Fred Kiarie

Fred Kiarie

 
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Fred joined the Communications Division in October 2018. Previously he was at Ringier Africa where he worked as a Senior Writer and Native Advertising Lead. In this role, he developed and edited stories for publishing, ensured Search Engine Optimization for the organization website and generated native advertising content for different corporate clients.

Prior to this, he worked as the Regional Communications Officer-Eastern & Southern Africa for Esoko Kenya. In addition to this, he brings communication experience from other organizations including Hemingways, Growth Africa, Capital FM and ‘Business Now’ Magazine.

Catherine Lwangu

Catherine Lwangu

 
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Catherine joined Busara in September 2018 and is responsible for overseeing Busara’s global operations. Day facilities planning and management, logistics and procurement, fleet management, security, and operations risk management fall under her purview.

In the last ten years, Catherine has been supporting international programs and staff in several regions in the areas of administration, logistics, program support, human resources, event planning, and organization and financial management. She was previously working at Nature Conservancy in the capacity of Operations Manager at the Africa regional office in Nairobi.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resources Management, from Kenya Methodist University, and she is currently pursuing her MBA in Daystar University

Aya Vang

Aya Vang

 
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Aya is an economics enthusiast always striving to solve problems regarding the economics of development and poverty alleviation.

She joined Busara in September 2018 and her research interests include development economics, applied microeconomics and econometrics. She has specialized in behavioral and experimental economics combined with a solid understanding of econometric policy evaluation.

Before joining us, she previously worked with the Danish Parliament as an Economic Junior Consultant and she has also worked with State Serum Institute as a Junior Data Analyst.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Brenda Ogutu

Brenda Ogutu

 
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Brenda joined the Analyst Team in October 2018 and is working in the Project Division to structure and compose reports, do analysis on ongoing projects as well as maintain client communication and relationships.

Prior to joining Busara, Brenda worked with the City of Richmond, California, as a Graduate Student Fellow where she successfully completed an Annual Report for the Rent Program Office, using Python for quantitative analysis and conducted qualitative research to inform the formulation of regulations for the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance projects.

Brenda is proficient in Geographic Information System Software, Statistical Package for Social Sciences, Stata, and Python.

She holds a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi.

Hadija Rashid

Hadija Rashid

 
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Hadija joined Busara in November 2018 and serves as the primary administrative support for the senior teams and projects, and liaison with our other international offices. She also oversees travel coordination and booking, events coordination, visitor engagement, office logistics, administrative and logistical support for project teams and communication support.

Before joining Busara, Hadija worked with The International Rescue Committee where she was engaged in administrative, operational and logistical support for the last couple of years in different roles including Administrative and Logistics Officer, Administrative Officer and Executive Assistant.

Hadija holds a Diploma in IATA/ UFTAA International Air Travel from Career Training Center and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Institute of Human Resource Management. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Supply Chain Management at Africa Nazarene University.

Micheal Bagorogoza

Micheal Bagorogoza

 
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A talented self-taught designer, Micheal has worked as a freelancer for many prestigious clients including Nairobi Design Week before joining Busara full-time. Leading Busara’s creative direction, he is helping us to develop consistent and high-quality branding in all our outputs. Micheal’s talents include Illustration, User Experience (UX) Design, Graphic Design, Branding Identity and Human Centered Design.

Caroline Martin

Caroline Martin

 
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Caroline is our Senior Communications and Marketing Manager since Feb 2018. She’s dedicated to providing Busara with the tools for growth by building a strong international presence, partnering with other industry leaders and publishing Busara’s thought-leading work across various platforms.

Prior to joining Busara, Caroline dedicated her passion for digital marketing to various media companies including Hearst Magazines (ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping) and My Little Paris. As Product Innovation Lead at Hearst, she applied her product management skills to launch a Masters course with Elle magazine, open new brand spaces in London, create a Masters course with Cambridge Education and develop an innovation framework. She hold an MSc in Marketing, Management and Creativity from ESCP Europe Business School.

Brian Misachi

Brian Misachi

 
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Brian joined Busara October 2017 as a backend developer. He has experience in building backend systems for product support,  system integrations, functional API design and service architecture design. He is passionate about everything infrastructure.

Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunication and Information Engineering from Multimedia University of Kenya.

Maureen Mumbi

Maureen Mumbi

 
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Maureen joined Busara in July, 2018. She has extensive hands on experience in developing software application using various languages including Java, AngularJS, JSP, SQL and also mobile app development in Android. She has developed workflows using Activiti for various companies to ease the efficiency of day to day business operations within the organisation. She has also being part of developing a Document Management System.

Maureen holds a Bsc. in Computer Science from Egerton University.

Michael Osunga

Michael Osunga

 
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Michael Osunga joined Busara as a Data Analyst in the month of January, 2018. He has a Master of Science degree in Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University. He has vast experience in remote sensing analysis mainly information extraction from remote sensing data through classification algorithms, spectral indices, change detection and time series analysis. He also has vast experience in spatiotemporal data analysis and modeling using machine learning for prediction and classification coupled with other statistical methods such as PCA, factor analysis, clustering and time series analysis and forecasting. He is conversant with tools such as R, ODK and SQL.

Eric M'bwana

Eric M’bwana

 
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Erick has worked with Busara since July 2018 as a backend developer. He has vast experience in developing e-commerce solutions geared towards emerging African markets and crafting mission critical software systems.

Erick is interested in system architecture and design, DevOps and contributing to open source software. He has made contributions to widely popular open source softwares such as the Wagtail CMS, Virtualenvwrapper and the Django Oscar e-commerce framework. He is also an avid reader and an extreme programming aficionado.

He has a Bsc. in Analytical Chemistry with Computing from the University of Eldoret.

James Macharia

James Macharia

 
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James Joined Busara on November 2017. He   has a Bsc. in Computer Science from   the University of Nairobi. He has been  engaged in the development and management  of Busara's internal finance system (BusaraPay) which is has streamline payment request management and processing. He has also developed and managed external facing products SmartDuka (a content management platform for small duka owners), Givolution (An unconditional cash transfer platform for donors to send gifts directly to poor families in Kenya). James has   extensive experience in development of data systems, having previously worked to develop an electronic data interchange solution to replace a paper processes in use by top insurance companies in Kenya. He also has experience in integrating these systems with payments platforms having worked  to develop a Electronic Medical Records solution to manage procurement, payments, reconciliation and revenue reports in use by top hospitals in Kenya.

Tilman Graff

Tilman Graff

 
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Tilman joined Busara in August 2018 as a Research Specialist in the team of Johannes Haushofer. He works on a range of projects, including laboratory studies analysing patterns of economic decision making under stress, and behavioural consequences of economic inequality.

Prior to joining Busara, Tilman has conducted research on the optimal design of trade networks in developing countries, studied labor market dynamics in arduous real effort environments, and developed tools to detect early-warning signs of deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tilman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from LMU Munich, a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Technology from Technical University of Munich, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Hauwa Okorie

Hauwa Okorie

 
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Hauwa joined Busara in 2018 as an Associate. Prior to joining Busara, she worked in Nigeria in areas of financial inclusion, value-chain digitization, and gender equality and has managed research projects related to nutrition in low-income neighborhoods of Washington, DC.  She is passionate about applying the behavioral lens in development issues in Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Master’s of Public Health both from the George Washington University.

Kim Kariuki

Kim Kariuki

 
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Kim joined Busara as an Engagement Director in June 2018. Kim comes to us from a position at the IFC working on investment in the PAYG space and building on his previous work in the solar and utility space (D-Light and KickStart).  Earlier in his career, Kim worked with ILRI and KWFT building his research and data chops.  Kim studied Economics at Bates College, and more recently focused his studies on Rural Development at KeMU.

Nnenna Okoye

Nnenna Okoye

 
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Nnenna joined Busara as an Engagement Director in August 2018 and is responsible for all engagements within Nigeria and West Africa. Prior to joining Busara, she spent over 11 years at Accenture where she managed technology deployments for Financial Services and Public Sector clients, new market launches for leading technology firms, and most recently a series of socially-oriented projects in conjunction with Busara.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology from Babcock University, Nigeria.

Moses Bwana Ng’iela

Moses Bwana Ng'iela

 
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Moses joined Busara as the Director of Finance in April 2018. Moses is in charge of Busara's global financial strategy and leads the global finance operations. Moses possesses a wealth of leadership expertise and global and regional experience having worked in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Egypt, Tanzania, Thailand, and Germany. He previously served as Financial Director for a USD 265M Government of Rwanda / World Bank electricity rehabilitation program, as Finance Director at a Ugandan poultry company that had just been acquired by a private equity firm, and as CFO at Precision Air in Tanzania. He's also worked in management roles at a number of other companies and organizations, including KPMG, Siemens, Linksoft, and the British Council.

Moses possesses an MBA from the University of Dar es Salam and Bachelor of Commerce(Accounting) from the University of Nairobi.

Syon Bhanot

Syon Bhanot

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Syon is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, studying behavioral and public economics. His areas of interest include pro-social behavior, environmental conservation behavior, development, and personal finance decisions. He primarily runs experiments that seek to improve our understanding of decision making and inform public policy around important social and economic issues. You can read more about his work at www.syonbhanot.com.

 

David M. Ndetei

 

David M. Ndetei

Advisory Board

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David M. Ndetei is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the Founding Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation – a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to research for evidence-based policy and practice in mental health, and the promotion of neurological health and healthy behaviour. He has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for many of the Kenyan published clinical and community epidemiological studies on mental health, authored six books and 21 monographs, and over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals.