Our Team

David Kamau
Chief of Party/Director

I understand my calling in life to be – to help people ‘Align their perspectives to truth.’ This truth is the truth about who they are, what they are capable of and how to overcome what truly holds them back. I’ve been working to fulfil that calling over the past 12 years; through speaking, facilitation and creating life transforming content & curriculum.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of engaging with a variety of audiences ranging from children, youth, corporate executives, entrepreneurs among others. These audiences probably total in the thousands. Some of the topics I’ve spoken on include: Leadership, Life Skills, Team work, Entrepreneurship, Facilitation skills, Personal Development, Vision & Strategy, Marriage, Masculinity and a host of others.

Through my work at the RLC, I look forward to impacting and raising a new breed of Leaders that will radically transform the East Africa region & beyond, for good.

When I am not out changing the world, you will find me hanging out with my wife & son.

Imran Vaghoo
Deputy Chief of Party/Admissions Director

Imran Vaghoo is the Director of Admissions at the YALI Regional Learning Center East Africa program. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2006 where he majored in business and biology with a chemistry minor. He joined the admissions team at his Alma mater immediately after graduation where he discovered his passion for enrollment management. In 2012 Imranmoved back to Kenya and started American Higher Education Consulting, using his personal and professional experience to assist East African students seeking university education in North America. He is enthusiastic about empowerment through education. He considers himself an entrepreneur who enjoys coffee, new technology, having animated conversations and talking about himself in the third person.

Francis Wamwangi
Curriculum & Learning Director

Francis oversees the provision of curriculum and learning at the Center and ensures that the standards are met through incorporation of technical, contextual and experiential strategies and interventions. He has a wealth of knowledge leading and facilitating a broad range of social development programs in Africa. Before joining the Center, Francis held various roles in education, training and learning where he led the delivery of leadership and management programs in both private and not-for-profit sectors.

Betty Kariuki
Partnerships Director

Betty is a market-led development expert with extensive knowledge and experience in cross cutting areas because of her responsibility in various organizations in the course of her career in East Africa and the United States. She joined the YALI Regional Leadership Center EA in January 2018 and brings on board a wealth of diverse skills and experience in implementing innovative market led solutions in areas of enterprise development for SMEs in energy, agriculture, manufacturing, ICT, healthcare, partnership building, resource mobilization and youth economic empowerment.

In her current role, Betty provides strategic leadership in partnership building across 14 countries in East and Central Africa; Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, ensuring overall alignment between all stakeholders including multilateral, bilateral, governments and private sector players.

Prior to joining Deloitte as Partnership Director for YALI RLC East Africa, Betty worked in various organizations including Land O’ Lakes, SNV Netherlands, Enablis East Africa, Scan Group and John Hopkins Training Institute. Betty’s passion for Enterprise development and healthcare is evident in her attempt at entrepreneurship having co-founded two organizations, BPO Central Ltd and Purple Network. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Education in Business Administration and Economics from Catholic University of East Africa- Nairobi, Kenya and a Masters’ in Business Administration from Strayer University USA. Betty is a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Social Innovation committed to integrating social innovation into her work. While at YALI RLC East Africa, she hopes to witness and integration of youth leadership into health and ICT to improve the delivery of healthcare in the region.

Lillian B. Bogonko (CPPP)
Alumni & Volunteer Relations Director

When Lillian is not privately writing, she`s busy thinking and working on how to affect the next generation of leaders through the work she does at the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa. Within YALI RLC EA she has the privilege of working with Alumni across 14 African countries in their leadership journey to showcase their impactful work across the business, civil and public sectors.

Lillian is a Certified Process and Performance Professional (CPPP) with over 12 years of experience in the private, public and civil society sectors with a strong track record of leading and building strong teams and setting up processes and systems to enhance performance. She is also an Organizational Development professional with a knack for developing strategic partnerships. Her strength lies in her ability to connect all the right dots and deliver a solution that meets all stakeholder needs.

Her vast experience and exposure has enabled her to hone her skills in being able to identify what people are good at and push them to become their best.

She has a strong background in Higher Education, specifically in establishing strategic partnerships with industry, developing programs to facilitate and enhance the college to work experience, and developing assessments, mentorship and coaching programs with industry. Having worked with education institutions, she`s uniquely placed to understand the challenges young people face in their transition from college to work and an understanding of what employers/industry is looking for as far as talent is concerned.

As an avid reader with a people centered approach, her passion for education and leadership has been at the core of her work and has greatly influenced her career choices. She is also a Career Development coach having worked with USIU-Africa in the same capacity for over four years.