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About Us

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The Kijiji is home to a growing community of individuals and organisations who are creating a better Kenya and beyond. We provide our members with a space to work, peer-to-peer interaction, business services and learning through programmes and events.

Today’s greatest challenges won’t be solved by one person or business alone. We need to work together. That’s why the Kijiji serves as a workspace, incubator and community centre for people working towards a better Nairobi. We believe that business and profit should be used in service of people and planet, and we believe in the capacity of our own people to create change.   

 

The Kijiji Team

We believe in the capacity of our people to create change and this is the team that leads that change.

Freyja OddsdottirCo - Founder - Community and Space Curation

Freyja is born and bred in Iceland, but after exploring the world for a few years, she settled on this beautiful country that is Kenya as her home away from home. In her last role, she was responsible for scaling the impact of the Code Club Programme at the Raspberry Pi Foundation through a social franchising model. She has also worked in academia, delivering on-demand research and knowledge services for donors such as UK Aid and the European Commission. Freyja is a keen cook and baker, and her sourdough starter has travelled the world with her – from Iceland to the UK to Kenya. She also enjoys exploring new places on foot or leisurely bike rides. Freyja is responsible for Member Experience, as well as designing the space that is the home of the Kijiji. You can reach her via freyja.oddsdottir@thekijiji.co.ke.

Eric Mwangi KariukiCo-Founder - Finance and Operations

Love, tragedy and duty are the netting connectors of who Eric is today. Running a small family business in response to a death in the family spurred and nurtured his entrepreneurial spirit. Eric served as the Global Head of Organizational Development in Techno Brain Group, and before that he was a HR Executive at Bridge International Academies, one of Kenya’s largest social enterprises. Eric is passionate about building sustainable ecosystems that enable businesses and people to thrive. He is a firm believer that change is not accidental fissure but a deliberate progressive action. Eric is the analytical mind of the team, but you’ll soon find that he has a secret poetic edge to him. He is a keen hiker, and is currently preparing to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro later this year. Eric is the team’s spokesperson, in addition to handling Finance and Operations. You can get in touch with him via eric.kariuki@thekijiji.co.ke.

Victoria NyakundiCo-Founder - Programmes and Events

Having worked with various organizations in the East African social space, Vicky has more than eight years experience in Finance & Admin, Operations and Program management. Her passion revolves around supporting entrepreneurs whose businesses are geared towards solving a societal or environmental problem in a sustainable way, while achieving measurable impact. Before joining the Kijiji founding team, she worked as the Finance Manager at Ashoka East Africa. She got her first taste of the social sector in university when she worked with Ashoka as an Outreach Coordinator on the Changemakers Program. Throughout her time in university, she served in various roles in AIESEC, an international student organization focused on youth leadership. Vicky enjoys working with numbers and loves to travel. She is also an avid dancer, with salsa being one of her specialities. You might catch a glimpse of her swirling around Nairobi on a good night out. Vicky is our Business Development Lead, and you can reach her via victoria.nyakundi@thekijiji.co.ke.

Likumbi KapihyaFellow

Likumbi is a self-confessed coffee lover with a keen interest in ICTs and citizen participation. Her professional and academic experience has taken her around the globe working as a legislative aide at the New York State Assembly, interning at the Transparency International secretariat in Berlin and now as a fellow at the Amani Institute here in Nairobi. She is passionate about finding innovative ways to help communities create and sustain positive change. She holds a BA in economics and a dual Master’s in public policy and public administration.