The Board

Julie Mwabe

Julie Mwabe


Julie Mwabe began her career with UNICEF in Kenya during the 2006 drought emergency first as a volunteer and then as a media and campaign officer. Since then she has supported reporting in emergencies, including Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence, coordinated advocacy campaigns, written human interest stories, briefing notes and press releases as well as produced short documentaries highlighting milestones to child rights in Kenya. Julie also specialized in creating fundraising strategies for UNICEF offices in Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland, Iraq, Pakistan, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Currently Julie is the Communication Specialist at CDC Kenya where she works at highlighting public health issues in the region as well as coming up with communication strategies to mitigate them. Julie studied Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand and later pursued a Master’s Degree in International Journalism at Cardiff University where her thesis explored ethical dilemmas that NGOs and the media face when reporting on humanitarian emergencies.

Dean Rizzetti

Dean Rizzetti


Dean Rizzetti is a policy, communications and strategy expert. He currently works as a Program Manager at the Clinton Foundation in Nairobi. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dean worked for the Government of Australia and the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Urban Planning and Major Projects in the Victorian State Government. Dean holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and undergraduate degrees in Public Policy and Environmental Studies from the University of Melbourne.

Mutua Matheka

Mutua Matheka

Mutua Matheka is an artist who’s art has morphed from Drawing, Illustration, Graphic art, Architectural Visualization to Photography, his latest obsession.

He is a graduate Architect from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (J.K.U.A.T), now fully applying his architectural eye to capture Architecture, cityscapes & landscapes.
He has been featured in Nokia’s ‘Teddy Bears & Talking drums’, a documentary, ADA (African Digital Art), Afri-Love (Afri-love.com), BBC News Africa’s In Pictures as well as being nominated for the International CSS DESIGN Award based in the United States, putting both Kenya and Africa on the Map in photography. His photos have been used by BBC MEDIA, African Digital Art, NTV’s PM LIVE, among other avenues showcasing excellence.

Mutua uses his photography of urban spaces in Africa to showcase a beautiful Nairobi and eventually Africa seeking to change mindsets of people in cities especially in Africa about their cities.

Brad Chilcott

Brad Chilcott

Brad is the founder of Welcome to Australia, a national movement uniting NGOs, high-profile Australians, political leaders, businesses, the public sector and many individuals in cultivating a culture of welcome for asylum seekers, refugees and other new arrivals to Australia. Brad also works as the Campaigns and Advocacy Consultant at AnglicareSA, is the Partnerships Manager Consultant for the Campaign for Australian Aid, and is on the Board of Community Centres SA, Common Grace and Food for Education.
Brad is the founder and Lead Pastor of Activate, a church in the western suburbs of Adelaide.
In the months preceding the 2014 South Australian State Election, Brad worked as an Adviser to Premier Jay Weatherill with a focus on community engagement.
In the lead-up to the 2013 Federal Election, Brad worked as an Adviser to then-Minister for Immigration Tony Burke with a focus on helping unaccompanied minors, families and vulnerable adults move from held detention into the Australian community.
In 2012, Brad was named as a People of Australia Ambassador by Prime Minister Julia Gillard for his work promoting multiculturalism and social cohesion, won a Governor’s Multicultural Award (Individual) and was a State finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards (Local Hero).

Wawira Njiru

Wawira Njiru

Wawira, is the Founder and Executive Director of Food for Education. Having been raised in Kenya, she moved to Australia in 2010 to study a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences and graduated in 2013. She founded Food for Education in 2012 while doing her degree to address the inequality in education in her community of Ruiru Kenya due to inequality in food access. She is interested in development issues, especially how access to food influences education outcomes. She has been recognised as a Spark* International changemaker 2012, Transform Nutrition ‘Nutrition champion’ 2013 and as an Ibua Africa Changemaker 2015. She has also been selected as a participant of the Leading in Public Life Programme 2016 by the University of CapeTown. She’s undertaking a Masters in Public Health at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Pete Nixon Muiruri is a Kenyan resident based in Boston Massachusetts United States. He grew up in Ruiru before relocating to the US to attend College. He has a passion in giving back to the community and raises awareness of the need to give back . Amongst his passions is Information Technology, Cyber security and mass media. He is the founder of Nixriq Media, a consulting firm on Information Technology, online security and online broadcasting as well as audio video services. Currently, he works for Kaspersky Labs, U.S headquarters in Boston.

As the U.S Representative, Pete is in charge of fund raising for the organization which includes a 1000km bike ride that he does every summer to raise funds for the organization. In conjunction looking for sponsors and donors to feed one child at a time. He is married with 3 kids.