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Women Mentoring Women: Our panel on mentors for 16th May 2009

WMW POSTER2RGBOn our mentor panel this Saturday 16th May 2009, we have the following remarkable women.

Anja Koenig, currently the director of Reformconsult, is an entrepreneur in economic consultancy and investment research infrastructure sectors. Her past experience includes being a manager in Advisory Services at Price Waterhouse Coopers Kenya, task manager and AG Programme Coordinator at German Technical Cooperation as well as being a senior consultant at Stone & Webster Consultants. She will be on our mentor list this Saturday.

Betty Wamalwa, recently popularised by her pen name Sitawa Namwalie, is not only the poet behind the successful performance ‘Cut Off My Tongue’ but an expert in leadership training, research and consultancy. Now a mother of three lovely children, Betty has also been a Kenyan sportswoman in Tennis.

Contance Gakonyo, a CEO and entrepreneur is the mother of a teenage son. Her interests include spiritual growth, making money and a balanced life. She is on the mentor panel at the Storymoja Women Mentoring Women event.

Doreen Baingana, a celebrity in the literary world for her book ‘Tropical Fish’ which won the 2006 Commonwealth Prize for Africa is also the Editor at Storymoja and a mentor on the panel.

Janet Mbugua as most of us know is a news anchor on KTN. Her interests include theatre and arts with an emphasis on African literature, poetry and travel. Janet will be on our mentor panel.

Jacquline Machaka, director of Language Solution Centre is on our mentor list and has been the winner of the Kenya Pipeline Company Entrepreneur of the Year award worth one million Kenya shillings.

Lorna Irungu, a communications consultant, believes in offering a 360 degrees solutions to her clients. In her words, ‘I talk to clients and find out what their needs are and my niche is to come up with a strategy that starts from the beginning coming up with concept, executing it and seeing results from it. I am best when I am creative. I also have a passion for helping people and would like to influence young minds stepping out into the world as I feel that this is really missing in society today. I want to do this through media, activations and talks.’

Muthoni Garland, MD at Storymoja and author of UK Caine prize nominated novel, ‘Tracking the Scent of my mother’, ‘Halfway between Nairobi and Dundori’, artist in “Cut Off My Tongue” certainly needs no introduction. She is on our mentor panel this Saturday and will moderate the session on mentorship.

Olivia Oloo, a mother of two teenage daughters and the Human Resoure Manager at Standard Chartered Bank. She will be on the mentor panel during Saturday’s event.

Priya Chana, is part of the marketing team at Virgin Atlantic. She is a Kenyan Asian who was born in Nairobi and has traveled in Canada, USA, Europe and the UK. Her interests include music, sports networking and the Rhino Charge. She will be on the mentor panel, this coming weekend. In her words, “I am very keen to develop Kenya in all her wonder from people to the grassroots economy.”

Safina Madhani, is an advocate by day and an upcoming Kenyan squash player otherwise, has been winning competitions and medals at various tournaments. She has also been an Under 18 tennis player for Kenya but now focuses on squash. In her words, ‘I would like to encourage all girls and women to engage in an active sport.’

Valerie Kimani, winner of East Africa’s first ever music reality show, Tusker Project Fame 1 is a musician with a music style that includes jazz, R&B, Afro-fusion and Rumba only to name a few. She is on the mentor panel this weekend.

If you haven’t reserved your seat at this event, please call 0722 838 161 / 0735 564 393 / 020 208 9595 or email

Entrance is 1000 shillings

MPesa and ZAP payments are accepted



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