About Us: Executive & Management

About Us

ZanaAfrica brings together the best of non-profit passion and business acumen to create a holistic, sustainable, and internationally replicable solution to help women thrive.

We will make pads and use profits to fund charitable profits, such as health education and policy advocacy. In this way, we not only model financial freedom while helping women find the same, but ensure responsible stewardship of resources by reducing reliance on donations.

ZanaAfrica Group is a Kenyan company whose profits will create an endowment for ZanaAfrica Foundation, a Kenyan non-governmental organization. American Friends of ZanaAfrica (AFZA) is a US 501(c)3 public charity supporting the social mission. All donations to AFZA are tax deductible and used exclusively for charitable purposes.

Executive & Management Team

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Megan White Mukuria
CEO and Founder

Megan White Mukuria, a graduate of Harvard University (B.A. Psychology) brings extensive experience in social enterprise, planning and fundraising for non-profits and development and strategy for businesses in Kenya for nearly 10 years.

For her work starting ZanaAfrica to support girls and women, Megan was featured in Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women in July-August 2012 along with such luminaries as Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Alicia Keys, Melinda Gates, Jennifer Buffet and Tory Burch.

Megan is a recognized leader both locally and internationally. She was the youngest President of a Rotary Club in Kenya (2006-2007), through which she launched the National Sanitary Pads Campaign in February 2005. She became a founding member of the National Sanitary Towels Campaign Coordinating Committee, constituted in May 2008.

In 2004 Megan won the Angels Abroad Award from 85 Broads for her entrepreneurial achievements, and the next year her high school alma matter, In 2004 Megan won the Angels Abroad Award from 85 Broads for her entrepreneurial achievements, and the next year her high school alma matter, Greenwich Academy, awarded her the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, making her their youngest recipient in history. She and Lawino won the Wharton Africa Business Forum Business Plan Competition in 2009. In 2011, Megan was a speaker at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and was selected as a 2011 Poptech Social Innovation Fellow.

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Dr. Lawino Kagumba
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Lawino Kagumba, is an accomplished Materials Scientist (Polymers Specialty) with over 12 years experience in industrial research and product development. She is an innovator with a successful record in converting scientific ideas to funded projects, and directing technical efforts to advance technologies from proof-of-concept to prototypes to products ready for market. She has worked in Boston, USA for Polaroid Corporation, Triton Systems, Inc and most recently as Director of R&D for the start-up venture FRX Polymers in Boston, MA.

She received her B.A in Chemistry from Smith College, Northampton, MA and PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Annie Smith

Annie Smith
Research Program Manager

Annie graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering in 2008. She went on to work as an Engineer at Genentech, a biotechnology company in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she developed, characterized, and scaled-up manufacturing processes for bio-therapeutics designed to treat life-threatening diseases. After three years in the biotechnology industry, Annie decided to merge her career pursuits with her personal interests in women’s health and global development. She started working at ZanaAfrica in September 2011 as a Research Intern and has since joined the team full-time.

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