Uganda Program Assistant
Nathan helps manage our programs in Uganda. He is passionate about Sinapis because he sees the challenges that East African entrepreneurs face and wants to enable people to glorify God through their businesses. Nathan focused on population studies and statistics at Makerere University and loves to dive into the details, but he is also a servant leader who is always willing to lend a helping hand. At church, he has served in multiple leadership positions in the youth ministry. On the football field, he is a proud Arsenal fan.
East Africa Communications Coordinator
Salome leads East Africa’s communications. She is a driven go-getter with a passion for people. Salome is the storyteller keeping a pulse on what Sinapis alumni are accomplishing. After graduating from Maseno University, she worked with entrepreneurs at PassionBiz Academy doing marketing. And today, she’s helping tell Sinapis’ story as it grows to new milestones and expands to new cities.
Fast Track Accelerator Manager
Mark leads the Fast Track Accelerator. He is also lead consultant for African Growth Partnerships, which specializes in SGB strategy. His expertise spans startup technology, rural electrification, and sustainable agriculture. Mark previously served as a director at a London-based SGB where he grew it from a 30 person, single site, $4 million turnover to an 80 person, dual site, $15 million turnover organisation.
Director of Marketing
Andrew leads the strategic marketing efforts of our entrepreneurship programs and alumni networks in East Africa while increasing Sinapis’ global brand awareness as being a leader in building communities of faith-driven entrepreneurs. He brings 13 years of executive director leadership experience of a Christian, neighborhood development organization that leveraged technology and digital media to eliminate barriers between those in need and those wanting to help. At NeighborLink, he saw the organization complete over 10,000 tangible home repair projects, start a for-profit media production company, and helped launch the model in 15 US cities. Andrew holds a B.S in Business Management from Huntington University and an MBA from Taylor University. Andrew and his wife, Michelle, live in Fort Wayne, IN, with their three kids while striving every day to be a better neighbor.
Beatrice orchestrates all of Sinapis’ programs within Kenya. She loves systems, but she also loves people. It’s a rare mix of practicality and relationship building, which is been valuable to Sinapis’ model of focusing on the entrepreneur more than the company. Formally trained at Kenya Institute of Management, Beatrice honed her skills at Keswick Books and New Day where she helped optimize business operations. Faith is important to her, and Sinapis allows her to blend business with Kingdom principles. It’s not just about training. She gets to disciple and encourage people.
East Africa Finance Lead
John maintains Sinapis' operational and financial data records, where he evaluates how to optimize performance while fostering a culture of accountability. Armed with CPA(K) credentials and a formal education in economics and statistics, John's financial prudence helps Sinapis scale the right way while launching new programs and locations. He honed his skills while previously working for China Communications Construction Company, a multinational Fortune Global 500 company that has become the world's largest highway, bridge, and port construction company. John is also the founder and director of Scholar Bridge Initiative.
Uganda Program Manager
Juliet leads Sinapis’ programs in Uganda. She is a highly determined, self-driven, and motivated leader with a passion to help others transform and live better lives. Juliet leverages her 15 years of IT management, leadership, operations, strategic planning, and business development experience gained through time at Barclays Bank Uganda LTD, Huawei Technologies (MTN - IT Shared Services), BRAC Uganda Bank, and Imagine Me Africa to help entrepreneurs identify various ways to leverage innovation as a key driver for entrepreneurship to solve problems and strive for excellence. She has rich experience working with diverse teams traversing various sectors on short- and long-term consulting, business development projects in strategy, and management for emerging markets. She loves to coach individuals and organizations on how to dream big and achieve their goals. Juliet is passionate about ensuring that Africa-led ventures are creating spaces for entrepreneurs to thrive and build scalable businesses that create more jobs for Africans.
Toby guides Sinapis’ scaling, investment, and accelerator strategies. He is leveraging his experience as a Principal at Deloitte Consulting and a Partner at A.T. Kearney and building an investor pipeline at Sinapis that both accelerates businesses and matches them with investors. With over 25 years of international experience, he has street smarts to go with the book smarts of his Harvard MBA and Vanderbilt honors. Toby knows SGBs offer some of the best opportunities for growth and job creation, but they need proper advisory and financial capital support to thrive.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Associate
Antony is a true numbers guy and is passionate about data analysis and the process of monitoring and evaluating projects. He came to Sinapis from Maryland Global Initiatives in Nairobi where his role was to ensure the data management systems were effective and reliable. He believes that sound decision making comes from the ability to collect and test data and loves that this is a priority at Sinapis.
Jane Annette Mukuba
Jane Annette oversees the logistics of the Aspire Idea Lab, where pre-launch entrepreneurs hone their business ideas. It helps that she is an entrepreneur herself, and it also helps that she led and coached teams for a few SMEs. Previously, Jane Annette oversaw logistics while helping plan a Women and Business summit for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and she also picked up some skills from the corporate world while serving at Kenya Airways. It's a unique blend of work experience that complements her curious creativity and passion for coaching. At Sinapis, Jane Annette loves that she can help entrepreneurs grow and thrive.
Kenya Program Assistant
Silvia is passionate about equipping entrepreneurs because she believes that the solution to Africa’s problems is within its people. Sinapis’ goal of alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship is one that she believes in and is proud to be part of. Silvia brings relevant market-based experience in fashion, marketing, and personal brand consulting to her program support role in our Kenyan office. A missionary at heart, Silvia is a leader of Kkrew Entrepreneurs Club, under the Kubamba ministries, that equips young entrepreneurs to grow, make an impact in their community and be kingdom financiers. She is also the founder of The Girl Squad, a non-profit aimed at enabling women through training, apprenticeship, and mentorship to reach purpose by tapping into their full potential.
Sales and MEL Associate
Ruth loves people and views entrepreneurship as a light that makes the world brighter. She combines her love for data analysis as part of our monitoring and evaluation team and her passion to help entrepreneurs see the potential impact of continued training alongside our sales team. With a background in Economics and Statistics, Ruth previously served as a Program Coordinator in Tanari Trust.
Special Projects Coordinator
Violet provides logistical and administrative support as she helps coordinate special projects at Sinapis. She came to Sinapis with more than eight years of administrative experience in a higher learning institution and is currently a part time lecturer in Resource Mobilization and Community Development at Africa Nazarene University. Violet holds a degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights from there as well. Violet is passionate about eliminating discrimination and building a community where every person is respected and valued.
Matthew is the CEO of Sinapis, a global network that equips entrepreneurs to build successful faith-driven businesses that create jobs, grow the economy, and spark spiritual renewal. Sinapis offers training, mentorship, access to capital, and an ongoing global support network of over 1,300 alumni. Matthew has a passion to serve entrepreneurs from the idea stage through the growth stage.
His unique background combines investment management and international economic development with spiritual leadership. Prior to joining Sinapis, he served as Director of Spiritual Integration with HOPE International and at Lincoln Financial Group. Matthew is a CFA charterholder who received a B.S. in Business Systems from Taylor University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Matthew and his wife, Jeanne, live in Indianapolis, IN, with their three boys.
Director of Training & Global Partnerships
Sylvie oversees Sinapis' core training products, Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy and Sinapis Aspire Launchpad, which trains entrepreneurs how to scale sustainable SGBs. It’s a natural fit given her experience in research and in the field. At HOPE International, she launched the Malawi branch office, developed a network of microfinance banks and saving programs, and created several new products including an SME loan. Her formal education includes degrees for public policy, international business, and economics from Georgetown University, University of Geneva, and University of Richmond. Sylvie’s research on entrepreneurship and sustainable finance has advised the UN, academia, and impact investors. At Sinapis, she continues to apply her passion for entrepreneurial impact.
Special Projects Marketing and Admin Assistant
Hellen brings her joyful, creative, and go-getter spirit to our marketing team in Kenya. She is a leader at heart and her aim is to impact her surroundings positively through resiliency and determination. While still an undergraduate student, she worked as a brand ambassador and an office administrator for a startup. Her motivation in joining Sinapis is to help eradicate poverty by helping Sinapis reach out to more entrepreneurs while leading them closer to God. She believes that just as Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, to be a good leader, she must always serve. Hellen holds a Diploma in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Nairobi.
Finance & Admin Assistant
Caroline supports our Kenya office as our Finance and Admin assistant. Carol also brings leadership and discipleship training experience she developed through FOCUS Kenya, which is an undergraduate college ministry. She is an Economics & Finance graduate and CPA finalist. Her passion in Sinapis emanates from the opportunity to be a part of discipleship in the marketplace efforts through good stewardship of resources.
Joseph supports Sinapis alumni as part of the Sinapis Global Network. While originally trained as an agritech engineer, Joseph eventually found himself engineering relationships and quality assurance for government and international business projects. He brings this experience and his heart for servant leadership to Sinapis as he facilitates opportunities and experiences to help alumni grow successful businesses that also bring social and spiritual transformation.
Keegan serves our leadership team, ensuring efficiency and communication throughout the organization. He is a highly motivated self-starter who anticipates needs and thrives at the intersection of details and people. Keegan’s background includes research on sustainable agriculture, community development, and microfinance in Haiti, Malawi, Zambia, and Ireland. This, coupled with his history of working with nonprofits and social enterprises, allows Keegan to resonate deeply with the mission of Sinapis. Keegan holds a B.S. in Sustainable Development from Taylor University.
Trained as an immunocytochemist, Lisa Allgood spent 36 years as a pharmaceutical executive at Merck, Procter & Gamble, and Medpace. Today she serves as the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Cincinnati, serving as the mid-council leader for Presbyterian churches and councils across the greater Cincinnati region. She loves how Sinapis combines the transformative love and power of Jesus Christ with leadership and cutting-edge business training.
Steve served Procter & Gamble for 36 years including roles in international sales and general management and ultimately as a Sales VP leading the Household Care, Global Beauty, and Global Health & Grooming divisions. He’s a husband, father, and grandfather who believes a job without a relationship with God is meaningless. “People need good jobs, but ultimately they need God.” At Sinapis, Steve can play a part in helping others integrate their faith within the marketplace.
After nearly thirty years experience in multinational companies such as Unilever, Boots Pharmaceuticals, Total Kenya, and Colgate Palmolive, Ken set up and leads TUME Middle Africa Consulting Limited in July 2015 which provides business advisory services in sales, marketing, governance and business leadership. On the side, he is a small-scale tea, mango, citrus and pulse farmer. Ken has also been privileged to serve as an Elder at Nairobi Chapel and has been involved in leading small groups for years. He and his wife Janice Muchai live in Nairobi and Meru, Kenya. They have three wonderful adult children.
Courtney cofounded Sinapis in 2010, where she served as Executive Director until the birth of her second child in 2017. Sinapis grew out of Courtney’s Harvard-funded research into the viability of launching an early stage accelerator program in Nairobi. She’s always been a self-starting entrepreneur with a penchant for helping others. By age 14, she built a business selling lambs to Texas farms. And Courtney went on to advise Fortune 500 companies as an analyst at McKinsey & Company. She has researched market strategies for Procter & Gamble, consulted nonprofits like American Red Cross and United Way, and helped the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation expand their strategy to South Africa. Courtney’s passion for creating opportunities in emerging economies took root while earning a Master of Public Policy at Harvard, and it has flourished while living in Kenya.
Karibu cofounded Sinapis as a way to empower entrepreneurs in Kenya to transform society through faith-driven business. He is an entrepreneur himself having served as CEO and founder of an Africa-based fintech startup. With business degrees from both Harvard and University of California at Berkeley, Karibu has excelled in corporate and academic sectors with previous roles at the World Bank Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a Leadership Fellow at Dillard University. Karibu is currently working to bring internet connectivity across the world at Loon.
Jane Overstreet is the President / CEO of Development Associates International (DAI) a non-profit organization providing training and consulting in leadership and organizational management to more than 46,000 Christian leaders in 82 countries annually. Jane has also provided legal consulting for numerous other Christian organizations and served on a variety of non-profit boards. She has been married for 40 years to Harold and they have three children and seven grandchildren. She is excited about the critical need Sinapis is meeting in parts of the world close to her heart.
Together with his wife Beth, Josh serves as owner/operator of a second-generation family business based in Iowa. Josh also serves as director of HOPE Global Investments at HOPE International. Josh led microfinance programs in Asia and Eastern Europe and helped facilitate HOPE’s push to serve SMEs. Josh is fluent in Mandarin and holds an M.A. in international development and economics from Johns Hopkins University. He and Beth have three boys – Hudson Taylor, John Elliot, and Enoch Adoniram. Josh sees his role at Sinapis as an amazing opportunity to live out his family’s calling – to advance the Kingdom of God through entrepreneurship and the marketplace.
Advisory Board Members
Dave Conway is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ConstructConnect, positioned as the commercial construction industry’s leading provider of construction project information, data analytics, and preconstruction software. Joining the company in 2000, Dave was named CEO and has led the company through challenging market conditions and dramatic growth and product innovation.
A graduate of the University of Dayton, he began his career in the healthcare construction market, where he gained an appreciation for the relationship between owners, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and building product manufacturers. Dave also serves on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards including Boys Hope Girls Hope and AEC Cares.
Suzanne graduated from University of Delaware in 1993 with a BS in Animal Science. After completion, she obtained a Masters of Science in Physiology at The Ohio State University and there met her husband Marc. After a short career in Assisted Reproductive Technology, she turned her attention to motherhood and the direction of the private foundation founded by her father in 1997. Over the last 6 years she has served as President of the Pilgrim Foundation. Currently, the Pilgrim Foundation partners with over 50 organizations in Africa, Haiti, China and the US supporting the most marginalized people groups with education, health and economic empowerment.
Suzanne is one of the founders of the Bridge Scholarship Program in Port au Prince Haiti which provides college education to 20 Haitian students. She also serves on the board of The Gathering, a faith-based family philanthropy nonprofit. Recently the Pilgrim Foundation has begun to steer their endowment toward social impact investments with a strong desire to eliminate poverty through job creation. Suzanne and her husband Marc have 4 kids and lots of pets and reside in West Chester, PA.
Trained as an economist, Matthew began his career in corporate finance, working for JP Morgan on both sides of the Atlantic. A deepening interest in strategy led him to join Bowater, at the time a FTSE 100 conglomerate, working with the CEO to shape corporate strategy. After a spell leading one of Bowater’s subsidiaries, Matthew joined Medair, an international humanitarian relief agency, working first in Somalia and subsequently as Country Director in Afghanistan. In 1998 he took time to gain an MBA at IMD in Switzerland, before joining McKinsey & Company in London as a management consultant. Here he developed a deep interest and expertise in organizational design and effectiveness.
After 6 years working for a wide range of clients in the commercial and non-profit sectors, Matthew left to set up and lead a new strategy unit within the Department of Education & Skills. In 2005, he was appointed as CEO of Tearfund, the international development charity, leading an organization of over 1,500 staff around the world. After 10 years, Matthew stepped down to pursue a wider range of interests - serving on the Boards of a number of national charities, chairing a Task Group for the Archbishop of Canterbury, coaching CEOs, advising a wide range of clients on strategy and organizational design, and establishing Pilgrim Way.
Henry is a co-founder and partner at Sovereign's Capital, a private equity and venture capital management company that invests in faith driven entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia and the US. Prior to co-founding Sovereign's Capital, Henry was Co-founder and previous CEO of Bandwidth (NASDAQ:BAND) and its sister company, Republic Wireless.
Now, Henry is a co-founder of Faith Driven Entrepreneur, Faith Driven Investor, and Faith Driven Athlete. Those three growing ministries are under what's broadly called Faith Driven Movements. He is currently supporting faith driven entrepreneurs and funds through his family office. With other investors, he's also launching a platform called Marketplace, where faith driven investors are connected to funds and direct deals, and where faith driven entrepreneurs can source capital.
Henry has also been involved in a number of other ministries and philanthropic activities. He co-founded DurhamCares, was a founding Board Member of Praxis, and sits on a variety of business and ministry boards including Valley Christian Schools where his 3 boys attend. Go Warriors!
Henry is a member of the broader Church in the Bay Area, attends Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA and serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America. Henry lives in Los Gatos with his wife Kimberley and their three sons."
Ryan loves turning bold ideas into reality. As a Director at High Alpha Innovation, Ryan is focused on scaling operations at High Alpha Innovation and partnering with the world’s leading organizations to help them innovate through startup creation. Ryan’s superpower is complexity-busting – helping leaders make sense of business and industry complexities in order to confidently execute.
A designer by nature, Ryan is passionate about shaping the future of business through new startup creation. His portfolio of work has intertwined strategy, product design and innovation within Fortune 500 companies, venture capital and startups. The common thread of Ryan’s career has been a desire to make the world a better place through thoughtfully designed business models, products and experiences.
Originally from Connecticut, Ryan is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children. Passionate about urban revitalization, Ryan volunteers with nonprofits and social enterprises that power the growth of Indianapolis.
Aimee Minnich serves as Chief Impact Officer and General Counsel of Impact Foundation. Prior to founding Impact Foundation, she served as President and General Counsel for the National Christian Foundation, Heartland, where she designed and implemented the foundation’s Missional Investing Program to allow the investment of donor-advised funds in social impact companies. A recovering attorney, Aimee also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Miami University’s John W. Altman Center for Entrepreneurship and as a Trustee with Praxis Mutual Funds.
Aimee earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law with honors and a BA in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Rockhurst University. In addition to “The Profitable Charity,” she's published a boring law article and a study of the metaphysics of salvation. Aimee and her husband Marshall live with their three adorable and high-energy kids and sweet old dog in Kansas City.
Jane Mugo is COO and a partner at KPMG in Kenya. She is experienced in Financial Audits, Business Advisory, Risk Management and Operational Effectiveness across various sectors in East Africa and the USA.
She holds a Bachelors in law from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration from Temple University.
Pete Ochs is the founder and chairman of Capital III, an impact investment company with investments in the US and Central America. Enterprise Stewardship is an initiative of Capital III that equips marketplace leaders with resources to transform their personal LIFE and business enterprises. During his four decades in business, he has invested and operated companies in the energy, manufacturing, banking, and education sectors, frequently focusing on places devoid of human flourishing such as prisons and poverty-stricken countries. Pete’s passion in life is to educate, equip, and empower business leaders around the world to live for something greater than themselves by using their business platform to impact the world for Christ.
Pete lives by four simple principles: Honor God, Serve People, Pursue Excellence, and Steward Capital. These four simple but powerful principles, when brought to bear, create Economic, Social, and Spiritual Capital and result in a High Impact LIFE.
Before launching his impact investment company Capital III, Pete spent eight years in the commercial banking industry. Pete and his wife Debbie, have been instrumental in founding and growing several nonprofit enterprises. They have two children and nine grandchildren.
Michael Warui has over 20 years of experience supporting international development programs and institutions in Kenya. He has served in leadership roles at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), USAID/ East Africa, international non-governmental organizations like TechnoServe and Land O’Lakes, and private sector firms such as Price Waterhouse (now PWC). Most recently he has overseen the work of several family businesses, namely Fairview Estate and Storehomes Holdings Company Limited which recently completed Phase 2 of a 64-unit apartment project in Nairobi.
Mr. Warui holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and real estate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in government from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Warui serves as an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His predominant graces lie in fathering leaders, building and equipping saints for sonship, and operationalizing God’s Word in spheres predominantly outside of the Church.
He has enjoyed thirteen years of marriage to Winfred Wanjiru, an advocate who oversees her own law firm, and together they have been blessed with a son and two daughters.
Doug is the founder and Chairman of Monon Capital, our family office. We engage with partners around ideas and opportunities for innovation and imaginative/redemptive entrepreneurship through venture investments, a thought & conversation studio, and a venture lab. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Indy Praxis Guild and Fields Park Trust.
Prior to launching Monon Capital, he was a founding executive of Hillenbrand, Inc. Prior to that he had been a senior executive at Boston Scientific, Guidant, Ronald Blue Trust, and Eli Lilly.
Doug serves as a director | trustee of EDGE Mentoring, Telemachus, the International Arts Movement, the Sagamore Institute, and The Trinity Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Discovering Broadway, Sinapis, and Tuskegee University. He also serves on the board of several businesses, including Lost Valley Ranch, a premier hospitality experience in Colorado.
He and Jayne Ann have two married daughters and three grandsons. They live in Carmel, Indiana where they met while growing up. They have been best friends for over 50 years.