Sylvia Gichia started at Kuona Trust in February 2012. Sylvia comes from a business and marketing background with her MBA from the Georgia State University, GA. She also holds a degree in photography from the Washington School of Photography. Sylvia has been working in variety art fields for 9 years locally and internationally, and has now amassed a wide range of skills. She has a passion for the arts and in the recent years, has managed to build good networks and relationships with the local artist community. The Directorship is an opportunity she feels will give her a chance to build a long-term artistic vision for Kuona as well as help raise the level and quality of the local art scene. Her current role at Kuona, directing the current programmes and developing ideas for new activities has given her a good understanding of her new role in the organization.
She brings along a wide range of experience in leadership and management which will be of great value to Kuona. Sylvia’s strong leadership qualities, combined with her organisational and excellent communicative skills provide a strong foundation that will be beneficial to Kuona.
Ernest Kamara Ndungu was born and raised in Nairobi and comes to Kuona Trust with a wealth of practice in finance, administration and accounts. A graduate of Finance from the Catholic University of East Africa and as a CPA-K, Earnest hopes to bring his experience from the public service to the arts world.
A native of Nairobi city, Renee comes to Kuona Trust with six years experience in administration and management for theatre, performance and visual arts. With a background in Law and Politics, her interest in art is directed beyond the aesthetics to the more social political implications of building a strong artistic culture within our communities (she hopes to write about this someday). She has worked with Kwani Trust, Gallery Watatu and most recently the Generation Kenya project and has a weekly column (unrelated to the arts) in the Standard Newspaper.
Sheila Akwany is a CPA finalist and currently doing her Bachelors degree at the University of Nairobi. She has been part of the team at Kuona Trust, initially as an office intern where she had the opportunity to work closely with Kuona Trust artists and staff over the years. She recently joined the team as a full time employee and is well versed with the workings of the organization and a great addition to the team.
Lynette Ngigi becomes the newest member to join the administrative team at Kuona Trust, joining us as the new sales executive in charge of the Kuona Art Shop. Lynnet Ngigi is a recent graduate of Daystar University. She has a degree in Communication majoring in Public Relations and Marketing.She brings in a different dynamic to Kuona which focuses on customer service, hospitality and a new and vibrant outlook on the Kuona Art shop.