Our Governance Team

KCDF Management

Grace Wakesho Maingi - Executive Director

Grace is a Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with extensive work experience in the governance sector spanning over the last nineteen years. She has worked at the national, regional, continental, and international level in key governance civil society organizations. She has a wide experience in social justice and societal transformation work.

For most of her career, Grace has focused on the advancement of human rights, gender equality, access to justice, governance and democracy, civic education and engagement, civil society strengthening, community development, and transitional justice issues. Grace has a deep passion for human rights, environmental conservation, and social justice.

Grace holds a Law degree from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK), and a master's degree with a specialization in Human Rights from the University of London, United Kingdom (UK). Grace previously worked as the Executive Director at Uraia Trust and the Federation of Women Lawyers - Kenya, (FIDA Kenya). She has also served in senior management roles at the Law Society of Kenya, and the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW-K) among other civil society organizations.

 

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 of 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 toward 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.

 

Purity Murugu - Head of Partnerships and Resource Development

Purity Murugu is a partnerships and resource mobilization expert from Kenya with over 24 years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing and is a chartered marketer. She is also a Kenya Association of Professional Fundraisers (KAPF) member.

Purity is the Head of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF). In this role, she plays a pivotal role in building and managing relationships with private sector organizations, foundations, and individuals. She effectively promotes KCDF's programs and approaches to these networks, securing vital resources that support the Foundation's initiatives.

One of her most notable contributions is the creation and growth of the Mater Heart Run. This event, which she initiated, has evolved from a humble beginning into a nationally recognized fundraiser that generates significant support for critical healthcare initiatives. Purity’s dedication and leadership have been instrumental in making the Mater Heart Run a success story.

Purity’s work is not simply about securing funding; it is about making a real difference in the lives of those who need it most. Through her resource mobilization efforts, she has helped KCDF address various community challenges. Her dedication to social impact is evident in the positive outcomes achieved by the Foundation's programs.

 

Boniface Mutinda - Communications Manager

Boniface is a performance-driven and goal-oriented Communications and Public Relations specialist, a Digital Communications expert who is skilled at developing new communications and digital strategies for both traditional and new media platforms.

He is a dynamic and creative team leader with great problem-solving skills and well-developed teamwork abilities. He possesses a creative flair, and resolute determination to maximize quality in fast-paced environments. Boniface is acknowledged for executing balanced judgment in critical projects, delivering on-time, high-quality work, and offering excellent team leadership.

He has over 10 years of experience in Communications from both profit and non-profit organizations. He has worked for among others, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Optiven Group Limited, Nation Media Group, Standard Group and has widely consulted for non-profits in Kenya. Boniface holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and certified in Media Technology and Social Media Strategy. He is also a Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa fellow. Besides leading the KCDF Communications team, he is also the TechSoup Kenya country lead, a technology discount and donation programme for non-profits, overseeing the East African region.

 

Gabriel Kihara - Team Lead - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Gabriel Kihara is a researcher, trainer, Agriculture and Green Innovation specialist, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning and Adaptation expert with over 10 years’ experience in the design and implementation of projects as well as monitoring and evaluation. He has a vast experience in designing complex monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and projects, including successful delivery of formative, mid-term and summative studies and evaluation of programmes. He has experience in social justice issues, especially programmes dealing with poverty alleviation, gender, and youth inclusivity and/or reduction, climate change effects through adaptation and mitigation, and food systems programmes such as food safety, food security, and nutrition. The projects implemented and monitored cut across different models of programme implementation such as livelihood projects, challenge fund projects and market systems development projects.

His role as the Team Lead for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) at KCDF holds a pivotal role under the Executive Director's supervision, overseeing the comprehensive implementation of the Foundation's MEL strategy throughout programs and departments. He leads knowledge exchange from projects, managing internal knowledge systems, and fostering cross-team collaboration. Additionally, he serves as the MEL champion, nurturing a strong MEL culture, providing advice, and supporting staff in MEL tools and approaches. This includes capacity building through orientation, training, and periodic refresher courses, ensuring alignment with the Foundation's vision and mission.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and resources conservation from Kenyatta University and a Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Nairobi. Additionally, he is certified in Monitoring and Evaluation, Market Systems Development and Monitoring Results Measurements using the DCED guidelines.

Among the donors and organizations he has worked with are the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), European Union (EU), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Adaptation Fund, Slovak Republic, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS), Kenya Forestry Research Institution, Free the Children, National Environment Trust Fund and Micro-Enterprise Support Programme Trust.


Foundation Directors

The Foundation's Board is appointed by the Trustees to oversee the day-to-day issues of the organization and to supervise management.

 

Mr. Tom Olila - Foundation Chair 

Tom Olila joined the KCDF Board in 2012 prior to which he served as a co-opted member of KCDF’s Programmes Development Committee for two years. He served as the Vice Chair of the KCDF Board for five years until his appointment as the chair in September 2022.

He brings a wealth of professional experience having worked in the development sector for over 20 years with a wide range of organizations drawn from diverse countries in Africa. His expertise lies in organizational development, as well as strategy, programs, and financial management. He has previously worked with or supported diverse entities drawn from private, public, and civil society organizations sector.

Tom also serves as a Director at Strategic Connections Limited, Cordaid Kenya, International Christian Centre - Nairobi, and ADAPO Limited. 

 

Mrs. Rose Mambo - Foundation Vice Chair

Rose Mambo has over twenty-five years C-Suite experience in capital markets, governance, business and company law, and administration both in Government and in the private sector. She is experienced in corporate governance and board service and has served on and chaired risk and compliance, nominations and governance, resource mobilization, credit, ICT, disciplinary, and membership services committees. 

Rose is the Chair of the Women Corporate Directors (Kenya) Chapter; Chair of the board of Acorn Investment Management Limited, (AIML); Chair of the Board of Airtel Money Kenya Ltd; Chair of the Board of Digital Opportunity Trust Kenya; a shareholder/director at Shady Acres Ltd and also serves on the Boards of Development Bank of Kenya, and Kenya Community Development Foundation.

Rose holds a Master of Laws degree from the American University in Washington DC specializing in international business law, an MBA from Strathmore University, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Secretaries, Kenya.  Rose has worked as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers in the Public Trustee and Bankruptcy Sections. She also served on the Review of Companies Law Task Force, and later served as the Head of the Copyright Office. 

Rose is the immediate past CEO of the Central Depository & Settlement Corporation Ltd (CDSC), providing custody and settlement services for securities traded at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). She served in this position for 12 years, until October 2019. Prior to that Rose was the Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretary at the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

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.

 

Dr. Anne Ng'ang'a-Kimari

Dr 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.

 

Mr. Thomas Andiwo

Andiwo has over twenty years of consistent experience in education programming and child agency, programme leadership, grants management, advocacy for policy influence, and MEL (monitoring, evaluation & learning) across national, regional, and international organizations in Africa.

He has worked with the Center for Research and Innovations in East Africa (CRI-EA), FAWE, UNESCO, USAID-KUZA, TI-Kenya, ActionAid, GIZ, East Africa Child Rights Network, Africa Early Childhood Network, RELI Africa, Child Fund International, Elimu Yetu among others.

Andiwo holds Masters in Planning and Management, and a Bachelor of Education Arts in Teacher Education - both from the University of Nairobi. In addition, has post-graduate certificates in International Development Studies, and Leadership for Social Change - both from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Certificate in Participatory Research and Policy Analysis from the Human Science Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU).

Foundation Trustees

Eng. Isaac Wanjohi - Trust Chair

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.

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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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