Preparing Scholars to Be Leaders: The Mawazo Leadership Retreat

Mawazo partnered with DAAD to create a specialized two-day training that would give attendees a deeper understanding of what leadership within the sciences looks like and help scholars develop the tangible skills required to be leaders within their fields. Over two days, experts led trainings in topics that included leadership, communication, conflict management, personal branding, and networking. These were coupled with insightful panel discussions on issues relevant to local researchers.

'Chemistry is Cool' Young Girls Explore Science with Mawazo

“Chemistry is Cool,” we certainly agree. Which is why we were thrilled to host five young girls at the Mawazo office in May as part of their “Chemistry is Cool” class. The students, ranging in ages from 9 to 11 years old, were taking part in a home-schooled Chemistry class in Nairobi when they came across Mawazo CEO, Dr. Rose M. Mutiso (a Material Scientist), as they searched online for African scientists.

Mawazo Scholar, Melisa Allela, Chosen for HEVA Cultural Heritage Seed Fund

Mawazo Scholar, Melisa Allela, Chosen for HEVA Cultural Heritage Seed Fund

Melisa’s work has brought her to the attention of HEVA Fund’s new initiative. The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund is intended, “to support the seeding of dynamic creative industry projects, which pioneer new ways of creating inclusive and sustainable growth through the sharing and preservation of Kenya’s cultural heritage.” Which is exactly what Melisa’s interrogation into the use of VR and animation is doing.

DNA: “An Instruction Manual for All Organisms”

“April 25th marks National DNA Day, a day commemorating the completion of the Human Genome Project and the discovery of DNA's double helix structure in 1953. Sixty-six years on from this initial groundbreaking discovery, and sixteen years after the completion of one of the most ambitious international scientific research projects, what have we learned about ourselves through genomics, the study of DNA?”