Our Team

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Rose M. Mutiso

Dr. Rose M. Mutiso is co-founder and CEO of the Mawazo Institute. She is also an independent researcher studying African energy sector development. Previously, Rose was a Senior Fellow in the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she led DOE’s engagement on technology and policy dimensions of energy access in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Prior to this, she served as an Energy and Innovation Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Christopher A. Coons, where she authored several pieces of legislation that were signed into law by President Barack Obama. 

A materials engineer by training, Rose has technical experience in the fields of nanotechnology and polymer physics, including nanoelectronics and next-generation energy technologies. She earned her BA and BE in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Materials Science from Dartmouth College, and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Nairobi, she is passionate about helping elevate women to positions of leadership and influence in African society. 

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Rachel Strohm

Rachel Strohm is co-founder and COO of the Mawazo Institute.  She is also a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies the politics of higher education in East Africa.  Over the course of her PhD studies, she came to see that the voices of African academics were greatly underrepresented in social science research on Africa.  She's passionate about leveling the playing field for scholars from low income countries.

Rachel has previously worked as a research manager with Innovations for Poverty Action, where she managed a portfolio of more than 20 studies in development economics in Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.  She has also worked in microfinance and small business development in the DRC and Rwanda.  She holds a BA in geography and French from Dartmouth College, and an MA in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  She is originally from Chicago.