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Advisory Board

I am the immediate former PS of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication (2005 - 2013). During my tenure in government, I initiated many transformative projects including infrastructural and development programs, as well as marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing.

Dr. Bitange Ndemo

Associate Professor, University of Nairobi

Understanding and learning traditional sectors and business domains, methodologies, and frameworks, and then rethinking them for the digital world is my Modus Operandi.

Shikoh Gitau

CEO, Qhala

With a background in technology consulting, I currently focus on how African governments can leverage data and statistics to strengthen institutions and deliver on the goals to reduce poverty, inequality and end hunger on the continent.

Muchiri Nyaggah

Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute

 

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Trustees

I am a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and consummate champion of government openness through data. My life embodies ‘big picture thinking’ and living for a higher purpose.

Al Kags

Trustee

I am an innovation strategist and Open Data Advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya's digital revolution. I 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).

Jay Bhalla

Trustee

I have been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Trustee

 

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Office of Executive Director

I am a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and consummate champion of government openness through data. My life embodies ‘big picture thinking’ and living for a higher purpose.

Al Kags

Executive Director

I am a writer and digital activist with a keen interest in black feminism and financial empowerment among women of all ages. As a digital activist, I focus on pushing towards amplifying the voices of the unheard in my community.

Asha Mukanda

Executive Assistant

Authenticity and honesty are values I hold dear. As a communications professional, I strive for and believe in honest communication that creates connections with the people in governments, organisations and communities for greater societal impact.

Esther Njagi

Communication Manager

Prolyne Wamboi

Communications Officer

 

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Finance

I am an innovation strategist and Open Data Advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya's digital revolution. I 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).

Jay Bhalla

Finance Director

I am a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya with vast accounting and taxation knowledge and expertise. I have a keen interest in inculcating efficiency in management and utilisation of financial resources. I derive pleasure in accomplishing goals with minimum financial resources.

Ngugi Wainaina

Finance Manager

 

We Advocate for Real Impact

Programmes

I have been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Programme Director

I am a human rights and development professional with over 5 years experience in advocacy and supporting the coordination and implementation of donor funded projects in human rights, governance and development in Kenya. I am passionate about active citizen participation and advancing the rights of women.

Ivy Gathu

Programme Officer

I am a legal expert in extractives, and have carried out several projects in Kenya’s extractive industry including, developing a transparency and accountability framework for Kenya’s extractive industry, developing proactive disclosure guidelines for extractive companies in Kenya amongst others.

Jonah Mngola

Programme Manager, Open Extractives Programme

I lead and consult on projects surrounding universal design and accessibility best practices in order to achieve inclusive transport and infrastructure. With a focus on how SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) disproportionately affects PWDs.

Crystal Asige

Programme Manager, Ability Programme

 

We breathe life into ideas

Technology

With 11 years of experience, I provide expertise in planning, development, testing and implementation in different fields of IT that include cyber security, software development, systems administration and IT project management.

John Mucheke

Technology Director

I am a code junkie who loves crafting and structuring solutions to meet complex organisational and human needs. I believe in the mantra of “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and I live by it, both at a personal level and organisational level.

Murage Munene

Technology Manager

I enjoy using technology to make lives easier and to improve people’s lives in ways that matter. I enjoy working in causes that are geared towards social good. When I am not working, I cycle and enjoy DIY projects.

Kevin Kavai

Web Developer

I am a passionate mobile developer who focuses on creating apps to improve people's lives. I have led the AkiraChix codeHive program, working with other codeHive students and leaders to make sure that the program provides a conducive environment for everyone.

Asha Ali

Mobile Developer

 

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Operations

I have been responsible for establishing the data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Operations & Programme Director

Muli Mbuvi

Administrative Officer

Nobody is free when one is threatened. Human Rights is as important as art is to me. I use art to express, protect and defend human rights. I incorporate this in the administrative functions I perform while ensuring the effective running of the office.

Candy Oguta

Administrative Assistant

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