PROFESSIONALS

Our Team

We’ve a dedicated team of Qualified Professionals with deep industry experience and technical expertise to manage a multitude of tasks ranging in complexity and size.

Evalin Karijo

Director

Ms. Evalin Karijo provides overall leadership and management of Y-ACT Youth in Action. Young, dynamic and equally agile. She has nine years’ work experience at Amref Health Africa advancing the health of women, adolescents and youth in Kenya, with four years in management, including Senior Management responsibilities.

Sylvia Wamugi

Deputy Director – Advocacy, Communications and Strategic Partnerships

Sylvia Wamugi, the creative whiz ball that is constantly churning out colorful ideas for the project. She is passionate about social advocacy, communications and women’s right to health. She has over 12 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, nine of which include leading advocacy communications in various organizations including Save the Children – Sweden, Oxfam, IPAS Africa Alliance and the Advocacy Accelerator.

Vania Kibui

Policy Advocacy Specialist

An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Vania makes law look fun and appealing. She is a public policy, human rights and advocacy specialist with nine years’ progressive experience in reproductive health and rights, gender equality and good governance. She is also a skilled facilitator and trainer. Trust Vania to make advocacy trainings engaging, exciting, thought-provoking and contextual.

Jenny Njuki

Jenny is passionate firecracker. She’s all about young people, their ingenuity and creativity and drive to use technology to champion for innovative solutions in solving global challenges and in accelerating African economies. Jenny has over five years’ experience in youth-led programmes including enhancing advocacy for enhancing youth accountability in Africa and beyond.

Steve Kagia

Steve is the guy that brings out the beautiful in our stories. He is the photographer and graphic designer. He is passionate about film making, photography, editing and his dexterity with the camera has been his global ticket to countries around the world. Outside of Y-ACT, Steve has played a key role in film-making, bringing out stories of marginalized groups in award-winning films including The Cut that has won several global accolades

Gloria Nyanja

Driven by the concept of equity, particularly the provision of quality health care to disadvantaged groups, Gloria is responsible for providing sound and expert advice on all aspects of remote online learning for the youth advocates. She holds a dual Masters in Public Health and Health Promotion from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and worked with Youth Empowerment against HIV (YEAH).

Clayton Opiyo

Rural Counties Outreach Coordinator

He has a background in youth development and has over nine years’ experience in community led advocacy initiatives. Clayton enjoys working with youth, children and women on thematic development issues and is a highly skilled front line development worker, fast learner and engages in problem-solving through innovative solutions to everyday problems.

LilianMaria Wambui

Administration Project Officer

Lilian gels the team as the Project Officer in charge of Administration. She ensures the Y-ACT cog wheels run smoothly through the coordination of all Y-ACT activities and events. Prior to joining Y-ACT, Lilian’s previous role was at Amref International University under the department of Community Health Practice where she oversaw the domestication and roll out of the Student Management portal. Lilian holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree from Kenyatta University.

Joyce Wanjiru

Coastal Counties Outreach Coordinator Mentor.

At Y-ACT, Joyce leads in capacity strengthening and mentorship of youth led organizations in the coastal Counties to engage in effective advocacy to advance their policy priorities. She is also involved in strategy development and implementation by the county partners, oversees relationships with partners at county level. Joyce brings over 7 years’ experience in rural and community development as well skills in gender integration and youth empowerment

Faith Boit

Organizational Development (OD) Lead

Faith leads the OD strengthening and support for Y-ACT partners at grassroots level including financial management, governance and grants management. She has 11 years working experience at Amref Health Africa, working with grassroots organizations and was part of the team that led the development of Amref’s framework that has been used to manage and strengthen capacity of over 1,000 CSOs across Kenya.

Valarie Musavi

Urban Counties Outreach Coordinator.

As a champion in amplifying the urgency of adolescent girls and young women access to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), she has meaningfully contributed to regional consultations, research and position papers tailored for the youth agenda for accountability and inclusivity. With over 5 years’ experience in Gender Equality Advocacy, having worked at Personal Initiative for Positive Empowerment (PIPE), the African Women’s

Lemanyishoe Samuel Abraham

Pastoral Counties Outreach Coordinator

An expert herder and passionate pastoralist, Samuel Abraham has vast experience on issues regarding young people and servant leadership. His background is in International Relations and Security Studies with a minor in Communication from Daystar University, where he also served as a student leader for two terms. Before joining Y-ACT Abraham was a Human Rights Monitor with Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in Samburu and Marsabit Counties