Change of Board Management

KCDF Management

Janet Mawiyoo - Executive Director

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo (Ms.) is the Executive Director of KCDF (Kenya Community Development Foundation), an organization that promotes sustainable development of communities for social justice, through local institution building, policy influencing, resource mobilization, partnerships and collaborations.

Janet has been in the development sector, primarily with the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, having spent about 14 years with Action Aid International in both Kenya and Tanzania.

Janet has distinguished herself as a skilled development practitioner, very knowledgeable on the challenges experienced in Africa and the management and delivery of good aid programmes, as well as institution building of local organizations. She is a team builder, development fundraiser, and a very experienced individual on governance matters especially as they relate to emerging African institutions, as well as a mentor to many young women seeking to balance their work and personal lives.

Janet has been instrumental over the last eleven years in making KCDF a leading and recognizable Kenyan development actor that continues to commit significant resources into a diverse range of community initiatives that cut across issues affecting vulnerable communities nationally. These include investing in children and youth, sustainable food security and diverse livelihood efforts, women empowerment, education especially among marginalized groups, just to mention a few, all of which have a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Under her leadership, KCDF is a frontrunner in pursuing a range of sustainability strategies that will in future guarantee availability of resources to support community development efforts; these include promoting structured giving especially among Kenyans of all walks of life, encouraging family legacy funds among well-to-do individuals or those passionate about certain issues that affect needy groups, engaging companies to move to more effective corporate social investments, building an endowment for KCDF, (including helping organized communities to build small endowments), developing the KCDF House (whose rented areas will produce income to support the work of the foundation), as well as setting up an investment company whose profits (after tax) will be ploughed into supporting the work of the foundation. Under her watch, KCDF assets have hit KES 800 Million (Dec 2015).

Janet is a certified Organization Development consultant, with a Masters in Development Administration and Management (MA-Econ) from the University of Manchester (UK), and a post graduate diploma in Organization Development Consultancy from the Swiss Institute of Applied Psychology, Switzerland. She serves in non-profit Boards which include Trust Africa, a Pan African philanthropic organization, the African Philanthropy Network (she is past Chair), she chairs Viwango a CSO certification body, and is a member of the INGO Accountability Charter Board (UK), a Director of the KCDF Investment Holdings, among others. In December 2015, Janet was awarded the Exemplary Women’s Leadership Award in Mauritius.


Lawrence Wesley Mwagwabi - Programme Director

Lawrence Wesley Mwagwabi has been in the civil society sector in Kenya for the last eighteen years. He has worked in various capacities having at least ten years’ experience starting off as a field worker using various participatory techniques with communities to design development programmes and working with partners in supporting their organization growth and development. He has been active in human rights and governance work where he focused on policy analysis, social accountability, access to justice, conflict management and peace building.

A calculated risk-taker with deep knowledge and experience in community development, policy analysis, human rights and governance, Lawrence has championed application of accountability systems for both local communities, partner organizations and where he works. His drive and commitment to development process has motivated a number of partner organizations and staff to embrace accountability processes with deep emphasis on downward accountability.

Lawrence has led a process of developing ‘community-led participatory change plans’ which is a participatory approach that embraces the human rights based approach (HRBA) and various participatory methodologies that are geared towards ensuring that the citizen’s including people living in poverty in target counties are able to assert their rights and present their priorities to counties via the county integrated development plans.
Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Moi University (Eldoret) and a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy from the University of Nairobi (Nairobi). He is also a member of the Global Monitoring and Evaluation Network that helps design standards that are used to ensure programme quality in implementation of development programmes.


Catherine Kiganjo - Senior Programme Officer: Governance, Institutional Development & Team Leader Girl Child Program

Catherine coordinates Governance activities of the Board of Directors and Organization Development function at the Secretariat. She is also the officer in charge of the Education scholarship and Girl Child programme.

She holds a Msc. Degree in Human Resource Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, a BA Degree in Business Studies from Kenyatta University and a higher Diploma in Human Resource.

 

 

 

Melvin Chibole - Communications Manager

Melvin Chibole is charged with development, oversight and coordination of all media and communication related activities of the Foundation.

Prior to joining KCDF, Melvin worked with ActionAid doubling as the Communications Officer and the Youth Coordinator.

He has also worked for United Nations Environmental Programme in the Communication and Public Information Office.

Melvin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Daystar University and is a final year Masters of Arts in Project Planning and Management student at the University of Nairobi.

Esther Ndegwa - Finance Manager

Esther Ndegwa is the Finance Manager at Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF). She has over 9 years’ experience in financial management having worked in commercial and development sector. She is responsible for ensuring that KCDF funds are tracked properly, sound management of accounting systems and overseeing financial audits of the Foundation, KCDF Trust and KCDF donor related projects.

She has working experience and has built her strengths in setting up and managing rigorous financial systems, undertaking financial analysis, offering technical support to grassroots organizations in Kenya and supporting the programmes department. Esther is driven by a passion to make a difference in transformation of the Kenyan Communities.

Esther is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, a graduate of Moi University holding a Bachelor in Business Management (Finance and Banking) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management (Finance) from the University of Nairobi.

Foundation Directors

The Foundation's board is appointed by the Trustees to oversee the day to day issues of the organisation and to supervise management.

Profiles:

Mr. Arthur Namu - Foundation Chair

Mr. Arthur Namu is a retired banker, securities, corporate finance and governance practitioner. In this connection, he is an independent Financial Services Consultant. Over the last three years, he has served the Kenya Government as Chairman, State Corporations Advisory Committee, Office of The President and is a Director of KCDF associated company, KCDF Investment Holdings Limited.

Previously, Mr. Namu held directorships and senior management positions in a number of organisations.

Namu has a strong passion for volunteerism and philanthropy. He serves in a number of community initiatives besides KCDF, such as Governing Council member of Kenya Alliance of Residents Associations, Chairman - Consolata Youth Rehabilitation Program; Vice Chair - Wanjiru Kunyiha Asthma Trust fund; Treasurer - Embu Council of Elders and formerly, Director -  Institute of Economic Affairs where he is a life member.

Mr. Namu holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Nairobi and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

 

Ms. Eunice Mathu - Vice-Chair

Ms. Eunice Mathu is the Managing Director of Stellan Consult Ltd, publishers of Parents magazine. She is the founder of the 30-year-old magazine and was editor until beginning of 2016. She is also a founder member of various professional organisations including Media Owners Association, Association of Media Women in Kenya, Public Relations Society of Kenya, among others. Ms. Mathu has previously worked for Nation Media Group and Unilever East Africa then East Africa Industries Ltd. She serves in the boards of many organisations and is also a founder trustee of the Starehe Girls’ Centre.

In 2006, she received the award of Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) from the President of Kenya in recognition of her distinguished service and contribution to media and women’s development in Kenya.

Ms. Mathu is a graduate of the University of Nairobi.

 

Mr. Aleke Dondo

Mr. Aleke Dondo served as the Managing Director of K-Rep Development Agency (KDA) from 1999 to September 2012 when he joined Cascade Consulting as a consultant. He has over 25 years of hands-on experience in designing and implementing projects for inclusive finance. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in Africa by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for his work in promoting inclusive financial markets. 

Mr. Aleke Dondo has served and continues to serve on the boards of organizations involved in development work. He is a member of the Aga Khan Foundation Regional Committee for East Africa, the Chairman of Allavida. Mr. Dondo also serves on the boards of K-Rep Fedha Services Limited (2006 to date); Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited (2009 to date), Makao Mashinani Limited among others.

Mr. Dondo holds a Masters degree in Economics from York University in Canada and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi.

 

Mr. Edmund Mudibo

Mr. Edmund Mudibo is the Chief Executive of Forward Vision Communications, a medium-size advertising/PR agency founded in 2001. He has also been a freelance news anchor with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) since 1989.

He was also a key consultant in the re-positioning of KBC’s to the new Channel 1 TV.

Passionate about philanthropy, Edmund is a member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi North where he served as Club’s Secretary in 2006 and most recently as the immediate former President. Edmund is also a Trustee of the Palmhouse Foundation, an education trust that offers secondary education to bright but needy students from across Kenya.

 

Dr. Sheth Chandu

Dr. Sheth Chandu joined the KCDF board in 2012. Dr. Chandu is a retired medical doctor having practiced as a General Practitioner for over 40 years.

Dr. Chandu brings on board resource mobilization skills to the board and specifically to the Resource Mobilizations and Communications Board Committee. Dr. Chandu sits in a number of boards all aimed at improving the living conditions of Kenyans.

He is a board member in the following organisations; Chairperson of Victoria Commercial Charitable Trust, The Spinal Injury Hospital and Friends of Mathare Hospital.

He is also a board member of Dignitas for Education – Mathare and ESIRT Kenya among others.

 

Mr. Tom Olila

Mr. Tom Olila officially joined the KCDF board in 2012 after serving as a co-opted member of KCDF’s Programme Committee for two years.

Mr. Olila is a development expert with over 15 years’ experience working with a wide range of organizations drawn from diverse countries in Africa. Tom possesses strong management background more so in strategy, projects management and financial management.

Amongst the areas of his core competencies are; guiding organisational development / change processes; strategy development and reviews; financial management support, development of planning, monitoring & evaluation systems; undertaking (programme/ organisational) evaluations and assessments; facilitating organisational capacity development as well as general process facilitation.

 Dr. Nyambura Githagui - PhD. 

Dr Nyambura Githagui is a development expert with experience of over 30 years having worked for different national and international development agencies in senior positions. Dr. Nyambura last assignment was as the Lead Social Development Specialist for World Bank in the Africa Region. Prior to this, she served as the Assistant Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services for the Kenya, Uganda and Southern Sudan countries Programs as well as a Social Scientist with The African Medical Education and Research Foundation (AMREF). Dr. Githagui is a recognized leader in Social Development especially in the field of community driven development, social accountability, good governance, resource mobilization, emergency response, rehabilitation and development of innovative peace building strategies. Dr Githagui has had a major role to play in development of a number Education, Health, Energy and Social Protection Programs in the African Region.

Dr. Githagui has in the past served in a number of boards that include; Chairperson of the Council of the Great Lakes University, Advisory Board Member of the African Women in Crisis Program (AFWIC) of United Nations Fund for Women as well as a Member for the United Nations Volunteers Program/Sub-Regional Program among others.

Dr. Githagui holds a Doctoral Degree in Applied Anthropology with a bias in Social Policy from the University of London – United Kingdom (UK), a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Manchester – UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Gordon Otieno Odundo 

Mr. Gordon Otieno Odundo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Nairobi Hospital. His previous engagement includes Chief Executive Officer, Gertrudes Children’s Hospital as well as earlier position of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operations Officer at the same hospital.

Mr. Odundo is a member of various professional societies which include; Kenya Association of Professional Fundraisers, Institute of Hospitality (UK), Marketing Society of Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management, Kenya Association of Hospitals, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Retirement Benefits Schemes and Federation of Kenya Employers.

He also serves other professional engagements which include University of Nairobi, School of Public Health as an Honorary Lecturer and the Ministry of Health - Member the National Steering Committee for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Keeping Mothers Alive.

Mr. Odundo holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelors of Science Hotel and Restaurant Management from United States International University (USIU) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Hospital Management from Leeds University Nuffield Institute of Health, UK.

 

Foundation Trustees

Eng. Isaac Wanjohi - Trust Chair

He is the founder of Wanjohi Consulting, the first indigenous civil engineering consulting firm in Kenya.

He is also a chartered arbitrator. In the early 70s, Eng. Wanjohi was the Director of Housing Development in Nairobi City Council where he influenced the construction of low cost housing which benefited people with low incomes.

Eng. Wanjohi currently serves on several boards of a number of secondary schools and has particularly been involved in advancing and advocating for education opportunities amongst rural communities.

  

 

Ms. Atia Yahya

Ms. Atia Yahya has worked in various senior positions at AON Minet Insurance Brokers and APA Insurance. She has vast management experience in the insurance industry with diverse contacts and networks. She was instrumental in setting up Health Insurance Divisions for AON and APA Insurance. She is qualified as an Associate of the Australian Insurance Institute in General Insurance with specialization in Marine/Aviation classes.

Atia is currently engaged by GA Insurance Ltd as a Management Consultant to develop its Health Division. Atia is a member of Rotary Club of Nairobi where she has held various senior positions, has undertaken numerous projects and served as its Vice President for the year 2005/2006. She is an active member in a number of philanthropic initiatives among them a Trustee for Friends of Spinal Injury Hospital in Nairobi.

Ms. Atia is also a Non Executive Director of KCDF Investment Holdings.

Prof. Mohammed Said Abdullah

Prof. Abdullah is a faculty professor of Medicine and a specialist physician at Aga Khan University Hospital, and is a past chairman of a number of government boards including Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), National AIDS Control Council, National Health Research and Development Centre, and National Council for Science and Technology.

Prof. Abdullah is a member of the Board of Trust of the Ummah Foundation, an organisation that serves Muslims from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is also a Trustee of Malindi Education and Development Association (MEDA), an organisation that supports children and youth in Malindi district. Prof. Abdullah is a founder member of NUSRA Technical Institute (a vocational training institution) and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KAMMP (a community healthcare and education organisation).

 

Dr. Vijoo Rattansi (OGW)

Dr. Rattansi is the Chancellor of The University of Nairobi. Dr. Rattansi heads the Rattansi Educational Trust, an organisation that awards scholarships to needy students in universities.

She also serves in the Board of Governors of Highway Secondary School, Slums Information and Development Resource Centre (SIDAREC), Michael Blundell Trust, Daisy Eye Cancer Fund (DECF) Centre for Africa Families Studies (CAFS), Northern Kenya Education Fund (NKEF), Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa and Allavida. She is also the Vice-Chair of East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG).

She received an honorary doctorate from Moi University in 2006 and Order of Golden Warrior (OGW) in 2005 from the President of Kenya for her philanthropic initiatives.

 

Mr. Donald Kaniaru

He is an advocate and the managing partner of Kaniaru & Kaniaru Advocates, a leading law firm in Nairobi. He is a specialist in International and Environmental Law.

Mr. Kaniaru has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Kenya and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) – where he served for close to 30 years.

He has been recognized as an honorary member of IUCN Commission on Environmental Law – for his lifelong contribution to Environmental Law and was the year 2009 laureate of the prestigious Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law.

Mr. Kaniaru is a past Chair of the Board of Alliance High School and an active member of several philanthropic organisations.

Mr. Kibuga Kariithi

A banker by profession, Kibby is the immediate former CEO of City Finance Bank Ltd and a founder of Baraka Africa Fund. Kibby is also a Director of Afrika Investment Bank, a member of the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE). Up to April 2005, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Stock Exchange now Nairobi Securities Exchange.

Kibby, is a holder of an MBA degree from Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK). He is an active board member in a number of community serving initiatives and organizations such as Church Army East Africa, ActionAid International, Mathare Youth Sports Association, Jamii Bora Trust (a micro finance organisation), and Christians For Just Society

Mr. Kariithi is a Non -Executive Director and Chairperson of the KCDF Investment Holding.

 

 

KCDF Founders

Amb. Elkanah Odembo

Amb. Odembo is the former Kenyan Ambassador to the United States. Prior to his current posting, Amb Odembo was the Kenya's High Commissioner to France.

Previously, Mr. Odembo was the founding director of Ufadhili Trust (Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility), a Kenyan institution that seeks to promote the spirit of giving, philanthropy, and the use of local resources to improve people's lives through corporate social responsibility, cross-sector partnership, technical assistance and policy research.

Mr. Odembo has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation’s Coordinator of Africa Philanthropy Initiative; the East Africa Representative for World Neighbors; and as Research Officer for the African Medical Research Foundation. He was also Chairman of KCDF, lead facilitator for the Kenya Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Consultation Process, and a member of the selection committee for the UNDP Africa 2000 Project. He was also founding member of the NGO Coalition for East Africa, a member of the National Advisory Committee for Health Research, a member of the NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya, Chairperson of the Kenya National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations, and member of the National Committee for Social Dimensions of Development.

Mr. Aleke Dondo

Mr. Aleke Dondo served as the Managing Director of K-Rep Development Agency (KDA) from 1999 to September 2012 when he joined Cascade Consulting as a consultant. He has over 25 years of hands-on experience in designing and implementing projects for inclusive finance. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in Africa by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for his work in promoting inclusive financial markets. 

Mr. Aleke Dondo has served and continues to serve on the boards of organizations involved in development work. He is a member of the Aga Khan Foundation Regional Committee for East Africa, the Chairman of Allavida. Mr. Dondo also serves on the boards of K-Rep Fedha Services Limited (2006 to date); Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited (2009 to date), Makao Mashinani Limited among others.

Mr. Dondo holds a Masters degree in Economics from York University in Canada and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi.

Ms. Joyce Malombe

Ms. Joyce Malombe is a Program Officer for Wellspring Advisors, LLC a philanthropic consulting firm that coordinates grant-making activities that advance the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Previously, Dr. Malombe was a program officer at Elma Philanthropies and The Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program.

Dr. Malombe is also a former Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the International Community Economic Program at Southern New Hampshire University (USA). An expert in designing and implementing participation inputs in a wide variety of infrastructure and poverty reduction programs, Dr. Malombe is skilled at evaluating community-based programs and assessing partnership arrangements between civil society and other stakeholders. She has taught urban and regional planning for over ten years and has engaged in extensive research on infrastructure and other services in urban and rural areas.

Ms. Monica Mutuku

Ms. Monica Mutuku is the former head of the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), an initiative of a group of trusts and foundations working in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya who came together to form a membership organization for grantmaking bodies across the region.

Prior to EAAG, Ms. Mutuku was the chief executive officer of the Kenya Community Development Foundation, a position she held since 1996. She has over several years of experience in the field of development, with extensive involvement in the planning and design of a wide range of development programs.

 

Ms. Elvina Mutua

Ms. Elvina Mutua is now a retired farmer in Mombasa at Kenya's coast after working extensively with communities for over 35 years in Kenya and around Africa.

 

 

The Late Harry Mugwanga

The Late Mugwanga devoted his life to communities in Kenya and was part of many processes on poverty alleviation including the process for the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP Kenya).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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