Our Team

Rose M. Mutiso, CEO

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Dr. Rose M. Mutiso is co-founder and CEO of the Mawazo Institute. She is also Mawazo's inaugural Energy Research Fellow, focusing on 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. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, she is passionate about helping elevate women to positions of leadership and influence in African society. 


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.

Rachel Strohm, COO

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Elaine Mungai, Programme Manager

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Elaine Mungai is a Programme Manager at the Mawazo Institute. Prior to joining Mawazo, Elaine worked as the Lead business analyst at Doreo Partners, where she managed programs geared towards poverty alleviation, youth employment, and financial inclusion for thousands of rural farmers across Northern Nigeria. Elaine has also worked as a research analyst at the Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas where she participated in advocacy and policy making in Kenya’s extractives industry.  As a consultant, she has conducted extensive market research for private equity firms in Kenya.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science degree from Strathmore University.  Originally from Nairobi, Elaine is passionate about using data to foster informed decision-making that will spearhead Africa’s growth.