Charles Odhiambo (Kenya)

Executive Director, Ujima Foundation

Charles J. Odhiambo holds a Master of Business administration degree in Strategic management from University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of science degree in Hospitality management from Maseno University. He is a skills development expert with a hands-on expertise in enhancing the quality and relevance of technical and vocational skills training in non-formal and formal contexts. Charles is currently the Executive Director of Ujima Foundation for training and development an organisation that supports youths who are faced with the responsibility of taking care of their siblings. His professional interests focus on sustainable solutions, targeting vulnerable youths in the community. Prior to this position, He was the head of income generating activities tasked in developing sustainable business models. Charles has over 15 years’ experience in both public and private sector including hotel management, marketing, program design and implementation, designing and developing start-ups, Strategic planning and human resource management. Charles is also a local representative for PUM-Netherlands senior experts tasked with identifying and evaluating small and medium sized enterprises in Kenya and connecting them with experts from the Netherlands. Charles also taught on part time basis at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – Kisumu campus. In addition, Charles is the board chair of Pamoja Child Foundation and vice chair of IISAH Society. He also sits in the board of Safe Water and Aids Project (SWAP), Kenya-Etten Leur Project, Prosperous Kenya, Afri-Can Trust and a member of Lake Victoria Tourism Association and Nakuru County Tourism Association. Charles is a fellow at African Visionary Fellowship and is also a Perennial Fellow.


Learn more about Charles’s #FRO2021 session:

The Kenya Case: How communities use digital to mobilize their own resources