About 265 applicants expressed interest in the second phase of the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Programme, where the application were received from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan. The program selected 20 youths with bold ideas and solutions to poverty, and they will be taken through full-year training with a budget of Kshs.25 million.
Acumen Fund East Africa is a program made up of individuals who are driving groundbreaking projects with large social impact both as employees with businesses, public sector organizations, and leading NGOs and as entrepreneurs. It also identifies and trains these next generation leaders united by a common mission of harnessing the power of social innovation to create solutions to East Africa’s most pressing problems.
“I’m honored to have been selected to this second cohort of social change leaders from South Sudan to Rwanda all doing incredible work to uplift life of the Africans. I hope to learn and network through this great organization so as to enhance our great organization in our capacity at eMobilis to empower youth through scholarship and mobile technology training” Says Mr. Ken Mwenda.
Acumen Fund was incorporated on April 1st, 2001, with seed capital from the Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco Systems Foundation and three individual philanthropists. Since then the network of investors and advisors has grown to include a wide range of individuals and organizations who share belief in using entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty.
Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows – Class of 2013
George William Bakka (Uganda) - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Angels Initiative (AI)
Joachim Ewechu (Uganda) - Co- Founder and Chief of Business Operations of Angels Initiative (AI)
Ken Mwenda Gikunda (Kenya) - Co-Founder and Managing Director of eMobilis
Julienne Ingabire (Rwanda) - Co-Founder and Global Chief of Operations of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
Sarah Karanja (Kenya) - Project Manager of WelTel
Josephine Kulea (Kenya) - Executive Director of the Samburu Girls Foundation
William Lochi (South Sudan) - Policy & Institutional Advisor to the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs for the Republic ofSouth Sudan
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi (Uganda) - Gulu District Local Government
George Mkwaya (Tanzania) - Project Coordinator of Zanzibar Initiative for Youth Association (ZIFYA)
Majala Mlagui (Kenya) - Founder of Thamani Gems
Marion Atieno Moon (Kenya) - Founder and Managing Director of Wanda Organic Limited
Hital Muraj (Kenya) - Corporate Affairs Manager of CISCO
Herbert Mugume (Rwanda) - Analyst with KZ Noir.
Faith Muigai (Kenya) - Director of Operations of Jacaranda Health
Hawah Nabbuye (Uganda) - Senior Program Coordinator of Educate.
Evelyn Namara (Uganda) - Country Director of Solar Sister.
Tayeb Noorbhai (Tanzania) - Business Development Manager of SimGas.
Herbert Thuo (Kenya) - Chief Marketing Officer of Virtual Group.
Wambui Waithaka (Kenya) - National Treasurer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists' and Dentists Union (KMPPDU)
Robert Wanjohi (Kenya) - Manager of Jitunze Environmental Group.
For more details follow this link - http://www.acumenfund.org/fellows/east-africa-fellows-program/how-to-apply.html