Leadership

Leadership

Zakayo Lolpejalai
National Director of Habitat Kenya

Zakayo Lolpejalai is currently the National Director of Habitat for Humanity Kenya since June, 2018. Before joining Habitat for Humanity, he served at World Vision Kenya since 2000 where he held different roles including that of the Director of Program Development and Grants Acquisition and Communications, Regional Manager, Regional Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Program Manager and Development Facilitator.
Zak as he refers to himself is an experienced humanitarian worker, Community Development programs Designer and Grants acquisition expert with strong facilitation, analytical, organizational and program management and monitoring skills. He has over 18 years’ experience in working in international Non-governmental organizations implementing humanitarian programs at various level.
Zak holds a Master of Arts degree in International Conflict Management from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) in Community Development (Major) and Business Administration and Management (Minor) from Daystar University.

Julius O. Coredo
Head of Programme Operations

Julius Coredo has background in planning and engineering. He has over twelve years experience in integrated development planning and strategies for urban development, local governance and infrastructure development, affordable housing, water & sanitation, micro finance, and disaster risk reduction. He has worked for local government support programmes in the East African region, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan, Kenya Symbiocity programme, a partnership venture of the Council of Governors (CoG) and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). Mr. Coredo has previously taught urban planning related courses at Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and is a member of Kenya Institute of Planners. Mr. Coredo holds a Masters degree in Urban Environmental planning from Maseno University, Post-graduate Diploma in Urban Management and Development from the Institute of Housing and Urban Studies (IHS), Netherlands, as well as BSc. in Civil engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Mr. Coredo loves writing, reads philosophy, jogs and enjoys being with his family and friends. He believes that although he is provincial at heart, he lives for the city.

Shelmith Mburu
Finance and Administration Manager 

Shelmith is the Finance and Administration Manager at Habitat for Humanity Kenya since June 2015, having joined the organization in January 2012 as a Senior Accountant. Before joining Habitat for Humanity, she had served at World Vision East Africa Regional Office in various capacities within the Finance department. Shelmith is a passionate, resourceful and results-driven individual with 14 years of working experience in Accounting and Finance in the NGO sector, and with expertise in Financial Management. Shelmith is currently completing her Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from the same university.

Rita Munyae
Resource Development and Communications Manager

Rita Munyae is an expert in NGO fundraising and communications. With over 9 years’ experience, she is well experienced in fundraising and donor relations, grants management, project development, strategy development and implementation; and marketing and communication. Previously, Rita led the resource mobilization and communications department for Childline Kenya, a national NGO. At Habitat for Humanity Kenya, Rita is responsible for the overall coordination, planning, development, and management of a public and private sector fundraising and communications strategy to mobilize resources for HFH Kenya in line with its strategic goals. Rita is currently pursuing a Master Degree in International Relations at United States International University, Kenya and she also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of Nairobi. Rita is a firm believer that everyone has something to give and it is precious in the eyes of the other person.

George Mugweru
Housing Market Development Lead 

George Mugweru leads housing market development programs in Habitat for Humanity Kenya. He also previously served as a housing microfinance expert for Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, “Building Assets, Unlocking Access” project, in Kenya and Uganda. George is an accomplished financial services expert with over 12 years experience. His work has included the implementation of projects, focusing on improving financial capability and literacy to low-income households, product design for the leading microfinance service providers and spearheading Housing Market Development efforts. He has consulting experience in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. George earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nairobi, Kenya and specialized certifications from MicroSave, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and Market System Development from Springfield. George is a driving enthusiast and he loves visiting new place as well as cooking.