Kaya Family.

We call the Open Institute the Kaya. Open Institute is our home and we have a very close and tight family

Jay Bhalla

Director, Founder and Trustee

Jay Bhalla is an innovation strategist and Open Data Advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya's digital revolution. He helped design the Kenyan government's 2006 ICT policy that kick-started the nation's innovation and digital startup culture, and played a leading role in shaping the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).

Al Kags

Director, Founder and Trustee

I have developed expertise and experience in two areas that excite me: Marketing & Communications on the one hand and ICT for Development on the other. I have now developed rich experiences working in Government, the non-profit sector and the Private Sector.

Benjamin Charagu

Programmes Director

As the Programs Director and Head of Community and Social Engagements, he enjoys working with people in communities and help to identify solutions related to social challenges. He has over 18 years experience building software solutions and more recently has been involved in designing citizen-facing technology applications including creating solutions to make it easy to collect, digitize and visualize citizen-generated data.

Murage Munene

Technology Lead

Experienced in development of database driven web based solutions and content management systems (websites and intranets) using Agile methodologies; Android applications development; Database design, development and optimization; Social-media integration; Stand-alone Flash applications development; Online Business Processes Development and Project Management.

Nakaziba Musiimenta

Finance & Admin

I develop financial models and systems like financial policies, operations manuals, internal controls and collaborated on the creation of an ERP system. I use these models and systems to guide me in strategic analysis, budgeting, and forecasting, reporting and project management. I manage the admin team in creating a conducive workplace culture, employee management, health and safety and calendar management among others.

Kevin Kavai


My area of expertise include but not limited to:
- UI/UX web development
- Linux server administration
- I am proponent of FOSS and have been able to use and contribute to several tools. Some of the tools I have used comfortably are the CKAN platform (set up and deployment) and Open Data Kit for data collection using mobile phones to collect community data.

Prolyne Nancy


Media is my passion and every project I take on is tailored to your needs. I provide a personal approach to every project and a high standard quality to what we deliver here at the Open Institute. Packaging of our programme and the activities that we do at the Open Institute is my task.

Mbuvi Muli

Office Administrator

I ensure the office runs smoothly and efficiently