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MANAGEMENT BOARD

Dr. Otieno Jowi

Dr. James Otieno Jowi is the current Principal Education Officer at the East African Community, Tannzania. He has taught Comparative and International Education in the School of Education, Moi University, Kenya. He is also currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, Netherlands, and was a student leader at the University of Oslo, Norway, and Moi University, Kenya. Jowi is the founding executive director and secretary-general of the African Network for International-isation of Education (ANIE). He has published on the internationalisation of higher education in Africa, as well as on matters of student leadership, management and governance in higher education.

Verah Atieno Owiti

Ms. Vera Atieno Owiti is a co-founder, Secretary and Executive Director of SRI. As CEO, she provides leadership and strategic direction for the organization, ensures the implementation of activities and is responsible for the daily management of the organization. She holds a Masters in Philosophy in Education from NLA University College, Bergen, Norway and a Bachelor of Education from Moi University, Kenya. Prior to this, she was a secondary school teacher for over 5 years.

John Oriwa Otura

Mr. John Oriwa Otura is the Treasurer and is responsible for oversight of resource allocation, budgeting, management of finances and the prudent utilization of funds for the implementation of activities. He holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Education from Maseno University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi. He has been a secondary school teacher for more than ten years and is involved in several community educational projects.

Paschalia Ndungwa Ouma

Paschalia teaches Computer Science and Information Technology at Kisii University, Kenya. She also works part-time with MOH/ICAP program in Nyanza, Kenya. She has previously taught at Kampala International University, Uganda and at Strathmore University, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Public Administration, from Moi University, Kenya, a Masters in Computer Science from Makerere University, Uganda and is undertaking a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Kampala International University.

Rachel Wangu Mutua

Wangu is a Kenyan living and working in Kenya. She has a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Moi University and a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management from Maseno University.She has for over 10 years been working with communities living within the Lake Victoria Basin in East Africa through Vi Agroforestry where she works as a Deputy Programme Director. Her passion has been ensuring better lives for rural communities, while ensuring gender equity. Women and children issues in rural development are key areas she is largely interested in.

Mr. Dickson Ajode

Mr. Dickson Ajode is the current head teacher of Ranjira primary school. he is the secretary at Winam Water Resource Users Association(WRUA). He is also teacher representative in the Kisumu Teachers Burial & Benevolent Fund. Mr. Dickson is also involved in Church activities as an elder at Rabuour SDA church. He holds a diploma in education, currently, he is a Bed student at Kenyatta University.

Mr. Martin Obiende Owidi

Mr. Martin Obiende Owidi has worked in health services management for over twenty years, currently at Maseno University Health Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Maseno University, Diploma in Health Care Management from Kenya Institute of management, Certificate in Health Records and Information Technology from Kenya Medical Training College. He has held the position of the National Vice Chairman of Kenya Universities Staff Union and currently the Board Chairman of Nyakakana Secondary School. At SRI he heads the Youth in Action subcommittee. Mr. Owidi is a Human right crusader, a believer in Gender Mainstreaming and likes to help the underprivileged in our Society. At the local level, he has initiated and participated in various development issues.

Belinda Awuor Nyakinya

Belinda Awuor Nyakinya is currently working for the City of Kisumu, County Government of Kisumu as Acting Director of Environment charged with overseeing operations in solid waste management, urban aesthetics, Environmental Planning and Management, development and enforcement of environmental policies and regulation and Team leader of environmental components at Kisumu urban project (KUP), this is an urban development program financed by AFD. I was born in Kisumu, Kenya in 1982, I have a degree in Environmental Studies (Science) from Kenyatta University, Masters degree in Environmental Management for Sustainable Development from Tongji University, China (UNEP-Institute of environment for Sustainable Development) (IESD) and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, from Tongji University. I am a registered NEMA EIA Lead expert and have a lot of experience in environmental governance. My research interest is in Municipal Solid Waste Management and Wastewater Treatment and management, Eco-Tourism and environmental conservation for Local Economic Development, urban agriculture for improved food security. I offer advisory services to many environmental based organizations and I believe that making the world a better place begins with one step that you make towards your vision, taking note of Collaboration, Expertise, and transformative leadership to ensure sustainability.

Elijah Ajode Osodo

Elijah is has heard long career at National Police service in Kenya. Currently, he is retired AIG (Assistant Inspector General) at National Police Service (NPS). Before working as AIG he was Commanding Officer Rapid Deployment Unit. His career started when he joined the national youth service training college. He has been awarded various awards: Distinguish Service medal (2001); Moran of the Burning Spear (2010).He is married and also participates in many community activities.

SUSTAINABLE RURAL INITIATIVES

Our Aim is to inspire rural communities to take their future in their hands to enable them access the critical goods and services they need so that they can make choices for themselves and realize their own human potential.