Our staff

Dr. Sara Ruto
Regional Manager – Uwezo East Africa

As the Regional Manager of Uwezo, Sara first started working with the Uwezo Kenya Office in 2008 before moving to the Regional Office in 2010. Sara’s chief responsibility is to steer an effective Uwezo in East Africa. Prior to joining Uwezo, Sara was a lecturer at Kenyatta University for more than fifteen years; a period during which she emerged as a key researcher in primary education and school reform. Alarmed at the growing inequity in her region, Sara has continued to conduct research and use evidence to magnify issues, writing extensively on the educational disadvantages of domestic child workers, children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, and pastoralist minorities.  She serves as an advisor to a number of projects that are experimenting on the best approaches to improve education and enhance learning, especially at the foundational levels. Sara believes that strong public school systems are key to unblocking the continued entrenchment of social inequity in the region. True to the fact that Sara comes from a ‘running’ nation, she makes at attempt to participate in at least two half marathons each year, and climb at least one mountain a year. In between, dancing is fun!

Zipporah Ongwenyi
Regional Program Administrator and Monitoring Officer – Uwezo East Africa

Zippy first joined Uwezo Kenya in 2009 before moving to the Regional Office in 2010 .She is responsible for coordinating all Regional Office operations and activities that cut across the three countries. Zippy supports in ensuring the quality and standards of all Uwezo programming from Tools and tests development, through Training, to the actual assessment, and post assessment. Zippy has also taken part in numerous research projects, especially in the area of education for minority groups. She is also passionate as a Social Entrepreneur and has worked on sustainable models to provide critical goods and services in order to elevate lives of poor rural communities in Africa, particularly women and children. She holds an MA in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi, and serves in the board of a professional organization that aims to enhance the research skills of women. She is also keenly interested in Africa and Governance issues. In her spare time, Zippy loves endurance sports and is a keen athlete participating in marathons and half marathons all over the region, and mountain climbing.

IMAG0548Walter Kwena
Program Assistant – Uwezo East Africa

Walter first joined Uwezo Kenya in April 2013 as an intern in the research department. As an intern, Walter oversaw the data entry of Uwezo 4 and was responsible for managing all communication between Uwezo Kenya and their district partner organisations. In October 2013, Walter moved to the Regional Office and assumed the role of Program Assistant. In his role as Program Assistant, Walter supports all activities taking place at the regional level, ensuring all systems and processes are functioning effectively. Walter holds a Bachelor of  Scince in Food and Nutrition from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Eastern Finland. Walter’s main areas of interests are in development research, data collection methodology and child health.In his spare time, Walter likes to ride his bike and read about technology and mechanics.

Anne Wangari- PicAnne Wangari
Administrative Assistant – Uwezo East Africa

Anne joined the Uwezo Regional Office in April 2013. Anne provides administrative support to Uwezo staff on all administrative matters including purchasing, procurement, and asset and equipment management. Anne ensures that all administrative systems are functioning effectively, efficiently and in a user-friendly manner, to support the smooth implementation of all Uwezo processes and activities. Prior to working at Uwezo, Anne worked with Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK) where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. Anne has a strong background in IT with experience using a variety of databases, leading computer trainings for youth, and maintaining strong client relationships. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Jabalpur University, and a Diploma in Information Technology from CCS Computer College