|Marika has been in the IT space for the last two decades, having started his IT career in Silicon Valley California, with various roles in transportation, health, government, public utilities and telecom industries. He co-founded, built up and sold a dedicated server business in Sacramento, before relocating back to Kenya five years ago. He applies this broad IT experience and a keen ITIL customer centric focus to his current role as Country Manager for Vodacom Business Kenya, an Opco wholly owned by Vodacom Group SA, and Vodafone UK.
Marika holds an MBA with an Organizational Behaviour concentration from JFK University, California and a BSc, Management Information Systems from San Francisco State University.
Dr Purity Watetu Muthima
|Dr Purity Watetu Muthima is a lecturer at the Department Of Educational Management Policy And Curriculum Studies, College Of Education And Lifelong Learning, and Kenyatta University. Dr Muthima holds a Ph.D in Economics of Education and Educational Planning. Dr Muthima has researched and presented papers in local and international conferences on Higher Education Distance learning as an alternative mode of study and Human Capital Development and Investment in Education. Moreover, addresses Technical, Vocational and Educational Training as a social economic driver of the economy by evaluating programs through Cost Benefit Analysis. She has a Professional Training on Cost Analysis in Education from the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) - (UNESCO). Dr Muthima is also a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) for Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) both at the university and county levels. Further, she peer reviewed proposals during the 1st Call Post Graduate and Multidisciplinary Research Proposals for the 2016/2017 Financial Year-National Research Fund among other boards she sits in and outside university. She is a member of WERK and KAEM professional bodies. She also has interest in Strategic Plan development.
|Dennis is senior business analyst and the lead for the KEMSA logistic management information system (LMIS) project. He has vast of experience in system design, programming and development. He was in charge of the implementation, training, monitoring and evaluation of the KEMSA/LMIS project. He is also an experienced system developer and currently leads a team of software developers and business analysts while managing business processes within KEMSA. Dennis has a Master of Science in Advanced Information Technology and Business Management and a Bachelor of Science Mechanical and Processing Engineering.
Ms. Catherine Wangeci Kariuki-Thuo
|Ms. Wangeci, a Kenyan National, is the Country Head of Whizz Education in Kenya. Whizz Education (www.whizz.com) is an innovative education company whose interventions are premised on the believe that every child deserves a learning experience that caters to their individual needs, style and pace.
She has worked in the education sector and particularly with ICT-in-Education for the last 13years. Prior to Whizz Education, Wangeci worked with the African Virtual University (AVU) for 11 years as a Manager of Education Projects funded by the World Bank and the Africa Development Bank in 21 countries in Africa.
Dr Gladys Mengich.
|She achieved her PhD in Medical education from Moi University, Eldoret and a Master of Medical education from University of Dundee ‚Äď Scotland (UK). She is a Senior Lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega Kenya.
Currently, she is the Acting Dean, School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences and Technology. She is a Medical Educationist and has published articles in various journals and a book on ‚ÄėIdentification of competencies for Training Physiotherapists: A case study at the Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi, Kenya‚ÄĚ.
|Brian Omwenga is a Computer Science doctoral candidate and part-time lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Computing and Informatics. He holds a Graduate Degree in Engineering Systems, Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently the Lead Enterprise Architect for the Kenya Government Enterprise Architecture.
He has previously worked for PwC, Microsoft, and Nokia Research Africa. He has been credited as a respected African inventor with several publications and software patents. He is the founding chair of the Tech-Innovators SACCO of Kenya and also currently the chairman of the Software and Systems Engineering technical committee at the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
|Sambedan Koirala has been working as an Educational Management Information System (EMIS) Specialist for more than 10 years. He helped establish the EMIS in Nepal -- a system that allows the systematic collection of school level information and helped use that information for planning, monitoring and other purposes. He has also established the Non Formal Education Management Information System (NFEMIS) that collects the information on NFE adults and other beneficiaries. While designing these systems, Mr. Koirala always ensures that there is a connectivity between different information systems that ultimately leads to an Integrated Educational Management Information System in the country.
Sambedan Koirala has now designed the StudentID system that has decentralized EMIS at school level. In fact, schools now enter all the data and provide that information to the District Education Offices (DEOs) which was not possible before. With the StudentID system, schools now track the performance of schools, teachers and students for multiple years and as a result, Nepal can now provide any level of information needed for planning and other purposes
Sambedan Koirala is currently engaged with World Education Inc. and has been involved with different I/NGOs, UN agencies and donor groups during his career.