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Board of Directors Makini Schools

Dr. Mary E. Okelo : Executive Director

Dr. Mary Okelo is a force to reckon in the entrepreneurial world. She is a banker by profession and she is reputed to be the first woman bank manager in Kenya. She is the force behind the success of Makini Schools; due to her good work she has received immense recognition and awards.


Mr. Joseph Okelo : Director

Director Joseph Okelo works hand in hand with Dr. Mary Okelo, and the rest of the team, to ensure the smooth running of Makini Schools. He is also the Executive Director at the Makini College and Consultancy. Added to that, he is a Director of the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) East Africa, the umbrella organization responsible for GTTP Kenya and GTTP Tanzania.



Dr. Claire Niala : Director

Josephine Claire Niala is passionate about children and education. She brings to her position as director training in psychology, Montessori early learning childhood education and Waldorf education.
Margaretta Wa Gacheru : Director
Margaretta holds a master’s degree in education - the first of her four master degrees. She also holds a master’s degree in African literature under Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. Currently, she works in journalism. Since joining the Makini Schools board in 2012, she contributes her expertise on national affairs, education and sociology.

Dr. Paul Wangai Jr. : Director
Dr. Paul Wangai Jr, is a Consultant Physician trained in Kenya and the USA, and based at the Aga Khan Hospital. Paul has been part of Makini Schools since its founding in 1978. His children were educated here. Dr. Wangai has mentored young doctors who are Makini Alumni.
Prof PLO Lumumba
Prof PLO Lumumba, former Director at the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, is currently the Director of the Kenya School of Law. He is well known for his patriotic speeches calling on the youth to be game-changers, to serve their country and continent. During Makini events, he speaks on integrity and leadership among other things. To the board he offers his expertise on the Kenyan law.

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