David Kirop is a faculty member in Riara University’s School of Computing Sciences and
Accelerator Manager of the AESU partnership.
David is passionate about innovations, entrepreneurship and mentorship (coaching and facilitation). He has actively coordinated innovation activities and has provided platform for growth. Based on his training in Telecommunication Engineering and Computer Systems, he previously worked with a number of Engineering and Information Communication Technology firms in providing hardware and software automation solutions. He has over 7 years in providing learner-centered teaching, training, and accredited testing.
Dr Dina Williams, Associate Lecturer at Open University and Consultant is supporting the design of the virtual accelerator platform and staff capacity building to effectively manage an accelerator programme.
Dina is an enterprising, creative researcher, lecturer, practitioner with diverse work experience and variety of skills. She was born and raised in Russia, previously worked in business and academia in Russia and the USA; since 2001 she resides in the UK. She obtained PhD in Science, Innovation and Technology Management from Manchester Business School. Over 25 years of her professional career she has started, developed & directed a number of small enterprises and assisted in creation of a dozen of new firms.
Key areas of Dina’s expertise are entrepreneurship development; enterprise and entrepreneurship education; academic entrepreneurship with focus on the development of entrepreneurial capacity in student and faculty; university-industry interaction in regional innovation development.
Roselynn Kainyu is a faculty member at Riara University, School of Business and Academic Director of the AESU partnership.
She enjoys mentoring, coaching, and training students. Her teaching experience spans almost 20 years. Her areas of expertise and competence include strategic thinking, entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership behavior, marketing, procurement, and supply chain, among other management Courses. She is a member of The Academy of International Business (AIB), Women in Academy of International Business (WAIB), Ethical leadership network, and HESABIKA.
She is the founding Chair of the Christian Academicians Association. A movement that brings together Christian teachers, lecturers, scientists, and dons to provide solutions to communities through a multidisciplinary lens,. Among other trainings, this movement empowers citizens to actively participate in initiatives that foster and restore integrity in governance, social justice, and job creation at the community level. Roselynn is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate (h.c) in Public Service.
Arnold Otieno has for over 7 years been contributing to the successful implementation of health and livelihoods program management, performance monitoring and evaluation for under privileged youth, adolescents, children and mothers. He also has in the past worked with initiatives promoting access to capital for upcoming entrepreneurs in Kenya. Currently Arnold is the lead for the Monitoring and evaluation and also the lead Kenya Changemaker Map project, Ashoka East Africa.
Arnold has a great passion is to alleviate human suffering largely envisioned in a “world where all youths hold the skills and power to create opportunity for themselves and others to ensure a better world.” Arnold endeavors to lead and be part of teams that will spur the youth to develop higher levels of self-knowledge and confidence to think and bring to life change-making concepts that provide solutions to real life challenges; as the leading Changemakers.
Arnold is an open-minded and enthusiastic global citizen, currently pursuing to completion Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation for development programs, holder of Bachelor of Arts double major in Political Science and Sociology, Diploma in Social Work and Social Development, all from The University of Nairobi. Arnold also has a professional certification in monitoring and evaluation from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Nathan Chebii is the Accelerator Software Development Manager of the AESU partnership. He is a professional software developer with a background in Computer science and over four years of experience in software development. He has worked with different organizations, including the ICT Authority under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology.
He has a passion for naturing innovators and mentoring young professionals in the exciting field of ICT. Nathan is currently a faculty member of the ICT department in charge of University websites and systems.
Peter Haycocks is an international trainer and mentor on the Accelerator Programme. 1-2-1 entrepreneur idea surgeries, entrepreneur learning group (ELG) meetings covering; and train-the-trainer sessions on coaching and facilitation skills.
As a qualified and experienced business coach Peter helps founders and entrepreneurs develop a clear vison for their venture. Through coaching, Peter works with founding teams to develop well defined goals with action plans to ensure that things are going in the right direction.
Being a business founder can be a lonely experience with many different challenges, coaching is one solution that can help founding teams move from where they are to where they want to be.
Peter has worked with hundreds of business leaders, entrepreneurs and executives of all shapes and sizes. He has a technology and innovation background (applied physics) and has established and run his own business.
Dr. Clifford Conway, Associate Lecturer at Open University and Consultant is supporting the AESU partnership with the design the online entrepreneurship and innovation course and staff capacity building for delivering blended learning.
Clifford has been teaching for the Open University since 2009 on courses involving entrepreneurship and strategy and also acts as an external examiner on degree and masters programmes in the UK. He has also worked as a UNESCO consultant helping to develop a vocational business programme with colleagues at Kaduna Polytechnic in Nigeria. In the UK he has worked as a volunteer trainer for https://driorg.com/ supporting management training to the local BME community as well as an online programme into Eritrea. In a previous role he was president of a city based chamber of commerce where supporting start-ups and small businesses was an important element.