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.


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Kaki Gichuru (also known as Rosalind) has 19 years of leadership experience in Consumer, Commercial and Trade Marketing, having worked for The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola SABCO in various leadership roles across 39 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to that, she worked for The Gillette Company in Boston, Massachusetts where she held various Brand Management roles in the Duracell and Oral-B/Braun Business Units, overseeing brand marketing for the US market. Through her career, she has spearheaded award-winning Marketing campaigns both locally and globally, and was voted as one of Kenya’s “Top 40 under 40” women in 2012. Rosalind has an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario. Four years ago she transitioned into an executive leadership role within one of Kenya’s leading Banks, NIC Group, where she is currently the Director for Marketing, Communications and Citizenship. She is also Board Member of Junior Achievement Kenya, and recently an accredited and certified Executive Leadership Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaching in the UK. She is passionate about leadership and seeks to impact the next generation of leaders through mentorship and coaching. Kaki is married and has three sons under 6 years.


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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.


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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Dr. George Mgomella is an epidemiologist with CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention). Prior to that, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK and a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, UK as recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship. George has over 15 years’ experience in clinical medicine, infectious diseases surveillance, epidemiology and global health, working in several sub-Saharan African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. George was awarded a doctor of medicine degree by the University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania and a master of public health from Harvard University, USA.  George is also an alumni of the NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship and is a Certified Public Health professional by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), USA.


Martin Njiru smallMartin Njiru is an experienced aviation safety officer currently working for the United Nations. He has experience working in the commercial aviation sector as well as in the manufacturing industry. In the past he has worked as a Principal Quality Assurance/Systems Engineer at Kenya Airways, as an Industrial Engineer at Firestone (EA) Limited and as maintenance supervisor at Cosmos Pharmaceutical Company.  He is skilled in operations management, project management, aircraft maintenance, aircraft airworthiness management, quality management, safety management and industrial engineering. Martin holds a Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering from Moi University, Masters in Business Administration (Strategic Management option) from Daystar University, has a post graduate Diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management and has undertaken various management related courses from different institutions in Europe.


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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.


Paras smallParas Shah heads the Projects & M&A team of Bowmans in Nairobi, a leading pan-African law firm.   He is a UK-qualified Solicitor and a Kenyan Advocate, with almost 20 years' experience. Prior to joining Bowmans, he was Partner in Hamilton Harrison and Matthews in Nairobi, and a solicitor in a city law firm in London.Paras is one of the leading corporate & commercial lawyers in Kenya, and has advised on some of the most important transactions in the private and public sectors in recent years. His practice areas include corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, privatisation, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and real estate. Paras is a non-executive director of NIC Bank, and has been a director of Access Kenya Group, when it was a listed company. He is also a director of several private companies and advises a number of charities.At Bowmans, which has more than 400 lawyers, Paras is one of only 12 partners who are members of the Partnership Board – the top governing organ of the firm. He is married with two daughters.


Ben Wachira smallDr Benjamin W. Wachira is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi and the Founding Director of the Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation. He serves on the board of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) and is currently the president-elect. He is an associate editor for the African Journal of Emergency Medicine. He obtained his Diploma in Primary Emergency Care from the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa in 2007. Subsequently, he pursued his Masters in Medicine specialising in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was admitted as a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa in October 2011. Dr Wachira has published several journal articles which reflect his research interests in the development of evidence-based universal emergency care in Kenya.


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