East African Community is considered one of the most integrated regions among the eight African Union recognized Regional Economic Communities and it seeks to integrate education. As a teacher, I am intrigued by the learning process and I am always looking for ways to make it more embracing towards the diversity evident in our society. I aspire to learn something new from my students, peers and superiors. My desire is to see education be accessible to everyone without bias or discrimination and to witness an era where girls are not left behind for lack of resources. Education should become inclusive as far as allowing free thinking and encouraging independent minds as opposed to being set on stone and relying on tests to determine learners’ ability (and inabilities). I’m a strong believer in each person’s ability to unlearn and relearn.
In my free time, I enjoy reading both for leisure and for personal knowledge. Books have encouraged me and allowed me to travel to fictional worlds as well as brought me back to the reality of what can be done to make a change in my small portion of the world. The children today are the youth and leaders of tomorrow and I hope to be able to provide a platform for them all the while learning and improving my skills as an individual and professional. I hope to continue pursuing my dream to make change through the policies that affect both ourselves and our future generation. I make time to write and I am in the process of creating a blog in order to air my personal views and hope to one day be a published author.

Emmanuel Obwanga

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Jael Chepwogen

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Raymond Kimutai

Cohort 2

Raymond Kimutai is a budding researcher and a political activist who works and have worked together with corporate organization, CEOs, Academicians and executives to further their insights through informed research coupled by quality analysis and interpretation. I have a four-year experience of working in as a researcher cum political activist.
I have been involved with HIV/Aids initiatives, peer to peer education, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, field research, capacity building as well as planning and implementing community-based projects. I have also worked in the past in quantitative surveys with just to name a few companies including African Population for Health and Research, youth agenda, SNV Kenya and Laterite Kenya. On top of that I have outstanding computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office that includes Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. I have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to make presentations to large groups of people.
I graduated from Moi University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in sociology. I have busied myself with research and politics since my time in campus making me participate in various campaigns aimed at bettering the political scene of our country.
As a political activist, I have been in the forefront advocating for charge in the approach to the politics with a tagline of the youths being the change that can make it happen. I have works continuously with training teams tasked to pass the message on public participation, budget process and the youth empowerment through affirmative action, through inter party youth forum and siasa place. Currently I am a political mentee with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation promoting democracy, good governance, rule of law and social market economy in Kenya.
My achievements include: Participating in training of youth adolescent aged 12-18 and accomplished the reduction of teenage pregnancy and HIV related cases both in Kericho and Kilgoris, participated in the making of Kericho county statistical abstract having participated as a field enumerator in the social service department, In my freelance writing have managed to fundraise for various youth groups and also became a research assistant to Researchers in different fields and I also participated in the just conducted first digital Kenya Population and Housing census as a content supervisor.
In the past, I have undertook the following trainings: Women Empowerment Forum from Moi University, Peer Education from Kericho Youth Centre (KYC), Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Startups program from Kericho Youth Centre (KYC), Civic Education from Supporting Primary Education Across Kenya (SPEAK) and Protecting Human Research Participants from National Institutes of Health (NIH). My hobbies include: Exploring new places, Volunteering and Reading materials on my profession.

Milton Kiprop

Cohort 2

I am a writer and a political Strategist who works together with various youth groups within Kericho County for instance Inter-Party Youth Forum (IPYF) and Kericho Youth Bunge (KYB). In the recent past, I graduated as a political mentee with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) which is a German political foundation promoting democracy, good governance, rule of law and social market economy in Kenya. I am currently working with Imara Fellowship on matters policy making and implementation. I have 2-year experience working as a writer specifically proposal writing.
I am highly competent, team player, self-motivated information Scientist with excellent experience working as part of a team in a busy, multi-racial and cross-cultural environment. Well organized and proactive in providing timely, efficient and accurate ICT support to colleagues and proper records safety and easy retrieval. I perform my tasks with passion and committed to enhancing people's well-being to promote self-reliance. I am skilled with records management skills and I look forward to better my experience in different organizations.
I graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science. I have full knowledge on cataloguing and classification of documents/records as I kept practising so often during campus since it was my hobby to do so. I am able to write reports, file them in an orderly manner for future easy retrieval, update them and ensure their safety.
I demonstrated leadership amongst students in campus in various fields. I supervised Kenyatta University students in various activities as I held a post of organizing secretary to Bureti students Association and Secretary General to Rift Valley students. I have certificate in Leadership course provided by Kenyatta University. Reading motivational newspapers and magazines, Internet socializing, Swimming and watching football are my hobbies.

Sheila Bore Cherotich

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Ronoh Victor Cheruiyot

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Winrose Kirui Chepkemoi

Cohort 2

Mary Oyoo is a transformative young African leader, who delights in encouraging youth to discover their God-given purpose in life, to master and nurture their talents and become servant leaders in their areas of gifting. She is also an economic growth and development enthusiast, optimistic that with good governance and policies, Africa will become self-sustainable and an economic growth powerhouse that will help solve various world global issues. Mary is also a strong advocate of youth empowerment. She believes that empowering this strong generation of visionaries will lead to a stronger Africa with economic prosperity

Stephen Kimathi

Cohort 2

Stephen Kimathi is a social scientist with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Nairobi. He is passionate about youth development and progressive change in the community. Currently he works at Acacia innovations. Stephen has previously worked for Africa Youth Trust as a Governance Project Assistant. He supported the Youth Action towards Development Effectiveness within the Region of East and Southern Africa He has also served as an administrative intern at the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries. Additionally Stephen has been privileged to be part of the NOREC youth learning and exchange programme between Kenya and South Africa. He is also an Emerging leaders fellow. Besides he is an entrepreneur and a self-taught graphic designer.

Esparencia Perita

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Bahati Hezborn

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Fiona Nduati

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Lynder Ogembo

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Barasa Oliver

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Gabriel Dinda

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 Fellow

Emmanuel Opiyo

Cohort 2

Cohort 2

CLASS OF 2019

Yvonne Ngicho

Cohort 1

Yvonne Ngicho is a post graduate student at Kenyatta University, pursuing a Master of Arts in Gender and Development Studies.
She strongly believes that good governance together with policy formulation and implementation are a key ingredient to the achievement of sustainable development, especially in developing nations. She envisions herself as a transformation leader who will influence decision making processes through policy frameworks.
She is intelligent, God-fearing, diligent and creative. She also has strong leadership, organizational and research skills. She is passionate in helping others and likes reading during her free time.

Moffat Mitugo

Cohort 1

Moffat Mitugo Kihoro is a 26 year old male from Laikipia County. He has a B.sc. Degree in Community Resource Management from Kenyatta University, he has also completed part one of the Certified Public Accountant course. He is a volunteer Project Manager/Accountant at Generation of Hope CBO and Yiaku Laikipiak Trust respectively. Moffat has worked for the National Assembly and is well versed in policy and legislative processes. He is a peace ambassador for the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and a delegate of the Kenya National Youth Summit. Moffat is a young entrepreneur running an artistic business

Mary Oyoo

Cohort 1

Mary Oyoo is a transformative young African leader, who delights in encouraging youth to discover their God-given purpose in life, to master and nurture their talents and become servant leaders in their areas of gifting. She is also an economic growth and development enthusiast, optimistic that with good governance and policies, Africa will become self-sustainable and an economic growth powerhouse that will help solve various world global issues. Mary is also a strong advocate of youth empowerment. She believes that empowering this strong generation of visionaries will lead to a stronger Africa with economic prosperity

Loise Kinya

Cohort 1

Loise Kinya was born in Tigania, Meru county in 1994. She is a social scientist with a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Economics, Sociology(major) and Psychology(minor) from Kenyatta University. Graduated on July 15th, 2016. Loise is proactive member of the society and is passionate in community development initiatives and programs. Sema Anika Forum is an initiative that she works on that deals with creating awareness on Gender Base violence and depression; and also offers psychosocial support to victims of GBV. She has a track record in Leadership, volunteering and offering mentorship.
More so, she is aggressive with a team spirit and have great Adaptability Quotient.

Lawrence Nduva

Cohort 1

Is a dynamic lawyer and a youth leader determined to make the best of every opportunity to become an effective advocate and a valuable member of the society. Current, a student at the Kenya school of Law. Previously an intern at the Kenya Law Reform Commission, a Lawyer at M M Kimuli & Co. Advocates and Under-Secretary General KenyaMUN Kenyatta University School of Law.

Wandia Ivy Gathoni

Cohort 1

Wandia Ivy Gathoni is a 21 year old, final year student at United States International University majoring in International Relations concentrating in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and minor in Criminal Justice. She has been in AIESEC and served as the Vice President Outgoing Global Volunteer in the organization. She has been involved in several school committees to date. Her ultimate goal is to work in an organization that seeks to advance Sustainable Development Goal number 4(Gender Equality) and 5(Quality Education). Through her own Leadership program and foundation (LEAD by Wandia) she desires to help the less privileged and the marginalized communities

Irungu Wangui

Cohort 1

My name is Irungu Wangui, is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies in law at Kenyatta University. Having been involved in various community engagement programs, he became a YALI alumnus and currently the YALI Nyeri County chairperson. I am also the President and Programs Director under 1835 Network and the Othaya constituency Youth Governors Kenya representative.

Bertha Rinjeu

Cohort 1

Is a Nairobi-based Journalist and Researcher with nine years’ experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi and currently pursuing a Masters of Arts Degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies at the same institution. She has worked as Content Manager at Mkubwa Media Limited, Nairobi Correspondent for the International News Service `{`INS`}` (UK), Head of Communications with the Research Institute for Peace, Policy and International Affairs (RIPPIA) when we hosted the first Africa High Level Youth Conference (AHLYC) on the Transition from MDGs to SDGs at the UNON Gigiri, Governance Program Officer with the Africa Youth Trust, Features Writer for the Star Newspaper (Kenya), Reporter for the Kenya Television Network (KTN) and with the Kenya Commercial Bank in personal banking.

Aimee Adeti Wanjala

Cohort 1

Aimee is a Charismatic Confident Youth Leader. She’s held various leadership positions in Youth Initiatives and Women Groups both at home and school. She’s a Creative and Dependable Team Player, Problem Solver, Great Public Speaker and Founder of Campus SHE, an Initiative that trains girls on self-identity and Leadership. Her Candor, Integrity and Hardwork have seen her engagement in projects like Nimeamua Kuwa Ethical. Her passion in making an empowered virtuous youth and better society has inspired her featuring in articles such as Young Change Makers, 8/3/2017. She’s also a good cook and loves travelling.

Dr. Edwin Rono

Cohort 1

Edwin Rono is a Medical officer at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi. His main interest is in maternal and child health, and is currently attached to Reproductive health department. Edwin is an alumnus of prestigious Equity Bank Leaders Program and a distinguished youth leader in the community. He has keen interest in Public Health that has seen him present on the subject at international fora in Rwanda, Germany and Spain. Edwin is passionate about good governance, democracy and social justice

Sofina Merinyo

Cohort 1

Sofina Merinyo is a Programs Officer incharge of mentorship at Emerging Leaders Foundation. She is a competent professional who values integrity and discipline. Sofina has previously worked with University of Trier, TAP Africa,VSO Kenya, SAPTA and Kenyatta University. Before coming to TAP she worked in the Isanga Digitech project an initiative aimed at increasing education access in Taita Taveta county. She is also passionate about media and events planning. Sofina is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Community Resource Management from Kenyatta University and a certificate of Public Management in Social Transformation from Arizona State University

Godwin Mutai

Cohort 1

Godwin Kibet Mutai is passionate about leadership development and community development. He has a degree in Business Administration with IT (Procurement major), from Maseno University. After school, his first job was with SBO Research, as a Field Researcher. Later, he began working with Kenya Researchers. Shortly after, he joined Mavuno Church’s Leadership Development program known as Discovery Africa.

Gladys Ndanu

Cohort 1

Gladys Ndanu John joined Kenyatta University in 2011, where she successfully completed and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community Resource Management in 2015. She is passionate about Policy and its impact on communities and is fervently working in her local community

Shadrack Osero

Cohort 1

Osero Shadrack is passionate about environmental sustainability and its implication to the country’s economy. He holds a BSc in Environmental Studies (Resource Conservation) and Certificate in Leadership Development and Mentorship from Kenyatta University. He is pursuing an MS in Data, Economics, and Development Policy at MIT as a Hewlett Foundation Scholar. He is avid about how science is employed in policy formulation and seeks knowledge on the merge of the environment and development. He has professional experience working as an MIT Climate CoLab fellow. Shadrack is a graduate fellow of the Young African Leadership initiative (YALI), East Africa Regional Centre.

Murimi Karani

Cohort 1

Murimi Karani is a lawyer attached to the East Africa Centre for Law and Justice, a community leader, political commentator and youth advocate named to the Kenya Youth Professionals, The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, The Christian Institute for Governance, Onestop Youth Information and Resource centres among many others. His work ranges from human rights activism, public interest lobbying, legal aid and consultancy, policy formulation and civic education.
Robbin is renowned to have participated extensively in the 2016 IEBC restructuring, the 2018 elections as a head of an observer mission, the national youth policy, cases on Female Genital Mutilation, abortion, early marriages and county development plans. He earned a Bachelor’s of Laws (Honours) degree from Kabarak University in 2016.

Josepha Mafubo

Cohort 1

Josepha Mafubo is a third year student pursuing a corporate Communication degree with a major in Public Relations at Pan Africa Christian University. Her passion: stirring things up by starting conversations of change. As international students representative then as the vice-president and academic secretary, It is here that she learnt that a position is the first level of leadership. Her love for ethical leadership was horned by AYLF and good friendships. After graduation, she hopes to start sharing forums where women and youth can sharpen their saws through service networks. Josepha enjoys traveling, events planning, reading, and watching documentaries

Emily Aberi

Cohort 1

Emily Aberi is a fourth year student at JKUAT pursuing Applied Bioengineering. She is passionate about Volunteering and took part in Heroes for Change social mobilization volunteer programme based on Unilever sustainable living plan. She has been an active participant in the Malala project by the Kenya girl guides association which advocates for girl child education by addressing the challenges that hinder it. Currently she is the organizing secretary for the Kenya Red Cross Society JKUAT chapter.

Aurelia Adhiambo

Cohort 1

Young, passionate and ambitious Aurelia is a staunch believer in the growth, development and spirit of Africa. She believes that the biggest problem with Africa is poor governance and leadership structures. Aurelia is dedicated to leadership studies and governance; a feat that has seen her involvement in many trainings and leadership initiatives. She is enthusiastic about learning and emulating good leadership.

Mathew Ndolo

Cohort 1

Mathew is a graduate from USIU-Africa University where he studied BA. International Relations, Concentration Development Studies and a Minor in Finance. He has leadership experience acquired while in campus, having served in various leadership capacities in the student affairs division. Such positions included: being treasurer of Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) club, an Electoral Commissioner in USIU-A, a pioneer secretariat of the Model African Union Simulation (MAU) as the treasurer and was appointed to the USIU Student Constitutional Review Commission to stream the new constitution with the University Amendment of 2016.

Brian Kithinji

Cohort 1

Born in Mombasa County in 1996, Brian Kithinji is a young leader, Christian, journalist and communications specialist. His interests are in debating, diplomacy, public speaking, policy formulation and implementation. Currently he serves as the East African Community Youth Ambassador to Kenya, and is an alumni of Young African Leadership Initiative Center East Africa Cohort 5. He recently graduated from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelors of Mass Communication.

Kiprotich Cheruiyot

Cohort 1

Mr. Kiprotich Cheruiyot is an Economist by profession and currently works with the County Government of Bomet. Prior to working with the County Government, Mr. Kiprotich worked with USAID-FIRM under County Support Program, and while there, actively participated in formulation of plans, policies; and data management. With the County Government, he participates in the formulation of Annual Development Plans, data management, Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and programmes; and was among the five-team secretariat appointed to formulate Bomet County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022. In 2017, courtesy of Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), he was selected as a Youth Demographic Dividend Advocate to champion for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Bomet County. In July 2018, he participated as a Research Assistant in Gender Data Survey conducted by the KNBS jointly with the support of UN Women and Council of Governors Kenya.