Founder & Executive Director

Joel Alex Olang is a visionary tech leader with a proven track record of over 7 years of pioneering sustainable solutions across Kenya. Holding diverse educational backgrounds, including a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy with IT from Maseno University in Kenya, Entrepreneurial Studies from Northwestern University in Chicago, U.S.A, courtesy of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and a current Public Health graduate student, equips him with a unique perspective to contribute meaningfully to the realization of the UN SDGs. Urban Tech For Hope's initiatives, such as M-Kliniki integrating mobile health apps with AI chatbots based on Machine Learning principles to improve healthcare access, demonstrate a commitment to community betterment and innovation. Joel's role as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Tech For Hope showcases the organization's dedication to leveraging technology for social impact, aligning with the UN SDGs. Joel's recognition as a Mandela Washington Fellow, a nominee for the 120 under 40 Family Planning award, and a Harvard National Model United Nations Semi-Finalist nominee, highlights his leadership and impact locally and globally.

Email address: joelalex@urbantechforhope.com

Co-founder

Meet Marie Ndoe Mwamtigino, one of the esteemed co-founders of Urban Tech For Hope. She is a dedicated philanthropist with a passion for improving the welfare of both young and older generations, with a special focus on Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Kenya. Her tireless efforts in providing psychosocial support and her unwavering commitment as a Human Rights Defender truly set her apart. Marie’s educational journey has given her skills in Business Administration from KCA College. Her belief in equal opportunity and accountability is at the core of her work. She firmly advocates for the integration of Science and Technology to enhance daily healthcare service access and information dissemination, especially at the grassroots level. Marie is a collaborative spirit who understands the importance of sustainability. She is a seasoned expert in working with various organizations, from Civil Society to Government bodies, and like-minded organizations in both the Private and Public sectors. Her proficiency extends to areas such as Franchising, Prototyping, and Community Mapping. Adaptable and highly skilled in communication and IT, Marie plays a pivotal role in Urban Tech For Hope’s administrative and management operations. With over a decade and a half of dedicated community service, both in Kenya (Kisumu and Mombasa) and Tanzania (Morogoro town), she brings warmth, people-centered counseling, and rehabilitation expertise to the forefront. Marie is not only an expert arbitrator but also a staunch advocate for institutional policies and procedures related to equal opportunities, performance, risk assessment, and confidentiality.
Email address: marie.mwamtigino@urbantechforhope.com

Co-founder

Austine Wanga is a dedicated co-founder of Urban Tech For Hope, a Kenyan Social Enterprise committed to leveraging technology to address social and health challenges in underserved communities. As a Kenyan medical professional, Wanga brings extensive experience in HIV programming, clinical mentoring, and palliative care to the organization. Throughout his career, Wanga has served as a service provider and HIV clinical mentor under the International Centre for Aids Care and Treatment Program. He has received specialized training in the clinical management of HIV, leadership, and management in health, global mental health, and basic addiction science. Wanga's expertise extends beyond clinical care, as he has been actively involved in prevention and gender-based violence (GBV) response activities, representing LVCT Health at the Kisumu County Gender Technical Working Group and coordinating LGBTIQ activities in the Western Region. Currently, Wanga is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management at Kenya Methodist University, further enhancing his knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of sustainable healthcare solutions. His dedication to improving the lives of those affected by HIV and other health issues, combined with his passion for technology and innovation, makes Austine Wanga an invaluable asset to Urban Tech For Hope and the communities it serves. Email address: awanga@urbantechforhope.com

Advisor

Paul R. Sachs PhD MBA is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, USA and board certified in rehabilitation psychology. Since 2002 he has worked as a non-profit manager for organizations that provide social, mental health and substance use services to underserved individuals in Philadelphia. He is the author of one book, one co-edited book and various book chapters and professional articles in the fields of rehabilitation psychology, family systems and corporate social responsibility. He has received three reciprocal exchange awards from the US State Department to do mental health training activities in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia. He serves as Board member for the Street Project Foundation, a Nigeria-based NGO, building employment skills through performance art. Currently Dr. Sachs works independently as a consultant, training and coach with his firm ReidSachs LLC. He is pleased to serve as Advisor to Urban Tech for Hope.

Medical Director

Dr. Tweya Wycliff is a visionary pharmacist, the Medical Director, and part of the team that’s ensuring M-Kliniki telemedicine platform’s success in healthcare delivery across Kenya. With a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy and a specialization in Nephrology, Dr. Tweya brings a wealth of expertise to the table. As a member of the East Africa Kidney Institute (EAKI), Dr. Tweya has dedicated his career to improving the lives of patients with renal impairment. His deep understanding of renal dose adjustments, drug interactions, and the management of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) complications has made him a trusted advisor to healthcare providers and patients alike. He’s a specialist in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and a member of the Federation of East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (FEAMP), Dr. Tweya brings a unique perspective to the healthcare landscape. His ability to navigate complex systems and forge strategic partnerships has been instrumental in M-Kliniki's rapid growth and impact.