Irene Kimani – East Africa Director
Irene is a professional accountant with over five years’ experience in financial management. Her expertise includes budgeting and forecasting, taxation, project funds management, and general fiscal advisory. She has been involved in USAID-Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) funds management, accounting, and reconciliation of donor-funded projects.
Irene is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Moi University, Eldoret, and also a Certified Public Accountant. She is an exceptional leader and communicator, as well as confident and able to work within a challenging environment. Irene’s career objectives are to be part of a dynamic team that makes valuable contributions to both the economy and society to improve people’s livelihoods.
Linnette Muga – GBV Program Officer
Linnette Muga graduated from the University of Nairobi in December 2016 and received Second Class Upper Honors. She participates in AYLF’s leadership program and has been the recipient of their mentorship for the last two years. She didn’t just sit back and let that mentorship stay with her. She decided to participate in SEMA’s mentorship program for over a year by dedicating her time to mentoring high school students nearing graduation. She also got the opportunity to intern with SEMA and is dedicated to ensuring the program runs smoothly. We are thrilled to have someone who took part in SEMA’s activities now play a key role in its leadership! To her, SEMA “is a program that invests in the youth, encouraging them and creating awareness on issues affecting them in our society. It is a program that advocates for everyone to love one another and accept each other regardless of gender or any other factor.” During her time with SEMA, Linnette wants to make sure that “SEMA is a safe space, a platform, enabling everyone and anyone to be able to speak out whenever they have something to say or are in need, and not be afraid to tell their truth and story.” Linnette embodies the quote by Maya Angelou, “If you learn, teach, and if you get, be sure to give.”
James Ngugi – Logistics Coordinator
James grew up in Lunga Lunga, one of Nairobi’s slum neighborhoods, and has overcome a variety of odds in his young life. Starting as a driver for SAI, James displayed loyalty, diligence, and potential. As SAI’s first Kenyan staff person, James assisted the company in its early days of partnership development. He mobilized and coordinated youth from the slums to participate in SAI’s Kenya Youth Employment and Empowerment Initiative, a USAID-funded project enhancing the futures of Kenya’s young population. James currently serves as SAI’s Logistics Assistant, and he continues to be the best driver on Nairobi’s congested roads.
Flora Mwikali – New Scent Centre International Director
Flora Mwikali graduated from Scott Theological College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology in response to God’s call to enter the ministry. She initially served in church ministry as the head of her area’s Christian Education department, concentrating on youth ministry: writing materials, counseling, and public speaking. During those years, Flora co-founded an evangelism and discipleship ministry to serve the people of Kenya and beyond. In this effort, she facilitated group social service activities, such as distributing food to the poor and visiting the sick. As Flora’s visits frequently brought to light issues of gender-based violence (GBV) in the community, these experiences cultivated within her a strong passion for achieving justice for and support the healing of sexually assaulted women.
Flora continued her education with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Africa International University (AIU), along with a diploma in Project Management and Alcoholism and Substance Addiction Counselling. Community activities at this time included leading the social department of her graduate school and steering the women ministry of Nairobi Baptist Church. Flora then joined Good Hope Rehabilitation Centre, a substance abuse treatment centre, as Project Coordinator and later Project Manager. While there, she facilitated project improvements in client service delivery and the internal development of the centre’s infrastructure.
Flora is also the founder of New Scent Centre International. This ministry offers residential services to survivors of GBV, treatment to female addicts, and non-residential support groups. Their guiding principle is to achieve wholeness for the participants and the community at large. Flora serves as Adjunct Lecturer at Africa Nazarene University, regularly speaks to high school and college students on the Christian faith and personal development, and presents at numerous meetings and women conferences. She voluntarily offers counseling services to GBV survivors and journeys with them towards recovery. Flora thrives in roles of teaching, public speaking, and counseling to facilitate comprehensive and holistic healing.