Current Board

Board Chair

Javas Bigambo

Javas Bigambo is a consultant & trainer with profound experience and knowledge in Devolution & Governance; Change Management in devolved government; Research & Policy Analysis; Transformative leadership and Development Communication; Monitoring & Evaluation; and Capacity building. Bigambo has distinguished himself too as a Master’s in Project Planning and Management, Organizational Development, and an astute public speaker, with a versatile and impressive record as a consultant for local and international organizations.

He is accomplished in governance and development work, a notable trainer with years of experience working and advising various development programs in Kenya and internationally.

Board Chair

Javas Bigambo

Javas Bigambo is a consultant & trainer with profound experience and knowledge in Devolution & Governance; Change Management in devolved government; Research & Policy Analysis; Transformative leadership and Development Communication; Monitoring & Evaluation; and Capacity building. Bigambo has distinguished himself too as a Master’s in Project Planning and Management, Organizational Development, and an astute public speaker, with a versatile and impressive record as a consultant for local and international organizations.

He is accomplished in governance and development work, a notable trainer with years of experience working and advising various development programs in Kenya and internationally.

Director

Balqesa Abdi

Balqesa Abdi is a Young Peace Ambassador, youth and women empowerment activist and a journalist currently working in broadcast media, she holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Science in Information Science from Moi University, Post graduate diploma in project management from Kenya institute of management and currently a student at institute of Diplomacy and international studies pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in International studies. Besides working in the media, Balqesa has worked as a young person, with many other international organizations including, UN HABITAT information management Unit, US centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) on the Global Aids program, Refugee health program, International Organization for migration (IOM) as a research assistant for youth women and livelihood program. .

Director

Gladwell Wambui

Gladwell Wambui is the first Official Youth Delegate to the United Nations, appointed by the Kenyan Government. She studied International Relations at the United States International University concentrating on diplomacy and foreign policy. She was part of the presidential delegation to the 67thUN General Assembly in New York (September 2012).

She was also the Official Youth Delegate to Rio+ 20- UN conference on Sustainable Development, Rio Brazil (June 2012) where she mobilized youth delegates from all over the world to support Kenya’s resolution to upgrade UNEP in Nairobi.

She is the Coordinator of Peace Makers’ International, an NGO that focuses on Peace and Development for youth.

Board Treasurer

Peter Ashira

Mr. Peter Ashira is an Entrepreneur and an Investment/ Financial Consultant. He is the C.E.O of Quest Group Consulting Ltd, the founder of Reshper Kenya Limited, Quest Books Africa Ltd, Quality Science labs (K) Ltd and Quest Real Estate Ltd. Besides having his own entities – some fastest growing in Kenya, he has helped many businesses set up efficient business systems, find their market niche and segment, turned them from loss-making to profits. He boasts of helping hundreds of individuals towards realizing their financial independence if not freedom.

Mr. Ashira serves as a board member at Amazing Grace Academy and Aquity Investment Capital LLC.

He has worked in various executive capacities for several companies such as, Law Africa Publishing Ltd, and Pan Africa Life Assurance among others.

Director

Sam Mundia

Sam Mundia is a business  entrepreneur, financial planning consultant, community facilitator and lead advocacy in youth empowerment and gender issues. He is currently the Program Executive – Nairobi County Youth Network Organization. He is a leader in various organizations (SRHR Network; Board Director of Guruz Theater Productions; Member of GBV Working Group.). A profession in ICT Management and the Founder of Echo Media Technology Company.

Director

Linda Bonyo

Linda Bonyo Mwongela is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Partner at Bonyo Mwongela & Company Advocates with a speciality in Immigration Law. She serves on the Law Society of Kenya Committee on Law Reform and Constitutional Review and spends her time consulting for various organisations and County Assemblies on Governance and Legislative drafting.

Her passion for Good Governance and Public policy saw her graduate from the Political Leadership Development Programme courtesy of the Youth Agenda and Fredrich Ebert Stiftung. She served ProBono in the inaugural committee that set up the YAGPO programme working on Youth access to government procurement opportunities under the Treasury and Ministry of Finance aiding young individuals and youth groups to formalise and regularise their businesses to access government tenders.

Director

Linda Bonyo

Linda Bonyo Mwongela is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Partner at Bonyo Mwongela & Company Advocates with a speciality in Immigration Law. She serves on the Law Society of Kenya Committee on Law Reform and Constitutional Review and spends her time consulting for various organisations and County Assemblies on Governance and Legislative drafting.

Her passion for Good Governance and Public policy saw her graduate from the Political Leadership Development Programme courtesy of the Youth Agenda and Fredrich Ebert Stiftung. She served ProBono in the inaugural committee that set up the YAGPO programme working on Youth access to government procurement opportunities under the Treasury and Ministry of Finance aiding young individuals and youth groups to formalise and regularise their businesses to access government tenders.

Director

Abraham Rugo

Mr. Abraham Rugo Muriu is a young Kenyan and has a passion for holistic development. He is an advocate of personal responsibility in the transformation of our society. He has worked at the Institute of Economic Affairs since 2007 where he has done policy research and analysis with a special focus on decentralisation, development planning and youth development in Kenya.

He is currently the Futures Program Officer. He is a graduate of University of Postdam, Germany with a Master of Public Education (science).

Before joining IEA-Kenya, he worked at Focus Kenya where he was involved in policy advocacy and empowering graduates and university student to participate in socio-political action. He has been a key supporter of the work of the Youth Agenda both as a consultant and participant in its programs.

Director

Sadique Shaban

Sadique Shaban is a respectable media name. He is a senior sports anchor and senior Swahili anchor with KTN since 2005 to date. He has made a brand of himself by the quality of work in the media industry.

He is a diverse soul with leadership, visionary training and advisory experience at I Choose Life Africa where he was not only a Programs Trainer but a Residential advisor too.

He was also the Executive Secretary at Kenyatta University Travelling Theatre and a volunteer social worker at World Vision.

He is a member of both the Kenya Sports Journalists Association and the International Sports Press Association. He is an affiliate member of the Kenya Union of Journalists.
Mr. Sadique believes in knowledge generation and dissemination for the betterment of humanity’s quality of life.

Sadique Shaban is a respectable media name. He is a senior sports anchor and senior Swahili anchor with KTN since 2005 to date. He has made a brand of himself by the quality of work in the media industry.

He is a diverse soul with leadership, visionary training and advisory experience at I Choose Life Africa where he was not only a Programs Trainer but a Residential advisor too.

He was also the Executive Secretary at Kenyatta University Travelling Theatre and a volunteer social worker at World Vision.

He is a member of both the Kenya Sports Journalists Association and the International Sports Press Association. He is an affiliate member of the Kenya Union of Journalists.
Mr. Sadique believes in knowledge generation and dissemination for the betterment of humanity’s quality of life.

CEO/Board Secretary

Diana Sifuna

Ms. Diana Sifuna is the Chief Executive Officer of The Youth Agenda (YAA), Kenya’s top Youth Non-Governmental Organization that deals with Youth Development and Advocacy. She sits in the YAA Board in an ex-officio capacity and serves as the Board Secretary.

Ms. Sifuna has over 11 years of professional experience in media production, private sector and development sector. Prior to joining YAA in 2018, Sifuna served as Head of Marketing & Public Relations of an international real estate company – Lordship Africa Ltd – for 3 years.

In media production management, Sifuna was a General Manager (Kenya & Nigeria) at a leading media production company – Vivid Features Ltd – where she managed operations at the Cable News Network (CNN) Lagos & Nairobi Bureaus and oversaw the video production of CNN African Voices & African Start Up CNN TV Programmes aired in 2014 & 2015.

Ms. Sifuna also worked as the Africa Producer – Radio and TV (Nairobi Bureau) for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where she delivered in the effective use of radio and TV in telling World advocacy success stories in Africa with a human-interest perspective to the Australian and Asian Audience.

For 6 years, Ms. Sifuna directed, scripted and co-produced TV Shows and Broadcast Videos for CNN, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), ABC-Australia, Kenyan Government, South Sudanese Government, Safaricom (Kenya), Wananchi Group’s ZUKU Sports (Kenya), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), The Kenya Red Cross, Rotary Club, Women Leaders in Action (WLA) and The Green Belt Movement.

In various capacities in the development sector with non-governmental organizations, private sector, government and community organizations, Ms. Sifuna has mastered skills in marketing, public relations, communication, public and non-profit policy management, leadership, fund-raising, advocacy, capacity building and team-building.

Ms. Sifuna is a Global Leadership Fellow at Wagner Graduate School of Public Service – New York University (NYU), USA, an alumni of Strathmore Business school with a Masters in Public Policy & Management (MPPM), a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate holder, a Chartered Marketer with a Professional Diploma in Marketing Communications from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) – UK and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com) Degree from Kenyatta University.