Bushra Ali is a recent graduate of Economics and Chinese (Mandarin) from Williams College, a top-ranking liberal arts college based in Massachusetts, USA. She currently works as a Business Intelligence Specialist at Logistics Executive Group in Dubai, UAE. Bushra has been passionate about community-building since she was a teenager, founding several clubs and organizations at her school and college. In addition to community development and social entrepreneurship, Bushra enjoys research, data analysis and learning both human and computer languages. Her past research spans topics including development economics, behavioral economics, renewable energy markets and education. Some of her work has been published by the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
Geoffrey Nyaga is Co-Founder of Hands Up Kenya. A recent graduate in aeronautical engineering with a keen interest in unmanned aircraft systems, he is the current Chief Operations Officer at Astral Aerial Solutions, a drone operator based in Kenya. Geoffrey, who is only 25 years old, is perhaps more famously known for winning the 2017 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards for the project titled “UAV Traffic Management Concept for Africa”. He shares an inspiring story from his upbringing from a remote village in Kenya, to building the first fixed wing drone in his country with his colleagues. He is currently on the forefront of promoting large cargo drones in various African countries. Furthermore, his dream is to safely manage all drones in the airspace using his drone traffic management idea designed with Africa in mind.
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Collins has over 8 years of experience spearheading community empowerment initiatives and training programs in project management, community and resource mobilization and curriculum development, among a variety of other skills. He is a graduate of the Trainer of Trainers (T.O.T) program and specializes in Economic Empowerment, Leadership and Conflict Management. He has also founded several organizations, CBOs, Youth Groups and Youth Investment Groups. Collins has been widely recognized and awarded for his work by organizations including Daystar University, and is also the recipient of Shujaa Wa Ukarimu from Ukarimu Ministries. His programs are especially geared toward training African youth in Business and Entrepreurship as well as Agri-preneurship to be innovative and creative so as to create jobs and opportunities. Collins also serves as a Coordinator for A-Kili Foundation out of which he focuses on designing and implementing community empowerment programmes and initiatives.
Linda is an inspiring community builder who grew up in a small village in Meru, a town in eastern Kenya. Her village, once as happy and calm as most areas in greater Meru region, has curiously seen a strangely rise in cancer cases and cancer-related deaths in recent decades. Linda, a two-time cancer survivor herself, has made it her life’s mission to know why. She is also a founder of a movement, United Against Cancer, which aims to create a support system for cancer patients and their families.
Jesse is an experienced service executive with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry and team building. Prior to becoming an established support professional, Jesse pursued a Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a focus on business administration and management, general from Kenya Methodist University. He has previously held various positions at Java House Africa, Emirates Hospitality Dubai and, currently works at the internationally-renowned luxury hospitality chain Vida Hotels and Resorts.
Do you think you have what it takes to run a movement? Are you eager to empower the youth of Kenya? If you think you have what it takes to make our movement stronger, we invite you to join our Volunteer Project Team. Send a brief letter of interest and your resume or CV to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.