Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Lead, Mpesa Foundation Academy
Bold Idea: Build entrepreneurial leadership in out-of-school youth while co-creating sustainable value-based solutions to community challenges.
Path to Metis: John has over a decades experience in Kenyan schools as a teacher. He is highly experienced in teaching for understanding, communication for impact, creative collaboration, human centred design, and social innovation among others with bias towards youth.
As an educator and an entrepreneurial leadership development expert for over 8 years, he has worked with youth facing teams including Junior Achievement, Diamond Challenge, Innovate Kenya, Technovation Challenge, and StartUp Africa to equip young people with skill-sets and mindsets to build their creative confidence while experimenting and innovating from the ground up. He is driven to leverage his unique combination of education experience and social impact innovation expertise to unearth win-win strategies that deliver meaningful learning and sustained value for young people.
Recently, as the Program Lead, John once again tapped into his visionary focus on equipping young people with 21st century skills to curate and help establish the award winning Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at The Mpesa Foundation Academy, a groundbreaking startup education initiative that seeks to produce transformative leaders who are change agents in their fields of interest in Africa. As the founder, he leads IdeaHutAfrica, an entrepreneurship enabling social enterprise where he supports youths to de-risk their ideas, sharpen their entrepreneurial skills, and access resources to launch and grow their ventures.
John is a certified Social Impact Strategist from Schools of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, Social Innovation Fellow at StartingBloc, a Certified Design Thinking Educator from d.school at Stanford University, and holds a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers and Bachelors of Education from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.