Tendai Mtana- Chairperson: Finance, Staff & Administration Committee

Tendai Lewa Mtana is the Chair of the KAYA Advisory Board and has been involved in public private collaborations for the last 20 years. His vision for Africa, in partnership with his co-chair Terri Wanjiku Nderitu is anchored on 3 aspects: affirming lives, enabling ability and facilitating positive partnerships. As the co-founding trustee of the Foundation for Law and Governance (FLAG), a trust that seeks to raise leaders across Africa, Tendai sits on a number of Boards as an Adaptive Leadership and Public Policy Advisor. He is currently the City Diplomacy and County Resilience Advisor to H.E Hassan Joho, Governor Mombasa County, Kenya and a member of the Kenyan National Government’s Women’s Enterprise Fund Advisory Board. He is the author of Ushemazoro, a pan-African governance model for sub-national governments.

Tendai served as an Economic and Governance Advisor to HE Anne Waiguru, the Governor of Kirinyaga County, Kenya, during which time he was the Architect of the County’s ‘Mountain Cities 2032 Blueprint’ –. The Blueprint is an integrated public policy framework that models devolution in Africa. Its delivery defines a unique way of doing development called ‘Wezesha’, which is anchored on the foundation of public-sector reform, economic empowerment and social transformation.

From May 2013 to September 2017, Tendai was the Executive in charge of the Department of Children in the County Government of Mombasa’s Cabinet. As an advocate of social justice within his community, and in an effort to improve the education experience for the African child, Tendai is a champion of dignified care in our generation. Over the last 15 years Tendai has been at the forefront of global public policy design and a public administration process that has sought to restore broken foundations and mobilize resources towards child care in Africa.

Tendai’s passion for sub-national Government positioned him in 2013 as the youngest independent candidate for the position of Governor for Mombasa County in the Kenyan General Elections. Tendai is part of a pan African emerging leaders program called Mimi ni Mtendaji, supported by the Ford Foundation. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, UK. In July 1999, he was the first international student and African to be elected as the President & Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University’s Students’ Union. He is a participant of the Harvard Kennedy School Emerging Leaders Program and part of an ongoing executive leadership program at the same School.

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