WISER NGO

WISER NGO is a registered non-governmental organization based in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. WISER NGO partners with WISER International for fundraising and administrative support. 

The WISER Girls Secondary School is located in Muhuru Bay, Kenya and provides secondary education, safe housing, psychosocial support, leadership opportunities, and empowering health education for girls. It is the flagship program for the WISER NGO.

Our staff of nearly 40 is full of vibrant, driven, passionate individuals who believe in the promise of young women. Our teaching staff is made up of some of the most gifted educators in Kenya and we are proud to say that our school administration and leadership is majority female, providing visible, powerful role models for our students. 

WISER NGO

Neema W. Kanyua 

Neema is passionate about creating opportunities for Africa’s current and future leaders to reach their full potential. After graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, Neema worked as a consultant across Kenya, New Zealand, and Australia where she advised Fortune 500 companies, governmental organizations, and social impact companies, researching best-practice strategies and implementing operations improvements that led to sustained growth. She went on to serve as the Growth and Expansion Lead at Nova Pioneer, a pan-African network of world-class K-12 schools that provides innovative educational opportunities that are accessible to a broad range of students. Her work facilitated the rollout of thirteen new schools, and the expansion of three more, in only two years.

Linda Njeri Kamau

Linda is an innovative software developer committed to women’s empowerment through science and engineering. After earning degrees in Business Information Technology from the Graffins College in Kenya and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Linda went on to work as the Lead Developer at several Nairobi-based software companies. In 2010, she co-founded AkiraChix, an organization committed to providing training, mentorship and outreach programs to increase the number of skilled women in technology fields. She serves as Training Director and Managing Director, working to create programming, fundraise, and manage the company while developing curricula. She was recently named an African Visionary Fellow, and she was honored as an “Unsung Hero” by the office of the US Ambassador to Kenya.

Linah Achieng Kowitti

Linah has extensive experience in Human Resource Management spanning a period of 16 years at both the operational and strategic levels. She is currently head of Human Resources for the Kenyan Red Cross and is responsible for delivering innovative and strategic solutions through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of effective human capital and organizational development programs and policies. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Linah was the Head of Human Resources at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, a non-profit high quality pediatric hospital located in Nairobi.

Dr. John Muthee 

Dr. Muthee worked as a medical doctor in Kenya before receiving his Master of Management in Clinical Informatics from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Dr. Muthee’s passion is using data and bioinformatics to better manage the African health care sector. Dr. Muthee is the co-founder and managing director of Savannah Informatics in Nairobi where he leads a team of health informatics specialists in building new businesses centered around the creation of efficiencies for medical payers and private providers. Dr. Muthee has also been a program manager at the Equity Group Foundation where he developed and oversaw mentoring and leadership programs for high achieving high school students in Kenya. 

Richard Okinyi 

Richard is an award-winning headmaster at Kangeso Secondary School in Kenya. Richard was the original host for the Duke team researching obstacles to girls’ academic success in Muhuru Bay and was invaluable in helping develop community support and culturally anchored policies. 

 

WISER Secondary School Staff

Dorcas Oyugi, HSC. – WISER Principal

Dorcas has been with WISER since our campus opened in 2010. A presidentially-recognized and award-winning Kenyan educator with experience teaching everywhere from Nairobi to Muhuru Bay, Dorcas as the leader of the WISER NGO in Kenya and oversees both the WISER Secondary School and our high-impact programmatic outreach. 

 

Violet Singoei – Deputy Principal 

As Deputy Principal, Violet is responsible for the monitoring and care of WISER’s core population: the WISER girls. An experienced school administrator and educator in multiple STEM subjects, Violet provides oversight for WISER’s on-campus girl-centered programs, support for monitoring and evaluation, and coordination for collaborative programming.

 

Kennedy Mikula – Director of Studies

Kennedy is a gifted educator in physics and mathematics, a driven manager of academic programs, and an ardent champion of girls’ rights. As D.O.S., Kennedy is responsible for the management of academic programs involving the WISER faculty, hands-on learning applications, and WISER’s lab spaces. 

 

Judy Nyandwaro – Finance Admin

A certified public accountant (CPA-K) with over 6 years in progressive finance, accounting, and administrative experience, Judy oversees fiscal operations for the WISER NGO. She also provides administrative support for off-campus program coordination and monitoring and evaluation efforts for community outreach.