Sylvia N. Gichia is the Director of Kuona Trust, center for Visual Arts. She comes from a business and marketing background with an MBA from the Georgia State University and a GA and BA in Marketing Management from Shorter College Atlanta. She also holds a degree in photography from the Washington School of Photography.
Sylvia has been working in a variety of 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. Sylvia also sits as Director on the Board of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) and the Second Chances Foundation (Cancer Awareness).
As Director,she has had the opportunity to build a long-term artistic vision for Kuona as well as help raise the level and quality of the local art scene. Sylvia has brought along a wide range of experience in leadership and management and has been of great value to Kuona. Her strong leadership qualities, combined with her organisational and excellent communicative skills provide a strong foundation that has been beneficial to the organization
Her current role at Kuona Trust, directing the current programmes and developing ideas for new activities has also given her a good understanding of her role in the Kenyan art scene, while steering the organization to new heights.
In her words- Arts director. Educated. Obsessively-driven. Diversely-experienced. Full of energy and passion. Fun loving. But never full of myself. Enough about me!!!!
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.
Sheila Akwany has been working actively with artists and stake holders in the arts industry in Kenya for the past 3 years. Her long standing relationships and interaction with both has made her ideal for the position she currently hold at Kuona Trust.
Sheila is a CPA finalist and holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nairobi. She and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Strategic Management.
Lynnet Ngigi is a graduate of Daystar University. She has a degree in Communication majoring in Public Relations and Marketing.She has brought in a different dynamic to Kuona which focuses on customer service, hospitality and a new and vibrant outlook on the Kuona Art shop.
Linda comes in as the new addition to the Kuona Trust staff team. She first joined Kuona Trust as a part time volunteer in the Office and Library in which she gained vast experience in the arts industry which made her a great addition to the team.
She holds a Diploma in Information Science from the University of Nairobi with extensive experience in Communication and Information Management. She has attended and participated in various arts related workshops which include Nai Ni Who?, the Creative Entrepreneurship Course which both are GoDown Art Centre’s initiatives and a short course certificate in International
Leadership and Organizational Behavior from Italy’s SDA Bocconi School of Management.
Linda’s also a part time volunteer at Kenya Red Cross Society- Parklands Branch, in which she dedicates her free time in running the community service work assigned to the branch.
Anthony Wachira has been working with Kuona Trust for the past 7 year.
He is a professional photographer who has worked with brands such as Visual Eyes Production and FAFA (Fashion For Peace initiative)
He is currently working at Kuona Trust as the shop attendant and grounds manager .