Eddy Gicheru Oketch

Founder & Member

A graduate of Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Eddy founded Ongoza in 2008 as a response to Kenya’s post-election violence. Observing that most young people were enticed into the violence by economic frustrations and with economic inceptives, he envisioned Ongoza to be the organization that will work with youth to establish economic independent and be champions of peace in their localities. He was later joined by John Nene and Dr. George Njenga as Co-Founders to scale the mission of building a resilient community of locally engaged youth business leaders in Kenya. Ongoza continues to identify vulnerable youth groups in remote Kenyan communities and couch them to build businesses to avoid manipulation into political violence, crime and involvement in illegal sects.

Eddy is also graduate of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa and holds a Bachelors Degree from Trinity College, Hartford. He is a member of the African Leadership Network and a trained UNESCO International Youth Peace Ambassador in Penang Malaysia. He has consulted on youth engagement strategy with both the MasterCard Foundation and Equity Bank. He was the youngest speaker and first panel leader at the 2012 G8 Summit. For his work with Ongoza, Eddy won the 2012 Impact Award from the Kenyan US Diaspora, and was named 2013 Africa Village’s Top 30 Under 30 "Most Inspirational Young People on the African continent". He was also named Salt’s 2015 top 30 under 30 most innovative and influential youth in Africa.



John Nene

Co-Founder and Member

Nene John Jaoko has been at the center of championing youth entrepreneurship and innovation in the grassroots of Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique as a Co-Founder and former COO and Director of Strategic Relations of Ongoza. He is also the Executive Director of Triple and CEO Afro-Gulf Agencies Limited. 


Dr. Ekuru Aukot


Dr. Ekuru Aukot is a cynosure lawyer and an eminent member of the Civil Society who has been a face of transformation in Kenya and Africa. Dr Ekuru formerly served as the Executive Director of Kituo cha Sheria, a leading Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya that champion’s access to justice. He led the Committee of Experts to re-write the Kenyan constitution in 2010 and sat on a panel to elect the inaugural commissioners for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). He has also advised the governments of South Sudan and Liberia. 


Prof. Esther (Koi) Wangui


Professor Koi is a senior consultant, researcher, educator and trainer, currently the Vice-Chancellor of Cavendish University in Kamapala. Prior to this she was a senior governance advisor within the Ministry of Youth and the Vice- Chancellor of Inoorero University. She previously directed the Center for Research, Teaching and Learning (CRTL) at Inoorero University and was the founding Director of the Institute for Research, Development and Policy at Africa Nazarene University


Martin Segal


Martin is a Principal at BND Holdings. After graduating from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2004, Martin worked to become the Vice President of Operations for Bradco. He later took on the role of Vice President of Acquisitions, negotiating numerous strategic acquisitions. In 2010, Martin joined the Segal Family Foundation full-time as Managing Director. In addition to his role with the Segal Family Foundation, Martin is a real estate investor and manages several real estate partnerships. 


Grégoire L. Piller


Grégoire L. Piller is the Head of External Affairs in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice President) of Strathmore University and the Executive Manager - Public and International Relations in the Office of the Dean of Strathmore Business School. Previously Grégoire was the Deputy Director of the Corporate Development Department at Strathmore Business School.