Pamela is a media and communication practitioner. She believes strongly in the power of the media, particularly radio, in reaching people with specific messages that contribute to improving livelihoods. She is a graduate in Communication and Community Development.
Pamela started her career at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation where she honed her skills in radio programme production. Over the years, she has worked with various local and international organizations and carried out assignments in media, communication gender and governance in Kenya, South Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.
Until July 2012, Pamela was the Country Director for the American Institutes for Research, responsible for the coordination of the implementation of Farmer Voice Radio, an initiative that delivers systematic agricultural extension content through radio and supplementary communication channels. The three year pilot project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, brought various actors together to pool their competencies in contributing to improving livelihoods of small scale farmers by providing them with agricultural information that is responsive to their specific needs.
In August 2012, the consortium of implementing partners, comprising universities, farmer organisations, NGOs and radio stations teamed up to carry out the activities of Farmer Voice Radio through Kilimo Media International, a newly incorporated non-profit. Pamela will continue to play a lead role in this project.
She has been associated with AMWIK since its inception, and became the first CEO in 2002. “It is gratifying to be part of AMWIK’s remarkable growth, that has seen the Association become a leader in reaching out to women with information that continues to enable them make informed choices on diverse issues,” she observes.
Tabitha is a Public Relations Coordinator for Christian Mission Aid. She has worked for different media houses such as the Kenya News Agency, Kenya Times, The East African Standard, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Parents Magazine and Metro FM in various capacities ranging from a news reporter, a presenter and an editor.
Tabitha also worked as a correspondent for the Sowetan Sunday World and at the same time as a consulting Editor for the World Association of Community broadcasters (AMARC) Africa and Southern African Communication for Development (SACOD) in Johannesburg South Africa. She has been a member of AMWIK since 2002.
Tabitha holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Journalism from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. Tabitha has passion of Music as she holds a Certificate in Music Theory, Composition and Performance.
As for her position as the vice Chair… “My greatest dream is to see us members enjoy the benefits of networking at all levels be it student, junior or senior professional or/ and as women entrepreneurs. I also desire to see an increase in social, professional and economic benefits of the association to the members. I will humbly share in my vision and plans with the other board members and the secretariat to see if we can implement them. I am here as a member of Team AMWIK ready to serve as my superiors will guide.”
Faith is a media and project management consultant. She has worked with Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector as a trainer and administrator. Faith has been an active member of AMWIK for the last 10 years and is among the AMWIK scholarship beneficiaries.
Faith is currently pursuing her Masters of Art Degree in project planning and management from the Univeristy of Nairobi. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at the University of Nairobi and a diploma in Journalism and Public Relations from the Kenya Polytechnic. In addition, Faith is a certified Monitoring and Evaluation professional from the Kenya Institute of Management and holds a diploma in Spanish language and Inverse translation from Colegio Delibes-Spain.
For her new position as AMWIK treasurer …“I am keen in seeing AMWIK having a fully operational Trust fund or a Foundation with scheduled activities planned for a whole year in aid of our Scholarship kitty, a critical aspect in developing AMWIK members professionally. I will bring on-board my vast experience in business administration to propel AMWIK to the next level through team work, process management and exploring opportunities for members’ development and overall organisation’s growth.”
Medina is a Public Relations and Communications Practitioner with over fifteen years cumulative experience in the communications, media and publication industry specializing in the conceptualization of information, education and communication materials for a diverse range of audiences. Her skills include radio production and scripting, Training of Trainers, graphic design, advocacy and media monitoring. She currently heads the Public Relations division at NACADA for the last four years to date.
She holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design from the University of Nairobi . She is currently studying for a PhD in Communication Studies at Moi University.
Mercy is a media practitioner with six years working experience and an ardent believer that women have what it takes to achieve the highest echelons of leadership in their organisations and governments.
Mercy joined the Star Newspaper in 2009 as a sub-editor where she also doubled up as a features writer, cutting her niche in writing on gender issues. During this time, she joined Amwik in 2010 and actively got involved with its projects where she spearheaded publication of two issues of Dawn Magazine as the editor. She has also been involved in monitoring and evaluation of Amwik’s projects in Isiolo.
In 2013, Mercy joined People Daily newspaper as a senior sub-editor/columnist — specifically focusing her writing on issues revolving women’s and girls rights.
Mercy is also a mentee for the African Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Initiative (AWLMI), a two-year programme funded by Urgent Action Fund-Africa. In 2015, her active engagement during the programme awarded her a trip to New York and Boston, USA to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59). Previously, her ‘break-the-glass-ceilings’ attitude has opened sponsorship opportunities that have seen Mercy tour Europe and South Africa.
In 2014, Mercy graduated with a Master of Arts in Gender and Development studies from the University of Nairobi. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), Nairobi. She pursued a Bachelor of Education (Arts) majoring in English and Literature, for her undergraduate.
For her new position as board member, Mercy says; “I am humbled to get an opportunity to offer myself in return to what Amwik has done for me in the last five years. Amwik has nurtured me as a young woman in media and I am glad to be at the navel of operations to reach out to other women in the industry to encourage them savour the benefits of this members association. I am committed to seeing a vibrant membership exploring their opportunities and skills through networking.”