Dr. Auma Obama is Founder, Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a non-profit for disadvantaged children and youth. Dr. Obama has a Masters degree from the University of Heidelberg, a PhD from the University of Bayreuth and graduated from the Berlin Film and Television Academy.. Dr. Obama is a member of the World Future Council. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Bayreuth University’s Academy of Advanced African Studies, and of Stiftung Lesen, a German Organization promoting literacy. Since 2014 Dr. Obama is patron of The Storymoja Festival. A published author, Dr. Obama’s memoir in German ‘Das Leben kommt immer dazwischen’ was published in 2010, and in English, ‘And Then Life Happens’ in 2012.
Katindi Sivi-Njonjo is the founder and lead consultant at LongView Consult, a socio- economic research, policy analysis, training and foresight strategy firm. Prior to that, she served as the Programme Director in an international organization that facilitates development dialogue. Ms. Katindi has pioneered research and authored publications in areas of the extractives sector, inequality and youth demographics. Her work has contributed to the conceptualization of various national programmes and policies and has influenced organizational strategies both nationally and internationally.
Passionate about people and development, Marcha Neethling holds a Masters Degree in HIV/AIDS Management and has more than ten years experience working for South African and international NGOs in the development sector in Africa. Since joining Praekelt Foundation in 2008 Neethling has been responsible for implementing multi-national campaigns in partnerships with NGOs and governments. A relative newcomer to the world of mobile technology, she has quickly become an enthusiastic advocate for its potential to produce real change in Africa.
Martin is a Chartered Engineer graduating with an honours degree in engineering from the University of Leeds in the UK in 1994 after which he worked on projects in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Australia and Ireland. In 2004, Martin relocated to South Africa to Eurocape Holdings (Pty) which grew to become a major player in the South African property market. In 2011, Martin departed Eurocape to pursue a number of business interests and established Indicium Consultancy Services (ICS). Two years later Martin took up a full-time position with Victoria & Alfred Waterfront as Development Executive.
Mary Njeri Kinyanjui is a writer, researcher, teacher, community organizer volunteer and a firm believer in social economic justice and self-reliance. She is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. She holds a PhD in Geography from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. She has researched on economic informality, grassroots and indigenous institutions in the organization of economic behavior, small business, gender and trade justice and peasant organizations. Her current research is on the positioning of women peasants, artisans and traders in the global economy.