Nerima Wako-Ojiwa Executive Director Nerima Wako is the Executive Director of Siasa Place (SP). The word Siasa means politics, SP is a youth organization established in 2015, dedicated to collaboratively create an environment that enables youth of Kenya to directly engage with the political mainstream in a meaningful way. Siasa Place educates youth on electoral processes, constitution, government institutions and functions. SP currently works in 13 counties, directly engaged with over 8000 youth and through 180 online campaigns SP has made 131 million impressions online. Nerima attained her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Sociology from Jacksonville State University 2010 and her Master’s in Public Administration in 2012. Nerima is the Vice Chairperson, Youth Coordinating Committee – Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Convenor, Youth Serving Organizations Kenya, which is a consortium of 22 youth organizations. Nerima is also a writer, a former columnist with ‘The East African’ and 2018 Obama Leaders Fellow. Ken Ogembo Program Manager Ken is diploma holder in community development and counseling from the Technical University of Mombasa with versed experience in community organizing, social justice and human rights work. Ken was a volunteer at UJamaa Center, Mombasa. Ex-Muungano Support Trust, an affiliate of slum dwellers international where he organized the movement for the slum dwellers within the three coastal counties being Kilifi, Mombasa and Kawle Counties. He championed negotiation of community land tenure for Mibuyu Saba (Kilifi) and Maweni (Likoni, Mombasa). He initiated Muungano women on leadership to identify, strengthen and further women’s participation in management of local affairs. The initiative is currently championing housing improvement within the informal settlement of Matopeni Mombasa. Waithera Mwangi Finance and Admin Manager Waithera is passionate about supporting organizations and individuals to strategize, create structures and systems that help them to work more effectively and efficiently. She also enjoys speaking with other young people about their dreams and their unlimited potential. Her tribe calls her ‘The Extra Troubleshooter’ due to her constant quest for improvement. Her love for making sense of numbers and organizing led her to pursue skills useful for supporting finance and accounting systems and structuring. She’s also passionate about youth and women empowerment, people living up to their highest potential and mental health. Grace Chege Finance and Admin Assistant Grace Chege holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University.Her love for numbers led her to pursue a career in finance and her passion for making a positive impact in the lives of women and youth is what drives her. Judy Achieng Programs Assistant Judy is a conversation starter. She is passionate about meaningful youth engagement and good governance. She champions for youth inclusion as well as their rights, and currently serves as the programs assistant at Siasa Place. Frank Sewe Lead Creative Designer Frank is a Communications major from Daystar University with a great passion for the youth, public participation, and the media industry. A strong believer in the power of communication, he believes that the youth should be well represented and have a chance to voice their opinions. “The youth’s passion and ingenuity bring inspiration and hope for the future” Tele Nzomo Programs Tele is a bachelor of arts in Political Science and Sociology degree holder from the University of Nairobi. His passion for social and political issues has led him to pursue a career in civil society that seeks to help young people get involved in governance issues. Annastacia Abuto Finance Intern Annastacia is a CPA and Bachelor’s degree holder in accounting from Mount Kenya University. She is a highly motivated young lady, passionate about finance and accounting. Her quest for success is always backed by determination, and ability to explore and gather as much information as possible in the financial field. Daisy Chepkoech Communications Officer Daisy is a lover of life and has over 8 years of experience in communication with a particular interest in the design and implementation of communication strategies for youth inclusion, particularly in the field of politics and governance.