Changes to Swahilipot Hub

On Wednesday 9th May, 2018, the Swahilipot team led by the board held a half day Strategy Retreat at Hotel EnglishPoint to consider three things: the organization and its mission, the Executive team, and the programs we undertake.

We made a number of changes with regard to these three themes so let’s look at them in depth.

The Organization

After reflecting on our role and unique position in the innovation ecosystem, we unanimously agreed to change the mission to the following:

Swahilipot hub exists to help the community to develop themselves.

What this means concretely is that Swahilipot Hub aims to help the community grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate in their skills, character or with their ideas.

How will we do this?

  1. Success stories – We will work to develop more successes from the ideas and initiatives that community members work on.
  2. Avail resources – We will work to avail more resources to community members that will help them achieve their ends.
  3. Vibrant community – We will work to create a supportive community with a strong collaboration culture so that you can work with others to advance your goals.

The Team

Over the past year the board and team have worked to Swahilipot Hubs’ efficiency by putting in place structures and systems. These systems are only as good as the people who oversee them and as such, we decided to make the following changes to the team so that we’re better able to meet our targets.

== Executive Team ==

*Please Note: All Executive Team members report to the Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board.

  1. Executive Director – Fatma Mkwariza
  2. Chief of Staff (Legal, HR, Operations) – Asma Al-Amin
  3. Director of Technology – Britone Mwasaru
  4. Director of Arts – Stephanie Maseki
  5. Director of Community & Engagement – Angela Mumbi
  6. Director of Marketing & Communications – Jamila El-Jabry
  7. Director of Development – Ruth Kaveke
  8. Director of Finance – Robert Katavi
  9. Technical Director – Joab Kose
  10. Administrative Director – Francis Ikoha

== Subordinate Staff ==

*Please Note: Subordinate Staff are not members of the Executive Team

  1. Mumina Saad – Receptionist (Reporting to Asma Al-Amin)
  2. Sakina Malik – Receptionist (Reporting to Asma Al-Amin)
  3. Issa Ziri – Programs Assistant – Technology (Reporting to Britone Mwasaru)
  4. Hussein A. Hussein – Programs Assistant – Arts. Also responsible for Security and Protocol. (Reporting to Stephanie Maseki and Francis Ikoha)
  5. Shufaa Yakut – Communications Assistant (Reporting to Jamila El-Jabry)
  6. Simon Adeya – Administrative Assistant. Also responsible for Safety. (Reporting to Francis Ikoha)

Note: All these roles are voluntary.

Please join me in congratulating these men and women on their roles and supporting them in achieving our mission to help the community develop themselves.

We’ve relieved 5 people of their roles and responsibilities at Swahilipot Hub. They are Paul Akwabi, Joscar Oriaro, Nelson Nthiani, Emmanuel Mutheki and Kelvin Mayieka. This decision is not a negative reflection on them or their dedication to Swahilipot Hub. We sincerely appreciate every hour they have set aside to help us achieve our mission and we hope they continue to do so as members of the community.

Programs & Activities

Swahilipot Hub has been host to many programs – initiated both by staff and community members alike. We’re also increasingly working and collaborating with other organizations.

To provide a better experience for everyone, we’ll be cutting down on programs and activities that are not aligned with our new mission. We will also be putting in place guidelines that will help us more easily determine whether we should pursue a certain program or partnership.

This also filters down to the community level. The Community Governance Initiative has a sub-committee working on programs and events led by Krispy and DJ Lenium. It is our hope that you, through this committee, will help develop guidelines and standards that will guide community initiatives at Swahilipot Hub.

Some of you may have questions or concerns on these changes. Kindly channel them to Fatma Mkwariza, Executive Director, Swahilipot Hub. She will forward them to the board.

We sincerely hope that these changes will positively benefit Swahilipot Hub and the community and we seek your partnership through collaboration to make it happen.

For and on behalf of the Swahilipot Hub Board,

Simeon Oriko

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