DCRP Alumna Kagure Wamunyu Lands Spot on Daily Nation’s Top 40 Under 40 Women List
September 21, 2018
Within three years of the completion of her master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design alumna Kagure Wamunyu (M.C.P. ‘15) has notched a spot on Business Daily Africa’s “Top 40 Under Forty Women” list.
Barely 29 years old, Wamunyu’s career has included a successful stint as the Head of Operations and Country Manager of Kenya at the booming ridesharing enterprise Uber. Wamunyu defined her time at the transportation startup with her increase of Uber accessibility, expanding the option to travel especially at night to more of the Kenyan population, and her $10 billion shilling financing deal with a local bank, creating opportunities for Uber drivers to purchase their own vehicles.
In her role as the Senior Director of Strategy Bridge International Academies, Wamunyu has continued to develop her legacy and significance within East Africa.
With the establishment of its first school in 2009, Bridge International Academies exists under the mantra, “We believe every child has the right to a high-quality education. So, we work in partnership with governments, communities, teachers and parents to deliver nursery and primary schools in underserved areas across Africa and Asia.”
“The idea is stemmed from the fact that in Kenya how you perform in primary school often determines where you go to secondary school,” Wamunyu said in her Daily Nation interview, “The secondary school you go to often times determines whether you make the grade in university.”
Founded in Kenya, the social enterprise prioritizes education as a vital means to resolve the ongoing poverty crisis. Through her work, Wamunyu is taking strides to propel the organization and country to this hopeful solution.
“If you are able to provide a solid education, a child is able to have a leg-up in the future.”
Wamunyu is also on the board of Fuzu, a Kenyan employment services platform, and pursuing her doctorate degree in urban development at the University of Oxford. For more information on Wamunyu’s evolving success story, watch the interview above.