i-CMiiST is a network bridging African and UK creative experts, academics, transport and urban planning professionals. Here we present some of the individuals and organisations who are involved in the project. However, the project reaches out to many more stakeholders in Kampala and Nairobi.
Constant has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He holds an undergraduate degree from the same university. He writes about urban planning issues online thought his blog africancityplanner.com and in local dailies. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya he passionate about the planning issues facing African Cities. He has a deep interest in sustainable transportation, urban resilience and new urbanism. He as has played an active role in bringing together urban enthusiasts through the group ‘Naipolitans’ and is a Graduate Member of the Town and County Planners Association of Kenya. He has previously worked at the Strathmore University Advancement Office. He currently works as the Executive Director of Kilimani Project Foundation.
Daniel Onyango is a community activist and performing artist, singer and plays the traditional Kenyan 8 string instrument Nyatiti. He holds a bachelor of Arts in sociology and political science from the University of Nairobi.
He is the founder and Director of a sport and art youth led organization Hope Raisers Initiative, an organization based in one of the major slums in Nairobi Kenya (Korogocho), a mentor focusing on creating social transformation among underprivileged children and youth through arts, music, and sports in his community.
Hope Raisers has continued to support collaborative art projects highlighting on the importance of public space as a tool to inspire change, with the overall objective to strengthen and encourage youth involvement in their community through Music cultural and expression. He has been involved in various public space advocacy initiatives both at the community and National level by bringing his artistic and creative experience in spearheading the public space agenda.
His great capability as a performing artist, community mobiliser, event organiser, project manager, speaker and mentor in his community has enabled him to engage key decision makers to address various issues facing young people especially from the marginalised communities.
Humphrey is a human rights defender, community organiser, an activist with interest on youth and children, open spaces, and governance. With over 15 years’ vast experience in community development, Humphrey has over the years consigned his knowledge and time in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development issues. Currently he is the CEO of a noble research firm – Research Triangle Africa and also Community Liaison for the Nairobi City County Safer Nairobi Initiative and UN Safer Cities Project,
Humphrey was one of the consultants who spearheaded the first county development plans of Nairobi and Kiambu, he was instrumental in stakeholder’s engagements. He has taken the lead in organising pro-poor interventions including Nairobi’s first ever Car Free Day, National Youth Week – on Crime and Violence Prevention, Public Open Space and Street Campaign, and recently part of the Habitat III team that represented the county and country in Quito, Ecuador for the adoption of the New urban Agenda (NUA).
As a Sociologist he has researched widely and places emphasis on innovative and creative approaches towards urban development issues, improving urban livelihoods and harnessing public/private/community synergies for sustainable development.
Linda is an educational illustrator whose main focus is creating visual images that sensitize and educate the public on social as well as environmental issues that they face. She is a University of Nairobi graduate, having attained a bachelor’s degree in Design [Hons] and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Illustration at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She works with Pamoja Road Safety Initiative, a Kenyan road safety NGO as a youth road safety facilitator and has conducted training workshops in the same in various venues around Nairobi city. She has a strong passion for creating a more sustainable and inclusive city, especially in the transport sector, working towards having a city where all road users feel comfortable, included and safe.
Mark is an urban enthusiast, a researcher and an activist. His work spans the urbanism practice spectrum – from high level policy and technical advisory to advocacy and grassroots activism.
He is a champion for public space and has been central in redefining Nairobi’s public space agenda. He was part of a study team that led the citywide inventory, mapping and assessment of Public Open Spaces – a baseline survey using an innovative low-cost tool, and methodology developed by UN-Habitat to asses, monitor, and report on the general progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11.7, “by 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.”
Being familiar with Nairobi’s social and spatial networks, he is a master in connecting ideas, people and places. He works towards creating a common platform for sharing and exchanging ideas, experiences, expertise, best practices and showcasing the unexplored potential of urban design in solving some of the city’s most pressing urban challenges. He inspired and lobbied for the formation of Placemaking Network Nairobi, a public-private partnership, a public-private partnership lobby group that seeks to improve the quality of life in Nairobi and restore the city’s glory as the green city in the sun. He is also one of the thought leaders behind Placemaking Week Nairobi – a week-long event and campaign to celebrate the city’s public spaces and community-led placemaking initiatives, creating awareness on the need and importance for public spaces, and walkability and bikeability in the city.
His interest areas include placemaking, urban mobility and urban risks. He is especially keen on the nexus of Urbanism and Science, and how the quality of the built environment affects health and wellbeing.
He holds a bachelor of Built Environment in Urban Design and Development from the Technical University of Kenya.
i-CMiiST is also working closely with Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NAMATA)