Our Staff

Vera 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.


Archilles Nyakwaka

Archilles is the SRI Program Manager (Administration and Finance) since September 2017. He has a vast experience in Administration and Finance Management. Before joining Sustainable Rural Initiatives (SRI), he had served Administrative Officer in Kisony Welfare Group (KIG). He is responsible for administration of human resources and finances of SRI and also implementation of SRIs administration and organizational policies.
Prior to this, he served as Field Assistant at Kenya Biogas Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Moi University, a Diploma in Accountancy from Kenya Polytechnic College and Certified Secretary (CS). He also took a course in a certificate in Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and Statutory Abortion Restrictions – USAID & John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health .

James Odhiambo Ogutu

James is the Projects Coordinator at SRI. He joined SRI in September 2018 to establish the Project Coordination Office. He is responsible for initiating new projects, developing project proposals, management and reporting on ongoing projects, representing SRI in project related forums and engaging with partner organizations in the respective projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Moi University, Certification in Monitoring and Evaluation from Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and a certificate in Advocacy issues and Policy Making processes by AMREF Health Africa – Kenya. He also has certification in Local Fundraising from Kenya Community Development Foundation and Wild Geese Foundation in addition to a certificate in Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and Statutory Abortion Restrictions – USAID & John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his higher education, he served in several leadership positions. .

George Omondi Ochuka

George is the longest serving staff at SRI having been the first to be appointed in 2013 at the onset of the organization. For over one year, he was the only staff responsible for SRI activities. He played a key role in the establishment of the SRI Carpentry Workshop and the construction of the SRI Resource Centre. Currently, he oversees the running of the SRI Carpentry Workshop and Logistical requirements of the organization. In this position, he coordinates SRI cooperation with Tools to Work, Netherlands, which involves arranging the clearance of containers bringing in training equipment. He is also responsible for regular repairs and maintenance of SRI facilities.
He has a certificates and hands on training in Water drilling, well design, hygiene and sanitation, Pump repair and maintenance, bio sand filtration, permaculture and training in health by USAID & John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before joining SRI, he served as the chief driller in Life water International and G.W.A.K.O Ministries. .

Gordon Odhiambo

Gordon manages the SRI Cafeteria and Bakery. He is also responsible for the SRI accommodation facilities. Gordon joined SRI in 2017. He has previously served SRI in different capacities including managing the poultry project and the farm. He holds a certificate in Community Mobilization from KEMRI and CDC, and a certificate in Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and Statutory Abortion Restrictions – USAID & John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Richard Ogutu Osimbo

Richard heads the Security department at SRI and is thus responsible for ensuring the safety of SRI premises and staff. He joined SRI in 2017 after a long stint with several other security firms including Metro Security Firm, Wamoto Security Company, Polea Security Company, JRS security Company and Riley Falcon Security Farm. He has consistently ensured that SRI is safe and accommodative to all stakeholders and also ensured the safety of the organization.


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