Leadership Team

Meet our leaders in Kenya and the U.S.

Kibera, Kenya

Julian Rowa

Julian Rowa, Executive Director

Julian is the Executive Director of Carolina for Kibera. Julian has an extensive background in finance, holding several leadership positions at multinational banks across East Africa. Most recently, he helped lead the successful launch in Rwanda of Equity Bank, which has helped create access to capital for millions of Africans, many of whom live in disenfranchised communities.

Julian has a Master’s degree from Wheatley Business School at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. He is excited for driving performance at CFK and exploring his passion for serving impoverished communities, growing talent, and working through the challenges that come with that.

Mark, Head of Carolina for Kibera's Health Services Department.

Mark Muasa, Head of Health Services Department

Mark Muasa is the Head of Carolina for Kibera’s Health Services Department. He is passionate about working for an organization that promotes community-driven solutions and initiatives in order to implement transformative development programs, specifically in public health. Mark has previously worked for KEMRI/CDC in the International Emerging Infectious Disease Program, an active population-based study of major infectious diseases in the urban part of Nairobi. He holds a Master of Arts in Medical Sociology, a Bachelor of Arts from Moi University and a post-graduate diploma in Project Management from the Institute of Finance and Project Management. Mark epitomizes driving performance at CFK.

Stella, Head of Carolina for Kibera's Economic and Entrepreneurship Department

Stella Sigana, Head of Economic & Entrepreneurship Department

Stella, Head of Carolina for Kibera’s Economic & Entrepreneurship Department, is a business development specialist with a keen interest in economic empowerment, rural development and capacity building for marginalized communities. Programs in her docket include the Work Readiness program, Taka ni Pato (Trash is Cash), and ICT solutions for girls. A student of Young African Leadership Initiative, she has a Master of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University of Art and Technology. She has experience in business re-engineering, implementing and designing program activities geared towards community empowerment and development.

Stella has vast experience modeling and conducting trainings and has a deep interrogative acumen critical for entrepreneurship. She subscribes to the principle of Execution at Speed, an attribute that is essential at CFK when it comes to delivery of programs within scope, budget and timelines.

Sarah, Daughters United Program Officer for Carolina for Kibera.

Sarah Waithira, Daughters United Program Officer

Sarah is the Daughters United (Binti Pamoja) Program Officer and the acting Head of CFK’s Social Services Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Communication from Catholic University. Sarah has 9 years of experience in social and community work with a passion for working on issues related to adolescent girls. Sarah’s career objective is to mobilize, work with and realize social and economic transformation of girls from poor backgrounds; she is a strong advocate of social justice. Her competencies include but are not limited to participatory development, monitoring and evaluation, program management, social economic analysis and lobbying for policy change for vulnerable groups. She supports CFK in growing talent and capability within the community in which we work.

Jeffrey, Education Program Officer for Carolina for Kibera.

Jeffrey Okoro, Education Program Officer

Jeffrey Okoro is CFK’s Education Program Officer. His focus is in developing academic-related programs and interventions that include scholarships and sponsorship at the high school and university level. He has strong roots the Kibera community and finds joy in providing services that help uplift the lives of the deprived. Jeffrey holds a B.Sc in Project Planning and Management from Moi University and has a certificate in businesses mathematics. He is a firm believer in playing his role as a catalyst for change, empowering people to empower themselves. He is a manifestation of a success story for CFK and the community of Kibera, and therefore serves as a powerful role model for youth in the Kibera community.

Elizabeth, Partnership and Sustainability Manager for Carolina for Kibera.

Elizabeth Ng’ang’a, Partnership and Sustainability Manager

Elizabeth is the Partnership and Sustainability Manager at Carolina for Kibera. Elizabeth has a wealth of experience in partnership development spanning 14 years. Her passion is facilitating the empowerment of marginalized communities and the emancipation of the poor through resource mobilization for programs designed to bridge critical gaps in services. Her role is a critical success factor to the larger aspirations of CFK, as she serves as the official ambassador to the community at large. She is also pursuing a formal degree in community development from Daystar University.

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Shamecca Bryant, Deputy Director

Shamecca is CFK’s Deputy Director, leading the U.S. office’s operations, fundraising, and programmatic efforts in collaboration with the organization’s main office in Nairobi. Shamecca has a long and accomplished history working with local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. Most notably, she led the monumental growth of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC) in Chapel Hill as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2015. At the end of 2015 she started her own consulting firm for nonprofits. Shamecca holds a Master’s Degree in sociology from American University and a Bachleor’s Degree in women’s studies from Hollins University.


Nick Johnson, Communications & Administrative Manager

Nick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a dual degree in Global Studies and Spanish, as well as a concentration in Social & Economic Justice.  During his course of study, Nick volunteered with participatory development projects in Honduras and conducted oral history research with students from Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.  Nick spent his last semester at UNC working for CFK as a communications intern.



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