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Serano Africa

ABOUT US

Serano Africa is a social development organization registered in March 2014 by the registrar of companies. Our main objective is to design, develop and implement programs that advance sustainable devolution, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. As a development policy and research organization, we pay particular focus on the political economy of sustainable development, sustainable local governance (devolution) and policy implementation challenges, institutional capacity improvement, social entrepreneurship training and Public Private Dialogues (PPD) to advance development.

We work with County Governments, Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Social Innovators, Research Institutions, Higher Education Stakeholders, the Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations to provide critical spaces for engagement in policy studies, design and strategic implementation of integrated solutions to various sustainable development challenges.

Our programs revolve around five thematic pillars namely policy studies, governance research and partnerships for sustainable development; youth engagement for sustainable development; Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) mentorship for sustainable social & economic growth; institutional capacity development and development reporting/documentation and communication.

We aim to become the best actors of sustainable devolution & development and social entrepreneurship innovation in Africa.

Commitment to providing quality services and products based on the integrated development delivery and management models, prudent utilization of resources and adhering to a governance mantra of being good stewards of ecological, social and economic resources and serving as dynamic actors for sustainable development in Africa

To facilitate the delivery of integrated development and business solutions for sustainable development in Africa

  • To expedite the process of research, design, development and implementation of effective sustained interventions in the various areas of Sustainable Development;
  • To provide high quality professional and technical development and management innovations for the realization of the organization’s vision and mission;
  • To facilitate and widen the boundaries of socioeconomic development by deliberate empowerment of different social groups and integration development;
  • To collaborate in partnerships whose outcome demonstrates progressive transformation of people (society) is sustainable, economically viable and conserves the environment.

OUR PROGRAMS & SERVICES

We offer professional services and products in a range of themes organized into the following program areas/domains:

  • Governance for Development and Partnerships for Sustainable Development;
  • Youth Engagement for Sustainable Development;
  • Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Mentorship for Sustainable Social & Economic Development;
  • Policy Studies and Knowledge Sharing in the Areas of Local Governance and Sustainable Development
  • Development Reporting/Documentation and Communication and Institutional Capacity Development and Building

Core values

Sustainable Transformation

Responsive Leadership

Professional Integrity

Reliability and Efficiency

Customer Satisfaction

Hard Work

PARTNERS

  1. Ministry of Devolution and Planning (MoDP)
  2. Taita Taveta County Government (TTCG)
  3. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  4. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  5. Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA)
  6. United States International University – Africa (USIU-Africa)
  7. Nairobi City County Government
  8. Kajiado County Government
  9. Homa Bay County Government
  10. The Council of Governors (CoG)
  11. The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA)
  12. Ignite Trade Africa
  13. University of Nairobi
  14. Action for Sustainable Development in Africa (AFSDA)

MEET THE TEAM

+ - Maurice Mashiwa – Executive Director

Maurice is serving Serano Africa as the Managing Director. In this capacity, he is involved in making day-to-day business decisions and overseeing long-term organizational development. He brings over nine (9) years’ experience and expertise from the telecoms, social entrepreneurship, academia development policy and research practice milieus. Prior to joining Serano Africa, he served as a Consulting Manager in Development Policy, Research and Project Partnerships at Immortal Africa International. He was also Head of Department – Corporate Relationship Management at SimbaNET and Wananchi Telekom both of Wananchi Business Services. Maurice also served as an Account Manager for SimbaNET. He also served as a Retail Agent – UATs (Project Management) for Safaricom and Retail Agent-Data Services also at Safaricom.

He has excellent interpersonal skills and wide ranging skills and knowledge in Public Policy Analysis, Governance, Public-Private Dialogues, Development Policy Research, Lean LaunchPad Training, Design Thinking Methodology, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development. He has written on wide ranging themes for the Africa Union on African Renaissance, Governance for Sustainable Development and Rethinking Regional Integration for Development in Africa, Globalization and Sustainable Development Challenges for Africa.

Maurice is currently finishing his Doctor of Philosophy training in Development Studies mainly focusing on Governance, Policy and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development. He did his Postgraduate training in Global Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University, has a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Philosophy & Political Economy) from Uganda Martyrs University. He is also a keen contributor towards social and community development in volunteering initiatives and remains a staunch advocate for a public voice and empowerment for the vulnerable.

Maurice consults in the Political Economy of Sustainable Development, Public Policy and Governance. He lectures in the areas of Political Economy, Sustainable Development and Issues of Development and Conflict in Africa. He does adjunct teaching at the United States International University – Africa, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

+ - Martin Hinga – Business Development and Partnerships

Martin is a seasoned business development professional with over eleven (11) years of work experience in Information Technology Management, Customer Relations, Customer Service Management and Sales Management. He has served at Alldean Satellite Networks Kenya as the Head of Sales. Martin has a knack for closing sales deals and is an exuberant business negotiator with excellent abilities to venture into new markets with gusto and build old ones to great success. The Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa markets have been Martin’s territory – right from Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Somalia to United Arab Emirates and Kenya. These have been his constant business travel routes.

Martin is gifted with excellent capacity to identify business opportunities, create solutions and convert them into sales seamlessly. This comes along with the ability to develop and execute sound strategy for delivery in acquiring media and broadcasting business for development across the region. He is also very good with planning and execution of exhibitions and yes, can handle all business communication at all levels with both technical minds and C-Level officers. Martin has an extensive contact network across Sub-Sahara Africa. He is serving Serano Africa in the area of Business Development & Partnerships.

+ - Joseph Mutimu – Technical Solutions Manager

Joseph is a seasoned and dynamic specialist in sales management with over nine (9) years’ experience. He has distinct capacity to both negotiate and articulate key product and service features and linkages with customer needs. He is able to work with other teams and manages difficult situations diplomatically. Joseph started off his career as a Key Account Manager at Jamii Telecommunication, and then joined SimbaNET to serve as a Sales Account Manager in 2010. In 2012, Joseph was promoted to Sales Manager where his main roles were forecasting and preparation of departmental budgets; building and maintaining key corporate business – managing the sales process in the East African region including South Sudan; reporting and delivering on assigned targets for profitable sales volume and preparation of strategic account development plans within assigned key accounts.

At Serano Africa, Joseph is serving as Technical Solutions Manager. He is a finalist in Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from Daystar University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from United States International University – Africa. He is also professionally qualified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

+ - Leonard Sichemo – Media & Marketing Manager

Leonard is a talented individual with vital experience in Media Sales and Marketing Advertisement. He has eighteen (18) years’ experience in the field of Media, Sales, Marketing and Advertising. He started his career in 1999 as Customer Service Executive at Noni’s Publicity and Marketing. Then he became a Publishing Partner at Business Trend Review Magazine in 2002, and then joined Best of Kenya as the Marketing Manager from 2005. In 2008, Leonard joined the Herald in Harare – Zimbabwe as the Advertising Features Supervisor from where he joined Standard Media Group as the Advertising Executive Features/Supplements in 2009. In 2011 he joined Nation Media Group as the Advertising Executive. In 2013, he was appointed Marketing Consultant at the Business Times Magazine. He has an inclination for creative supplements and features development and execution to grow revenue from advertising and advertorials.

Leonard has a Bachelors’ degree in Marketing from Kenyatta University, a Diploma in Sales and Marketing from Kenya Polytechnic, and Diploma in Business Administration from Railways Training Institute. He is also certified in the areas of IMLU Peer Counseling Training, IFMIS Training and UN HIV Training for the Youth, Speech Writing Training by Pulitzer Foundation and Investment Venture Capital Training.

Leonard is serving Serano Africa as the Media & Marketing Manager. He is responsible for marketing and sales of Journal of Devolution & Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Review.

+ - Lillian Mugo – Legal Counsel/Consultant

Lillian Mugo has more than ten (10) years of experience managing a wide range of corporate business, development and legal matters for companies. She served as a Senior Associate at Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates. She was seconded by A&K to Stephenson Harwood, LLP (London) as an Associate. She is specialized in many areas of commercial and business law, corporate governance, compliance, general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings.

 

Lillian is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law (KSL). She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a Certified Public Secretary (CPS). She graduated from the University of Nairobi’s School of Law with LLB.

Lillian is presently serving at Family Bank Limited as the Legal Services Manager. She is the consulting Legal Counsel for Serano Africa.

 

+ - Jepkosgei Kiplagat – Governance & Policy Management

Jepkosgei has over five (5) years’ experience in Social Development and Community Service with comprehensive experience in project management and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of donor funded projects/programs such as DFID, USAID, KfW and MCF as well as development consultancy. She worked as a Personal Assistant to the Group Managing Director at Sasini Group where she was in charge of all administration, public relations and communication dynamics at the GMD’s office.

Jepkosgei served as a Business Development Manager at Silicon Ridge Technologies. While taking her graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) she worked as a Development Consultant at Action Aid-UK. Jepkosgei served at the Equity Bank Foundation’s Wings to Fly Program where she worked as an Administration Officer of the Bank’s MasterCard Foundation, DFID and USAID Scholarship Program.

Jepkosgei holds a Master of Science in Development Management from the LSE and a Bachelors’ Degree in Education Science (Mathematics and Chemistry) from Egerton University. She is serving at Serano Africa in the area of Governance & Policy Management

+ - Saida Naserian – Marketing & Communications Executive

Naserian is a dynamic, innovative and creatively outgoing individual. She is excellent in Marketing and Communications. Before joining Serano Africa’s Marketing & Communications Team, she worked in an Internship Program at Kenya News Agency (KNA) Malindi Office. Her major tasks entailed gathering and writing news and feature stories that formed input in the production of news and feature articles for Kenya News Agency.

Naserian was a Student Leader at Janam Peace Building Foundation where she managed conflict resolution among youth, environment and wildlife conservation initiatives, peace promotion and team building activities. She graduated from Zetech University with a Diploma in Media Journalism. She is the Marketing & Communication Executive at Serano Africa.