Universities Fund Management

Mr. Geoffrey Monari

CEO and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Nelson M. Kwamini

Deputy Director,

Resource Mobilization And Partnerships.

Sillas Otieno Owiti

Assistant Director

Grants Management Division.

Leah Miano

Assistant Director

ICT Division.

Mr. Geoffrey Monari joined the Fund as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustee on 1st December,2020. Before his appointment he was the Chief Operations Officer at Higher Education Loans Board. Mr. Monari has been the team leader of the Operations Division which oversees the Documentation, Lending, Institutional Relations and Debt Management departments since March 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Mr. Monari has over 20 years working experience in various positions at the Higher Education Loans Board. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya and a Non-Executive Director at the Institute of economic Affairs.

Mr. Nelson Kwamini joined the Fund as the Deputy Director on 1st August,2022. He is the Head of the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department.  Prior to his appointment he was the County Chief Officer in charge of Trade, Industrialization and Co-operatives, Busia County Government. Kwamini has over 12 years working experience in Senior Management positions in Banking and Government. Kwamini is a graduate of Kenya School of Government with SLDP and SMC certificates. He is a full member of Kenya Institute of Management and member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya.

He holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor’s degree in Science from Kenyatta University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration {Strategic Management Optio] from Jaramogi University of Science and Technology. He is pursuing his PhD in the same field.

Team Members

  • Samuel Otieno Dola, Senior Resource Mobilization officer
  • Cynthia Wanyonyi, Resource Mobilization officer

Mr. Sillas Otieno Owiti joined the Fund as an Assistant Director for Grants Management Department.Prior to his appointment, Sillas Otieno Owiti carried out the following roles at KCB foundation for a period of 2 years: Ag. Contracts & Partnership Manager and Senior Program Grant Accountant. Sillas worked as a program budget analyst with KCB group for over 2 years. He also worked as an accountant across different international bodies. He worked as a Project Accountant (Dadaab Refugee services Project)-National Council Churches of Kenya (Dadaab) for a period of two years as well as at the National Council Churches of Kenya (Head office Nairobi). He became the Country Accountant at Plan International Kenya for four (4) years and International Programs Accountant at the Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya for 2 years.

Sillas has Masters in Business Administration (Finance Option) from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting & Finance Option) from Kenya Methodist University, Diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant {Kenya} and ICPAK Member.

Team Members

  • Emmanuel Abook- Principal Grants Management officer
  • Victor Kombe-Grants Management Intern 
  • Samuel Dola – Senior Grants management officer
  • Daniel Ngila – Senior Grants management officer

Mrs. Leah Miano spearheads and aligns technology with strategic goals at Universities Fund as the Assistant Director, Information Communication & Technology Division. Prior to joining the Universities Fund, she was the Strategy and Technology Consultant and the Head of ICT at International Peace Support Training Centre since 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Management and Finance. Leah has over 13 years of extensive experience in technology services and operations, project management, strategy alignment and ICT governance and leadership. She is a member of the Computer Society of Kenya.

Team Members

  • Samuel Nandasaba – Principal ICT officer
  • Wilfred Kinoti – ICT officer Management officer
  • Angela Muthoni  and Schillkens Alumasa -ICT Interns
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