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Advisory Board

I am the immediate former PS of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication (2005 - 2013). During my tenure in government, I initiated many transformative projects including infrastructural and development programs, as well as marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing.

Dr. Bitange Ndemo

Associate Professor, University of Nairobi

Understanding and learning traditional sectors and business domains, methodologies, and frameworks, and then rethinking them for the digital world is my Modus Operandi.

Shikoh Gitau

CEO, Qhala

With a background in technology consulting, I currently focus on how African governments can leverage data and statistics to strengthen institutions and deliver on the goals to reduce poverty, inequality and end hunger on the continent.

Muchiri Nyaggah

Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute

 

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Trustees

I am a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and consummate champion of government openness through data. My life embodies ‘big picture thinking’ and living for a higher purpose.

Al Kags

Trustee

I am an innovation strategist and Open Data Advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya's digital revolution. I helped design the Kenyan government's 2006 ICT policy that kick-started the nation's innovation and digital startup culture, and played a leading role in shaping the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).

Jay Bhalla

Trustee

I have been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Trustee

 

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Office of the Executive Director

I am a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and consummate champion of government openness through data. My life embodies ‘big picture thinking’ and living for a higher purpose.

Al Kags

Executive Director

I am a writer and storyteller. I am passionate about Human Rights and Social Justice. My mission is to develop knowledge and experiences that help me to understand how we can sustainably make the world a more just and progressive place for all. Working in the open governance space opens my eyes to what roles transparency and accountability play in achieving social justice. My goal is to use these lessons to pioneer a social ecosystem where all people matter.

Alvin Ang'ienda

Executive Assistant

Authenticity and honesty are values I hold dear. As a communications professional, I strive for and believe in honest communication that creates connections with the people in governments, organisations and communities for greater societal impact.

Esther Njagi

Communications Manager

First and foremost, I am a creative thinker who brings magic to life. As a young woman in media and communications industry, this has introduced me to new people, big ideas and global concepts which have helped me excel in my field of work. I love storytelling, community outreach and have a strong belief in self learning.

Prolyne Nancie

Communications Officer

I am a writer and digital activist with a keen interest in black feminism and financial empowerment among women of all ages. As a digital activist, I focus on pushing towards amplifying the voices of the unheard in my community.

Asha Mukanda

Communications Assistant

 

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Finance

I am an innovation strategist and Open Data Advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya's digital revolution. I helped design the Kenyan government's 2006 ICT policy that kick-started the nation's innovation and digital startup culture, and played a leading role in shaping the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).

Jay Bhalla

Finance Director

I am a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya with vast accounting and taxation knowledge and expertise. I have a keen interest in inculcating efficiency in management and utilisation of financial resources. I derive pleasure in accomplishing goals with minimum financial resources.

Ngugi Wainaina

Finance Manager

 

We advocate for real impact

Programmes

I have been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Programme Director

I am a human rights and development professional with over 5 years experience in advocacy and supporting the coordination and implementation of donor funded projects in human rights, governance and development in Kenya. I am passionate about active citizen participation and advancing the rights of women.

Ivy Gathu

Programme Officer

I lead and consult on projects surrounding universal design and accessibility best practices in order to achieve inclusive transport and infrastructure. With a focus on how SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) disproportionately affects PWDs.

Crystal Asige

Programme Manager, Ability Programme

 

We breathe life into ideas

Technology

With 11 years of experience, I provide expertise in planning, development, testing and implementation in different fields of IT that include cyber security, software development, systems administration and IT project management.

John Mucheke

Technology Director

I am a resourceful, innovative and competent software developer with extensive experience in design and development of web applications. I have vast experience in developing applications and solutions for a wide range of clients and having the enthusiasm and ambition to complete projects to the highest standard. My strongest field is designing backend apps with Laravel, REST APIs and consuming these APIs on client applications using Vue JS.

Geoffrey Muthami

Senior Back-end Developer

I'm a passionate and self-motivated design thinker who cares about the user, obsesses over the process and loves problem-solving. With over 5 years of experience, I've created intuitive and functional interfaces for web and mobile applications. As a designer, I am passionate about making a difference in people's lives through design.

Michael Njogu

UI/UX Developer

Software Engineer with experience in Android Mobile App Development and Front-end Web development. I create software solutions that help streamline various aspects of business operations by writing clean, well documented and easy to maintain code. Interested in Artificial intelligence and looking into how to use it to analyse data and predict future trends

Laurent Juma

Android Developer

Even after majoring in design, I still find my way to technology. I love everything to do with technology, innovation and problem solving. I have experience in designing concepts and bringing them to life with code in the best way possible. I like to implement bold solutions and with my natural curiosity, I enjoy figuring out how things work.

Dennis Mwongera

Front End Developer

 

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Wellness & Operations

I like to think of myself as a creator and seller of possibilities. I partner with people and organizations to create practical impactful and sustainable solutions. I help people believe in better and also equip them to be and do better. To add to this, I am both a visionary and good at implementing, and I design structures and systems to ensure sustainability.

Loise Mboo

Wellness Director

I have been responsible for establishing the data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Operations Director

Muli Mbuvi

Operations Officer

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