Who is EAPN

Background

Established in 2003, the East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) formerly the East Africa Association of Grant-makers (EAAG), is a voluntary membership organization that brings together local charitable trusts and foundations in East Africa with the primary aim of promoting and growing a culture of giving.

Membership of the network is drawn from Family Trusts, Community Foundations, Corporate Foundations, Private Foundations and other types of grant-making and non-grantmaking organizations interested in promoting philanthropy.  

The network’s mission is to provide a collaborative platform that champions, connects and co-creates innovative solutions to advance philanthropy in East Africa.

This aspect includes looking into the resource base, capacity, credibility and practices of various development actors and the extent to which the operational context supports thriving local giving and effective grant-making.

Overview

Communities of Practice

Our Leadership Board

Eric Kimani

Position: Board Chair
Categories: Leadership Board

Eric is the Founder Chairman of Palmhouse Foundation, a Global Ambassador for HelpAge, and a founding member of Diplomats Without Borders. With over 34 years as a Rotarian and a member of the Arch Klumph Society, he also chairs Brooke East Africa, a British-funded non-profit. He contributes significantly to Rotary at the continental level in Africa as the Endowment and Major Gift Adviser. Additionally, Eric is the Chairman of Kenya Climate Ventures Limited, the Advisory Board of JK Mwangi Group of Companies, and MTC Trust. He leads Palmhouse Dairies Limited and manages other real estate, business, and leadership consultancy ventures.

Eric Kimani

Board Chair

Lulu Ng’wanakilala

Position: Vice Chair
Categories: Leadership Board

Ms. Ng’wanakilala is an expert in Leadership, Women’s Rights, and Gender Development, with over 20 years of experience. Recently serving as CEO of the Legal Services Facility, she has also been Country Representative for Engender Health and Executive Director of UMATI, affiliated with the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Her career spans various senior roles in public health, women’s empowerment, and human rights, both domestically and internationally. Her expertise includes Strategy, People Management, Resource Mobilization, and Organizational Development. Additionally, she holds leadership positions in several organizations, including Chairperson of the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association, Vice Chairperson of the Tanzania Forestry Fund and Tanzania Startups Association, International Board Chairperson of Railway Children Africa, Non-Executive Board Director of ABSA Bank, and Board member of the Tanzania Center for Communication and Development.

Lulu Ng’wanakilala

Vice Chair

John Waimiri

Position: Treasurer to the Board
Categories: Leadership Board

John W. Waimiri is the Executive Director at The Family Group Foundation, part of Family Bank Ltd, Kenya. With over 20 years of senior management experience, he specializes in project direction and communication, focusing on HIV&AIDS, public health, and disaster management in East and Central Africa. He has led projects funded by major multilateral and bilateral agencies, as well as private foundations like Bill & Melinda Gates. Previously at KCB Group, he managed partnership engagements and resource mobilization for youth entrepreneurship projects. At PATH, as Project Director for a $10 million PEPFAR-funded project, he oversaw strategic planning and project delivery for Kenya’s uniformed services. He also provided strategic direction for the USAID/East Africa & FHI360 $109 million ROADS II project. John’s expertise extends to proposal management, technical writing for organizational visibility, and policy-level contributions, including drafting national guidelines and protocols for Kenya’s Ministry of Health on HIV&AIDS and other health issues.

John Waimiri

Treasurer to the Board

Evans Okinyi

Position: Secretary to the Board
Categories: Leadership Board

CEO of the regional network of over 100 organizations developing and nurturing philanthropy in East Africa. He is a seasoned Non-Profit Executive, with over 12 years progressive experience in Networks Management, Policy Formulation & Implementation and Stakeholders & Partnerships.

Evans Okinyi

Secretary to the Board

Mwadhini Myanza

Position: TCFN
Categories: Leadership Board

Mwadhini, the current chair of the Tanzania Network of Community Foundations (TNCF), is a distinguished economist in Tanzania. He has notably led the Regional Chamber of Commerce Chapter, focusing on trade marketing, processing, and the exportation of key agricultural products in Tanzania.

Mwadhini Myanza

TCFN

Nadia Kist

Position: Blood:Water
Categories: Leadership Board

Nadia is a senior public health practitioner with over 17 years’ experience leading organizations and programmes. She leads multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in Kenya & the U.S. as well as manages regional programmes and partnerships across 8 Eastern and Southern Africa countries.

Nadia Kist

Blood:Water

Demeke Debabe

Position: PICDO, ETHIOPIA
Categories: Leadership Board

Demeke Debabe Ergette is a renowned leader in philanthropy and the founder and Executive Director of Progress Integrated Community Development Organization, established in 2001. With over two decades of experience, he has excelled in strategic planning, analytics, and managing multi-million-dollar grants, significantly impacting community development. Known for his deep understanding of philanthropy trends and opportunities, Demeke’s leadership and commitment have profoundly influenced the sector, benefiting numerous communities through his initiatives.

Demeke Debabe

PICDO, ETHIOPIA

Bernard Muramira

Position: Strive Foundation, Rwanda
Categories: Leadership Board

Bernard Muramira is the Founder and Executive Director of Strive Foundation Rwanda, an organization dedicated to various developmental initiatives. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Rwanda NGO Forum on AIDS and Health Promotion, where he plays a significant role in addressing health-related issues. He is also the Vice-President of CCOAIB (Conseil de Concertation des Organisations d’Appui aux Initiatives de Base), an entity focused on supporting grassroots initiatives. Muramira extends his expertise as a Board Member of EANNASO (The Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organizations) based in Arusha, Tanzania. Further contributing to his extensive portfolio, he is a member of GFAN Africa (Global Fund Advocates Network), a network focused on supporting the Global Fund’s efforts in combating AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Bernard Muramira

Strive Foundation, Rwanda

Edward Kaggwa

Position: Kabaka Foundation, Uganda
Categories: Leadership Board

Kaggwa Edward has been the driving force behind the Kabaka Foundation for more than a decade, dedicating over 12 years as its Executive Director. His leadership has not only strengthened the foundation’s mission but has also expanded its reach. He plays a critical role in managing the foundation’s chapters abroad, effectively fostering international engagement and mobilizing resources to support the foundation’s objectives. His strategic vision and commitment to the foundation’s cause have been instrumental in building robust global networks that aid in the promotion and realization of the foundation’s goals. Under his guidance, the Kabaka Foundation has seen significant growth and increased impact, both locally and internationally.

Edward Kaggwa

Kabaka Foundation, Uganda

Our Team

Evans Okinyi

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Categories: Team

Evans, as the CEO of a regional network of over 100 organizations in East Africa, demonstrates exemplary leadership in the realm of philanthropy. His role primarily involves setting strategic direction and ensuring the effective execution of the network’s mission to develop and nurture philanthropy in the region. With over nine years of experience, Evans excels in networks management, seamlessly coordinating and integrating the efforts of various organizations to maximize their collective impact.

His responsibilities also encompass policy formulation and implementation, where he identifies key areas for systemic change and leads initiatives to address these. Evans’s deep understanding of the complex landscape of non-profit management allows him to effectively steer policy decisions that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of philanthropic efforts.

A crucial part of his role is managing and nurturing relationships with stakeholders and partners. This includes engaging with donors, government bodies, community leaders, and member organizations, fostering collaborations that amplify the network’s reach and impact.

As a CEO, Evans also oversees the overall administrative and operational aspects of the network, ensuring financial stability, compliance with regulations, and maintaining high standards of governance and accountability. His leadership is characterized by a vision-driven approach and a commitment to creating sustainable change in the philanthropic sector.

Evans Okinyi

Chief Executive Officer

Matilda Maseno

Position: Programme Manager
Categories: Team

Matilda is an accomplished Programmes Manager with a robust 18-year background in Programme Management, Research, Policy, and Finance. Her expertise lies in strategically overseeing project lifecycles, ensuring alignment with organizational goals while optimizing resources. Her research skills enhance her ability to make informed, data-driven decisions, contributing significantly to policy development and analysis. Matilda’s financial savvy ensures effective budget management and fiscal responsibility in all her projects. Her multifaceted experience and strategic thinking make her an invaluable leader in any organizational setting.

Matilda Maseno

Programme Manager

Purity Mumo

Position: Communications Officer
Categories: Team

Purity is a dynamic and innovative Communications Manager, thriving in the fast-paced worlds of both corporate and non-profit sectors. With a career spanning five years, she’s a master at crafting and implementing cutting-edge communication strategies, seamlessly blending traditional methods with digital innovations. Her flair for social media management is unmatched; she turns every tweet, post, and update into an opportunity for engagement and brand enhancement.

Beyond the digital space, Purity brings stories to life through her keen eye for photography and graphic design, creating visuals that don’t just attract but captivate the audience. Her event management skills are a blend of precision and creativity, turning each event into a memorable experience that echoes the organization’s core messages.

Purity Mumo

Communications Officer

FLORENCE SAMBA BBM/CPA/CPS

Position: Finance Officer
Categories: Team

Florence Samba is a seasoned Finance Manager with a comprehensive background in business and accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) and is a certified professional in both public accounting (CPA) and secretarial practice (CPS). Known for her strategic financial acumen, Florence excels in managing complex financial operations, ensuring both efficiency and compliance. Her expertise extends to areas such as strategic planning, corporate governance, and ethical financial practices. Florence’s approach combines analytical precision with creative problem-solving, making her a key figure in her field.

FLORENCE SAMBA BBM/CPA/CPS

Finance Officer

David Waswa

Position: Content & Graphics Designer
Categories: Team

David is a highly skilled and creative Graphics Designer with over six years of experience in the field. He excels in bringing innovative ideas to life through his expert design skills. His proficiency encompasses a wide range of graphic design areas, including branding, digital media, print design, and user interface design. David has a keen eye for aesthetics and is adept at translating client visions into visually compelling and effective designs.

David Waswa

Content & Graphics Designer

Daniel Haule

Position: Programmes Assistant, TZ
Categories: Team

Daniel is a versatile and impactful professional with notable roles in social development and philanthropy. He serves as a Resource Mobilization & Philanthropy Consultant at the Foundation For Civil Society, where he excels in connecting community needs with resources and support. As the Country Lead at Giving Tuesday Tanzania, Daniel promotes generosity and civic engagement through various philanthropic initiatives. Additionally, he represents youth interests and advocates for progressive policies as a Member of Parliament at the SADC Youth Parliament. His work is marked by a strong commitment to social change and community empowerment.

Daniel Haule

Programmes Assistant, TZ