Our Team

KCDF Management

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo - Executive Director

Janet is the Executive Director of KCDF, 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 non-profit 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 14 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 education especially among marginalized groups, environment and natural resource conservation, diverse livelihood efforts, women empowerment, 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 ($ 8,000,000).

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 various non-profit Boards which include Trust Africa, a Pan African philanthropic organization, the Africa 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 and the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017, when KCDF celebrated 20 years since its inception.


Caesar Ngule - Programmes Director

Currently working for KCDF as the Programmes Director, Caesar is an experienced and skilled project management professional with over 14 years demonstrable experience providing full accountability for planning, structuring, leading and executing projects and programmess of high impact.

He is highly skilled in Organizational Development, Market Systems & Social Enterprise Development, Education Programming, Venture Philanthropy, and Secure Livelihoods Approaches.

He is a seasoned trainer and facilitator, passionate about experiential learning and training methodologies that actively engage participants towards behavior and attitude change as a result of enhanced skills and competencies.

Prior to joining KCDF, Caesar was a Manager at Food for the Hungry International (FHI), and Caritas Kenya where he worked with numerous communities to design and roll out health, education and livelihood programmes.

He has implemented multi-year programmes with funding from various government and inter-governmental organizations, private and public foundations, corporates and other grant-giving non-governmental organizations.

Caesar holds a Master of Arts in Project Planning and Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development.

He is a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) in Voluntary Savings and Lending (VSL) methodology, Facilitating Organizational Development, Advocacy and Policy Influencing, Child Counselling, Treatment Literacy and Care for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, and Peer Education and Life Skills among other competencies in training.


Melvin Chibole - Director: Governance, Learning and Communication

Melvin is charged with development, oversight and coordination of all governance, knowledge and learning management as well as communication and media related activities of the Foundation.

Prior to joining KCDF, Melvin worked with ActionAid doubling as the Communications Officer and the Youth Coordinator. He joined KCDF as the Communications Manager prior to his current role.

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

Melvin holds a Bachelor of Arts 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 is the Finance Manager at Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF). She has over 10 years experience in financial management having worked in the corporate and development sector.

She is responsible for ensuring that KCDF's 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 the transformation of Kenyan communities.

Esther is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), 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.


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

Catherine coordinates KCDF's 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 Masters in Human Resource Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies from Kenyatta University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource.

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.


Ms. Eunice Mathu -  Foundation 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. Tom Olila - Foundation Vice-Chair 

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

Mr. Olila is a development expert with over 20 years experience working with a wide range of organizations drawn from diverse countries in Africa. Tom possesses strong management background more so in strategy, project 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.


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. Aleke, 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 and the Chairman of Allavida. He also serves on the Boards of K-Rep Fedha Services Limited; Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited and Makao Mashinani Limited among others.

Mr. Dondo holds a Masters in Economics from York University in Canada and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Nairobi.


Mr. Edmund Mudibo

Mr. Edmund Mudibo is the Chief Executive Officer of Forward Vision Communications, a medium-size PR and Advertising agency founded in 2001. He has also been a freelance news anchor with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) since 1989. Edmund was also a key consultant in the re-positioning of KBC’s new Channel 1 TV.

Passionate about philanthropy, Edmund is a member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi North where he has 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 Mobilization 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.


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's 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 programmes 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.

She has had a major role to play in development of a number education, health, energy and social protection programmes in the African region.

Nyambura 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 in Applied Anthropology with a bias in Social Policy from the University of London-UK, Masters in Education from University of Manchester-UK and a Bachelors in Education from the University of Nairobi.



Mr. Gordon Otieno Odundo 

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

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


Ms. Anne Ng'ang'a-Kimari

Ms Anne Ng’ang’a Kimari is the Founder and Managing Partner at Finebridge Associates Limited. Anne started her career, after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce in Finance at University of Nairobi, at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she worked for six years within the Audit department.

Anne has worked in different companies in senior management roles including Exp Momentum, Faulu Kenya Microfinance Bank where she is credited in being part of the team that transformed Faulu from a credit institution to a regulated Microfinance Bank under Central Bank of Kenya, APEX Credit Institution and most recently as Chief Operating Officer at African Academy of Sciences - a Pan African Diplomatic NGO organisation headquartered in Nairobi.

Anne holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the United States International University- Africa. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a fellow of ACCA.


Foundation Trustees


Ms. Atia Yahya - Trust Chair

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 and Chairperson of KCDF Investment Holding.


Prof. Mohammed Said Abdullah

Prof. Abdullah is a faculty professor of medicine and a specialist physician at Aga Khan University Hospital. Prof. Abdullah 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 Development Association Foundation (MEDA-F), an organisation that supports children and youth in Malindi.

Prof. Abdullah is a founder member of NUSRA Technical Institute, a vocational training institution based in Malindi town 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

Donald 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 CEO 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. Arthur Namu

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.

Eng. Isaac Wanjohi

Eng. Wanjohi 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.


KCDF Founders

Amb. Elkanah Odembo is the former Kenyan Ambassador to the United States. Prior to his current posting, Amb. Odembo was 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.

He 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 Board, 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 a 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. Aleke, 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 and the Chairman of Allavida. He also serves on the Boards of K-Rep Fedha Services Limited; Juhudi Kilimo Company Limited and Makao Mashinani Limited among others.

Mr. Dondo holds a Masters in Economics from York University in Canada and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Nairobi.


Dr. Joyce Malombe

Joyce is a Senior Programme Officer for International Children’s Education 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. Prior to joining Wellspring in January 2012,

Joyce worked as a consultant for several organizations and held numerous positions including Programme Officer for Education at ELMA Philanthropies where she started and led programming in nine southern countries. 

Joyce has worked with the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program as Director for Africa and Middle East and Coordinator for Leadership for Social Justice in all 22 Ford Foundation country offices. She additionally has served as a Senior Scientist at the World Bank which did a global study on community development foundations.

She was also an Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at the Southern New Hampshire University and the University of Nairobi.

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. She has served as founder Board member for KCDF and has more than 25 years of experience in development.

Dr. Joyce Malombe holds a BA and MA from the University of Nairobi and a PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.


Ms. Monica Mutuku is the former head of the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) which is now the East African Philanthropy Network (EAPN), an initiative of a group of Trusts and Foundations working in the East Africa region with the aim of promoting and nurturing local philanthropy. Membership is drawn from Family Trusts, Community Foundations, Corporate Foundations and other grantmaking and non-grantmaking organizations interested in promoting sustainable social development through philanthropy.

Prior to this, Ms. Mutuku was the Chief Executive Officer of KCDF, a position she held from 1997 to 2004. She has 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 is now a retired farmer in Mombasa at Kenya's coast having worked extensively with communities for over 40 years in Kenya and around Africa.


The Late Harry 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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