Laila is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, previously the Founder and CEO of Scion Real, a property investment company based in Nairobi. Laila has vast experience managing multi-currency portfolios and transactions in the United States and East Africa and is currently a director at Barclays Bank of Kenya and at Centum, a listed private equity firm. Her previous experience includes Clifford Chance (New York), Global Fund for Women (San Francisco Bay Area) and USAID-East Africa. Laila holds a BA in Planning & Public Policy from the University of Oregon, a JD and LL. M from Cornell Law School and a JSD (Doctorate in Law) from Stanford University in United States of America.
Wilfred is the founder of Jamhuri Film & Television Academy, the predecessor of ADMI. As a director at Farsight Productions, a production, and rental facility based at Film Studios in Nairobi, Wilfred gained more than 15 years’ experience in the Kenyan film and television industry. He has worked for global production companies like MTV, CNN, EDGE, SPANK, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Wilfred is currently completing his Masters in Film Distribution & Marketing at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom.
Wilfred is also the team leader to our sister brand Africa Digital Media Studios – ADMS a company geared towards creating and distributing high-quality African content to audiences all over the world.
His vision has always been to train, create and distribute.
Lissett specialises in education design and innovation. She has worked as a teacher and school principal as well as an education specialist for universities, education media companies, and foundations. Previous roles have included working as Senior Programme Manager for Education Innovation at Equity Group Foundation, as Learning Specialist for Akili and Me (an education cartoon reaching 2.6 million viewers in East Africa), and as a Consultant for US Accreditation at the American University of Armenia. Lissett holds an Ed.M in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Public Policy, with a specialisation in Education Policy, from Duke University in the United States of America.
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Mugo is the current Group Chief Executive Officer for Sanlam Kenya. Former roles include Director General of the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat in Kenya, Group Chief Executive Officer of East African Cables and Technical Marketing Manager (VoIP) at Lucent Technologies in New Jersey (USA). Mugo holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Moi University in Kenya. In addition to this, Mugo holds a Master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA (Business Finance) from George Washington University in the United States of America.
Ross is Producer and Head of the Puppet Making Workshop and Art Department at Buni Media in Nairobi. Prior to joining Buni Media, he was the Managing Director of Nautilus Productions, a venture capital-funded TV animation production house in Cologne, Germany. He has also worked as Head of Workshop & Special Effect for TV production company GUM GmbH, Cologne, Germany and as a lecturer at the Plymouth College of Art & Design in Plymouth, England. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania, and was awarded a D.A.A.D. Scholarship to study at the HdK (now the Berlin University of the Arts).
Freddy began her career in media and marketing at WPP, Scangroup’s parent company. She has founded, grown and led organisations in Europe and Africa. Most recently Freddy co-founded an education & talent development company here in Kenya. Before that, she built an e-commerce company in the UK. Prior to this Freddy ran a Kenyan technology company and chaired AVP, a global NGO focused on education & talent development. She is currently working with CDC, the UK’s development finance institute. She is also an advisor to an investor in Nova Academies, Spire Education and ADMI (Africa Digital Media Institute).
Freddy holds a BA from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris has more than 15 years’ experience in business, media and charity. Among other roles, he served as a morning radio host on Capital FM in Kenya and also hosted the TV cook show Off the Menu. He has served on the Board of the 600-strong, elite Turi School since 2007 and is currently the Chairman of the Kenya Film Commission. He holds a BSc. Hons. Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is a fully-qualified solicitor in the United Kingdom.