Meet the team!
co-founder and Executive Director
Judith Owigar is passionate about all things women and all things tech. She places herself in positions where her two passions intersect. She believes that exposure, education and use of technology can increase the quality of life and as such change the world. Apart from Akirachix Judith is the founder of JuaKali; an online micro jobs site for skilled manual workers, and a tech enthusiast. Through the Akirachix activities she seeks to increase the number of women who are creators of technological solutions and in effect change the perception of technology by women. Judith graduated from University of Nairobi with a degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Computing at the same university. She is also a dormant supporter of Gor Mahia, a local football club.
co-founder and Training Director
Linda is a software developer based in Kenya with a degree in Business Information Technology. She develops for both web and mobile applications, currently working as a Senior Developer at Ushahidi Inc, a Non-profit tech company. She a Co-founder and also the Training Director of the Training program which is offered to girls from underprivileged homes. She loves everything Information technology and her passion and goal is getting more women into this industry by either training or mentoring them. When not coding, she enjoys bowling and camping and being a die hard Man U fan, you will often catch her watching the latest match.
Co-founder and Outreach Director
Marie is the Program Manager for Infonet a technological innovation facility that uses technology to empower citizens and civil societies in fostering service delivery and democratic governance.She is also the communication Advisor for Akirachix and also in charge of the Akirachix high school outreach.She is passionate about IT and seeks to inspire leadership among women in the traditionally male dominated field of technology. She has a background in Business Information technology. In her spare time she loves watching movies and series and has a collection of over 100 pirated cds, she also enjoys cricket her favorite player is Sachin.
Co-founder and Community Director
Angela Oduor a developer with Ushahidi, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a recent First Class honors graduate from Strathmore University with a degree in Business Information Technology(2011). Her work at Ushahidi involves developing web applications on the Ushahidi platform, and providing technical support to users of Ushahidi's cloud based system, Crowdmap. At AkiraChix, she serves as the content manager, keeping the AkiraChix community up to date with their activities. Her hope and vision is that through the work that AkiraChix does, some girl out there will have the courage to take up a career in tech, and hopefully pass on that courageous spirit for generations to come. In her spare time, Angie loves to read books and is an active participant in the *iHub Book Club.
Felishina, commonly known as Janise, is a web developer based in Kenya. She is the Operations Officer for Akirachix. Her work involves managing the website, managing accounts, ensuring the Training Program class runs smoothly… She basically ensures that everything is running tip-top. She has a diploma in Business Information Technology and is set to her degree in January. She was also a member of the pioneer Akirachix Training Program that graduated in the year 2012. She is passionate about IT and is deeply touched by what Akirachix does – getting girls from the village and teaching them IT from scratch to a point where they are good to go, and become economically empowered as a result. The empowerment that the girls receive is what touches her most and makes her passionate about what she does. When not running Akirachix, she loves swimming. However, nothing gives her greater joy than nursing her baby and watching her grow.
Wangechi, commonly known as Sheshi, was one of the top female students nationally during KCSE in her year. She is currently a student at Strathmore University pursuing BBIT and a super volunteer at Akirachix. She has one of those curious minds that seek to learn, understand, challenge and improve the way things work. She is a tech enthusiast and values it mainly for the impact it has, and has potential to have, on: individual lives, businesses, governance and policy. She met Akirachix while in high school and after interacting with the iHub community for about 6months, the aspiring Economist became sold to the world of technology. She has 2 major goals in Akirachix. One is to enable other girls to see the light that she was lucky enough to see. The other is to see growth in numbers but more importantly, growth in terms of quality (skill-wise) of women in tech. When not being a geek, Sheshi loves watching a good series, hanging out with friends, listening to music and dancing!
Mercy is an Aggresive, enthusiastic,go getter and eager to learn person. She is also passionate about Tech and helping young women build a career in Technology.She has a CPA-K and deals with Finance at Akirachix Association.She is dedicated in what she does,believes in results and doing the best to make a difference to a better community in empowering women.I am also inspired in mentoring the youth which is what Akirachix does.Apart from that she loves swimming,reading books,Baking/cooking and enjoys traveling.
Samuel Wachira is a Business Developer at Akirachix .Responsible for handling Akirachix commercial interests and works closely with operations.Prior to this he worked as an Investment officer in a Venture Capital firm where he managed the companys portfolio and investments. Sam graduated with a double major degree in Finance and Marketing from Strathmore University and is currently pursuing his masters in StrategicManagementat Daystar. Sam prides himself in being part of Kenyas best dance duo in 2009 KTN dance competition "Can you dance" and being taken to Egypt to learn bellydancing( I know, right). He prides himself in being the first AkiraDude and believes in the power that comes from humble beginnings and building foundations that will last beyond his lifetime.Sam is also an avid basketball player and displays his skills by living vicariously through Lebron "the King" James from the comfort of his couch.