Let us introduce to you the four new professionals to our team. Two will be joining us as staff, while the other two are summer interns from the USA.

Selessor A. Odipo - Impact Specialist (Staff)

With over nine years experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of development projects including livelihood development, health, education, food security, civic education and others, Mrs. Selessor brings a wealth of experience that will help track our progress. She is an expert in M&E system design, data management, programmatic report writing and managing data issues in operations research.

Selessor says”I’m social and fun loving” and is passionate about music and dance, specifically R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.

Tony Kidiga - Migori County Business Advisor (Staff)

Mr. Kidiga joins us from the Agricultural Markets Development Trust where he was instrumental in the promotion and refinement of cross border cereal trade. While in Migori he helped organize the Annual Migori County Agricultural Trade Fair. Tonny also has experience as a part time lecturer at Kisii University, and a background in supervision at Alliance One Tobacco (k) Limited.

Tony loves soccer and is a Gor Mahia Football Club supporter (local soccer team) as well as a Manchester United fan.

Veni Ari Jayanti – (Summer Intern)

Veni is from Jakarta, Indonesia, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University, New York, USA. She is the co-founder of Unreasonable Lab, New York; a five days accelerator designed to help social ventures understand the fundraising and investment process. Additionally she has led the communication and partnership of the Indonesian impact accelerator Unlimited (UnLtd) Indonesia. Veni will be joining us for three months focusing on industry best practices, research and the toolkit (curriculum) for Ongoza. 

She is a passionate scuba diver, a sport she has been engaging in for 4 years, and in which she has an “Advanced Certificate in Diving”. Veni has enjoyed diving in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and hopes to do some snorkeling off the Kenyan coast.

Katie trim – (Summer Intern)

Katie is from Augusta, Georgia, USA. She is a Middle East studies major at Berkeley College, Yale University. Katie has previously worked with the event coordination of  “Newstory Leadership for Middle East” as a team manager. She has also worked with Macmillan Centre at Yale University as the “Africa Salon 20/20” showcase producer.

Katie learned about Kenya from Eddy Gicheru Oketch (Founder and President, Ongoza) and is eager to experience Kenya while she works with Ongoza under the Development docket.

Katie plays the trumpet, loves travelling and experiencing new places. She also loves cats, and occasionally writes for the Yale Globalist - A publication of YALE University. 

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