Founding Trustee

Dr. Mark Matunga

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Dr. Mark Matunga whose name is synonymous with computer literacy campaigns in Kenya and Africa, is a champion for girl’s education. He has been petitioning and influencing education policies on ICT in 15 African countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, Burundi and Namibia. In his cross-cutting engagements, Dr Matunga is a champion of building community ICT centres, schools and health facilities. He is the Head of Corporate Affairs for Intel Corporation in East Africa.

In 2010, Dr. Matunga co-founded NEWI, where he is a Founding Trustee and an active volunteer, mentoring and supporting girls in the region.

Dr Matunga attended African Nazarene University in Nairobi, where he studied Computer Science and Theology, and then dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Religious Studies in Carroll College, Waukesha, USA. He has an MA in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, USA. He got a distinction in Project Planning and Design, Peace and Conflict Management, and also in Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Planning. His thesis, ICT in International Development – Narrowing the Digital Gap using Information and Communication Technology, has remained a gem for learners in the digital age.

He holds a Honorary Doctorate degree in Management Leadership and Christian Service from United Graduate College and Seminary, USA.

His experience, passion and vision are a great asset to NEWI.

 

Mrs Eva Obara

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She is the NEWI Founding Trustee and Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Literature Bureau, a position she has been holding since 2007. In the publishing industry, Mrs Obara has held various positions including as a Council member of the lobby Kenya Publishers Association, Fellow of the Institute of Human Resources Management and member of the Marketing Society of Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nairobi and an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA.

She has led the turnaround of the institution from a basket-case to a showcase, that last year, among 189 others, KLB was ranked as the 3rd best most consistent State Corporation in Performance. In Nyanza region, she was a member of the Provincial Education Board and has served as a Board member of several schools in Kenya. She is the chairperson of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) Nyanza and National Executive Committee (NEC) member of MYWO, the largest women's organisation in Kenya.

In 2008, she was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by the President of the Republic of Kenya, recognition for Kenyans who contribute to humanity in their fields of specialisation. She is also a recipient of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) Warrior Award, 2010 for innovation in industry and the Girl-Child Crusader Award, 2010 by the Ministry of Education.

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