We are young people working for young people

Based in Nairobi, our youth-led team consists of diverse, purpose-driven entrepreneurs, development professionals, community mobilizers, and research scientists. What brings all Shamirians together is our collective commitment to our shared values and our belief in the future that we are building.
Shamiri Institute Group picture collage, best collaborative team at Shamiri Institute Nairobi

Meet the Shamirians

Wherever we come from, what brings us Shamirians together is our collective commitment to our shared values and our belief in the future that we are building.
Shamiri Institute Leadership team, Hilda Nyareso, Veronica Ngatia, Rahim Daya, Tom Osborn, Brenda Ochuku


A strong team on a personal mission to make mental health accessible for all.

Tom Osborn

Founder & CEO

Rahim Daya

Chief of Staff

Hilda Nyareso

Chief Operations Officer

Katherine Venturo-Conerly

Co-Founder & Scientific Director

Veronica N. Ngatia

Director of Service Delivery

Michael Henry

Director of Insights & Innovation

Caleb Kiarie

Director of Government Relations

Shadrack Lilan

Head of Technology

Soni Adriance

Director of Communications
Shamiri Institute Full Team: Working in Mental health to enable African youth to Thrive

Core Team

Blackbelts and cowgirls committed to scaling our impact and shaping the future.

Anthony Waweru

Deputy Director - Shamiri Hubs

Anushka Tyagi

System and Operations Lead

Benny H. Otieno

Data & Tech Associate

Brenda Ochuku

Research Manager

Cheryl Kahuria

Service Delivery Associate

Chichi Ngatti

Finance & Operations Associate

Christine Oginga

Senior Associate - Founder's Office

Faith Kamau

Research and Evidence Intern

Harriet Bett


Ian Gathura

Multimedia Content Producer

Joan Kamere

Senior Associate

John Kinyua

Deputy Director Partnerships

Kendi Juma

Exe. Assistant & Community Manager

Lelo Memba

Clinical Opps Intern

Linet Kithinji

Operations & Admin Associate

Marie Odhiambo

Service Delivery Intern

Minneh Kimunya

Clinical Opps Intern

Netsanet Asmelash

Brand and Social Media Manager

Okoth Okoth

Service Delivery Associate

Rediet E.G. Alemu

Country Lead - Ethiopia

Rosine Baseke

Research Associate

Ruth Wangari

Service Delivery Associate

Sheldon Kahi

Senior Associate (Clinical Ops) Service Delivery

Simon Njoroge

Train Intern

Sitephen Odhiambo

Office Administrator

Wendy Mmbone

Associate, Insights and Innovations

Winnan Munyasa

Research and Evidence Intern


We are supported by a board of directors and a science board that includes world leading experts.

Isaac M. Mbiti

Member, Science Board

Gail O'keefe

Board Member

Prof. John Weisz

Science Board

Martha Obasi

Board Treasurer

Dr. Eve Puffer

Science Board

Anika Warren Wood

Board Member

Dr. Christine Wasanga

Board Member

Dr. Thomas Rusch

Science Board

Alan Davidson

Board Chair

Prof. David Ndetei

Science Board

Dr. Marianne F. Potvin

Board Member

Shamirians Are United by the Shamiri Culture.

The Shamiri Culture allows us to live to our shared values and actualize our mission across multiple generations of people and opportunities. At it’s core, it supports rapid innovation and excellent execution while amplifying our shared humanity.
Shamiri Institute Team members

"Culture brings us together, and allows us to remain successful across many generations of Shamirians. It is what makes us unique."

Tom Osborn
Founder & CEO | Shamiri