Sennane Gatakaa Riungu*

University of Nairobi

Received fellowship: University of Nairobi, 2006, 2007
SLI2013: Leading the Leaders: A Forum for Local Youth Leaders in Maara Constituency, Kenya
SLI2019: The Greenhouse Enterprise - Maara Constituency -, Kenya
Covid-19 Relief for Sylff Fellows - 2020 & 2021

Academic supervisor: Dr. C.A. Mumma- Martinon & Dr. M. Patrick

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives: PhD Candidate - Dept of Diplomacy & International Studies - UoN; Holds a Masters Degree in International Studies - UoN and a Bachelors Degree in Education (Arts) (First Class Honours) from UoN; Member of the Diplomacy Scholars Association of Kenya (DIPSAK) and the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA); Founding member - Makuri Development Forum; 2 times Awardee of the Sylff Leadership Award.

Current affiliation: University of Nairobi

Sennane RIUNGU is a highly organized managerial and administrative professional with diverse experience and skills in multiple industries and capacities. She is adept in coordinating programme deliverables as well as routine administrative operations.
Sennane is a multidisciplinary PhD candidate with extensive knowledge in Diplomacy, International Relations, International Economics, Global Security and Higher Education trends among others. She bears a critical understanding of the social, economic, political and governance issues especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
She is a twice awardee of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Leadership Initiative fund and has meticulously executed community based projects with extensive livelihood impacts at grassroots level.

Brief summary of support program activities: A two-time Awardee of the Sasakawa Leaders Initiative (SLA) Fund. In December 2013, I organized and conducted a 3-day forum dubbed “Leading the Leaders” Training Forum in which group leaders from at least 32 community based organizations based in the Maara constituency of Tharaka-Nithi county in Kenya attended. From this forum, the Makuri Development Forum was birthed with the aim of creating opportunities for community development, economic empowerment and social cohesiveness at the grassroot level. In 2019, another training session that accompanied the onset of Greenhouse farming funded by the Tokyo Foundation and supported by a local seed company was held with the local community leaders and members. The Greenhouse Initiative is an ongoing venture from which members of the community continue to draw inspiration and ideas on agribusiness models and management as well as benefitting from the wealth of knowledge that is regularly provided by the supporting local seed company.

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