Kamau is the Founding Executive Director of Gearbox, an open platform in Kenya aimed at broadening access to manufacturing.
He has founded two Fab Labs in Kenya, including one at the University of Nairobi, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Production. He also Chairs the Board of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
His PhD is in Solid State Science from Pennsylvania State University and he did R&D in Japan for TDK for over two years. He holds a US patent, has authored 10 academic publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several non-technical articles.
Neil is the CEO of the Wellers Law Group and Wellers Impact Limited (greater London). Neil held senior investment and operations roles at Barclays Private Clients until 2006 before becoming COO/CEO at Truestone, an asset and investment manager with expertise in impact investment.
Neil has designed and managed a range of innovative impact funds and products including listed and private equity and debt investments across several sectors.
Neil also sits on the boards of Alquity, Five Talents, Truestone and the Hugh Pilkington Charitable Trust.
After a 30-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where Robert became Global Corporate Finance Leader for the Technology Industry, Robert co-founded Parable Trust in 2005. Parable Trust is a not-for-profit company operated on Christian principles to help grow and develop businesses that transform communities and create value to help the poor and needy internationally.
Also in 2005, Robert joined the Board of Blakell Europlacer Group as a Non-Executive Director. In 2013 Parable Trust acquired the Blakell Europlacer Group with Robert becoming Chairman. During the last seven years the business has more than doubled to £30million turnover in 2019, and now employs 180 staff.
Experienced in the manufacturing process design, plant layout, process optimisation and continuous improvement.
Manufacturing Engineering Sector
Automotive sector (Federal Mogul, Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems).
United States (7 years)
Electronic Manufacturing Sector
United Technologies Electronic Controls
United States (5 years)
Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement Consulting
South Africa (7 years)
Manufacturing and Service Sector
Kenya (7 years)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
Tri-State University, Indiana, United States
Experienced in commercial sales and marketing, public sector partnerships, community education and social change activities, social marketing and managing startups in the health sector.
Operations of Marketing
Production and distribution of oxygen and medical devices
Hewatele (2.5 years)
Community Behaviour Change and Coordinating Service Provision
Community behaviour change among the pastoralist communities, managing service providers and supply chain.
Palladium (3 years)
Commercialising social marketing programmes
Tanzania, South Sudan (xx years)
Pharmaceutical products promotion.
Pfizer, Bristol Meyers Squibb and Glenmark (10 years)
MBA and BSc Kenyatta University, Kenya
David Fenton is a seasoned expert with over 32 years' experience in electronics manufacturing across several continents and has a wealth of experience in designing electronics manufacturing systems across the globe. He provides remote training and mentoring support for the local engineering team.
Roopal started her career in 2008 at Citibank as a Corporate Credit Rik Analyst in London, in 2010, she moved to the Global Portfolio Optimisation Team to manage risk within the bank’s loan portfolio.
Subsequently in 2015, she moved to Citibank Sydney where she headed up the Corporate Derivatives Sales and Trading Desk for Australia and New Zealand.
Originally from Malawi, Roopal is extremely passionate about achieving impact through investments. Since 2019, she has been working to leverage skills that she built during her decade in traditional finance to positively contribute to the world. She works to bring instruments and thought processes from institutional finance to the impact investment space.
Guy Ruddle is a co-founder of Wellers Impact Limited and is a director and CFO of the business.
He is a qualified accountant with more than 10 years' experience within the financial services sector. Guy trained with Deloitte in South Africa, Australia and Ireland.
He then spent over 6 years at Man Group PLC, managing their structured products valuation team followed by 3 years with Morgan Stanley helping to set up a global financial resources team within the equities division.
He spent 2 years at Truestone Impact Investment Management Ltd, where he was the senior investment analyst, overseeing and managing investments across East Africa and beyond.
Dorcas is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K), Achievers Professional College, (2010), as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) - Finance Option from Kabarak University, (2012) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance Option from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, (2014).
She is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with more than 8 years' experience in various professional setups, including non-governmental, education and commercial organisations.
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