The Class of 2013 (MAWIMBI)

  • Peter Nduati, 44, CEO, Resolution Health, Nairobi


    peterThe Chief Executive has changed  the lives of millions of people living with HIV/Aids in east Africa when the company became the first medical provider to cover HIV/Aids in its insurance policy. The bold and innovative decision by Mr. Nduati not only gave reprieve to those living with the condition, but also challenged other insurers to provide the cover. He spearheaded a health revolution in Kenya and the region.

    Previously, Peter was the CEO of Metropolitan Heath Group, a South African Health insurance group and was Managing Director of AAR Health Services Tanzania. He has also set up other businesses namely Absolute Security ltd where he is the Founder and anchor shareholder and Redwood Capital, a private equity fund with a concentration in the technology industry, where he has 100 percent ownership. He owns and manages Pine Creek Records and is the immediate former Director of National squads in the Kenya Rugby Union Mr Peter Nduati supports AIESEC (an organization for students interested in commerce and business) and is the immediate former chair of the board of Daystar University’s local chapter. He had held that position for 19 years.

    He won the Kenya Alumni Association in 2002 and was shortlisted nominee of the Global alumni of the year 2007. He holds a master’s degree in Economics and Insurance and is a chartered insurer with over 20 years experience in the Kenyan Insurance Industry.

    He is currently involved in his doctorate program focusing in Entrepreneurship in Kenya.


  • Eva Muraya, 46, CEO, Brand Strategy and Design (EA) Limited (BSD), Nairobi, Kenya

    evaBSD is a regional integrated marketing communications consultancy firm that offers various services including brand audit and management, Internal Brand engagement and Advertising, Public Relations. She holds over twenty years of diverse brand strategy development skill and experience She was recently nominated by Women Inspiration and Enterprise Africa (WIE) as one of Africa’s Top 60 Most Influential Women.

    In October, 2008, she was a co-recipient of the inaugural Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Leadership Award. She was an award nominee at the Pan African Invent and Innovate Conference in Accra – Ghana in 2005, sponsored by the International Finance Corporation. Regionally, Color Creations Ltd was the only woman led top 10 finalist business out of 451 SME companies drawn from East and Central Africa in the 2007 Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity Business Award held in Rwanda and presided over by President Paul Kagame.

    Globally, Ms Muraya’s remarkable entrepreneurship skills saw her selected in 2006 by the US State Department to represent Kenya in a premier U.S. government-sponsored program dubbed the Fortune/State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. She serves on several boards both locally and internationally. She serves on the Vital Voices African Board of Advisers on the economic and education portfolio. She also serves as the Chair of Zawadi Africa Educational Program, designed to provide scholarships for needy, academically talented young women from Africa, Chairs the Kenya Association of Women Business Owners (KAWBO), Chairs the Board of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital and is a Board of Advisor for USIU’s Chandaria School of Business.


  • Teddy Warria, 35, Africa 2.0 Chapter Head (Kenya).


    teddyHe serves as Director of Africa 2.0 International, Africa’s Talking (K) Limited – mobile communication solutions, and Rotary Club of Westlands Youth Service, Nairobi, Kenya As Director of Made in Africa start-up Information Technology Company, Teddy focuses on strategic and organizational development of the company across the continent, including market access.

    He developed aggressively Africa’ Talking share of the market in a difficult environment from its inception in 2010. Africa’s Talking has been able to position itself as one of the leading provider of high-tech IT infrastructure services in Kenya, using cloud-based tools, and providing one-of-a-kind API (Application Programming Interface). Elsewhere, he leads Africa 2.0 efforts of engaging Africans to use enterprising solutions for prosperity, and harness technology and Africapreneurs to advance Africa in the 21st Century through one-on-one diplomacy that reaches the grassroots.

    Teddy is also a subject of the groundbreaking book series by Susan Wakhungu-Githuku, and a regular contributor of THE EDITION – Eastern Africa’s premier Contemporary Career Magazine, providing ideas and insights on moving ahead in life and work, and Footprints Press Limited publications.  Teddy’s voluntary work includes an informal “Airlift to America” program, that has seen him and his associates send over 100 Keyans on merit-based scholarships to USA since 2000. Teddy Warria attended Bard College on a Distinguished Scientist Scholar (DSS) scholarship (2004) and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (2005) on a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship.


  • Eng. David Onyango, 49, Managing Director, Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO), Kisumu, Kenya

    davidFrom inception KIWASCO has positioned itself as a dynamic company focused on sustainable, quality water and sewerage provision to a fast growing city.  Since joining the company in 2006, David has led the transformation of the Company from a loss making entity to one of the leading water companies in Kenya and the region.  His background in Engineering and business has enabled him to effectively lead diverse teams in crafting growth strategies, managing business risks, customer relationships and stakeholder interests.

    He has pioneered a unique service delivery platform for supply of water to the poor, which is being replicated in several countries in Africa and beyond. Prior to joining KIWASCO, David worked in various technical positions in the water sector where he was involved with engineering designs and construction of various water facilities.

    His voluntary work includes serving in the Board of Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) to articulate the interests of employers, Stadia Management Board a parastatal responsible for the development and management of stadia in Kenya, National Wages Council a national body mandated by the Ministry of Labour to advice on wages and conditions of employment; and Boards of various schools and colleges.

    He holds a Civil Engineering degree from Nairobi University, Masters in Construction Engineering and Management, Loughborough University UK and a MBA from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.  His passion is finding solutions for accelerated access to safe water for all.


  • Pamella Makotsi Sittoni, 44, Managing Editor, The East African

    pamelaManaging Editor, The East African,  a regional weekly newspaper, published by the Nation Media Group

    As Managing Editor, Pamella shapes the coverage of the East African region and provides strategic leadership for the publication. The EastAfrican has distinguished itself for its authoritative analyses and commentaries on developments in the political, business and development sectors, giving both residents and foreigners useful insights into the region. Pamella is a seasoned journalist who began her career at the Nation Media Group as a reporter in 1993 and worked at various levels, rising to the position of Managing Editor of The Standard in 2005.

    Prior to re-joining the Nation Media Group in 2012, Pamella was a Communication Specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Kenya, where she, among other things, led the agency’s engagement with Members of Parliament and was charged with mobilising the media to keep children’s and women’s issues on the national and global agenda. She has also eidited five books on philanthropy in East Africa, published with the support of the Ford Foundation. The books document the initiatives of individuals and organizations that continue to have an impact on the lives of thousands of people through their acts of giving.

    Pamella holds a degree in literature and anthropology and a post-graduate diploma in communication from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Master’s degree in New Media, Democracy and Governance, from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

  • Catherinerose Barretto, 33, Co- Kinu Group Ltd, Tanzania

    catherineroseCatherinerose is an independent Human Capital Development and Recruitment Consultant. Her experience with recruitment and training spans over five years, and her portfolio includes the private sector, multinationals, public sector and Non-Governmental Organisations within the East African region.

    She is a regular speaker at secondary and higher education academic institutions where she speaks to students about career choices and their employability. Catherinerose partnered with Femtech (South Africa) in 2012 to develop the Femtanz women’s entrepreneurship program, which is designed for women who want to grow a technology-enabled business. The program currently has 12 graduates and 3 certified trainers in Tanzania.

     Catherinerose is a Co-Founder of the Kinu Group Ltd, which was established to build capacity and foster co-creation, innovation and entrepreneurship within the ICT community. She has developed the Kinu Kids program which teaches children and young teens how to build robots and about science and technology. She also organizes workshops and events for young girls and women to introduce them to careers in ICT and help them understand how to use various technologies.

    She is the Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum Dar es Salaam Global Shapers Hub. Catherinerose  is currently serving as the Director of Next Generation for the Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam North, District 9211. She is a member of the Tanzanian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (TEE) a working group of industry stakeholders that has been established by the Tanzanian Commission of Science Communication and Technology to assess what is needed to create a viable and sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tanzania.

    Catherinerose pursued her Bachelors of Science in Political Science at California State University Fresno and Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam.


  • Rita Kahurananga, 45, Independent Consultant, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

    ritaAs an independent Consultant, Rita has specialized in the field of gender, advocacy and project management. With over 20 years experience in both the corporate and non-governmental organization sectors, Rita has been able to lead in various capacities ranging from Managerial positions in Gender and Advocacy, to being a National Director in a child-focused organization, SOS Children’s Villages (2010 – 2013), with a work force of about 262 staff in various locations. Her main focus has been on the well-being of children, and throughout her career, she established linkages with various organizations such as the Kiwanis Club in South Africa, an organization supporting street children, as well as taking up various voluntary roles in community-led initiatives that included supporting the Family Hope Children, a local NGO started by street children based in Dar Es Salaam.

    Rita has lead various campaigns that included a charity walk that raised awareness and funds for orphans and vulnerable children, and contributed to local initiatives such as ‘Women Scream’ and other events that commemorated International Women’s day. She has had the privilege of facilitating international events such as the Africa-Canada Emerging leaders’ dialogue, an initiative spearheaded by HRH Prince Phillip of England, and has been invited as a guest speaker at international venues focusing on the rights of men, women, boys and girls.

    She has also been able to mentor staff as well as management within the various capacities that she has held, and her efforts were rewarded when she received the prestigious ‘Public-Service-Partner-of-the-year’ award, presented to her by the Chief Executive Officers Roundtable (CEOrt) members

  • Reginald Massawe, 45, CEO, African Microfinance LTD, Dar es Salaam


    reginaldHe is responsible for setting and overseeing the direction of the institution, to institute sound management and operational controls by setting up appropriate governance structures. He began his career in Human Resources Management in 1996 and has since held a variety of management posts covering a wide range of responsibilities. In 2004, he wanted to change his career, committed himself to doing a PhD program, and started working toward writing a PhD thesis on Alternative Approach in Financing SMEs. While working on his PhD studies, he developed an intense interest after seeing the immense opportunities in providing microfinance services as one way of reducing poverty in developing countries like Tanzania.

    He decided to postpone the PhD study to engage fully in the microfinance business by setting up a Microfinance Institution and thus crossed the floor from being an employee to being an entrepreneur and self-employed. Reginald believes in daring to be imaginative. Therefore, wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you may be following as an occupation, there is room for you to make yourself more useful, and in that vein more productive, by developing and using your imagination.

    Reginald holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor Degree in Education. He also holds two Diplomas, one in Personnel management and another one in education.


  • Nankali Maksud, 36, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF Malawi

    nankaliAs the Chief of the Child Protection Program, Nankali is responsible for leading a team which assists the Government of Malawi to establish and strengthen an operational national child protection system that protects children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in addition to mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS. Prior to this position, she was Regional Project Specialist who managed the Children and AIDS Initiative (CARI) which was a USD50 million dollar Orphans and Vulnerable Children program across 9 countries ( Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi).

    At the end of the 5 year program, CARI  focused on provision of technical support towards establishing legal and policy frameworks, service provision, capacity development and research was found to have met all its objectives through an external evaluation. In addition, Malawi and the Regional position, Nankali have worked in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Somalia always focused on the realization of the rights of vulnerable children.

    She holds a Bachelors in Law and a Masters in International Law.


  • Paul Okello Aliker, 47, Principal Dentist, The Dental Studio, Kampala, Uganda

    okelloFrom 1996,  Okello a licensed dentist in Uganda, Kenya and USA, has operated his own dental practice which  provides patients with restorative, reconstructive, implant and cosmetic dental care at internationally standards. Since its inception, the practice has developed a firm reputation as a leading provider of dental services in Uganda and draws patients throughout the region. Okello has attained Fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the latter as part of the first cohort of 10 East Africans inducted in 2010.

    He is currently enrolled on the Dawson Academy education continuum, a leading dental postgraduate training centre which imparts the skills to treat highly challenging dental reconstruction cases to exacting long-term standards of function and cosmetics. Prior to establishing his own practice, he received Human Biology and Dentistry degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island and Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, respectively. He completed a dental general practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Palo Alto, California and practiced privately in the US before returning to Uganda to realize his long-held dream of operating his own dental practice in East Africa. Okello also has a Certificate in Healthcare Management from Strathmore Business School, Nairobi.

    He has volunteered on the boards of various sporting, professional and social causes. Okello chairs Zawadi Africa Education Fund (Uganda), international NGO providing scholarships to academically high-achieving young African women to leading universities globally. He is determined to be an active participant in helping Africa’s self-determination of her very bright future.

  • David F. Mpanga, 42, Founding Partner, A.F. Mpanga, Law Firm, Kampala

    mpangaHe was called to the Bar of England &Wales in 1993;and to the Ugandan Bar in 2000. In 2010 he was appointed as Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public. David worked in the chambers of John Mathew QC at 5 Paper Buildings in the United Kingdom where he handled criminal litigation. He returned to Uganda in 1998 and worked with Mugerwa & Masembe, Advocates up to September 2003.

    In October 2003, David set up A.F. Mpanga, Advocates now locally and internationally acknowledged as a leading law firm in Uganda and a member of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group.  He has cultivated a specialization in financial institutions law, international commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions as well as oil & gas. He also has experience handling public interest cases in the Constitutional Court and has appeared in a number of landmark cases.

    He is the Attorney General and Minister of Local Government in the Buganda Government, a cultural institution headed by the Kabaka of Buganda.

    David is an avid reader of history, economics and politics. He is the writer of a popular weekly column in the Saturday Monitor, in which he advocates for constitutionalism, the rule of law, personal responsibility and basic common sense.

  • Patricia Musoke - Agency (IAEA), Wien, Austria

    patriciaAs a Project Management Specialist at the IAEA, Patricia is responsible for ensuring that the multi-million Euro project titled “Enhancing Capabilities of Analytical Safeguards” (ECAS) is successfully completed on time, and within the allotted budget. The IAEA is an independent intergovernmental, science and technology-based organization, in the United Nations (UN) family that serves as the global focal point for nuclear cooperation.

    Prior to the IAEA, Patricia  worked as a Project Manager at AREVA where she was given an Award of Recognition for the role she played in key projects for the company. One major achievement that she is extremely proud of is successfully obtaining a safe and secure residence for a family in Uganda which was living in abject poverty and affected by HIV. Now, they are not only homeowners, but also landlords, and the income generated contributes to their ability to independently meet the basic needs of life. Other volunteer work she has been involved in includes Coordinator of a free tax clinic for low income Canadians.

    She is a Founder and Coordinator of an Entrepreneur Exchange, Mentorship and Networking Team, Organizer of World AIDS Day Events in Canada, Counselor for People Living With HIV/AIDS and Survivors of Sexual Assault and Rape. Patricia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, both obtained from the University of Toronto, Canada.



  • Patricia Rwakiseeta Muhebwa, 44, Co-Founder and Director -Metier Construction & Metier Homes Ltd, Kampala, Uganda


    patricia_sAs co – founder and Technical Director of Metier Construction -  Patricia has played a key role in leading her organization’s teams of over 150 local artisans and technicians to deliver creative projects with integrity in all aspects, while setting exceptional standards for a small sized enterprise in the construction industry in Uganda.

    Metier Homes, a sister company has also positioned itself in the property development industry in Uganda as a quality developer. Patricia has relied on her experience of over twenty years of multidisciplinary experience in the engineering profession spanning across various disciplines for Government and Private Sector in the USA and Uganda, where she made a mark of delivering quality projects on time, and within cost. Patricia is married with four children and has a keen interest in developing and mentoring the youth.

    She co- founded Dolphins Swim Club in 2007 to nurture local swimming talent – the club has had several successful national swimmers including a 15 year old teenager that represented Uganda at the 2012 Olympics. Patricia has a passion for the built environment and has plans to expand her businesses but in addition, engaging in voluntary projects addressing architecture and public health in the community.


  • Hope Azeda, Founder, artistic director of f Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts


    hopeHope Azeda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Rwandan theatre. She is the founder, artistic director of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, a leading theatre company in Rwanda. Under her direction, the group collaboratively created Africa,s hope, which was performed in Kigali at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the genocide, and also at the G8 World Summit in Edinburgh in 2005.The play also toured in the UK in 2006 and 2008 and also featured in the biennial festival in Sweden in 2008 ,In 2012 Africa’s hope made
    it’s premier in Los Angeles USA.

    Ms. Azeda’s work as a writer, performer and teacher has taken her to many theaters and universities around the world, including the Biennial Festival in Stockholm and the Caravan Festival in Copenhagen, the International Festival of the Arts in Sophia-Bulgaria and tours of the USA, Canada, Austria, Italy,Germany, South Korea, Japan, Italy Australia, South Africa and Northern Ireland. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue in Cambridge-Massachusetts, an alumni of Brown University International advanced research institute in 2013, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab , Ms Azeda is also a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI-ASPEN-Institute) .Hope Azeda was also the creative director for the 20th genocide commemoration 2014.

    In addition to her theatre work, she served as a casting director for the films Sometimes in April, Shake Hands with the Devil, Beyond the gates, white light Africa United . Hope is also currently the curator of UBUMUNTU ARTS


  • Namara Hannington, 37, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Private Sector Federation, Kigali

    hanningtonNamara Hannington is the Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Private Sector Federation, Kigali an Umbrella organization that coordinates promotes and represents the interests of the Business entities in Rwanda. Prior to joining the Private Sector, Namara worked with Commercial Bank of Rwanda (BCR) – a private Commercial bank where he served for over eight years in many capacities including heading the Bank’s Corporate Banking division, Marketing and Business development function.

    He also served as a Senior Officer in charge of Special Projects at the Rwanda Investment Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA –now known as Rwanda Development Board). Namara presents an in-depth experience and knowledge in Leadership, Strategy, Finance and Communications.

    Namara is a graduate of Makerere Business School with qualifications in Business Administration (Hons) and has received various trainings in corporate banking strategy, communication, leadership, credit, structured finance and is pursuing Professional Postgraduate Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), United Kingdom


  • Francis Mugisha, 47, Managing Director, Management Consult Associates, Kigali.

    francisFrancis is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (FCMA) and a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA).  He is the founder and managing director of Management Consult Associates (MCA), a niche-consulting firm providing solutions to unlock performance as well as sustainable value across institutions.  He is a PEFA (public expenditure and financial accountability)consultant; consults widely on corporate governance and institutional change.  Francis has a wide consulting experience across the private and public sector as well as international development organizations.

    He is a former CEO of the national airline, Rwandair. He is the current President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (iCPAR) and serves on a number of boards, including the board of the “Pan African Federation of Accountants – PAFA”, and the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD).He also chairs the board of Falcon Capital Investments (FCI).  Francis has been a member of the East African “Superbrands Council” since 2009.

    Francis is married to Juliet and blessed with a son and daughter


  • Anthony Masozera, 43, CEO, ECONET Wireless, Bujumbura


    anthonyA Senior Business Executive with advanced and versatile experience leading companies in the private sector spanning telecommunications, information technology and finance.  He is a noted change agent who is able to transform organizational structure and initiatives into highly profitable enterprises.

    He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Burundi, a telecommunications company, which is part of the Econet Wireless Group.  Econet is the second largest telecoms operator in Burundi but Anthony aims to see Econet become the number one operator within the next two years.

    Prior to joining Econet, Anthony worked for MTN for 10 years in various capacities including Chief Executive Officer in West Africa and Chief Financial Officer in Rwanda. Anthony is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Texas where he obtained his Bachelors and Master of Business of Administration degrees.  He is also a founding member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda


  • Celestin Nkundabemera, 39, Country Program Director, Somalia, American Friends Service Committee (Quakers)


    celestinFor the last four years, Celestin have had a privilege of working with Somali communities on peace, youth, advocacy and leadership initiatives – that sought to tap into opportunities that exist in this lovely country which unfortunately has been profiled in the lenses of violence and misery.

    He also worked as the Project Director for Conflict Transformation in East and Central Africa with the World Conference of Religions for Peace. He worked briefly with CARE Deutschland in the provision of the much needed humanitarian assistance to refugees from Rwanda and Burundi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire then) – during the humanitarian crisis of 1994. Besides peace and humanitarian work, he had taught in Kenya (Daystar University) and Tanzania (Saint Augustine University of Tanzania).

    He had also led a summer training on youth and development with WHERE THERE BE DRAGONS a USA-based organization with which  he led an experiential program focusing on “Rwanda: Transformation of Society that dealt with “An intimate examination of recent history and modern development in the “Land of a Thousand Hills”. He is currently serve as the chair of the steering committee of the Non-Governmental Organization Consortium on Somalia that brings together over 100 Somali and International NGOs – guiding on matters of strategy, coordination and operations.

    Celestin holds a Masters Degree in Communications from Daystar University with a special focus on media, human communication and society. He have had training on peace building and management. He speaks and reads fluently English, French, Kenyarwanda and Kiswahili. I also have some basic knowledge of Koine Greek.

  • Sara Menker, 30, Founder and CEO, Gro Ventures Ltd, Nairobi

    saraSara Menker, 30, is the Founder and CEO, Gro Ventures Ltd, Nairobi, a Nairobi-based, Africa-focused commodities business. Gro Ventures consists of two arms: Gro Intelligence and Gro Energy. Gro Intelligence is a data aggregation and analytics business focused on providing timely, comprehensive African agricultural commodities data. Gro Energy is an advisory business composed of regional and industry experts that work with governments and private institutions.
    Sara is a Trustee of the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) and is the Chair of the Board of Truth Aid, an organization which harnesses the power of multimedia in order to affect social change. Prior to founding Gro Ventures, Sara was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Commodities Group.

    She studied Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics, and earned an MBA from Columbia University. She is an Ethiopian national currently residing in Kenya.