Environmental Entreprenuership for Sustainable Communities


Michael Skuja

Holds Msc in Environment and Development from Oxford University. He is the Executive Director of CREE and has experience on resource mobilization, poverty alleviation and nature conservation.

Leonard Akwany

He is the Founder of Ecofinder Kenya. His role in the advisory board includes technical backstopping in strategic planning, scientific research, interventions design and development, resource mobilization, networking and impact evaluation. He has worked and consulted for numerous national, regional and international institutions such as Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA), Lake Victoria Region Local Authorities Cooperation (LVRLAC), Friends of Lake Victoria (OSIENALA), Centre for Rural Empowerment and the Environment (CREE), IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative, Social Business Incubation (SBI) and Wetlands International. Holds B.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from Egerton University, Kenya and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from University of Manchester, UK. He has extensive experience in Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation, Integrated Water Resources Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Community Based Natural Resources Management, Community Resilience, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Issues in Eastern Africa and by extension Sub-Saharan Africa. He is award-winning Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship practitioner who has incubated numerous enterprises on off-grid energy, ecotourism, water and sanitation and agriculture. He is also a Lead Expert in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing. Leonard is currently the Regional Wetlands Expert for Nile Basin Initiative working on Wetlands Mapping, Wetlands Ecosystems Services Valuation and Institutional Capacity Building for Integrated Wetlands Planning and Development in Nile Basin Region.

Karen Basiye

Holds Msc in Environmental Management from Lund University. Works with Safaricom Company Limited and has experience in sustainable development education, environmental governance and corporate citizenship.

Susanne Roelofsen

His role in the advisory board includes technical advice in the areas of entrepreneurship or business development and networking of Ecofinder Kenya in the global arena. Her educational background includes B.Sc. in International Business and Management and M.Sc. in Strategic Innovation Management from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. She has worked with a number of Organizations on Business Development such as Cordaid, Netherlands Water Partnership, Inclusive Business Accelerator and Young Expert Programme on Water and Agrofood. She is a strategic business development professional with experience in a number of different developing countries namely Mexico, India, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Indonesia. Enjoys working on business development projects which promote international trade and sustainable economic development. Has experience with project management and social business development including the lean start-up method, business model canvas and idea generation. She is currently working with MDF Training and Consultancy as Coordinator at the Inclusive Business Centre in Ghana.

Dennis Osodo

Holds Bachelors of Commerce and CPA (K). Works with Price Water House Coopers and has experience in project and financial management.

Ciara Sutton

Ciara is a video journalist and producer for Reuters in London. She holds an MA in International Journalism and has experience in applied theatre, international journalism, communication, filming and local development work. Ciara has a strong connection with Kenya, particularly in grass-roots development work, and is enthusiastic in working closely with local organizations in using multimedia techniques to document their novel and unique work.