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Meet Our Leadership Team

Say hello to the team that provides oversight and good governance to the organization.

Executive Director

Mercy Kamau, BSC, MPH, PhD. (C)

Mercy Kamau is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in sexual reproductive health, gender equality and women's economic empowerment. As an ardent champion of right-based approaches, she has worked closely with scientists, researchers, policymakers, and
strategic partners at national, regional, and international levels to develop policies and programs that address gender inequalities and access to reproductive health services. Mercy's commitment to gender equity, women's economic empowerment, and sexual reproductive health rights is evident in her strategic leadership at MCFP that spurs continuous organizational growth.
Board Chairperson

Cathal Conaty

Cathal founded the Mathare Children’s Fund in 2000, having lived in Mathare for six months in the previous year, volunteering for community organizations there. He has been actively involved in the organization ever since, focusing in particular on staff recruitment and development, strategic planning and fund raising. He is also Group Managing Director with International Housing Solutions, an investment manager focused on green affordable housing in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. He has degrees in literature and history, and an MBA from IESE, Barcelona.
Board Member

Susanne Kerschbaumer

Susanne Kerschbaumer founded the association "panairobi" in Salzburg to support vulnerable children in Nairobi's informal settlements through MCFPanairobi. Currently, she is the Project Manager and Regional Officer for Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst in Salzburg, managing various projects benefiting refugees in Salzburg, Austria. Previously, she worked with HEKS (Swiss Church Aid), where she led staff recruitment and start-up activities for the Rehabilitation and Resilience Program on Panay Island, Philippines.

In 2000, Susanne worked for Horizon 3000 as a Consultant at MCFPanairobi in Nairobi, Kenya, supporting the development of new education and training projects aimed at combating urban poverty with a focus on income-generating measures for vulnerable groups. She also collaborated with the MCFPanairobi team to develop a Strategic Plan that has spurred growth over the years.

Prior to this, she worked for AMREF Austria, providing financial administration and reporting for two projects: the "Maternity Health Project" in Kenya and the "Distance Learning Project" in Ethiopia. She also served as the Executive Director at AMREF Austria, Salzburg, where she was responsible for project leadership in design, implementation, and budgeting for health projects in East Africa. As a board member at MCFPanairobi, she is actively involved in fundraising initiatives for school scholarships and economic empowerment programs for teenage mothers.

Board Member

Titus Mwangi

Titus Mwangi seasoned champion of the right approaches to development with over 20 years in community development. He has been instrumental in leading transformative projects at the Mathare Children's Fund since 2002. Through his visionary leadership, he has spearheaded several award-winning social enterprises at MCFP, including producing and selling reusable sanitary towels by teenage mothers, heart bags, and city, and slums as sustainability projects. Titus has been a Residential House Manager at Venture Community Services in Massachusetts and as an Administrator and Client Support Specialist at TEALLIA LLC in Rhode Island, USA and currently runs his own business in Rhode Island and Ohio. Titus holds a BA in Social Work and a Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology and recently became a certified Human Rights Consultant with the US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights in Washington DC.
Board Member

Miles M. Hapgood

Miles Hapgood has been involved with The Mathare Children’s Fund since 2002 as a Board Member and Treasurer. As Treasurer, he is responsible for accounting activities including record-keeping and reporting of cash receipts and disbursements for the Mathari Children’s FundPanairobi, in the United States. In his role as Senior Vice President at Stratford Capital Group, he is responsible for the origination and analysis of affordable housing investments for the firm's clients. He has over 40 years of experience working in the affordable housing industry. Mr. Hapgood received a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Babson College, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Board Member

Niamh Conaty

Niamh has been on the board of the USA-registered Mathari Children's Fund since 2005. She lives in Ireland and has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2006, in environments where learning, sharing knowledge and insights on good practice are highly valued. Her work has included 14 years in a Irish charity that worked for and with vulnerable children and families, a social enterprise that provided leadership development programs and, currently, an organization that seeks to promote reform and development of the criminal justice system through sharing of knowledge and experience.
Board Member

Kioi Wambaa

Kioi is the Co-Managing Director for IHS Kenya, where he oversees investments and asset management. IHS finances the development of energy-efficient, affordable housing communities. Before joining IHS, Kioi had over 25 years of experience in construction, engineering, development management, and real estate investment across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He holds an MBA from the Bradford School of Management in the UK, an honors degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK, and a diploma in Building Engineering from Kenya Polytechnic. Kioi has also been involved in various charities such as the Red Cross, Mercy Ships, the Church Mission Society, and Magitech for over 20 years, providing multiple forms of support in an advisory role. He is passionate about building and empowering communities.

Our Program Team

We believe in the power of teamwork and collaboration. Meet the passionate individuals who drive our success.

Richard Otieno

Operations and Scholorship Manager

Alex Mogere

Finance Officer

Augustine Waziru

Program Officer

Sharon Awuor

Program Officer

Jane Gachanja

Tailoring and Dress making instructor

Stella Mutua

Entrepreneurship Instructor

Dorcas Kasyoka

Hair Dressing and Beauty Instructor

Jemima Osano

Supervisor – Hotel Bar Soaps recycling project

Dorine Akoth

Child Minder – Day care project

Sarah Adhiambo

Supervisor – Re-Usable sanitary pads project

Mary Atieno

Re-usable sanitary pad Sewer

Lilian Apollo

Re-usable sanitary pad Sewer

Maryline Akinyi

Re-usable Sanitary Pad Sewer