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.

Maggie Kamau-Biruri
Partnership Director

Maggie has worked in the international development sector for more than 15 years, in Africa and the US. She is currently the Partnership Director for the Yali Regional Leadership Center for East Africa, charged with cultivating partnerships for the Center. Prior to joining the Center, Maggie worked as Senior Resource Mobilization Officer at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she raised more than $50 million from private foundations, donor governments and private sector.

Prior to her work at AGRA, Maggie worked as the Africa Regional Director for the International Child Resource Institute, a 33 year old international organization with programs in US, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal and Zimbabwe. As Regional Director, Maggie led the design and development of programs for families in East Africa in the areas of child protection, economic opportunities for youth and women and Early Childhood Education. Maggie started her work in international development in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was an active speaker, advisor and thought leader in the vibrant international development community. Ms. Biruri serves on several international nonprofit Boards including Thriive Inc., ICRI-Africa and Harambee Arts. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University.

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.

Charles Warria
Monitoring & Evaluation Director

Charles Warria is a Development Analyst and Results Expert with extensive experience and expertise in working with the Public and Private sector in Africa, as well as the Civil Society in identifying, documenting and utilizing results for sustainable development. As a seasoned practitioner, he has worked extensively with Civil Society Organizations, Government Departments, Corporate Companies and Community groups across Africa and Asia on participatory approaches to sustainable development, rights-based approaches to engaging with Governments at different levels, through multi-stakeholder processes and systems in East, Central and Southern Africa, building their capacity for results-based management and change measurement, conducting evaluations, program audits and participatory approaches to sustainable development, setting up M&E systems, knowledge management and information use for myriad local and international NGOs. Charles has engaged extensively in building capacity, facilitating and documenting adaptations and innovations for Outcome Mapping in East and Central Africa, and also as an External Learning Facilitator for the Uganda Water Sector (Triple S), the Technical Advisor for M&E to the Prolinnova Network (Promoting Local Innovation in Africa), a network that brings together 26 countries across Africa and Asia. More recently, Charles has worked with the Drivers of Accountability Programme, a multi-agency and multi-actor platform to expand accountable governance and opportunities for public participation in decision making and service delivery processes in Kenya. Charles is a founding member of the Evaluation Society of Kenya, a member of the International Child Rights Network, a member of the Kenya Human Rights Network (HURINET), a member of the Africa Evaluation Association (AfrEA), a member of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community, member of the African Community of Practice for Managing Development Results (AfriCOP-MfDR), member of the Capacity Development Network, and member of the Global Development Professionals Network.

Francis Wamwangi
Curriculum & Learning Director

Francis is a Leadership and Management development facilitator and has worked across Not for Profit and Corporate Organizations.

He joined the YALI Regional Leadership Center, East Africa from Safaricom Ltd where he had been a Senior Learning and Development Officer responsible for Leadership & Management Development, Corporate and Retail Functions Training. He also served as a member of the Sustainability Reporting Team. Prior to this, he was the Regional Training Manager & Fairtrade Projects Officer at Homegrown (K) Ltd and Education Coordinator at the William Holden Wildlife Foundation.

Francis is Bachelor of Science graduate and is currently pursuing an MBA. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Human Resources Management and has attended Strathmore Business School’s programs on Developing Leadership Capabilities and Effective Internal Business Partnering. He is also certified by the Institute of Leadership & Management in Advanced Skills Development for Training Professionals and is a member of the International Association of Facilitators.

His greatest interests lie in leadership development, social transformation and the environment. He has travelled on work assignment to Ethiopia, Zambia, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Austria.