Our Team

Mary RowlattChief Executive Officer

Mary is a project management specialist with eight years of experience leading projects in both the private sector and with non-governmental organisations. Mary has recently led projects for clients such as Google.org, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), TradeMark East Africa and Palladium. In her previous role as Communications Director at Xavier Project – an NGO focused on refugees’ education in Kenya and Uganda – she was responsible for the organisation’s communications strategy and fundraising, as well as engagement and outreach with the refugee community and key stakeholders. Mary’s background prior to this was within the finance sector in the UK where she led a global team in the areas of relationship management, project evaluations, and business processes development. Mary holds an MSc in migration and development from SOAS, University of London, where her research focused on migration and conflict in East Africa.

Lance HadleyChief Technology Officer

Lance is an IT specialist with ten years of experience building user-oriented digital information platforms, data integration tools, and content management systems. Lance has completed IT-related assignments for clients such as Google, Global Affairs Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, Germany), Oxfam Canada, World Vision Canada, Engineers without Borders, Palladium, the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, TradeMark East Africa, and the Canadian International Development Platform (formerly the North-South Institute, Canada). Lance is currently pursuing a PhD in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University, Ottawa). His research focuses on the geospatial methods of economic risk and volatility.

Julia HakspielChief Strategy Officer

Julia has been working in the area of trade, regional integration and social development in East Africa for over seven years and has direct experience designing and implementing trade and development programmes with a focus on gender and poverty. She has worked with leading organisations in this field such as TradeMark East Africa, DFID, Danida, Sida, the International Trade Centre, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

David OregaDirector of Operations

David has over seven years of experience leading field operations in East Africa. David previously managed research projects for the Busara Center for Behavioural Economics and Innovations for Poverty Action. He holds a BSc in Information Sciences from Moi University.

Sylvia KituaBusiness Operations Manager

Sylvia has had work experience in both private and non- governmental organizations in the past three years. Majority of her experience has focused on social development activities among the marginalized communities through projects such as women empowerment through social and economic education as well as gender based violence among others. She holds a BSc in International Business Administration and an MSc in Strategic Management, both from the United States International University.


Edith AokoProject Assistant

Edith has four years of experience working in non-governmental organizations in the areas of research, social development, psycho-social support and education. Her previous experience includes overseeing and managing prison rehabilitation, counselling and mentorship programs in Kenyan prisons. Edith has also supported large scale research projects and carried out field data collection. She holds a BA in Industrial Psychology from the University of Namibia.