Start date with DI: April 2016
Where I am based: Nairobi office
What I do: I oversee strategic partnerships and data-use work in Kenya, in the East Africa region and across the continent. I seek to identify the needs, gaps and barriers that prevent access to and use of the data needed to inform decisions and develop policy aimed at tackling poverty in Africa. I believe we at DI can innovatively empower key stakeholders on my continent to nurture a strong culture of data use. We can also be better mentors by sharing practical lessons, skills and technological tools.
Previous experience: I joined DI after more than twelve years working with partners in over twenty African countries. Between 2007 and 2016 I was at Aidspan, an international non-profit corporation that is an independent observer tracking effective and transparent use of a 24-billion-dollar-a-year 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. I have a soft spot for nurturing local organisations to do professional data analysis and monitoring, and a passion for gender, public health and environmental issues.