Board of Trustees
Founder and Managing Partner at Roha, a greenfield investment company focused on East Africa. Roha invests and develops new companies by leading greenfield projects from origination to exit.
Partner at MMAN Advocates heading its Commercial and Projects practice groups. Over 12 years’ experience in commercial and corporate lawWaringa is also a board member of PharmAccess Foundation.
Anne Miltenburgjoins our Advisory Board to strengthen our brand and direct our work increasing both reach and impact. Anne is an award winning brand developer specialising in brands for social change. After a storied career at agencies such as Studio Dumbar and Interbrand in Europe and South-East Asia, she founded BrandTheChange.org in Nairobi, an educational company that trains social entrepreneurs to build stronger brands to accelerate change. She is the author of Brand The Change and creator of the Brand Thinking Canvas. Her brand building tools are in use by more than 10,000 people across four continents.
Angela, our Vision Architect, is one of Kenya’s leading publishers of African literature. From 2008 to 2017, she was the executive director of East Africa’s leading literary organisation, Kwani Trust, where she published Africa’s leading literary and award-winning voices, including Chimamanda Adichie, Binyavanga Wainaina, Nuruddin Farah, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Ayobami Adebayo. Wachuka served as secretary to a national film committee appointed by Kenya’s Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts in 2017 to align proposed film legislation with sectoral needs. She is Secretary of Wabunii Sacco, a savings and credit organisation providing financial inclusion and solutions to Kenya’s creative sector.
Wanjiru Koinange, our Vision Architect, is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi, Kenya. Her debut novel, The Havoc of Choice, based on the events surrounding the 2007 Kenyan general election, is currently a national bestseller. It is published in the UK and UAE and translated into Arabic. Her writing has also been published in several journals and magazines across the continent, including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers, where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa. Before Book Bunk, Wanjiru explored ways in which art and creative production could be used to influence social change. These efforts were channelled through the Cape Town-based non-profit- Africa Centre- where she managed some of their core programs.
Dennis, our Digital Alchemist, has a background in Information Technology and Cybersecurity, which brings a wealth of knowledge to his role. Before joining forces with Book Bunk, Dennis gained valuable experience in far-off lands, working his magic at a recycling startup and a health insurance firm. At Book Bunk, Dennis keeps the tech game strong, ensuring they stay up-to-date with the ever-changing IT landscape. When he’s not busy being a tech superhero, he enjoys binge-watching the latest tech releases, exploring DIY videos, and showering his beloved pets with love.
Evelyne, our Administrative Dynamo, holds an International Relations and Diplomacy degree, demonstrating a keen interest in Sustainable Development. Within Book Bunk, she offers vital support in the smooth execution of day-to-day operations across various departments. Evelyne takes immense pleasure in playing her part alongside the team, working towards realising Book Bunk’s goals and targets that align with its overarching vision. During her leisure time, she enjoys socialising with friends and family, binge-watching shows, and experimenting with cooking recipes.
Lydia, our Operations Orchestrator, oversees the daily operations of the Kaloleni, Eastlands (Makadara), and McMillan Libraries. Being part of the process of building something greater than herself is what Lydia truly cherishes about her role. She takes pride in that future generations will have the opportunity to explore and learn about their African heritage and culture through these libraries. Lydia finds joy in writing, listening to music, and spending quality time with her family.
Marianne Wamuyu, our Library Experience Architect, is a Literature and Political Science graduate and a proud mother of two little girls. She is dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences for library users. She is also very passionate about books, believing they are portable magic. The programmes she curates for the libraries are all-inclusive. She finds fulfilment in seeing people learning new skills and enjoying the events and programmes held in the library. When she isn’t planning programmes and events, you’ll find her with her lovely babies, playing, reading books, watching films or travelling with family.
Marion, our Library Collection Connoisseur, is responsible for curating and managing library collections. As a dedicated literature enthusiast, Marion’s passion shines exceptionally bright when it comes to African literature. She takes great pleasure in curating library collections that beautifully capture indigenous African knowledge’s richness. During her free time, you’ll often find Marion immersed in the pages of books, eagerly expanding her knowledge, and engaging in various art projects that fuel her creativity.
Maureen, our Library Time Travel Curator, leads the organisation’s endeavours to preserve and safeguard invaluable records, such as photographs, newspapers, and more, housed at McMillan Memorial Library. Maureen’s primary responsibility involves converting these records into digital formats to ensure long-term preservation. Working in such proximity to history and culture, particularly that of Kenya, has been a source of immense fulfilment for her.
Nereah, our Culture Catalyst, is a certified HR professional with diverse industry experience. She oversees all HR-related functions, including Compliance, HR Administration, Recruitment, Performance Management, Training, Talent Development/Management, and Employee welfare. She enjoys establishing a thriving, result-oriented, and fulfilling work environment for the entire team believing that “A great vision without great people is irrelevant.” Apart from work, she has a deep passion for music, poetry, travel, and a good read!
Tarus, our Wordsmith, holds a BA in Communication, Public Relations Major and Marketing Minor; from Daystar University. For over seven years, she has engaged as a communications professional in several diverse industries, all inspired by her passion for leadership growth and development. Her strong reading culture and proactive pursuit of learning have positively impacted her work assignments, elevating conversations, challenging the status quo, and enhancing the learning environment. Outside work, Tarus occupies herself with matters of books; she leads a book club focusing on African literature and writes reviews hoping to get more people reading. She also enjoys working out and exploring the outdoors.
Trevas, our Chief Expeditionist, holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Nairobi and is deeply interested in the intricate relationship between culture and space. Within his role at Book Bunk, Trevas has the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of individuals during tours, which enables him to explore new ideas and expand his understanding of various worldviews—an aspect of his work that he finds truly gratifying. Besides this, Trevas has been able to work on the Library Ecosystems Research project, mapping out libraries in all 47 counties in Kenya. This project has comprehensively enriched the knowledge of libraries in Kenya. Outside of his professional pursuits, Trevas is a passionate motorsport enthusiast.
Our Web Whiz, Polycarp, updates, manages and maintains the NBO libraries archive and Library Ecosystems Interactive Map websites. In addition, Polycarp provides valuable support in equipment maintenance and cybersecurity efforts. His unwavering passion lies in staying at the forefront of technology, innovation, and information security.
Yvette, our Library Archive Adventurer, is a dedicated Computer Science student and contributes her expertise as an Archives Associate, primarily focused on digitising endangered materials. One of her most cherished aspects of the role is the opportunity to interact with individuals and their materials when they bring them in for digitisation, providing insight into trends and preserving lifetime achievements. During the pandemic, Yvette discovered a newfound passion for knitting, which has become integral to her life. In her leisure time, she can often be immersed in music, with headphones on, enjoying her favourite tunes.
My name is Agnes Atieno, born and raised in Maringo, Makadara. I have been a library user of the Eastlands Library, Makadara since I was a kid. I was so excited to be called into the Facility team as a security officer after qualifying for the interview. My experience working with Book Bunk has been great and I am proud to be part of this organisation that has brought a positive impact to the libraries in our communities. Working at the library has been exceptionally rewarding. I am also an avid reader.
My name is Antony Odongo alias ‘Mavado’ from Maringo Estate, Makadara. I have been using this library since I was young. I have learnt a lot of skills working as a security officer at Book Bunk. This position has allowed me to learn a lot through the training activities offered at Book Bunk. I come from a humble background and being here has improved my community socialising. I like riding motorbikes outside work because it’s one of my favourite hobbies. Thanks to Book Bunk for the opportunity to work with you and I’m looking forward to engaging with you more years to come.
I am Collins Felix Onyango aka ‘Aziz’ born and raised in Maringo estate, “OFARO”. I have been a library user since I was young and I am so thankful to Book Bunk for giving me a chance to give back to the community I grew up in. I am also grateful for my janitorial role as it enables me to continue to serve my community. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children and working out. I am looking forward to continuing to grow with Book Bunk.
I am Daniel Museveni Olubwayo-Alex, a married man and father of two. I am grateful to work at Book Bunk as a janitor. I have been part of the journey since 2019. Seeing the organisation grow under a well structured management has been something I am proud to be a part of. I have seen myself learn and grow and I’m looking forward to being part of Book Bunk’s future growth as we build on the vision to make our libraries a better place both for the users and the entire team. Besides this I am a skillful driver at heart.
My name is Quivers aka ‘Quavo’; a father of one daughter, Quinisha. I work as a janitor for Book Bunk. My job enables me to interact with a lot of people which I really enjoy. Moreover, in the course of performing my duties I stumble upon various challenges and the process to overcome them and learn from them is one that I find quite fulfilling. Outside of work, I enjoy playing football and if it’s not obvious yet, making new friends. Travelling is another thing that I find quite relaxing.
I am Kevin Idalia Obondo aka ‘Sneijder’, a father of one. I am grateful for working with Book Bunk, an organisation I joined while working for Lynk in the Kaloleni Library renovation in 2020. From my job with Lynk, I got an opportunity to work with Book Bunk as a security officer. I have learned a lot of things through Book Bunk and I am proud to be part of the impact it makes in the community. I am certainly looking forward to growing into new levels with the organisation. Beyond my work, I enjoy playing football as a player on the pitch, as a fan and behind the controller of a Play Station.
I am Martin Kivanyiru ‘aka’ Livondo, I am married and a father to 3. I joined Book Bunk in 2019 and still appreciate working here today. Book Bunk has taught me a lot, and, as a janitor, it has also helped me know how to cope within society. My wish to the organisation is to see its progress in the future and keep helping the community. I’m grateful for the progress I’ve made and I’m looking forward to growing more with the team. Besides this I’m a skillful electrician and love to create things with my hands.
My name is Staicy Monica Atieno. I am a single mum from Maringo estate, Makadara near the Eastlands Library. I am a janitor at Book Bunk Trust. I have grown in this position starting as a casual labourer, which I got while Book Bunk was renovating the library. I worked on demolishing the walls, removing plastic tiles with a panga, collecting broken window glasses, and sweeping the floors. It was hard work but I thank God that I can see the fruit of my labour. I am grateful to Book Bunk for this opportunity and am proud to be part of the change. In five years, I would still like to be part of Book Bunk. I am big on being there for the less fortunate members of my community and to share my food and clothes; it’s things like that that make me happy.
I am Veronica born and raised in Makadara (Marish) . I have always used the library since I was a child. Back then it was dusty and had no electricity. I met Book Bunk through my brother who worked on the renovation of the library. Thereafter, I was called for an interview where I secured a job as a security officer and I am so excited to be part of the facility team. In the coming years I would still like to be part of Book Bunk. I am very passionate about drawing. It’s a skill I’d like to develop further.
Vantage Finance performs finance and accounting functions for Book Bunk Trust. As the Lead Consultant, Benjamin ensures internal controls are in place to promote accountability and the integrity of financial and accounting information. He also works in tandem with the team to improve budget absorption and mitigate financial risks for the Trust.