Development group Carolina for Kibera welcomes Hillary Omala as Kenya-based Executive Director

Development group Carolina for Kibera welcomes Hillary Omala as Kenya-based Executive Director

Carolina for Kibera (CFK) has today announced that longtime community leader and nonprofit champion, Hillary Omala, has been appointed executive director, effective September 18, 2017. Omala previously served as executive director for CFK from 2011-2014.

“We are thrilled that Hillary Omala comes from within and will continue his long relationship with CFK in his new role as Executive Director. His past leadership in Tabitha Clinic and at the helm of CFK, his recent contributions to CFK as board member and co-chair of the HR Committee, the skills he acquired through his ownership of the Enai Group Consulting Company and his broad-based knowledge across diverse sectors will help him to lead CFK to a new level of capacity and reach. We speak for all board members in warmly welcoming Hillary as the new executive director of CFK,” shared Kathleen McGinn (U.S.) and David Mshila (Kenya), joint board chairs for the organization.

As executive director, Omala will lead Kenya-based staff and operations, and provide leadership and direction for the implementation of CFK’s strategic plan including partnerships, financial and human resources management, communications and fundraising. In addition, Omala will work in close collaboration with Shamecca Bryant, CFK’s deputy director based in the U.S. to carry out the strategic vision of the organization.

“The best strategies for overcoming the effects of poverty and progressing towards a better future must come from within the community itself. I am beyond eager to provide leadership for and partner with staff and the community as we develop local leaders, catalyze positive change and alleviate poverty in Kibera,” said Omala.

Omala joins CFK with a long history in the nonprofit sector managing health systems, leading research and policy development, providing program direction and technical assistance, and leading strategic partnerships. He has spent the past 10 years focused on strategic planning and implementation work for non-governmental organizations with an emphasis on capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. His expertise includes: operations management, resource mobilization, strategic partnership development, and board and staff development.

Prior to his appointment, Omala served one three-year term as a member of the board of directors for CFK. In addition, he owns and operates Enai Group, a consulting firm advising health practitioners, companies and nonprofits on how health education and treatment intersects with environmental sustainability.

Omala earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and communication from the University of Nairobi, and has a postgraduate diploma in project management from Nairobi’s Centre for Finance and Project Management. He is a finalist for a master of public health (M.P.H.) at the University of Nairobi, majoring in health economics and policy development and is currently undertaking research in the area of healthcare financing.

“I believe the residents of Kibera are true development experts. Working together, I look forward to expanding the opportunities Carolina for Kibera offers to youth and their families, as well as pushing the organization to find new, creative and better ways to respond to community challenges, manage resources, and develop programs,” added Omala.

 

Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is a community development organization promoting youth leadership, affordable health care, education, and equitable and peaceful ethnic and gender relations in Kibera, Kenya, one of the world’s largest slums. CFK facilitates community development through a wide array of programming: the Sports Association, the Binti Pamoja Girls’ Empowerment Program, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program, the Angaza Scholarship Program, and the Tabitha Medical Clinic. Collectively, CFK’s programs reach tens of thousands of Kiberans each year. CFK is an associated entity of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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