Irene Mbari Kirika is a dynamic, global strategic leader and an executive level innovator who has created technology-powered special-educational environments to positively impact the lives of marginalized populations in Africa. She is a recipient of the Order of the 2016 Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) award and is a sought-after speaker at various events, including the UNESCO and the World Bank.
With a keen interest in empowering blind and visually challenged students in Kenya, Irene founded the nonprofit inABLE.org in 2009. As the executive director, she has negotiated and developed the organization’s accessibility of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy, and has led and facilitated discussions on best practices in the accessibility space and international nonprofit operations. Irene has facilitated the designing of a technical training program for blind and visually impaired youth, equipping them with necessary skills to be successful in the industry, including software engineering fundamentals, accessibility testing and design, web development and mobile app development.
Irene holds a Global Master’s of Arts (GMAP) degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.