Our Team

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

Faith Boit

Ag. Senior Programme Lead

Faith Boit

Ag. Senior Programme Lead
Faith leads the OD strengthening and support for Y-ACT partners at the grassroots level including financial management, governance, and grants management. She has 11 years of 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.

Gloria Nyanja

Content and Training Remote Lead

Gloria Nyanja

Content and Training Remote Lead
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 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

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

Clayton Opiyo

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
He has a background in youth development and has over 9 years’ experience in community-led advocacy initiatives. He enjoys working with youth, children and women on thematic development issues. He is a highly-skilled front line development worker, fast learner and engages in problem-solving through innovative solutions to everyday problems.

Joyce Wanjiru

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

Joyce Wanjiru

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
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, and oversees relationships with partners at the county level. Joyce brings over 7 years experience in rural and community development as well as skills in gender integration and youth empowerment.

Valarie Musavi

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

Valarie Musavi

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
Valarie Musavi is a robust women’s rights activist, championing the advancement of human rights for all African women and girls. A Gender and Development graduate from the University of Nairobi, she is an outstanding influencer in the design and implementation of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) interventions with professional experience that spans over 6 years in strengthening the women’s and girl’s development agenda.

Beatrice Nyamwenge Okech

Content Development & Knowledge Management Officer.

Beatrice Nyamwenge Okech

Content Development & Knowledge Management Officer.
An avid reader and incredible writer, Beatrice has a way with words, which comes in handy when putting our project activities into words, creating content on our online platforms, and managing our social media platforms. She believes in the power of engaging young people and using technology to amplify their voices on issues of priority to them. Beatrice is passionate about advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health rights for young people.

Lemanyishoe Samuel Abraham

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

Lemanyishoe Samuel Abraham

Advocacy 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. Before joining Y-ACT Abraham was a Human Rights Monitor with Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in Samburu and Marsabit Counties.

Steve Kagia

Film maker and Graphic Designer

Steve Kagia

Film maker and Graphic Designer
Steve is the guy that brings out the beauty in our stories. 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 bringing out stories of marginalized groups in award-winning films including The Cut.

LilianMaria Wambui

Administration Project Officer

LilianMaria Wambui

Administration Project Officer
Lilian is 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.

Collins Kibet

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator

Collins Kibet

Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
Collins is a results-oriented and people-focused professional with over six years’ experience in Advocacy, strategic communication, implementation of child protection & SRHR programs and engagement with policymakers. Collins Kibet embraces youth leadership and governance, having served as a member of the Youth Steering Committee during Phase 1 of the Y-ACT project.

Calan Omuse

Grant Assistant

Calan Omuse

Grant Assistant
Calan Omuse has more than 3 years of experience in financial and grants management and community work. Her special focus is on ensuring quality finance and grants management in compliance with policy and procedures. Prior to joining Y-ACT, Ms. Calan worked with Amref Health Africa under the Global Fund TB project where she supported grants management.

Cathy Kerubo

Policy & Knowledge Management Specialist, Youth Power Hub

Cathy Kerubo

Policy & Knowledge Management Specialist, Youth Power Hub
Cathy Kerubo is a seasoned professional with 8+ years’ experience working in social development, policy processes, project design and implementation with multiple partners in Kenya, Australia and Vanuatu. Prior to joining Y-ACT, she served in piloting a global program in Sub-Saharan Africa with the United Nations where she was instrumental in research, gender and leading policy advisory.

Sofi Sumbeiywo

Operations and Content Management Assistant, Youth Power Hub

Sofi Sumbeiywo

Operations and Content Management Assistant, Youth Power Hub
Sofi ensures that the UNFPA Youth Power Hub platform runs smoothly and the Youth advocates from the 21 countries have access to the right information on ICPD25 commitments in the areas of SHRH, women empowerment, inclusivity of the marginalized groups in SRH and gender equality by use social accountability as tool to address these issues. She has also facilitated sub-granting of Youth led organizations within the region.

Technical Support Team

While they’ve transitioned from their official roles at Y-ACT, these incredible experts periodically provide technical insights to Y-ACT, empowering us to be more formidable than ever.

Vania Kibui – Our Learned Friend

Policy Advocacy Specialist (2019 – 2021)

Vania Kibui – Our Learned Friend

Policy Advocacy Specialist (2019 – 2021)
Vania Kibui is a seasoned public policy, human rights and advocacy practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience in policy advocacy, human rights law, advocacy communications, strategic partnerships, and movement building in the global south. She is a master trainer who believes in community led change, and has trained hundreds in advocacy and human rights across Africa. Fun fact, Vania is proficient in the French Language and has a deep love for fashion, especially African designers. An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she currently serves as the Regional Policy Advocacy Specialist for the Adolescent and Youth Hub (Global) at Amref Health Africa.

Evalin Karijo

Project Director (2017 - 2021)

Evalin Karijo

Project Director (2017 - 2021)
Evalin Karijo is a multi-faceted, award-winning global health specialist, team leader extraordinaire and mountaineer who enjoys living on the edge. Evalin is passionate about youth leadership in Africa and seeks to shift the narrative and ensure that African youth are acknowledged for their ingenuity and capabilities, despite their age. One of her greatest achievements so far is the exemplary leadership she offered to the Y-ACT team. It is therefore no surprise that she is a #Top35Under35 Awardee. Evalin served as the first Director of Y-ACT Youth in Action from 2017-2021.
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