The 2014 Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) theme was “Economic Development and the Family” The Role Youth Play which resonated with the 2014 UN Global focus on the family this being the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. It enabled youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the rising continent of Africa. This will help us to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and it turn a better world in solidarity as the Emerging Leaders on the African continent!

It was an opportune time for all of us to understand clearly the link between the Family and a vital aspect of society which is the economy. We live in the modern world, which constantly suggests new ways of living, and presents us with ever newer adventures. At this year's ELC, we will togehter, demistify whatever mysteries underlie the bridge between family and economic development. We will also get to better discuss the existing challenges, and better understand the role that we young people need to play so as to move forward in this amazing world which is ours as we dare into varied walks of life.

In order to advocate for the protection of the family in policy and culture, young people need to clearly understand the crucial role families play in economic development and human flourishing. As the fundamental unit of society, the family provides an invaluable contribution to society and nations through the nurturing and education of children, and as a school of solidarity. 

Date and Venue
The 5th Africa ELC took place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October 2014. The two-day event was held at Strathmore University Auditorium, in Nairobi, Kenya.


Julie Gichuru
Julie is passionate about family, she is married to entrepreneur Anthony Gichuru. They have had 5 children. "Above all we have a responsibility to nurture and grow the younger generation and our primary role is vested in the family unit." Having had five children Julie is also passionate about maternal healthcare and is an ambassador of the AMREF Stand Up for African Mothers campaign which seeks to train over 15,000 midwives across East Africa.

Julie is a TV Host with East Africa's leading broadcaster Citizen TV. Her prime time news and current affairs show Sunday Live with Julie Gichuru airs weekly at 9pm. Julie is currently working on growing local productions through Arimus Media Limited where she has a number of quality African shows in the works. Julie has just completed series 1 of the Africa Leadership Dialogues, airing on Citizen TV, Monday at 9.50pm. Julie's career in the media over the past 12 years has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media.

Julie has embarked on several business ventures and is a director in a numbers of companies. Her business ventures include the online retail fashion outlet Mimi and production company Arimus Media Ltd. Julie has numerous awards and fellowships including , Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness, Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, Order of the Golden Warrior for her contribution towards nation building by President Mwai Kibaki in 2011,  recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Young Power Women in Africa.

Caroline Shisubili Maingi
Caroline is very passionate about family, youth and education  She is currently pursuing the Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics at Strathmore University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa majoring in Political Science.  She is fluent in English, Swahili , French(which she fully polished when he lived in France in 2001/2) and will not get lost with Latin, Spanish either.

She was the first Regional Director for World Youth Alliance Africa, and laid very firm foundations for the region. She loves to mentor young people. She has worked at the Centre for Research on Organisations, Work and Family at Strathmore Business School. She has travelled the globe in pursuit of contributions to varied conferences. She will organise any conference, with a very fine eye to detail and beauty.

She is married to Nicodemus Maingi and they have three boys and one girl.

Thomas Mundia Gathure

Thomas is currently the course leader of the Developing Leadership Capabilities (DLC) program at Strathmore Business School that targets middle and senior managers in Organisations. He is a leadership and workplace coach and mentor for managers in Organizations as well as an Ethics part time lecturer at Strathmore University. He is a motivational speaker and facilitator of personal and professional development talks at Strathmore Business School, Kianda and Strathmore School.

He holds a BA in Economics and a Masters of Arts in Applied Philosophy and Ethics at Strathmore University. He has held various middle and senior management positions in media, manufacturing, civil society and finance industries.

He is a board of trustee at Voice of the Family in Africa, a regional secretariat engaged in research to promote and protect the dignity of marriage. His other current academic work is in the area of Ethics of Work and Economy (business Ethics). As a coach his main passion is in developing virtuous leaders in families and the workplace.

He is married since 2002 and a father of 2 boys and 3 girls. 

Peterson Mwangi

Peterson is a University Counselor with Daystar University - Kenya where he also lectures in the department of psychology. He earlier served as a high school teacher in various high schools. He has over twenty years of working with adolescents and young adults in educational institutions, which is his great passion. He is set to graduate with his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Kenyatta University in December 2014, having successfully defended his dissertation. He also holds a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and an honors Bachelor’s degree in education. For 5 years, he served as the Secretary General of the Kenya University Professional Counselors Association (KUPCA) where he spearheaded the writing of a common peer counselors’ curriculum for 16 member universities. 

Nina Werner
Nina Werner has quite the international profile. Having Swedish parents but a mother born and raised in Kenya, Nina was raised in France, although born in Switzerland. She studied for her Bachelor in Life Science in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now holds an MSc in Management, Technology and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The travel bug caught her in her early years and hasn't left her so far. Having travelled to most European countries, India, or China, she finally decided to move to Tanzania in 2010 and pursue the amazing opportunities that this country has to offer. Along the way, she got the opportunity to be part of Mara Foundation and bring this very unique organisation to Africa’s entrepreneurs. Nina is now based in Nairobi, Kenya and is the Regional Director East Africa for Mara Foundation. 


 Susan Kariuki Mwongera
Susan is the Chief Executive Officer, Youth Agenda, a premier youth organization that works towards a “Just, Equitable and Progressive society in which young people fully enjoy social, economic and political rights and opportunities’.

She holds an MBA in Strategic Management Interrogating the strategic plan implementation strategy among Advocacy NGO's. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Development. She has vast experience in Program Management and Strategic Leadership. At Youth Agenda, she is tasked with overseeing the designing and implementation of programs in pursuit of the mission, vision and goals of the organization.

She is married to Mwongera Sammie and they have one child.


Charles Kanjama
Charles is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Company Secretary. He is one of the founding partners of Muma and Kanjama Advocates. Kanjama has over the years gained great experience in all branches of Commercial Law, including Banking & Insurance, Employment Law, Public Law Litigation, Criminal Law, Succession Law, Family Law and Children, Building Construction, General Contract, Tort Law-Libel and General Tort, Intellectual Property and Conveyancing work. He has a keen interest in Tax Law. He is a currently pursuing his masters degree at the University of Nairobi and has written extensively on numerous aspects of Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Institutions and Property including Intellectual Property, legal ethics and jurisprudence, authored digests on Matrimonial Property Law, Constitutional Law and Tax Law, and is a regular columnist in the Standard Newspaper, as well as administrator Strathmore Educational Trust. 

Charles is also a Council Member of the Law Society of Kenya, and Convenor of its Constitution Implementation and Law Reform Committee. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (as well as ICPAK and ICPSK). He is the Vice-Chair, Kenya Christian Professionals Forum.

Ernest Wamboye
Ernest is an author and speaker on relationships and personal development. With his wife, Waturi, he has visited countless youth groups in Kenya spreading the values of responsible sexuality, mature relationships and restoration of the family unit. Ernest has authored two books: The Human Temple, a novel, and Lust and the City, a guide on sexual purity. he is passionate about the arts. When he is not teaching, he is an origami artist and thespian at Arts and OAK. Follow Ernest on Twitter @ewamboye. Keep up with his writing at

Caroline K. Rarieya
Caroline is a practicing Counseling Psychologist with several years of experience working with individuals, couples and families in both clinical and non-clinical set-ups. She is very passionate about working relationships especially in the family and to be very specific in the marriage union – the starting point of the basic unit of the society.  She serves as a coach in the NDOA Ministry of Mavuno Church since its inception in 2005. She is also a Consultant Counselor with Marriage Rocks – an online initiative that seeks to promote healthy working marriages.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Hons) and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology (Hons) from Daystar University, Nairobi Kenya. She is a Founding Partner of Purpose Therapy Centre. 

Caroline is married to Anthony Okoth, a Development Leader and together they have 2 children.

Jealous Chirove
Jealous Chirove is currently the Chief Technical Advisor for the Youth Entrepreneurship Facility (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), one of the biggest enterprise development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Danish Africa Commission. He is also CTA of the Irish-Aid funded Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment (WEDEE), another regional ILO project operation in the same countries. Both programmes follow a systemic approach to promoting youth and women’s entrepreneurship, with interventions focusing on meta level (attitudes, perceptions), macro level (policy, advocacy) as well as micro level (business development services and access to finance). Before that, he worked in the same capacity for SME development project in Zambia implemented by 4 UN agencies as well as briefly as interim Enterprise Development Specialist for Eastern and English-speaking West Africa. He has many experiences in ILO business development tools and approaches.

Oscar Kiragu Beauttah
Mr. Beauttah joined the BBC in London in 1966 where he worked for seven years. On returning to Kenya, Oscar became Head of the English Service at the Voice of Kenya – Radio. He has a Higher Diploma from the School of Public Communications Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Mr. Beauttah was involved in the production of many productions radio and television programmes including news-reading and live commentaries. He has for many years anchored two popular Live Radio and Television current affairs Shows that went on air daily five days a week on the Voice of Kenya. He was a public relations manager, head of his own public relations consultancy firm, media advisor for several African organizations. In 1994, he founded Africa Broadcasting Network, an electronics media NGO for disseminating information on development. Mr. Beauttah was honored with the Silver Star of Kenya, a Presidential Meritorious Award for his service to the nation.

Oscar has made enormous contribution many national and regional organizations as Media Advisor, including Kenya Scouts Association, School Boards, and World Organisation of Scout Movement and is currently the chairperson for the WYA Africa board and Africa representative on the International Board of Directors of the World Youth Alliance headquartered in New York.

He is married to Mrs. Eva Beauttah and they are blessed with grand children together with 49 years in marriage.

George Waigi

George is the National Program Coordinator for International Labour Organization, Kenya and is currently managing the International Labour Organization's Youth Enterprise Facility (YEF); a programme promoting job creation for young women and men to create decent jobs in Kenya. He has worked as Team Leader, Change Makers (Uganda) Ltd. Livelihoods Coordinator Christian Children's Fund, SME Adviser United Nations, Rural Enterprise Program Manager, Aga Kha Foundation, Projects Officer, Manufacturing, Practical Action and the government of Kenya as the Senior Industrial Development Officer. George is an accomplished senior professional with expertise in Business Development Services, international cooperation, program management and leadership for all aspects of small and micro enterprise (SME) development initiatives in developing economies. He has served as an Enterprise advisor with the UN in both Asia and Africa and has provided leadership in the design and execution of several in Enterprise Development Programmes in Kenya. All combined, he has over twenty years experience in this field.

He has studied at Copenhagen Business School and Inoorero University where he did the Executive MBA, Green Jobs Programme Development and Egerton University to earn the Bachelors, Agricultural Engineering.

Dr. Emily Obwaka

Dr. Emily is a high-caliber professional with diverse experience and training. She has been trained as a dentist, has obtained a masters degree in public health and an Master of Arts in Theology. She has held leadership positions in several organizations including Johns Hopkins University as Technical Regional Advisor, Life in Abundance Kenya as Country Director, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health as Chief of Party for a two country youth reproductive health program and in Pan African Christian Women’s Alliance as the continental coordinator. More recently she worked in the private sector in the area of IT in healthcare.

Dr. Emily is a married to Dr. William Obwaka, a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist and they have four daughters, one son-in-law and two grand children. Having learned many lessons from her family growing up and her current family, Dr. Emily is writing a book to help parents navigate the difficult terrain of bringing up children. She has a passion to see families restored functionally and flourishing. Her calling is to see Africa play its part on the global arena through fully exploiting and employing its rich and diverse resources to make the difference. Dr. Emily believes youth are an integral and critical part of how this will be accomplished. 

Peter Mungai
Peter is a speaker, entrepreneur and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Drawing from his exposure to the corporate world by virtue of his past employment as a commercial lawyer at a leading law firm, he proceeded to co-found several businesses in a variety of fields notably real estate and IT startups, where he serves as a board member.

Peter loves to backpack with friends as a hobby. Having visited several African and European cities, he draws inspiration from his travels and freely shares his lessons during speaking engagements. He also volunteers with Man Enough, an 8 week challenge conducted by Transform Nations, that calls out men to lead in service as sons, brothers, fathers and sons in their families and society. 

David Owino
From friends and family to client relationships, David is passionate and deliberate about making a positive impact in the lives of everyone he interacts with. He spent more than twelve years at Centum, a leading East African investment company, and quickly rose to Company Secretary, acting Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity division, overseeing a portfolio of over $150m.

He is a proud citizen and resident of Kenya and a graduate of United States International University – Africa and has an MBA from Strathmore Business School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Public Secretary. He enjoys philosophy and learning the Latin language.

Simon Mbevi

The family, society and the world at large suffer in many ways, owing to the absence of responsible leaders in these spheres. It is this notion that prompted Simon Mbevi to establish Transform Kenya Initiative in 2010, which was aimed at equipping leaders who would spearhead societal change in the country. His passion for ministry to men, good leadership and prayer also played a part in the birth of this initiative. Since then, the organization has grown substantially, impacted many and has now rebranded to Transform Nations – as the need to see transformative leadership transcends the region, to other countries globally.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (University of Nairobi) and a Master of Arts in Leadership (Pan Africa Christian University). In addition to being the Founder and Executive Director of Transform Nations, Mbevi is also one of the founding Pastors of Mavuno Church, Kenya.

Simon has authored several books; including Dad is Destiny, Boys 2 Men: Turning Boys into Real Men, Ombi, Gedion’s Action and Man Enough: Unleash the Man Within.

All interesetd applicants must fill out their details through an application form. The application process is closed, and will be opened ahen we announce the 2016 ELC.

What is the World Youth Alliance?
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. To become a member, be sure to sign our Charter HERE.

What is the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference?

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference – AELC is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conference.

Who is invited for the AELC?

Youth aged between 16 -30 years.

What logistics will be provided?

Lunch and snacks will be provided during the conference. All travel expenses will be borne by the participants. Guidance to the economical options available for accommodation will be communicated to participants in due course so as to enable secure and affordable days in Nairobi. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. Payments for accommodation will be made by the participants.

How will Visas be processed for participants outside Kenya?

This will be clarified when the 2016 ELC is announced.

What is the cost of the Conference?

To be known when we announce the 2016 ELC.

Where do I get the Application Form?

The application process is currently closed, and will open when we announce the 2016 ELC.

How do I make payments?

Details to be availed when the 2016 ELC is announced.

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We thank all the participants who came to the 2014 ELC. We are now preparing for the 2015 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference. We look forwad to having you join us then.