About

Changemaker in Slums (CIS), founded in 2016, is a social venture empowering schools with our market-based innovative solutions. By business engagement, capacity training, and micro-capital, we are assisting schools to run revenue-generating projects within the 3 pillars of our focus:

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Leadership Development

CIS directs network, investment and technologies from Europe to Africa, so schools can have access to resources they otherwise won’t have. We are actively engaging local communities to align with Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG7 and SDG12.

CIS has been operating under 3 cities in Kenya (Homa Bay, Nairobi and Nakuru) since 2016. In 2019, we also expanded part of our services to Nigeria and Ghana

Mission

Our mission is to empower vulnerable schools, so to provide a life-changing educational opportunity for children in developing settings.

We bring together local communities, business and academic partners in new collaborations. We believe every child has the right to go to school. So, we help to create market-based sustainable solutions & business models empowering low-cost private schools.

Management Team

The Management Team (Back Office) is based in the Nordics and is responsible for project management, marketing, financial management, and corporate partnerships.

Wenjing Yang (Head of CIS): Wenjing has 3 years of project experiences in the field of social innovation in East Africa and China. Before starting CIS, she collaborated with a research group for social economy and enterprise in Taiwan, and co-published papers under this topic in both Indonesia (2014) and Macau (2015). Wenjing has also been involved in NGO in Kenya since 2016. Currently, she is overseeing the strategic partnership and day-to-day operations of CIS.

Chung Tsz Chung (Project Manager): Chung has spent over a year working in 3 countries in East Africa. Currently serving as the CFO of a Norwegian start-up (Investio), Chung brought in rich start-up experience into CIS. Prior to joining CIS he has also co-founded a social venture in HK (WeLearn), where he built the organization from scratch and single-handedly closed sponsorship deal. Under CIS, Chung is mainly responsible for managing existing projects and relationship management with angels, current partners, as well as within the CIS team.

Jiahui Yu (Business Designer): Jiahui has an international background in change management and organizational strategy, in the past years she had created social project in China meanwhile practiced innovative solutions in global industrial leading companies around Europe and US. Jiahui joined CIS to take on a consultative role on designing strategy and organizational scalability. With creative destruction and structured imagining work style, Jiahui is always passionate about contributing to CIS growth.

Raquel Hinojosa (Legal Consultant): Raquel obtained her masters degree in Law and Business Management. Alongside with her international traveling experience, Raquel has also worked as the person-in-charge of the Purchasing and Logistics Department, under an international company. With her expertise, Raquel will be an important link to develop innovative solutions at CIS, especially with respect to our value chain.

Matthew Evans (Nordic Country Coordinator, Energy):  Matthew’s academic background is in history and politics. Originally from the UK, Matthew is now located in Aalborg, Denmark. With a work background in a variety of different industries such as the automobile and banking, Matthew has numerous different skills such as communication, analysis, and organisation that he can bring to the role. As Nordic Country Coordinator, Matthew supports new program implementation in Africa, coordinates research projects with Nordic institutions, and leads the application as well as pitching process on soft funding within the Nordic region.

Team supports:

  • Lulu Pownall (Business Developer)
  • Adefemi Afuwape (IT Support)
  • Yanxi Zhou (Designer)
  • Zhimin Dai (Financial Manager)

Ground Team

The Ground Team (Front Office) is based in Kenya and is in charge of managing the local operations, including field research (school visits, data collection), stakeholders engagement, project maintenance, and operations. As a bridge between the management team and customers, they play a vital role in identifying the customers’ needs and providing them with timely supports.

Wangari Watene (Regional Manager – East Africa): Wangari is a native Kenyan currently living in Nairobi. Wangari has been working in the field of social innovation for more than 2 years with international NGOs in Kenya. She has led a series of empowerment projects of education and community health (i.e. Mbagathi District Hospital, Westlands Health center, Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK), Medical Missionaries of Mercy in Kibera, and Kukuma School in Mukuru Slum respectively). Kare is responsible for program training and marketing, as well as school monitoring on the ground for CIS.

Agwa Brian Omondi (Agricultural Associate): Agwa is a native Kenyan and was an entrepreneur before joining CIS, where his power project has been funded by incubator. Driven by the mission of CIS, Agwa decided to work at CIS. Agwa looks after the project management and marketing process, he has implemented new project management tools and innovative communication channels for the team. Right now Agwa is working on implementing new packages with CIS’s partner school.

Others: Aoko Magero, Sarah Njung’ei Muranja, Clara Matete, Herine Chepkirui, Victor Chege, etc.