A close-knit team of professionals, some of which have been working within the organisation since the beginning, powers Mowgli’s work. Our diversified mix of industry, cultural and professional backgrounds coupled with our deep passion for empowerment, entrepreneurship, mentoring and social development, enables us to continuously grow Mowgli from strength to strength.
Meet the members of our team.
Kathleen Bury is Mowgli Mentoring’s Chief Executive Officer and holds a BA Hons Business degree from the Nottingham Trent Business School, UK. She has undertaken a number of Executive Education programs in Columbia Business School, NYU, Wharton University and INSEAD Business School and trained as a Coach through Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
Having worked in the UK, Middle East, North Africa, Asia and East Africa, Kathleen has over 17 years of experience spanning profit and not for profit management, strategy development, project management, business development, consulting, research/market analysis, marketing/communications, knowledge management, process design, family business and start up/entrepreneurship. She is also an author of leadership and entrepreneurship focused articles within leading international magazines and online communities.
During her time working within and at the helm of Mowgli, Kathleen has led the team to double in size within, win 3 major awards for employment generation (impact), mentoring program quality and mentor network in the Arab Region, as well as expand into 8 new countries; enabling Mowgli to considerably increase its reach, impact and sustainability.
Prior to joining Mowgli, Kathleen rose from a Research Consultant to Director of Market Analysis with Contax Partners, a niche oil and gas consulting and business development company based in the UAE.
Kathleen is a founding member, current President and ex-Board Member of the Entrepreneur Organisation (EO) Kenya chapter, a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle, a public speaker, a mentor and mentee and a proud foster mom of 5 elephants through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
Maïa Gedde has recently joined Mowgli as Head of Business Development. She is an entrepreneur at heart having started a number of small businesses, most recently CasaKeza in Kigali, and is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create jobs. She was previously Country Manager for SPARK in Rwanda and Burundi, an NGO working with entrepreneurs in post conflict countries, overseeing their enterprise development and agribusiness programmes. Prior to this she was a Consultant for IOM in their reintegration programme and Programme Manager for Survivors Fund (SURF), based in Rwanda, to establish their Education into Employment programme. Her development career started at DFID from where she moved to the NGO sector as Project Manager at THET for Malawi, Ghana and Uganda, building capacity in the Health Sector.
She likes to understand the world by writing about it and has published Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, (2015, Routledge) and Working in International Health (2011, OUP). Her other personal passion is tiny houses and has built a few of them.
Based in the UK, Maia will lead on Mowgli’s fundraising and new business strategies and implementation to help ensure the growth and long-term sustainability of Mowgli.
Alicja Turner has been with Mowgli Mentoring since February 2009, making her one of the organisation's longest serving team members. Prior to joining Mowgli, she worked as a campaign researcher for a London based international NGO called Global Witness as well as Article XIX Freedom of Expression. Within both of these roles her research contributed to the publication of 2 reports; ‘Heads in the Sand: Governments Ignore the Oil Supply Crunch and Threaten the Climate in 2009″ and “Burma Anthology”. Additionally, Alicja has worked for a PR company Kinross and Render as an Intern and Junior Account Assistant which enabled her to develop a better understanding of marketing and communications as well as an Events Manager in the City. In 2008, she travelled to India and Nepal where she volunteered with a local girls-only orphanage, providing support with music related activities.
Alicja is originally from the south of Poland where from an early age she competed as a skier and studied languages. In 1999, she relocated to Kassel, Germany where she worked and studied for a year and then she moved to London where she took a PCE in English at Westminster University. Between 2003 -2006 she studied International Relations at the Tischner European University in Cracow Poland. Alicja is now married and has settled in Bristol, UK. She enjoys traveling, taiji, music and a photography hobby often leads her to spend many hours exploring the back woods of the British countryside.
Within the Mowgli team, Alicja is responsible for the operations and administration of the all aspects of the unique Mowgli Mentoring Experience (MME) programmes as well as supporting the members of the Mowgli Family Network (alumni). To consolidate her Mowgli project management experience she obtained an industry standard Prince 2 Certificate in Project Management in 2013.
Sarah joined the Mowgli Mentoring team in December 2014 and currently holds the position of Senior Project Coordinator. Prior to joining Mowgli, Sarah was introduced to Mowgli’s unique mentoring programs while working as outreach officer for Adam Smith International on the Forsa project in North Africa, as well as supporting the delivery of conferences and assisting with communication as the Project Manager within CJD Morocco.
After gaining a Political Science diploma and a Masters in Marketing and Trade in 2012, Sarah was able to gain experience and satisfy her passion for travel while working for Anil international in India as Marketing Executive Officer. Now based in Casablanca, Morocco, Sarah is responsible for assisting Mowgli’s Operations team to deliver Mowgli’s North Africa programs, as well as supporting Business Development in the region.
In her free time Sarah enjoys immersing herself in her favourite pursuits which include, travel, geopolitics and photography. In her work life, Sarah is dedicated to contributing to the future of the region and strongly believes in the untapped growing potential of the Middle East and North Africa.
Eva Waweru joined the Mowgli Mentoring team in December 2016. She is based in Kenya where she is supporting Mowgli's strategy to expand its reach and impact in Africa, and the organisation's program delivery as Communications Manager. She has a diverse communication and marketing background ranging from writing to production as well as experience with Program management.
Eva is passionate about entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, civil and political rights and farming.
Eva is a global citizen at heart, keen to travel the world and explore different cultures before she can finally settle down in a farm with her family.
Mahassine Mir-Smith is a Project Manager at Mowgli Mentoring. Mahassine joined the Mowgli team after a 17 years career in Project Management, Translation, Communication, PR and Media in Morocco.
Mahassine, who speaks Arabic, French and English, has a Master’s in Translation and Editing from King Fahd Advanced School of Translation and an MBA from University of Poitiers. She joined the Moroccan Radio and Television Corporation (SNRT) in 2006 as a Digital Executive developing into Head of the Digital Department.
Her managerial career in SNRT led her to actively participate in major international projects. She acted as SNRT Project Manager for the three-year long Terramed Plus Project, co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the Programme Euromed Audiovisual III.
Keen on consolidating her project management skills, Mahassine has obtained a PRINCE2® Project Management Certification to a Practioner Level in 2017.
Mahassine is passionate about low carb and ketogenic diets, and regularly blogs about nutrition issues. She lives in Bristol with her husband, two children and cat.
Laura Bizley joined the Mowgli Mentoring team in April 2018 as a Data and Project Support Officer, after three years working as a researcher in the PR industry. During this time, she became adept at using data to draw out insights and tell a story and is excited to be using this approach to showcase the power of mentoring.
Laura is passionate about the environment, having gained a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Birmingham, and has spent time living and working abroad in New Zealand and Australia.
Laura enjoys photography, vegetarian cooking and festivals, and is interested in politics and sustainable development.
Kimathi Laibuta joined Mowgli Mentoring in June 2018 as a Creative Designer bringing on board 11 years of experience in 3D, graphics, web design, photography and videography. Previously, he worked as an Art Director and has a Design Degree from the University of Nairobi. Based in Kenya, Kimathi is working within the communications department supporting the team in the delivery of marketing and communications material to support our program delivery as well as our other awareness raising and storytelling communication needs.
In his spare time, he likes being involved in community outreach programs that promote collaboration and social inclusion contributing towards improved quality of living, education for all, human rights, environmental awareness and eco-diversity.
Julie joined Mowgli Mentoring in November 2018 to manage a strategic new project funded by the Argidius Foundation to empower entrepreneurs in 3 counties (Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa) in Kenya. Prior to Mowgli Mentoring, Julie worked for Common Purpose International, a leadership development NGO, organising a wide range of customised leadership programmes in Europe and the Middle-East. Julie’s previous experience has seen her design and facilitate leadership courses along with technical assistance workshops throughout Libya for NGOs, youth, women and the public sector as part of an European Union capacity building program supporting Libya’s emerging civil society.
Julie joins the Mowgli team with diverse experience also having worked in the sport industry as the Venue Accreditation Manager for the UEFA Euro 2016 in Lens, France and the Executive Assistant to the CEO of the HSBC World Rugby Singapore 7s. Julie totally embraces the idea of building bridges between cultures and people. Originally from the South of France, Julie grew up in Thailand and Indonesia, has worked in France, the UK, Northern Africa, Middle-East, Singapore and now Kenya, and has regularly travelled to South Africa, Benin, Uganda, and Kenya where she’s had family. This developed a strong interest in Africa’s cultural diversity and political life.
Julie holds an MA in Cross-cultural Communications and International Relations from Newcastle University and has graduated from Sciences Po Toulouse, a selective French “Grande Ecole” focusing on political sciences. In her free time, she enjoys nature hiking, snorkelling or cross-country skiing.
Teminah Musyoki joined Mowgli Mentoring in November 2018 as the Project Officer of an Argidius Foundation funded project empowering entrepreneurs across 3 key counties in Kenya, namely Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Prior to joining Mowgli, she worked in Kilifi with Plan International Kenya and Moving The Goalposts. In both capacities, Teminah was involved in the empowerment of girls, youth and women in the areas of economic strengthening, education, health and countering violent extremism. At Moving The Goalposts, Teminah introduced the concept of mentorship for girls and young women who were running businesses in Kilifi and Mombasa Counties. She has also worked with various donors in her career such as USAID, UN Women, Adidas, Ford Foundation, United Purpose, Segal Family Foundation, Pathfinder International just to mention a few.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Resource Management from Kenyatta University and has been trained on Project Management Professional (PMP) from Strathmore University. Teminah has training in Monitoring and Evaluation and in addition, holds a certificate in Leadership development and Mentorship from Kenyatta University.
Teminah is a Kenyan born and raised in Nairobi as the last of 4 children. She enjoys traveling and music. She is keen on empowerment of girls, women and youth, supporting them in realizing their potential whilst exploring the resources at their disposal to improve their lives and the communities they live in.
Duaa Shaalan joined the Mowgli Mentoring team in December 2018 as a Project Manager supporting the Mowgli team in delivering a UN Women funded project empowering Syrian refugee and Jordanian women micro-entrepreneurs. Duaa has worked in various humanitarian organizations including: the International Rescue Committee IRC, Right to Play and Handicap International with roles focused on monitoring, evaluation and accountability, information management, reporting and capacity building. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, an advanced diploma for social work for refugees and immigrants and is currently working on her master’s degree that is focused on Enterprise System Engineering.
Dua is a fan of sports, travelling and music.