Start date with DI: April 2016
Where I am based: Nairobi office
What I do: I lead DI’s strategy and operations in Africa as Head of the Africa office. I am happiest when we help others better use data to improve their knowledge, decision-making and ability to tackle extreme poverty and drive sustainable results. I believe we at DI can innovatively empower key stakeholders on my continent to nurture a strong culture of information or evidence use and that we can also be better mentors by more consistently sharing practical lessons, skills and technological tools.
Previous experience: I joined DI after more than 13 years working with partners in over 20 African countries. Between 2007 and 2016 I was at Aidspan (www.aidspan.org), an international non-profit corporation and independent observer tracking effective and transparent use of the US$24 billion received each year by a health fund called The Global Fund. I headed the outreach, partner mentoring and programmatic units, as well as working as the interim Executive Director for a time. When I started at DI, I led strategic partnerships and data-use work in Kenya, in the East Africa region and across the African continent and have had the opportunity to grow from within. Throughout my career, I have retained a soft spot for nurturing local organisations to do professional data analysis and monitoring, and a passion for gathering reliable evidence to address youth, gender, public health and environmental issues.