In January, we achieved a wonderful milestone: our Nairobi office got up and running with five full-time staff. Our Kenya staff is now working to set up the infrastructure to deliver our programs to 1300+ secondary school students in Kenya this year. Our team reflects our youth-led youth-oriented mission and values, while bringing a range of backgrounds and expertise to our research and operations.
Five people joined our Nairobi team in January. In the coming weeks, our team will also welcome twenty-two Thrive! Fellows and two Thrive! Supervisors, a cohort of young leaders in the Nairobi area who will help us deliver our youth-led sessions. So let’s meet the team:
Veronicah holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Kenyatta University -- where she worked under our Science Board Member, Dr. Christine Wasanga. She is also certified as a Social Emotional Intelligence practitioner, inspiring positive change by enhancing self awareness, self management, and self direction. She enjoys hiking and nature walks with her family, comedy, and listening to music.
Benny brings to the team his software development expertise, with a specialization on the MERN stack. In addition to leading data management for Shamiri’s programs, Benny works on building and maintaining digital infrastructure and applications. His prior roles have included the position of Thrive! Fellow at Shamiri.
Emily holds a BA in History and a French language citation from Harvard University, with credit from the Université Catholique de l’Afrique Centrale and the Middlebury Language School in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Her background encompasses research, writing, and teaching experience in a broad range of international settings, including volunteering with the Armenian Volunteer Corps and the Peace Corps English Education Program in Nepal.
Alphania is an incoming student at Harvard University and a former KenSAP scholar and Lead Instructor. At Shamiri, she contributes her great interest in helping and working with young people to the expansion and dissemination of our programs.
Leroy is a self-described problem-lover, designing solutions by moving closer to problems he and people around him face. At Shamiri, Leroy contributes his wealth of experience working in both renewable energy and education sectors to lead business development efforts. Among his accomplishments, Leroy is a Forbes Africa 30 under 30 honoree and Resolution Project (Class 10) fellow owing to his work with local communities.