Four Kenyans are among 23 distinguished young leaders identified from across Africa selected to join the 2019 Tutu Leaders Fellowship.
Centum Investment Group Head of Tax, Mical Agina, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Director Edwine Barasa, Financing Alliance for Health CEO Dr Angela Gichaga and social entrepreneur Vivian Onano are the chosen Tutu Fellows from Kenya this year, a significant improvement from a sole country representative in the inaugural call-out in 2006 –Janah Ncube who is currently the Global Campaigns Director at Crisis Action.
The Tutu Fellows programme targets the cream of Africa’s future leaders, meaning that the selection process for candidates is a highly competitive, rigorous and thorough one. Candidates must be between the ages of 25 and 39, and be citizens of an African country, currently living in Africa, working on African projects for a global organisation. Additionally, they should also be committed to living in Africa and to actively contributing to its long-term success.
Vivian Onano is a Carthage College Business Administration graduate who is social entrepreneur and seasoned humanitarian. She is currently a youth advisor to Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO, and the Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative.
Edwine Barasa is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi programme in Kenya, where he heads the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), and co-chairs the health systems research theme of the programme. He is a health economist and health financing specialist with 14 years of research, advisory, and practice experience in Kenya and in the broader Sub-Saharan African region. He boasts a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Cape Town. He is currently a member of the Kenya Health Benefits Advisory Panel, and the taskforce for the reform of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
On her part, Dr. Angela Gichaga‘s organization, Financing Alliance for Health serves Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance globally in building resilient and sustainably financed health systems. She has a degree in Medicine, a Master’s in Health Economics and Policy, and a Fellowship in Public Sector Management. In 2012, she was selected for the 2012 Australian Leadership Awards for Africa and President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2014 in recognition of her exemplary leadership within the civil service, and for her operational track record in achieving results.
Kenya’s final Tutu Fellow this year is Mical Agina, the Group Head of Tax at Centum Investment Company Plc, where she has been instrumental in key initiatives including participation in the Centum Bond Issue for over $60 Million USD. Early in her career she worked as a legal intern at the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) where she helped the legal and justice division on infringement of human rights, extra judicial killings and torture cases through media monitoring and took part in campaigns and advocacy against torture. Mical is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, with eight years post-admission experience.
The Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme is offered on a part-time basis over six months, and includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules and intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility in South Africa and the other split between Oxford University in Oxford, England and in the British capital, London.
According to its website, the African Leadership Institute focuses on building strategic leadership across the continent by developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, primarily through the Institute’s flagship programme, the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set center-stage in global affairs.