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Leadership

Leadership

Malinda Wheeler, Executive Director

Since July 2002, Malinda has been responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of the HWWK programs in Kenya and providing mentorship to the volunteer and upstart programs in East Africa. She is credited with exponential growth of HWWK from an organization of 3 volunteers to an employer with over 110 full time staff implementing multiple programs across the country.

Before joining HWWK, Malinda directed the medical work with HOPE worldwide in Hargeisa, Somaliland where she helped to set up and manage an outpatient clinic and short-term overnight infirmary serving children and youth. She participated in the development of the first Somaliland Nursing Curriculum working with former first lady, Edna Adan, at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. Malinda has been a member of several technical working groups and committees including the Partnership for an HIV Free Generation Steering Committee in Kenya, the OVC Technical Working group on quality improvement where she was nominated by the National OVC Steering Committee in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, among others

Malinda is a qualified Adult Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University in New York. She has an MSc in Administration and Public Health from Hunter College, New York, and a BSc in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Nicasius Kamani, Operations Director 
He brings into the project a vast experience gained in managing CDC, and also USAID funded programs at HWWK with an average annual turnover of US $ 3.5 Million. He is among the founders of HWWK and provides leadership in programs’ development and resource mobilization to sustain the organization.

He has over 10 years experience working with youth, children, and adults in HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health programs. He has undertaken comprehensive training in Behavior Change Communication, Sexual and Reproductive Health and a host of other health-related issues.

A former PricewaterhouseCoopers top student nominee, he benefited from training in accounting, auditing and grants management at the firm. Having trained as an architect, he brings to the team a creative approach to program design and implementation. His broad experience in financial, programmatic and project design, combined with a keen analytical eye helps in providing general oversight to programming and financial bearings of the organization. Kamani holds a Masters in Business Administration from Mancosa—South Africa and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Nairobi.

 

Jimmy Kinyanjui, Finance and Administration Director

He has over 20 years in the field of accounting, auditing and consultancy having started his professional career in 1984 with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years and Ernest & Young for 2 1/2 years. He is currently serving as the Financial Controller of HWWK where he over-sees the financial function of the organization. For 10 years prior to this, he served as Managing Director of his own consultancy firm, Accotax Ltd. He has extensive experience in Financial Accounting for non- governmental organizations and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Jimmy, a CPA (K), received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi, and has a host of other relevant qualifications.

Margaret Njaga, Human Resource Manager

Margaret has 19 years working experience, 9 of which have been in Human Resource Management. Before joining HWWK, she worked as Clerical Officer in the Personnel Department at Egerton University for many years where she worked in recruitment, leave, disciplinary, final dues and personnel registry sections. As Administration Assistant at Kenyatta University, she worked for just over a year in recruitment (non-academic) section.

She was awarded a Certificate in Training Needs Assessment by the Ministry of State for Public Service. Margaret has a BA in Sociology and History from Egerton University, and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management.

Dr. Francis Mule, Program Technical Team Lead

Dr. Francis Mule has over 20 years of experience in public health and medical services. He is responsible for technical leadership and oversight of HWWK’s CDC funded HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs in Nairobi and Rift Valley. In his previous employment with : KEMRI / CDC (Global Disease Detection / International Emerging Infection Program; GDD/ IEIP, he coordinated various projects and studies that include Home Based HIV Testing & Counseling (HBTC), Active TB case finding, Pneumococcal carriage study in HIV Vs. HIV negative individuals in the study sites and Population Based Infectious Disease Surveillance (Malaria, Typhoid fever, diarrheal diseases among other diseases). He participated in the development of ‘The National Strategy HIV Combination Prevention along the transport corridors in Kenya” in association with NACC, NASCOP, IOM, UoN & North Star alliance among other stake holders and a member of the task force that developed the University of Nairobi’s Centre of HIV Prevention and Research Strategic plan, (2011-2016).

He holds a Masters in Public Health and a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBcHB) from the University of Nairobi.

Catherine Njoki Mukundi, Program Manager

Catherine has over 10 years experience in HIV counseling and testing work. She is currently the program manager of a project that supports the scale up of combination HIV/AIDS Prevention Services for key populations using Evidence-based, Cost Effective Approaches. She directs the CT services at HWWK, a position that enables her to collaborate with funding partners and Government agencies to facilitate provision of CT services using the different strategies including Stand alone sites, Mobile and Moonlight CT. She offers technical support to the counseling and testing team in the organization.

As a certified Counselor Supervisor, she has offered counseling supervision to CT counselors since 2006. Catherine holds a Bachelors in development studies, project management from Management University of Africa and is certified in General counseling, VCT, Couple HIV counseling and Trauma counseling in Post Rape care, all from Liver-pool VCT Center. She also holds a Diploma in Institutional Management from Kenya Poly-technic, as well as a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counseling from Kenya Institute of Professional Counseling.

Roselyn Nyakundi, Continuous Quality Improvement/Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Roselyn oversees the implementation of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Monitoring and Evaluation component of HWWK’s projects. She works closely with the Program Technical Team Lead, and other senior staff members to develop and foster a culture of CQI by leading improvement activities involving employees from all levels of the organization.  She also leads the Monitoring and Evaluation team to strengthen systems and capacity among HWWK staff and sub-grantees to collect, manage, and use quality data to inform program and policy in the national response to HIV Prevention. 

Roselyn has over nineteen years of combined experience in the NGO and corporate sectors in Kenya.  Areas of expertise include: program monitoring & evaluation, quality improvement, project management, training and capacity-building, organizational capacity development and service delivery.  She has a passion for children and has spearheaded and participated in the implementation various children and adolescent projects since 2006 in Nairobi, Makueni, Kiambu and Siaya Counties.  She has also championed the implementation of the HWWK Child Protection Policy and other key procedures and structures.

Roselyn holds an MBA in Marketing from United States International University and is an MA (Monitoring & Evaluation) final year student at Maseno University.

Board of Directors

George Irungu Kariuki ,Chairman

George is the Executive Director of Thrifty Enterprises Ltd. He has skills in marketing and purchasing as demonstrated by his position as Purchasing Officer at Farmers’ Choice in the early 1990s. He is responsible for developing a sustainable growth of the company.

George is responsible for planning and organizing activities relating to the HWWK Board of Directors.

He worked as a lead evangelist of the Nairobi Christian Church for 15 years, with responsibilities of overseeing church activities, satisfying the legal requirements of the church, being an advocate of the organization and raising funds as well as ensuring proper management of the funds.

George holds an MBA in strategic and marketing management from African Nazarene University. He also holds an International Diploma in International Travel Operations & Management from Travel Freight & Cargo Hospitality College Geneva, Ordination Diploma from the Nairobi Christian Church-Nairobi, Kenya, and a Higher Diploma in Counseling Studies from Kenya Association of Professional Counselors. He has attended several leadership workshops worldwide.

Daniel Mulindi Shiyukah ,Treasurer

Daniel Shiyukah is the Managing Director of Inverter Power Services Ltd. Having a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences, Daniel founded the company in 1995. He is responsible for setting company sales & marketing strategies, sales targets and recruiting staff.

Before settling to his current position, he was a Technical Director at Kenya Modern Digital where he was also a founder member. At one point, he was also an Experimental Officer, University of Nairobi; ODA financed microcomputer project.  He has attended many short courses in relation to Electronic Engineering. These include Technical Training on Uninterruptible power Supplies-Johannesburg, South Africa, Technical Computer Training- Singapore, among others.

Daniel is a graduate member of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya, the Kenya Engineers Registration Board, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE). He holds BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Sciences from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Josephine Waruguru Macharia-Kanyi ,Member

Josephine is an Economic Planner and Analyst with the Kenyan Government. Since 2007, she has risen in the ranks from principal economist, to senior economist and statistician, to her current position as Chief Economist. She heads the Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Unit and Business Reform Unit in her current position within the Economic Affairs Department in the Ministry of Finance.

As a senior economist and statistician in the Ministry of Research and technology, Josephine was responsible for heading the Central Planning Unit on all economic matters affecting the Research and Technology Sector within the context of Kenya’s industrialization strategy.

She also coordinated the monitoring of activities in Research Institutes such as Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Industrial Research Institute (KIRDI), Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI) and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) at the ministerial level in relation to the establishment of a Ministry of Research and Technology database.

Josephine holds an MA in Economics from the University of Nairobi and has attended other relevant courses such as Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in African countries (Joint African Institute), and Macroeconomics Diagnostic Course (IMF Institute), among others.

Malinda Wheeler, Secretary

Since July 2002, Malinda has been responsible for directing and overseeing the implementation of the HWWK programs in Kenya and providing mentorship to the volunteer and upstart programs in East Africa. She is credited with exponential growth of HWWK from an organization of 3 volunteers to an employer with over 110 full time staff implementing multiple programs across the country.

Before joining HWWK, Malinda directed the medical work with HOPE worldwide in Hargeisa, Somaliland where she helped to set up and manage an outpatient clinic and short-term overnight infirmary serving children and youth. She participated in the development of the first Somaliland Nursing Curriculum working with former first lady, Edna Adan, at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. Malinda has been a member of several technical working groups and committees including the Partnership for an HIV Free Generation Steering Committee in Kenya, the OVC Technical Working group on quality improvement where she was nominated by the National OVC Steering Committee in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, among others

Malinda is a qualified Adult Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University in New York. She has an MSc in Administration and Public Health from Hunter College, New York, and a BSc in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

John Kilaha Maleya ,Member

John has over 25 years’ experience as a fulltime Church minister. He has on different occasions led church missions in Nairobi,  Eldoret and the North Rift and in the Western and Nyanza regions of Kenya. 

Over these years John has been responsible in training and mentorship of ministers. He has been responsible in overseeing church growth and mission work. He has held the position of Lead Evangelist for Nairobi Christian Church and East African Region as a whole, chairing the Church Board and spear heading Church programs.

In his earlier career John worked with Standard Chartered Bank where he assisted in customer relations, foreign exchange matters and accounts administration.

John holds a degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Manchester (UK) and training in Family Therapy under the Good Enough Parenting course from the John Louis Family Therapy program. He also holds an Ordination Diploma from The Nairobi Christian Church and a higher Diploma in Counseling Studies from The Kenya Association of Professional Counseling. He has participated in many Leadership Conferences and workshops worldwide.