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Board of Directors

 

Monica Smith Monica Smith

 

Monica Smith has spent 20 + years in progressively responsible roles in the financial services industry, spanning the management of high-impact IT implementations, the execution of marketing strategies for Latin American pension systems, and most recently defining and executing the business model to conduct enterprise outsourcing in India and China.

 

Monica's last 17 years in financial services management was at Fidelity Investments in Boston and Bangalore where Monica spent three years as an expat. In 2011, Monica established Fidelity's IT Business in Dalian, China. At this time, Monica initiated a transition of her interests for global outreach toward goals beyond the private sector. In order to launch this new direction, she attended The Fletcher School from 2012 to 2013 and earned a Global Master's of Arts degree, where she was fortunate to meet Irene Kirika.

 

While defining her strategy for her next career move, Monica is honored to join the existing board members and to lend her skills to further the commendable objectives of InABLE.

 


 

Nzuki Waita Nzuki Waita

 

Nzuki has over 20 years of senior management experience covering most of sub Saharan Africa, United States and Asia related to organizational development, project management and oversight; the design of operational tools and management information systems.

 

He has worked for major USAID contractors during his time in the United States including the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), providing technical and management oversight to USAID programs in East & Southern Africa well as post-conflict countries like Iraq, Liberia and Burundi. Nzuki also worked with the largest Japanese trading house, ITOCHU Corporation on Japanese ODA projects in East Africa where he honed his Japanese/Asian business negotiation skills.

 

Nzuki spent 3 years as a McKinsey & Co. contractor managing a $15 million Human Resources for Health program in Mwanza, Northern Tanzania through its affiliate, the Touch Foundation.

 

He later went on to work for The Millennium Promise Alliance in New York -headed by world-renowned economist, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, in conjunction with Columbia University’s Earth Institute which involved overseeing the operations of 8 MDG focused Millennium Villages Projects in East & Southern Africa.

 

Nzuki moved back to his native homeland Kenya in 2012 to help the Kenya Red Cross Society set up and advise them on their Food Security & Disaster Risk Reduction program. He is currently the Director and Lead Consultant for Impact Pathway Solutions Ltd., a management consultancy focusing on institutional strengthening of African foundations. Nzuki holds a B.Ed. (Economics) from Kenyatta University and a MBA in Management from the Edinburgh Business School in the United Kingdom.

 


   

  


Rashard GreenRashard Green

 

Rashard Green is an investment professional with the Carlyle Group, focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the technology and business services sectors.

 

In his current role he is focused on principal investments in leading technology companies. Rashard previously worked for Barclays Capital in the Investment Banking Division, where he focused mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.

 

Rashard Green a B.A., in Public Policy, from UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with high distinction

 

 


 

Derreck KayongoDerrek Kayongo 

 

An executive and development expert, Derreck Kayongo has more than 15 years experience developing strategic social campaigns within organizations for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing.

 

His work has made a profound contribution in raising awareness aimed at realizing permanent solutions to global poverty.

 

 

 


 


Irene Mbari-KirikaIrene Mbari-Kirika (Founder)

 

Irene Mbari-Kirika is Founder and Executive Director of inABLE.  Irene attended Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University and graduated in 2013 with a Global Master’s of Arts (GMAP) degree in International Affairs. She also holds a Business Management degree from Kennesaw State University.

 

She established inABLE in 2006 after she was inspired by a little boy who would make the long journey to school in the dark simply to find a suitable place to study.  Irene immediately began to research the need and how she could help this boy and so many others who faced similar problems. 

 

In addition to the lack of viable reading spaces, Irene encountered a greater need among the blind and visually impaired population.  She discovered this after an event that they hosted in 2008 which included students from Thika Primary School for the Blind. The thought of four to five children sharing one Braille book was unbearable.  Soon thereafter, she went shopping for Braille books and learned that they are nearly five times more expensive than books in plain text.

Irene immediately realized she could never afford to supply the schools with Braille books. This discovery prompted her to further research the need for a more economical and practical solution for the blind and visually impaired to access resources. 

 

Today inABLE is empowering the blind and visually impaired in Africa through assistive technology.  With the help of board members and supporters of inABLE, we implemented the first computer program in July 2009. It took lots of research and networking to determine which type of technology was best suited for the blind. 

inABLE's plan is to implement the computer  program in the eight schools for the blind in Kenya and make educational resources more accessible to this underserved population.

 

 


   


Vincent AderiVincent Aberi

 

Mr. Vincent Aberi is a Financial professional with over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with focus in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas, USA. He has worked in various large international fortune 500 financial institutions such as Bank of America, Comerica Bank, Western & Southern Financial Group and TIAA CREF.

 

He brings on board his expertise in wealth management, real estate, strategic financial planning, risk management and portfolio management. 

 

Mr. Aberi also is passionate about non-profit charity work. He has held various board position in organizations that Fine arts chamber players in Dallas.Texas

  

 


 

Dipendra ManochaDipendra Manocha (Advisor)

 

Dipendra Manocha works with the DAISY Consortium which is working in the area of providing publications in accessible formats to persons who cannot read normal print. He is the lead of training and technical support and coordinates DAISY Consortium’s projects in developing countries. (www.daisy.org)

 

He is member of the Executive Committee of the World Blind Union and is managing trustee of Saksham. (www.saksham.org). He is the president of the DAISY Forum of India which is a network of 92 organisations in India serving the persons with blindness and low vision (www.daisyindia.org).

 

Since 1993, he has been working for the mission of providing technology solutions to limit the limitations of persons with blindness. Key areas of his contribution include computer training to open new areas in education and employment, Indian Language braille translation and screen reading software, DAISY standards for production and distribution of digital talking, braille and e-text books in South Asian Countries

 

Awards:

  • National Award by government of India
  • Lakshmipat Singhania National Leadership award by IIM Lucknow
  • IBN-7 Super Idal award
  • Sitaram Jindal Foundation award

 


 

 

 

 

Sanda OjiamboSanda Ojiambo (Advisor)

 

Sanda Ojiambo is a development practitioner with Master’s Degree specializations in Development Economics and Public Policy Analysis. She has completed trainings in Strategic Management, Programme Development and Development Planning.

 

Sanda is currently working as the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom, where she manages the Safaricom Foundation and other corporate responsibility activities.

 

She previously worked as the Director of Programs at the Africa Regional Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, where she provided technical and strategic leadership for the development and implementation of reproductive health in over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Sanda has also worked at CARE International, UNDP Somalia and Planned Parenthood Federation of America- International; where she has managed a range of development projects including community based health and education interventions; NGO capacity building, women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health.

 

Sanda is an incorrigible optimist, believing that the best solutions for development come from individuals and communities themselves