Prof. Bronwen Thomas
Bronwen Thomas is Professor of English and New Media and Head of the Narrative, Culture and Community Research Centre at Bournemouth University in the UK. She is the author of Narrative: the Basics and Literature and Social Media (both Routledge) and has published widely on online literary and reading communities. Bronwen has previously led three projects on digital reading funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council: Researching Readers Online (2012); the Digital Reading Network (2013-15 https://www.digitalreadingnetwork.com) and Reading on Screen (2017-18 https://www.readingonscreen.co.uk)
CO – INVESTIGATOR
Prof. Joseph Muema Kavulya
Prof. Joseph Muema Kavulya is the University Librarian at Chuka University, Kenya. He holds a B.A (Sociology and Literature) (1989-1992) and M.Ed. (Library and Information Science) both from Kenyatta University, Kenya (1994-1995) and a PhD (Library and Information Science) from Humboldt University, Berlin (2001-2004). He also attended training in Computer Networking at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA (1999), and proficiency in German as a Foreign Language, at The Centre for International Education and Cultural Exchange, Kreuzberg, Bonn, Germany (2000). He is the Chair of the National Executive Committee of the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium, KLISC, which is the national library consortium dedicated to the development of digital libraries in universities and research institutions and improving access to scientific information for teaching, learning, research, innovation and policy making in Kenya. He has headed a number of projects including Integrated Radio-Frequency Identification Project and KENET Video-Conference-Based Remote Teaching Project (CUEA). Currently he is involved in African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) Project funded by ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union) as a researcher. His current areas of research interest include informatics for development, remote teaching information and digital literacy, LIS education, digital research, information access for disadvantaged groups, Research Metrics, and scholarly communication.
PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR/ CUEA Lead
Jane Nambiri OUMA
Jane Nambiri holds a Master’s in Education Research and Evaluation from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and is currently a doctoral student. She has been a participant in evidence-based practice that promotes social service practice and service delivery based on measurable outcomes. Jane has also participated in a wide variety of research projects at the university. Besides supporting proposal processes, she also participated as a researcher and administrator in the four ways of the “Longitudinal Study Research for Stop Violence Against Girls in School Project” which was funded by Big Lottery Fund UK, through Action Aid International Kenya and currently an administrator at CUEA, of the African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) project, funded by ERUSMUS+ Programme of the European Union).
Tricia Jenkins is a founder director of Digitales Ltd, a research and digital storytelling company established in 2008, hosted by the Insitute of Creative and Cultural Enterpeneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Tricia is an experienced Digital Storytelling facilitator and recently completed a PhD at Middlesex University, which focused on the use of Digital Storytelling with older people. Tricia has over 35 years working in participatory media in education and community settings. She is also a Senior Associate at participatory video company Insight Share and an Associate Lecturer based in ICCE at Goldsmiths. She has facilitated Digital Storytelling workshops in the UK, across Europe and in Australia and Israel. She is co-editor of the book Digital Storytelling Form and Content: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137591517#aboutBook.
East Africa (Worldreader)
Joan Mwachi-Amolo manages the Worldreader portfolio in Kenya and greater East Africa. She is responsible for the strategic objectives and policies in the country office. Joan is an experienced educator, having started her career in the classroom setting and progressing on to designing and implementing training programs and capacity-building initiatives around non-formal school systems in impoverished communities. She has expertise in designing programs and tools for start-up organizations. Prior to joining Worldreader, Joan was the Regional Support Manager, Operations, at Bridge International Academies, a Nairobi-based organization that builds a network of ultra-low-cost private primary schools. Joan received a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master in Education Administration degree, both from Kenyatta University. She is inspired by the book “An Enemy Called Average” by John L Mason, which motivates her to do more than average in every aspect of her life.
Monitoring and Evaluation
East Africa (Worldreader)
Wanjiku Gathoni Munyiri believes that Monitoring and Evaluation is an integral part of any project being implemented and is inevitable for the success of any project. She is passionate about recording results and learning lessons from any intervention. She has an undergraduate course in Business and Information Technology and supplemented this with certificate courses in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistical Package for Social Sciences to strengthen her skill in Monitoring and evaluation. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management. She has previously worked for the United Nations- World Food Programme, African Women’s Studies Centre and for Parliament of Kenya.