Stephanie Okeyo is a Microbiologist and Science Communicator. She is the founder of Under the Microscope. Some of her previous professional roles include Ambassador of Women in Science, East Africa and Representative to the United Nations office, Geneva at the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT). She is a council member of the Female Genital Mutilation to STEM initiative and an advisory board member of AfricArXiv. In 2019, she was listed as one of Under 30: Breaking Barriers Women in STEM and is a 2021 Zuri STEM category nominee. Stephanie is passionate about empowering young girls and being a voice for gender equality in Science and Technology. Through her work at Under the Microscope, Stephanie is committed to providing collective leadership to drive UTM’s mission and to building an African scientific landscape that transforms lives and provides equal opportunities and benefits for every human being.
Biko Sewe is a microbiologist and a multi-skilled project management professional with a stellar track record of managing complex functional projects in various environments. He worked as a project manager at Hesich Africa, where he was recognized for creating a successful organisational framework for the firm. He is also acknowledged for the creation of work breakdown structure approach for companies like Sketchers design promoters and Fiziku ltd where he worked as project and financial analyst. He likes challenging and diverse roles and is confident working with technical experts from any industry. A life-long science lover and advocate. Biko completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology and Diploma in project management. At Under the Microscope, Biko combines his project management skills with his lifelong interest in the sciences towards empowering key stakeholders in advancing science. Develop and organize initiatives aimed at facilitating progression and development of science literacy and it’s accessibility in African countries.
Winnie Belyon is the resident finance whiz and budget manager. Winnie has worked at Uwezo Fund Oversight Board (UFOB) under the Kenyan Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth, where she was in charge of issuing loans and ensuring they were paid back. Furthermore, in this time, she worked closely with the community youth to help coordinate curated projects that would equip them with important life and career skills. Winnie has also worked in the department of Planning at Kenya Pipeline Company, where she analyzed oil transportation data for the company, and prepared a statistical bulletin for expected revenues until the year 2025.She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology. At Under the Microscope, Winnie tracks grants, develops and manages budgets, and supports solutions design.
Grace Kago is a Kenyan-American scientist-trainee. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Minor in Art History from McDaniel College (Maryland, USA), and she is currently a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral project is focused on using genetic and molecular biology tools to understand how the stress response of the bacterium Shigella flexneri impacts its ability to make us sick. In addition to her passion for the lab bench, Grace is an ardent supporter of increasing science literacy in various languages, especially African Vernacular languages. At Under the Microscope, Grace oversees grant-sourcing, writing, program planning, partnerships and public engagement strategies.
Edgar Omweri is a creative artist- designer whose work applies graphic design,fine art and set design. He attended the School of Fine Arts at Kenyatta University, and Omweri's oeuvre encompasses paintings, sculptures, installations and an array of works on paper such as drawings, watercolors and collages. The physical elements of his practice from lead, paint, wood, concrete, and several mediums enable him to articulate his creative expression. By integrating, expanding, and regenerating imagery and techniques, he curates light and aesthetics in a creative way for the consumer. He has worked with several institutions via exhibitions,murals and drama. The projects include solo and collaborative work. At Under the Microscope, Omweri oversees multimedia art projects, he develops innovative ways for scientific-artistic collaborations with the aim of using art to strengthen public science engagement within our communities.
Kelvin Kariuki is a passionate self-taught, freelance filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. Kelvin’s specialty is wedding films, music videos and documentary work. Kelvin loves to narrate unique and meaningful stories through creative use of stills. He developed his technical skills while working as a videographer for a production company based in Kenya, and is always striving to expand his horizons in his work. At Under the Microscope, Kelvin is the head of film, where one of his primary aims is to drive film projects with scientists, artists and the public towards creating innovative ways to talk about their work and its relevance to society.
Kelvin Mabonga is a Creative & Digital Communication expert. He was the creative director for Brands & Beyond Ltd. Kenya where he organized and branded for a diverse set of conferences and events that include Africa Queen of Energy Awards and the FGM to STEM program. In 2019, he was celebrated during Mashujaa Day ( Heroes National Day) by Amref Health Africa due to his active role in sensitizing underserved communities about STEM and the negative effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in practicing communities. Kelvin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphics, Communication & Advertising from Moi University and is a member of the Media Council of Kenya. At Under the Microscope, Kelvin is currently serving as a Communications Lead to develop innovative ways to engage audiences on science, innovation and development related issues across several digital platforms and print mediums.
Brian Afande is the Co-founder and Managing Director of BlackRhino VR, an award winning Kenyan based Extended Reality (XR) agency that specializes in creating bespoke Virtual & Augmented Reality content and solutions that are adaptable and relevant to the African market with a global appeal. As a creative technologist, Brain leverages XR knowledge to expand opportunities for significant economic growth among the youth that will help them develop new ideas, technical skill sets, new business models and jobs that will contribute positively to overcoming our continent’s development challenges. As an early XR adopter, he holds a peculiar mission and vision of Designing, Democratizing, Demystifying and Deploying XR technologies in Africa .Brian is member of the Global Future Council on AR / VR at World Economic Forum.
Karine Ndjoko Ioset is a black woman in STEM who circulates between Switzerland, Germany and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She is a professor of analytical chemistry (University of Lubumbashi, DR Congo) and director of the BEBUC (Bourse d'Excellence Bringmann aux Universités Congolaises) scholarship program, a partnership involving the University of Würzburg (Germany), 14 Congolese universities and 11 schools . Karine holds a certificate in scientific advice to the government and is a member of the high-level group for the Europe-Africa partnership, providing evidence-based advice to decision makers.
Kelvin has 10 yrs working in the research industry. Currently he is the Senior Research Compliance Lead at Busara Center For Behavioral Economics, serving as a liaison on matters of human research ethics, research compliance policies , open science and procedures for administration, researchers and governmental/regulatory authorities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia and India. Prior to joining Busara Center for Behavioral Economics he held research positions at AC Nielsen, Ipsos and NORC.
With over 15 years of managing technical and operational workflows for leading technology companies such as BlackBerry, Google, and Amazon, Rama has grown to become a successful driven business leader who thrives in a collaborative environment helping companies and teams achieve and exceed goals. He is passionate about building, coaching, and motivating successful technology and operation teams across the globe to become learner obsessed.
Rama is the founder of Itinere Cloud LLC, an edtech firm with a mandate to transform education and bridge the gap between culture and technology in developing countries. Rama holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate school of management in New York. He also has a bachelor of Engineering from the City College of New York.
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