Uzima membership is diverse and includes domestic and international members.
Jacobet Edith Wambayi PhD - Executive Director
In the late 1980s, she started working on HIV & AIDS with NGOs and other groups conducting national campaigns to spread awareness and sensitize people. she organized national and community workshops on HIV & AIDS targeting community leaders, opinion leaders, administrators and the civil society. The programs influenced the Kenya Government in bringing about tangible changes in legislation on HIV & AIDS.
Edith has continued the fight against the scourge in Canada since 2001. She provides support to people living with HIV working with AIDS service organizations in Canada. As well, Edith conducts community-based research and health needs assessments among vulnerable communities in Canada. In 2007 she was appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS. The Council advises the Federal Minister of Health on the Federal Initiative on HIV & AIDS. Edith’s International experience includes assignment to Bangladesh with Canadian Public Health Association/Canadian International Immunization Initiative/WHO/CDC/UNICEF where she provided technical advice to the Ministry of Health and participated in the Polio eradication and other vaccine preventable diseases initiatives. Therefore, she has actively founded and advocated Uzima since its inception in 2010, incorporation in 2012, and growth to date.
Edith is a holder of a PhD and MSc in Medical Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Education/Science, a Diploma in Community-Based Program Planning and Management, and several certificates in the Health and related fields.
Olufunke Akinkunmi- Chair
Robert Gichuru - Board Secretary
Robert Gichuru has more than 27 years working in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Kenya and Canada. Ten of those years have been in the Non- Profit sector in Canada. He is passionate about developing technology to improve lives.
Education: University of Toronto , 2004, University of Nairobi , 1988
Andrea Thomas - Board Treasurer
Andrea Thomas spends much of her time involved in various community services on a voluntary basis. Entrepreneur and businesswoman, Andrea’s background is in Business Administration. She is the co-owner of Aspire Travel and does event planning. Mother of 3 adult children, Andrea is a Christian and is actively involved in her church.
Rukia Swaleh is currently completing her medical training to become an Endocrinologist. She is passionate about the health and well being of women and is involved in a number of volunteer and mentorship initiatives aimed at improving the lives of marginalized women and children.
Rukia Swaleh - Board Member
Erin Urquhat- Board Member
Erin works for RBC Capital Markets and has worked in finance for over a decade. She is passionate about accelerating gender diversity and advocating for inclusion and equality both in the workplace and in the community at large.