Natalie Grant Logan
Natalie is a geek, artist and intrapreneur. She loves using her analytical skills to discover creative solutions for start-ups: whether it's a whole new venture or a business unit within an established organization. She has over 11 years of international development experience, working in Europe, Central Asia and East Africa. Her areas of expertise range from good governance and WASH to housing, finance structure and management.
Natalie holds an MBA in International Organizations from the University of Geneva and an MA in Psychology from the University of St Andrews. She is currently studying Development and Economics with the University of London, while consulting a variety of women-led social enterprises. In her spare time after work and raising two young kids, Natalie learns Swahili, fences with her husband, paints and plays bass guitar.
Originally from Australia, Katy is currently working as a Gender Research and Communications Officer with the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness, a Kenyan women’s rights NGO. She holds a BA (Hons) in Gender Studies and Classics and is currently studying an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. She has previously worked with Trade Unions and the Australian Federal Government focusing on women and workplace relations policy and legislation, reporting on women and family centered international conventions and commitments, and strategic research and communications work. Previous volunteer work includes Djing on community radio, music journalism, and teaching English as a foreign language. Her free time is spent drinking good coffee and dreaming about horse riding.
Agatha Gikunda is the Head of Applications Services and Content for Nokia East Africa and is responsible for managing the local collaboration between Services and Software teams and external stake holders including network operators, software developers, as well as facilitating the building of competitive joint consumer solution propositions with 3rd Party developers in the region.
Prior to assuming her current position, Agatha was Head of Messaging Service for Middle East and Africa and was responsible for building strategic partnerships with operators across the region. She has worked for Nokia for 10 years, in roles based in Canada, South Africa, and Kenya. She holds an Engineering degree, as well as an MBA, specializing in the Management of Technology, and is married with 3 children.
Roselida is a committed self-starter and has already started two business: Director of Operations Equilibrium Limited and Managing Director Social Circle (K) Limited. Worked in both private and non-profit organizations managing operations, administration and information technology. In her own words is, "in love with social business and would love to start one in the near future.”
She holds a BSc in Information Technoloyg and will complete her MBA this spring. In her spare time, she hikes, travels of fun, practices Bikram yoga and reads anythign and everything she can find!
Leslie is a consultant, trainer, researcher, and logical-framework geek. She loves to sit down with a dynamic team to work through an organisation's hierarchy of objectives and ensure that the proper systems are in place to meet those goals. As a professional program / project manager with over 10 years’ experience, Leslie is committed to results oriented approaches, strategic collaboration to expand innovation, and forward planning with flexible scenarios. Having worked with UN agencies, NGOs, private organizations and donors, she specializes in youth & women's programming, humanitarian contexts and strategic development. Working with staff, partners, and community members to build personal capacities is one of Leslie's main passions.
Leslie has a post-graduate degree in International Project Management and is currently completing her MBA, hoping to focus her dissertation on female leadership in the social enterprise sector in Africa. Leslie has work experience in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania Sri Lanka, and Sudan. In addition to being a mummy and working as a consultant, Leslie's main interest at the moment is being on the Board of Young Women's Social Entrepreneurs Nairobi, working to facilitate sessions on organizational management and
strategy development for young women striving to make a sustainable difference here in Kenya.
Hima is from Hamilton, New Zealand where she graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Management Studies in Human Resources. Her last role before leaving New Zealand was as an HR Consultant at Air New Zealand.
Hima relocated to China in April 2008 with her husband Anish who works for Nielsen and during her stay in Shanghai, she worked as an Events Team Manager for the British Chamber of Commerce where words like 'jolly good' and 'innit' became a frequent part of her vocabulary.. After almost two years in China, they moved to Singapore where she was the Executive Director for the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. Living in Singapore provided a great opportunity to travel in South
East Asia and eat some wonderful food.
Hima arrived in Nairobi in September 2012 and is currently looking for opportunities and looking forward to exploring the real Africa. Her hobbies include travelling, meeting people, drinking Oyster Bay sauv, eating spicy food and watching the aussies lose at rugby. Hima is looking forward to life in Nairobi and to meeting everyone in the YWSE community.
Rachel is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur for her work in post conflict communities, including Kosovo, Iraq, South Sudan and Kenya. She is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of the Medea Group Limited and its internationally recognized social enterprise Backpack Farm Agriculture Program, receiving the 2010 UNEP/UNDP SEED Award for "green" enterprise, the 2010 Cordes Fellowship, the 2012 GSBI Fellowship in social enterprise and the 2012 KATERVA Award for Sustainability in Food
Rachel’s long term vision is to empower commercial, governmental and non-profit organizations with unique knowledge to make critical decisions, leverage opportunities and minimize risk in conflict or post-conflict regions. She is actively developing commercial, agriculture initiatives targeting East and Sub Saharan Africa's community of smallholder farmers to produce commercially viable, socially responsible chains of high nutrition produce for local and export markets.
She holds multiple degrees including a BA in International Relations from George Mason University and MA in International Security Studies from the University of Bradford. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys gardening, baking bread, kickboxing, Bikram yoga and always need a morning coffee.
Melissa is a social entrepreneur living in Nairobi as co-founder of Access Afya, a healthcare enterprise piloting a model for primary care in urban slums. She brings a combination of experience from the international development and finance sectors. She has lived in worked in multiple countries, from working on community health projects in Jordan to renewable energy finance deals in New York City. Melissa has led NYU’s Microfinance Institution, won Access Afya a spot in the inaugural Village Capital
Nairobi Program, and spoke at multiple universities in Kenya on social enterprise.