Ep31-1. Part 1 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

Mawazo founders Dr. Rose Mutiso (left) and Rachel Strohm (right).

This week’s conversation was great, but ran long—so I’ve broken it up into two parts. I chat with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of the Mawazo Institute, a start-up non-profit research institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

Both Mawazo founders are researchers themselves. Dr. Mutiso’s research focus is on African energy sector development. She holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her co-founder Rachel Strohm is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California Berkeley. We talked about their decision to start Mawazo and some of the structural challenges facing African women researchers. Our conversation begins at 1:45. Here is Part 1:

 

As I mention in Part 2 of this week’s episode, Mawazo is currently hiring a program manager—but the deadline is quickly approaching (Weds., Oct. 18).

Here is a link to the follow-up post with links to what was mentioned in this episode.


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