Head of Secretariat, Out of School Youth Science, Technology and Innovation (OSYSTEI) Programme AND Co-convener, National STEM Learning Ecosystem
Bold Idea: Provide a systemic, coherent and safe space that brings together different players in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the public, private, academia and non state actors so as to make STEM education accessible to all children in Kenya, both in and out of school.
Path to Metis: Eric is an experienced people, programmes and public/private partnerships specialist with 17 years of professional work experience in resourcing, designing and implementing impactful programs in education, health and economic empowerment for in and out of school children and youth. During his time at the University of Nairobi, he was among the students that steered the movement to address issues of HIV/AIDS through peer education and life skills in Kenya, marking the beginning of his passion as a mobiliser and champion for social change among young people. As an experienced partnerships specialist, Eric has established collaborations and linkages that have resulted in a resource base of over KES 1 billion for different projects. He has excelled in the application of the triple helix approach of working with the government, academia, the private sector and non-state actors in the implementation of programmes that have reached over 1 million youths in the country. Eric’s passion as a social innovator and change maker has seen him lead successful programs at I Choose Life-Africa, Aga Khan University Hospital, Voluntary Services Overseas and Young Scientists Kenya. Among the notable experiences that have shaped his life include participation in various policy dialogue discussions at both the Ministry of Education and Health; rolling out programs in new countries when working with VSO; leading in hosting the first ever Triple Helix Summit in Kenya and hosting the President of Kenya as the Chief Guest during the Inaugural National Science and Technology Exhibition. To further his passion, he successfully applied to the STEM Learning Ecosystem, making Kenya the first country in Africa to be part of this global initiative. As a recognition of his efforts, Eric was later appointed by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed to serve in a Working Group to conceptualize the Out of School Youth in Science Technology and Innovation programme for productive enterprise development.
Eric holds a Master of Science degree in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University. He also has a Higher National Diploma in Human Resources from the Institute of Human Resource Management, Kenya and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work from The University of Nairobi.