About Sote Hub
Ivana UlicnaProgram Manager/Board Member
Alvin CholeHead of Programs
Kenneth NjihiaHead of Innovation
Ogalo OluochPrograms Officer
Lucia MuthoniPrograms Assistant
Grace AluoraFinance & Admin Manager
Mejumaa BakariFinance & Admin Assistant
Lawrence MuemaTechnical Admin
Currently leading the expansion and operations at Sote Hub, David has over fifteen years working in social and change programs in African Education and Conservation. Previously Director Kasigau Wildlife Trust and Programs Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare. David has extensive training and practice in Social Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Consulting, Fundraising and Community relations. He holds a degree in Wildlife Management from Moi University, Kenya.
Ivana works tirelessly to strengthen the cooperation between Kenya and Slovakia schools organizing exchange trips and semester activities. Under her efforts, 20 Kenyan teachers and 5 startup members have travelled to Slovakia to business academies and tech hubs for educational exchanges. Ivana holds an Msc. in Political Research from Huddersfield University, UK. She was one of the finalists of the student essay competition on global issues and won the internship at the UN, Vienna and was also the 2014 Volunteer of the year in Slovakia due to her work in Kenya.
Currently overseeing programs design and Implementation, amongst other duties, Alvin works with the rest of the team to ensure successful implementation of our projects. He has worked in the development sector for over 8 years. Alvin is passionate about empowering young people and mentoring them to become responsible and fulfilled adults, both economically and spiritually. He holds a master’s degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.
– He has a youthful kind heart paired with the wisdom of an old lion.
Kenneth Njihia is a devotated individual with a resume of successful projects. His drive is to contribute to the success of people who wish to start their business from idea stage by helping them to recognize their potential, become equipped with skills to face the challenges in business as well as working towards the empowerment of people. His areas of interest include Startup Growth/Innovation/Project Management etc.
Ogalo Baka is an agronomist with over six solid years in practice. He currently provides lead in implementation of the AgriFi project alongside other duties. He has worked in Agricultural education sector for over 8 years. He holds master’s degree in Agronomy from Pwani University-Kenya. His areas of interest include post-harvest losses and management, soil science and crop production.
– He believes everything grown on the ground is a-maize-ing.
Lucia is a demonstration of the journey of Sote ICT projects. Right from Murray Girls High School where she was the President of Murray Girls IT Club, a platform she used to offer strong leadership influencing hundreds of girls to join the club and create impact.
Today as Program Assistant, Lucia has not lost focus on the key subject, Girls Empowerment. She trains, mentors and oversees the growth and development of start-ups from young innovators with a special focus on how to bring more girls into economic production through technology.
She holds a Bsc. in Business and IT from Meru University of Science and Technology.
Grace Aluora is a dedicated Finance and Administrative Professional with over 8 years work experience. Her dedication and scrutiny is unmatched.
– She believes you can acquire anything you need, just have a receipt.
With over 3 years work experience, Mejumaa serves as our first interface with visitors and partners to Sote Hub. A warm personality, skilled at prioritizing and completing tasks. She also has a keen eye for accounts and helps manage our data.
– She would love to visit a country that serves chocolate all day.
Lawrence Muema is an energetic individual with good work ethic.
Board Of Advisory
Bart kindles the vision and expands the possible for leaders via thought partnering and coaching. Bart is an executive coach, group facilitator. And entrepreneur who works with founders, C-levels, teams, and focused professionals.
Clients include Facebook, PwC, Wells Fargo, Stanford University, Pinterest, Cisco, Visa, HP, Slack, Pure Storage, Open Door, Harvard Business School, Blue Shield, and Johnson & Johnson.
Wielding the strength of purpose, stepping into power, and building powerful relationships are frequent fuel sources for clients. Bart partners across cultures, industries, and generations in India, China, and through Europe. His training and experience in neuroscience, philosophy, athletics, and management best practices open the door to engagement with his clients and nudges them to “hack this life”. Clients describe Bart as “deeply insightful, passionate, and incisive.”
Bart comes to coaching from the business side. He was a member of a senior leadership team. He has had P&L responsibility and accountability for delivering operational excellence in a number of companies in both established and start-up environments via leadership roles in product development, strategy, finance, merger integration, sales, and program management.
Bart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.
The country manager for VSO’s programs in Kenya, George has over 20 years work experience in programs supporting youth, women and persons with disabilities. George has MBA degree specializing in strategic management, BSc Agriculture, Education and Extension. George currently serves as Executive Liaison for the prestigious Young African Leadership Initiative covering East and Central Africa under IREX. He has led and delivered projects under DFID, Ford Foundation; Deaf Child Worldwide; Act! ; USAID among others.
Grace Lubaale, PhD
Formerly with UN-Habitat, Grace is a Registered Urban and Regional Planner with an interdisciplinary training and experience in management, finance, development and urban planning. He has a rich career spanning many years working with governments, organizations and multiple donors. He joins Sote Hub Board of Advisors and brings experience managing development projects and acceleration of our impacts to the most vulnerable young people.
Martha is a fintech & payments professional, a social entrepreneur and
a philanthropist. A dual citizen of The Netherlands & Kenya, Martha
considers herself a world citizen.
She is the FOUNDER of the EUROPEAN WOMEN PAYMENTS NETWORK (EWPN) , the
1st and ONLY Pan-European network (community) dedicated to bringing
together women from all EU/EEA member states, working in cards,
fintech & payments. She has founded multiple organizations including
Beyond Innocence Foundation and Wawida Education Fund.
Martha serves in Sote Hub Advisory Board where she is leveraging
her experience and accomplishments in empowering women in technology
and financial services in refining Sote Hub strategy in growing
startups from rural hubs.
Catherine KanyiExpert, Business Development
Jack M. JumaExpert, Organic Standards
Joyce PeshuExpert, Livelihood and Community Development
Catherine Kanyi is a business development professional with over 14 years of work experience. She has worked with over 5 companies specializing in Commercial marketing, Capital markets Investments, Infrastructure Development, Trade and Commerce. She offers a unique blend of business strategy, marketing and advertising prowess, investment analysis, portfolio management, business acumen and global insight into developing countries and international markets. She has a diverse experience environment having worked in East Africa, West Africa and South Africa.
Jack M. Juma
Jack M. Juma is a technical advisor on organic standards and certification with over 17 years of working experience in Organic agriculture sector. Has had a wide range of experience in value chains development with a focus on the organic value chain, sector/ industry with the key being farmer training in organic production practices.
Has also helped developed organic certification project in a number of African countries as a consultant for example in Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Liberia, Burkina Faso, as a lead consultant on organic hive products certification.
His Career Objective is to be a senior facilitator and researcher in environmental studies, organic agriculture and community development.
Joyce is currently Head of Programs at Sote Hub, Joyce has over 7 years’ experience in development work both national and international. Previously working with VSO as a Project Officer, Joyce has extensive knowledge in project planning and management, community mobilizations, coaching and mentorship, Advocacy and Social accountability, community mobilization and youth engagement.
Joyce is very passionate about inclusion of young people in decision-making processes as well as their nurturing and empowerment for a greater tomorrow.