About Us: Mid-Career Professionals

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.

Mid-Career Professionals

Anita Shankar

Anita Shankar
Role: Field Trainer

Why ZanaAfrica: I firmly believe that everyone has something to teach and something to  learn. Having obtained my Masters in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill, I wanted to build upon my experience in health education and international development. I was drawn to ZanaAfrica’s mission of solving the root problems of gender inequality. Co-facilitating the EmpowerNet Clubs is the highlight of my week.

Bio: I am a trainer, learner, teacher and explorer. Originally from California, USA, I am thrilled to be living in Nairobi, Kenya. I love to learn and do so by various methods, mostly observing, pondering, reading, teaching and wandering. I’m happiest discovering a new neighborhood, hanging out with my kids or eating a piece of dark chocolate. I don’t travel light, and always carry food, drink, first aid supplies, entertainment and a clean tissue.

Team Member Since: November 2011

Kenna

Kenna Kay
Role: Creative Director

Why ZanaAfrica: After deciding to take a gap year after 20 years of working in media, I met Megan at the PopTech Conference. Her presentation was so compelling that I immediately walked up to her and asked if there was anything I could do to help. I had been interested in working on girls’ issues for a long time and Megan assured me that my background would be a great fit with ZanaAfrica’s needs.

Bio: Kenna Kay was the Vice President/Creative Director at TV Land, a division of MTV Networks Entertainment Group. She crafted and maintained the brand identity in all promotional creative. Previously, she was Associate Creative Director at Nickelodeon. She is the recipient of awards from Promax/ BDA, Print, Communication Arts, HOW, Art Directors Club and D&AD. She has given presentations on design for AIGA, the How Conference, The Art Director’s Club, the University of Kansas, The University of Wisconsin, Izmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi, Turkey, and Caracas, Venezuela. Her judging experience has included American Illustration, 365 AIGA “Year in Design”, and various regional shows. Kenna co-chaired “Design (Re)Invents: AIGA Design and Business Conference” and recently completed a three year term on the National Board of AIGA. She was an adjunct professor in the Illustration Department at Parsons the New School for Design before coming to Kenya.

Activities in ZanaAfrica: Creation of new logo, new website, and pad package logo and design. Creation of videos and other collateral materials.

When: January – August 2012

Karen Miller

Karen Miller
Role: Brand and Marketing Manager

Why ZanaAfrica: After being exposed to the fact that an intervention as simple as a sanitary pad can help keep girls in school, I knew I wanted to get involved. My time spent in Kenya was the most rewarding and challenging work I have ever had!

Bio: Karen Miller is Director, Global Marketing and Communications for Women’s World Banking. Prior to working with ZanaAfrica, she held marketing management roles with Xerox and LexisNexis. She began her career building public awareness campaigns for  HIV/AIDS and other public health issues.

When: May – August 2011

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