Beacon Home Country Mentors


Each current Beacon Scholar at University or Beacon Scholar at school overseas is paired with a Beacon Home Country Mentor to guide their leadership development and keep them connected to their home country. 

The following are currently Beacon Home Country Mentors:

Martin Atela smallMartin Atela is a health systems expert with a solid record of research, graduate teaching and supervision, capacity building and knowledge translation in the areas of health systems strengthening, community engagement and accountability, and mixed-methods approaches to complex research. He has held various positions in international organisations and his capabilities have been recognised through several prestigious international awards such as the Gates Cambridge Fellowship, The European Commission Erasmus Fellowship, The Shell Centenary Leadership Award, among others. Martin earned his graduate degrees from the Universities of Amsterdam and Copenhagen (MSc), University of Cambridge (MPhil & PhD.), and University of Geneva (CAS). Martin is a Gates Cambridge Alumni who believes in using his skills and resources in the service of others, especially the less fortunate in society.

Joy Juma smallJoy Juma was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She completed a BSc in Environmental Studies at Kenyatta University, with a focus on Community Development. She volunteered for a year at a local conservation charity working on the restoration of a transboundary lake straddling the border of Tanzania and Kenya, gaining experience in invasive species management, water conservation strategies, and community-based natural resource management. She then joined Fauna & Flora International and was involved in the management of several conservation projects in East Africa, ensuring communities were actively involved in the management of natural resources. Joy then joined the University of Cambridge to pursue an MPhil. in Conservation Leadership. On completion, she returned to Kenya to continue the work the she had started.

Currently, she is engaged by a State Corporation, The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) under the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Joy is responsible for planning, designing and coordinating sustainable environmental management programmes; and for the monitoring & evaluation of the effectiveness of NETFUND’s interventions. Joy has enhanced the design of NETFUND's programmes, in particular, the Green Innovations Awards and the Business Incubation Programme. Joy has played a key role in the establishment of the incubator and coaching the first cohort of incubates. She is currently involved in setting up an impact investment fund that will provide financing to promising green enterprises in Kenya.

Joy is passionate about empowering Kenyans to create an impact wherever they are positioned. 

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Jared Kangwana is a commercially aware lawyer with strong interpersonal skills developed from a variety of work experiences in the legal sector. He is committed to operating logically and effectively to develop ideas in often delicate situations, and has the ability to establish excellent networks of both peers and business professionals. Experience gained within a cross-section of law firms in Kenya, combined with an education in the UK, has provided the opportunity to work on a number of international projects, across a range of cultures.

Jared went to St Andrew's, Turi and Abingdon School, Oxford where he was Head Boy. He went on to Bristol University and gained an LLB (Hons), before obtaining an LLM at the College of Law in London. He has a Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law, and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Currently Jared works in-house at The Monarch Insurance Company; he spends most of his free-time traversing Kenya as he builds hours on his private pilot’s licence.

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Rahma Hersi is the Managing Partner of Awal Consulting Limited, the first Islamic Financial Advisory Firm in East and Central Africa. She is one of just a few trained Islamic Finance Lawyers and the only woman spearheading Islamic finance and financial inclusion discourse in East and Central Africa. She is the first Muslim woman appointed to the Kenya Financial Review Panel by the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya and has been picked as a leading expert on Islamic finance.

Rahma has been instrumental in pushing the agenda of Muslim Women in Business and Financial Inclusion, in particular for marginalized communities not only in Kenya but also in other African countries. She has also represented her firm as a regional speaker at the first Africa Women’s Leadership Symposium held in Nairobi in 2016, and has distinguished herself as an Economic Justice and Women’s Empowerment Advocate in Africa.

Rahma has attended a number of overseas universities including in Malaysia, the United States, Islamabad, and Khartoum. She has received an LLM from the Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, as well as an honorary LLM for her contribution to Islamic Finance. 

Rahma is multilingual and speaks fluent Arabic, English, Kiswahili, and Somali, and understands Urdu.

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Cindy Ondego is an international development consultant. She has worked in ecological conservation and management on the award winning Cousin Island (Seychelles) and has run education campaigns for the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles. Since returning home, she has worked across private sector consulting firms, corporate foundations and NGOs, focusing on the design, implementation and measurement of education programmes, policy reform and capacity development interventions most recently with Kenya’s devolved governments. As a small part of a number of great teams, Cindy enjoys working across disciplines and interest groups to bring about social impact. She has a MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a BSc in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Leeds. She previously attended Kingwood School (Bath, UK) and St Andrews Turi.

You'll find Baby Meals for Dummies, Frantz Fanon, Harper Lee, Jon Lee Anderson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ali Mazrui on her bookshelf. And tabs opened on articles related to improving primary healthcare for children, social entrepreneurship and productivity. She currently lives in Mombasa with her husband and daughter.

If you would like to become a Beacon Home Country Mentor please contact the Regional Beacon Coordinator.