Jonathan Cook, Chairman
Jonathan's passion is helping people discover and grow their potential. So he applied his psychology to management development in business schools in Johannesburg for 23 years until he left GIBS to focus on AMI this year. As co-founder and chair, he is energised by innovating in learning and leading - and especially by inspiring managers to lead African organisations to success. Another opportunity to see potential develop has arrived in his one-year-old granddaughter.
Rebecca Harrison, CEO
Rebecca is excited about democratising management development through AMI's practical and affordable learning tools. She is passionate about social enterprise and the intersection of business and development in Africa. Before AMI, she worked as a journalist and manager, reporting from 13 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. When she's not working, Rebecca enjoys cooking and eating with her husband and 3-year old son.
Bronwen McConkey-Nwandu, CPO
Bronwen is passionate about the potential of online education at every level, but particularly excited about what technology can do to help foster practical management skills across Africa. She's been working on ICT and education in Africa for over 8 years - beginning in Ghana's Volta region where she was made Queen Mother in recognition of her efforts to support education and connectivity.
Klara Michal, Chief Learning Officer
Klara has been helping organisations and individuals learn for over 15 years. As an expert in adult learning and leadership development, she’s led learning initiatives and organisations in the corporate, non-profit and higher-education realms. Klara is passionate about bring the best of leadership and management training to Africa, and excited about AMI’s potential to do this. Outside of AMI, Klara is a creative hippy at heart, working with communities in Africa on art and sustainability projects.
Joan Kamau, General Manager East Africa
Joan is passionate about development entrepreneurship to strengthen entrepreneurs’ ecosystem through learning and development, management education and training to create sustainable businesses in Africa. She brings 15 years international practical experience in Sales, Banking and SME Non Financial Enterprise Development having worked in USA, Europe and East Africa.
Mercy Marine, Content
Mercy combines expertise in education and technology, having worked previously with several Kenyan universities. She is passionate about using education technology to impart practical skills. As the Content Manager at AMI, Mercy is in charge of developing high quality, locally relevant and practical content in collaboration with the faculty. When not working, Mercy enjoys nature drives and well done Baringo roast goat meat.
Mercy Kimalat, Community Engagement Manager
Mercy has a background in Business and IT and worked as a project manager for rolling out IT health systems in Nairobi, Kenya. Mercy is and enjoys interacting with various cultures – she believes that this helps her broaden her perspective, and gain new knowledge and understanding. Mercy has a passion for leadership, social transformation, education and travelling. She always want to be young in spirit so that she can embrace life with open arms.
Noreen Kakhayi, Business Development Associate
Noreen is excited about human interest issues and driven by the passion of creating an impact in people's lives through positive development in one way or the other. She has background in Communication and Media with experience in business operations, sales and Marketing. At AMI, she works on Sales and Business Development in building lasting partnerships with clients. Previously, she has collaboratively designed strategies that will help young professionals to be smart individuals chasing their dream careers. Noreen enjoys good books and road trips.
Luizer Makena, Business Development Manager
Luizer is a dynamic, amiable, self-driven and out-going individual who is constantly developing her competencies in different aspects of Sales and marketing. Luizer has over 5 years’ experience in sales including B2B, B2C sales and Tele-sales. At AMI Luizer is part of the Business Development Team as Business Development Manager, she also spearheads some of AMI Special projects especially around the youth. She has experience in several sectors including Insurance and Online Business platforms. During her free time she will be found either swimming, reading a book or traveling.
Angela Kagume, Business Learning Manager
Angela brings a wealth of experience ranging from Communications, Human Resource, managing fellowship programs both in India and Kenya as well as entrepreneurship. She is thrilled by work that impacts individuals and communities which in line with AMI's mission. She enjoys writing, travelling, reading and yoga. When she is not working you will find her playing and spending quality time with her husband and baby girl.
Asha Sircadet, Office Manager
A professional, responsible and hardworking individual with excellent sound knowledge and skills in areas of procurement. Has the ability to work in multicultural and varied environment. Not only does she have a very good relationship management skill, she is also fast learner, flexible, she is always happy and hospitable, she always loves seeing people around her comfortable and happy.
Investors and Supporters
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The Isibindi Trust works to strengthen local initiatives in education, policy, and social development throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
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