The Nairobi Ideas Podcast
Giving a public platform to the BIG ideas that are changing our world
Launched in 2018, the Nairobi Ideas Podcast gives a public platform to the Africans who are making an impact with their Big Ideas. Hosted by Dr. Rose M. Mutiso, CEO of Mawazo, in its first five episodes, the podcast interviewed exceptional Kenyan scientists behind the Faces of Kenyan Science campaign. Including an astronomer, a serial innovator, and a university lecturer writing science fiction Kiswahili novellas for children. In 2019, Nairobi Ideas Podcast returns with new episodes under the theme of Climate and Conservation - and as always, interviews with Africa’s thinkers, makers, and doers.
meet our host
Meet Dr. Rose Mutiso: She is Co-founder and CEO of the Mawazo Institute, Research Director at the Energy for Growth Hub, current Next Einstein Forum Ambassador representing Kenya, and voice of the podcast. Rose is a Materials Scientist by training with research experience in the fields of nanotechnology and polymer physics. Her current work is focused on power sector issues in Africa. Rose believes that, “We need to fuse creative and inspired thinking with research and evidence,” and that scientists like her are bridges to these two worlds.
meet michael waiyaki & young scientists Kenya
Meet Young Scientists Kenya (YSK): Michael is Co-founder and CEO of Miti Alliance, and a Board Member of Young Scientists Kenya, a platform for young people to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. YSK is based on the premise that a wealth of talent and potential for innovation exists in Kenya. They are one of the organizers of the 8th National Science and Technology Exhibition Week, opening August 3rd. Take a listen as Michael shares stories from the road as YSK uncovers the best in innovation, technology, and research that Kenya’s youth has to offer.
2018: iNTERVIEWS WITH THE FACES OF KENYAN SCIENCE
meet kago kagichiri
Meet Kago: Co-founder and former CEO of one of Africa’s leading mobile learning platforms, Eneza Education, which provides high quality educational material to students in Kenya, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire, with plans to spread across Africa. Kago is a tech-enthusiast on a journey to tackle the shortcomings of the continent’s education systems using technology.
meet dr. hamisi babusa
Meet Dr. Hamisi: An accomplished novelist, lecturer and senior administrator at Kenyatta University who is pioneering the use of Kiswahili science fiction novellas to educate children on science. He is the author of five Kiswahili novellas and believes that, “Science can get married to literature.”
meet dr. stella bosire
Meet Dr. Bosire: Founder and Executive Director of the Stellah Bosire Fund and Co-Executive Director
UHAI EASHRI, Stella is a medical physician looking beyond the stethoscope to use science for good, and who advocates for health as a human right. Raised in Nairobi’s Kibera slums, Stella has risen to become one of Kenya’s youngest and most successful public health champions.
MEET SUSAN MURABANA
Meet Susan: A trained economist turned astronomer who has traveled the world looking at the skies and believes that “traditional sky knowledge” can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with astronomy. Susan is bringing the stars closer to Kenyan children by taking a portable telescope and mobile planetarium to schools and sites around the country, offering free stargazing. She dreams of creating the region’s first public Observatory and Planetarium.
meet anthony muthungu
Meet Anthony: Founder of TotoSci Academy, AlexKyan, and Jenga Citi, Anthony is a trained computer engineer, ‘student-preneur,’ and self taught inventor with an impressively long list of inventions drawn from the practical necessities of his home life. He is an inventor and educator who is always looking for “the loopholes in life” and finding ways to bridge them.