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 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.
Public Relations, Marketing and Communications Manager
Sheilah is a self-motivated trailblazer who takes great pride in empowering organizations to achieve their goals and objectives through strategic Corporate Communications.
She has over 6 years experience in the robust field of communications. Sheilah is also highly skilled in Public Relations and Marketing, Media Relations and Crisis Communication, Brand Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Social Media Management and Writing and editing of blogs and Journalistic features.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Sheilah worked with Dorcas Creation Kenya, a non-profit organization based in Marurui Slums, in the Youth Empowerment Task Force. A dedicated advocate in youth mentorship programs, she actively participated in offering life skills and giving holistic talks to the youth, which tactfully prepare them to address their unique needs, offering them hope in an ever changing world. Sheilah holds a Master of Arts degree in Corporate Communication from Daystar University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Communication from Tangaza College, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). She is a full member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (MPRSK). Sheilah has a great liking for writing and was awarded the Write Your Passion Program, Cohort VI Certificate, by Writers Guild-Kenya (WGK). Communications is her forte, she thrives in it!
Finance & Admin Manager
Grace has over six years experience in the field of Finance four of which are in the nonprofit sector. She has expertise in project finance management, grants management, financial analysis & interpretation of financial data, accounting and audit. Besides having a knack for numbers, Grace is an analytical thinker and a problem solver. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics & Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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.
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 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.
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.
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Moses is a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics with computing degree holder from the University of Eldoret. His love of data management and research has inspired him to pursue a career in monitoring and evaluation, that aims to make it simple for organizations to use real facts to forecast change as a result of interventions.
Stanley is an enthusiastic journalist who has a talent for connecting with the public. He believes that there are numerous unheard perspectives in society, and he endeavors to bring them to light. His charismatic personality and strong social skills aid him in this mission, allowing him to establish strong relationships with his sources.
Finance & Admin Assistant
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.