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Leonard Chumo Falex, ICRI Africa Program Manager

Leonard holds a (Double Major) Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi, and is currently undertaking his MBA at the Leadership Training institute, Nairobi. He consults on Organizational Growth and Leadership and is a co-founder of Christian Youth in Action (CYIA).

Leonard’s career has included serving as Deputy Principal at Kapkirwok High School; Enterprise Development Officer, Ministry of Labor; working in operations at Barclays Bank- Head Office; and serving as a constituency committee member at the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.

Prior to joining, ICRI, Leonard had actively participated in the periodic trainings offered by ICRI (Africa) while working at the National Assembly of Kenya. While volunteering at ICRI, Leonard developed great passion for the grassroots advocacy programs carried out by ICRI (Africa). He is honored to be associated with the reputation of ICRI in being at the forefront of championing an Africa where all children and families are safe, healthy and economically empowered.

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Maggie Kamau-Biruri, ICRI Africa Director Emeritus

Maggie is the Founding Director of ICRI-Africa, a nonprofit organization that supports and nurtures grassroots organizations allowing them to gain access to funds and recognition as critical stakeholders in development. A strong proponent of grassroots sustainable development, Maggie has spoken extensively about the role of grassroots and advocated for donor support to community-based organizations.

Prior to returning to Kenya in 2005 to oversee the ICRI-Africa office, Maggie lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 10 years where she worked at various nonprofit organizations. As the Communications Director for ICRI-HQ, Maggie assured constant communication with all ICRI offices around the world and was involved in fund development for ICRI international programs.

Maggie has consulted and advised multiple international organizations working in Africa as well as advised donors interested in Africa. Maggie has made numerous presentations on Africa issues including at the Community Foundation of Minneapolis/Minnesota Council of Foundations, Association of Small Foundations, Global Philanthropy Forum, and San Francisco World Affairs Council.

Maggie sits on the Boards of Project Baobab, an organization that provides opportunities for marginalized youth through entrepreneurship, and Akili Dada, an organization that supports and nurtures the next generation of women leaders through paying their school fees and mentoring bright young women in Kenyan high schools. Maggie also serves on the advisory Boards of several organizations in the US and in Africa including The Clarence Foundation, Women of Africa and Harambee Arts. Maggie holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and B.A in Education.

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Dhirendra Lamsal, ICRI Nepal Country Director

Dhirendra is the Country Director of ICRI Nepal and oversees ICRI’s work on numerous programs to support children and families in Nepal. Dhirendra has over 15 years of experience working in community development, education, and HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention.

Dhirendra’s skills in non-profit management and project design/implementation have benefitted numerous programs of ICRI Nepal. He received funding from the United Nations Development Program to work with the Network for Children, Prisoners, and Dependents to provide holistic HIV prevention and support services to Nepali prisoners and their families. Dhirendra has also served as a key participant in the formulation of the National Plan of Action for Children through Nepal’s Ministry for Women, Children, and Social Welfare.

Dhirendra has presented seminars and working papers on children’s issues, HIV/AIDS, and community development at international conferences and forums in Australia, Hungary, Northern Ireland, India, the United States, Malaysia, and Thailand. In 2007, Dhirendra received the Global Leader for Young Children award from the World Forum Foundation.

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Ebenezer Lartey, ICRI Ghana Country Director

Ebenezer holds B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Tourism from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and also an Executive Mastery Certificate in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from Carayol College. He is an expert in ICT Marketing, Corporate Project Planning and Management.

Ebenezer has trained in Early Childhood Education and has developed considerable skill, knowledge and experience in early childhood education. In his child education delivery, Ebenezer allows the children to lead the curriculum, while nurturing, supporting and guiding them.

Ebenezer believes that children are the creators and advocates that teachers give the children the materials, tools, and opportunities to create. He uses locally found and natural materials in his learning delivery.

Ebenezer has facilitated several training programs on Early Childhood Education and has led a team of experts, consultants and academicians to enter into various education collaborations in Early Childhood Education. He is the leading a team to collaborate with The University of Education Winneba to establish an Early Childhood Education Graduate Studies program and to construct and equip the University with a state of the art Child Care/Resource Centre at Winneba.